LAGalaxy.com's Paolo Ferrari caught up with Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Mike Magee, and Todd Dunivant to preview tonight's clash against the Philadelphia Union.
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC center back Johnny Leverón has been suspended for one game by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for his foul on Jose Villarreal in the third minute of the LA Galaxy's 3-1 loss to the Whitecaps.
The Honduran defender was awarded a yellow card for the foul by Sorin StoicaLeverón will serve his suspension for Vancouver's match against the Portland Timbers on May 18.
The suspension was only one of the MLS Disciplinary Committee's five rulings on Wednesday, which included one game suspensions for Chivas USA's Mario De Luna, Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle, Real Salt Lake defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe and a reduced suspension for San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez, who saw his two game suspension reduced by a game.
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Landon Donovan spoke with Joe Tutino in the latest edition of the Galaxy All-Access Podcast.
Joe Tutino spoke to Donovan about a number of topics including his 200th game in a Galaxy uniform as well as a number of topics. But the answer that may draw the most looks is Tutino’s question to Donovan about the SI.com report that he’ll be left off the U.S. National Team squad for their June matches, which include three World Cup Qualifiers.
“Well, Jurgen and I have consistently spoken over many months now. I was not aware that was information that was already made public. Jurgen has not told me that it was definitive."
Tutino then wondered if the report could be incorrect."
"You never know...all I can do is I’ve said all along is do what I do. If I’m looking at it objectively, do I think I can help the team]? Yes, absolutely. Do I think that I’ve really earned my way back in yet? Probably not. That’s a sort of six in one, half dozen in another," Donovan added. "But I really do believe that if I get called in that I can help the team, even if I’m not playing, I can help the team. I think that my experience having been through this three times could be very beneficial, but if I’m not in then it is what it is and I’ll get my way back in.
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CHESTER, Pa. – Robbie Keane has targeted Wednesday’s match against the Philadelphia Union to make his return from a three match injury layoff and it seems like he’ll be on the field as the LA Galaxy look to end a two game losing skid.
Keane returned to training late last week after dealing with an ankle injury, but did not travel when LA dropped their second straight match in a 3-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Irish forward rejoined the Galaxy on Sunday and trained with the club during each of their sessions in Philadelphia.
“I’ve been out for a few weeks and it’s nice to be back,” Keane told reporters at PPL Park on Tuesday. “I’m not going to be match fit, you know, because I missed three or four weeks. But I’ve done a lot of fitness with the trainers so I feel good and feel ready to go. It’s been a frustrating few weeks for me, but I’m back now.”
And according to Keane’s teammate Landon Donovan, he seems poised to lift the Galaxy’s attack against the Union.
“He looks sharp, he looks good, he’ll add a dimension to our attack,” said Landon Donovan. “Whether Robbie is playing our not, we have to be back and our group is going to be better.”
CHESTER, Pa. —Todd Dunivant has missed the past three matches with a left leg strain, but the LA Galaxy left back is expecting to be available for selection for Wednesday’s match against the Philadelphia Union.
Rookie Greg Cochrane has filled in for the veteran left back, but he was among those who struggled in LA’s 3-1 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC last Saturday. If Dunivant does take the field on Wednesday, it would be his first appearance since his strain first occurred during the Galaxy’s 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on April 20.
“I’m feeling good. I’m ready to go and ready to be available,” Dunivant told LAGalaxy.com. “We’ve had two losses in a row and we want to right the ship a little bit and it’s an important game because we have a three game road stand and we didn’t start off very well so it’s an important game to come back on.”
Dunivant’s veteran presence could be immense for a Galaxy back line that has struggled at times in recent matches, directly leading to goals for the opposition. The Galaxy can ill afford such lapses on Wednesday against a Union side that boasts current MLS leading goal scorer Jack McInerney and veteran forward Conor Casey.
“Defensively, we’ve played pretty well, but we’ve broken down at critical moments and that’s something that we did too much last year,” Dunivant added. “It’s the sign of a team that may be a little too lax and we need to keep being mentally strong for 90 minutes and making sure that throughout the entire game we’re clued in.”
CHESTER, Pa. - Landon Donovan understands that if he’s going to earn his way back on the U.S. National Team, first and foremost, he’ll have to improve his form with the LA Galaxy.
A report by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl released on Tuesday states that Donovan will not be called up by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for their next month’s World Cup Qualifiers and friendlies. The report goes on to state that the door is still open for Donovan to earn the call for the 2013 Gold Cup, which begins in July.
In five games played this season, Donovan has scored one goal and one assists. Following Galaxy training at PPL Park in preparation for Wednesday’s match against the Philadelphia Union, Donovan spoke about the speculation with the U.S. squad.
“Any player that has a chance to play for the national team is always thinking about it, but the reality for me is to get back there, I have to play well for the Galaxy,” said Donovan. “So I can think about it and dream about it all I want, but the reality is that I have to play well here and then eventually maybe I’ll get my chance again. I’m hopeful, but I can only control what I can control and I’m going to do my best to get called up.”
In the latest edition of View from the Booth, I fill in for Cobi Jones (big shoes to fill, I know) and analyze the LA Galaxy's match against the Philadelphia Union with Joe Tutino.
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In addition to the World Cup Qualifiers, SI is reporting that Donovan will also be left off the squad for their pair of June friendlies as well, but he could make the roster for the 2013 Gold Cup.
Last month, Donovan addressed U.S. National Team boss Jurgen Klinsmann's comments that he still had a ways to go before he earned his way back onto the U.S. roster.
“I agree with him. Just because you score a goal and have a good game doesn’t mean that you’re a National Team player. I’ve said from the beginning that I have to earn my way back and playing one good game doesn’t earn your way back. I still have a long way to go.”
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In a new segment of the LA Galaxy Insider blog, I decided to take advantage of all the traveling and frequent flier miles that I've earned to bring the readers some local color.
This "Concession Section" will be a space where I review the food at each of the stadiums in MLS. The dishes won't simply the selections available for the press or in the suites, but open for all fans at their respective stadium. In fact, this idea stemmed from my own lack of interest in the press fare.
Choosing a location at BC Place proved difficult as first as there were a variety of different opinions, but I ultimately settled on a local favorite, which I felt best embodied the multiculturalism of Vancouver. For my first ever review, I began with Vij's which is an upscale Indian dining establishment founded in 1994 by renown Indian-Canadian chef Vikram Vij and his wife Meeru Dhalwala. The restaurant has had a stand at the BC Place food court and on the stadium's concourse since November 2011.
The location has just four curries to choose from: Chicken Curry with Kalonji Spice, Garam Masala Beef Curry, Mother-In-Law’s Pork Curry and Punjabi Daal. After consulting the staff at the Vij's stand, I opted for the Pork Curry, which was the staff favorite.
At a roughly $10.09, the curry was not a cheap option for fans, but it proved up to the task taste-wise. The curry was particularly spicy and with the onions and parsley, mixed fairly well with the pork. While the curry was certainly quality, the price is likely to cause some to opt for cheaper options.
Next up, PPL Park in Chester, PA.
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The LA Galaxy trained at Philadelphia University while forward Robbie Keane had a chance to connect with his Irish roots.
In a special video blog or "Vlog" for LAGalaxy.com, I take a look at the exciting day in the City of Brotherly Love.
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