CARSON, Calif. – There was a new face at LA Galaxy training on Monday afternoon.
Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal has begun training with the club as he prepares for Cruz Azul’s preseason training camp ahead of the Apertura tournament in June. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that Villarreal, who donned the No. 5 most recently worn by former defender Sean Franklin that he will be training with the team for the next couple of weeks.
“There was a little break and I managed to get a chance to be back here and see some old faces,” said Villarreal. “I’m just happy to be back here and get some training in.”
After failing to make an appearance for the Cruz Azul first team and then being loaned to second division Cruz Azul-Hidalgo, the 20-year-old admits that he has spoken to La Maquina head coach Luis Fernando Tena about a place with the team in the upcoming tournament.
“I spoke to the head coach in bit,” said Villarreal. “He told me to be ready for what it is to come and to simply be ready for anything.”
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) May 19, 2014
No matter what happens in the 2014 MLS Regular Season for the LA Galaxy.
Remember May 17, the day that the team found themselves in last place after a 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo.
The Western Conference standings can be seen below.
HOUSTON - LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media following LA's 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo
Arena's comments are below.
(On his thoughts on the play by Dan Gargan and Jaime Penedo…)
ARENA: “You saw it. Bad judgment on Dan’s part and poor execution by Jaime.”
(On the chances that the team created...)
ARENA: “We just didn’t finish; it’s hard to believe they even got a goal tonight. They weren’t going to get a goal and we gave them a chance and to their credit they finished it. We’re very disappointed to walk out of here without at least a point on a night where maybe we’re not great, but the other team is not dangerous and we have got to find a way to get a goal.”
(On how do you right the ship with this result…)
ARENA: “Get on the field and win on Wednesday, that’s how you right the ship.”
(On his thoughts of Raul Mendiola’s MLS debut…)
ARENA: “He did fine, he’s still a young kid but he played with a lot of confidence and courage so hopefully he can build on that.”
(On what was the strategy for this game…)
ARENA: “To win, that’s our strategy every game. Our team needed to get a goal and we came up short.”
In the latest edition of MLSsoccer.com's Scouting Report, editors Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle break down the LA Galaxy's match with the Houston Dynamo.
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CARSON, Calif. – Bye weeks and off days were prevalent in the early part of the LA Galaxy’s season, but now with the Galaxy preparing to play their first match of a stretch of three games in eight days, changes are expected.
LA kick off their stretch on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo before facing FC Dallas on May 21 at StubHub Center) and then traveling to the Windy City to take on the Philadelphia Union on May 25. This run of matches comes as the Galaxy are already depleted with Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez already away on international duty while Todd Dunivant and Marcelo Sarvas still nursing injuries.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that he expects to shuffle his personnel over the next stretch of games.
“We need to see more out of Samuel and Robbie Friend. In the midfield, we’re reliant on Juninho, Ishizaki, and Baggio Husidic, I think [Gyasi] Zardes needs to step up a little,” said Arena. “We’re going to be rotating [the back line] over the next few games which will give Tommy Meyer an opportunity at some point and perhaps Robbie Rogers as well. Over the next three games, we’d anticipate changing our lineup each time.”
The Galaxy will take on the winner of the match between Arizona United SC and Oklahoma City Energy SC at a date to be determined later. If Arizona win their May 28 home match against Oklahoma City, they'll host the Galaxy at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona, but if the Energy are victorious, the Galaxy will host.
Meanwhile, Galaxy II could be in line for a home match against Seattle Sounders FC if they defeat PSA Elite on May 28. Los Dos would host Seattle at the StubHub Center Track and Field stadium at a date to be determined later.
Thoughts on Galaxy II potentially taking on Seattle Sounders FC? Excited about the prospect of a trip to Arizona?
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In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look ahead to the LA Galaxy's clash with the Houston Dynamo.
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World Cup fever is upon us and in the build-up to next month's tournament in Brazil, ESPN has given us yet another riveting advertisement for the action.
On the heels of their popular "I Believe" ad which focused on the U.S. National Team, the new offering is entitled "The World Cup is Coming Home."
Check it out below.