A new feature began on Tuesday on LAGalaxy.com as I will be providing an updated look at the playoff chase as it relates to the LA Galaxy following each match.
While it is understandable for some to put greater emphasis on LA's brutal October schedule (where they'll face off against Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders), Landon Donovan told reporters after Saturday's match that the game against Colorado is just as, if not more important for the Galaxy.
“To be honest, I think the most important game is going to be the Colorado game because I don’t doubt that we’ll be ready for Salt Lake and Seattle and San Jose,” said Donovan. “Those are big games and teams we can likely play in the playoffs. But the Colorado game is a game where we’re playing a team at their home field with nothing to lose, so we’ve got to make sure that we’re ready next week to play and try to get three points there.”
CARSON, Calif. -- With his two goal performance on Saturday, Robbie Keane moved to second place on the MLS goal scoring charts behind San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski.
The Irish forward has scored 14 goals this season, which ties him with Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio and New York Red Bulls forward Kenny Cooper, but Keane holds the edge due to his eight assists. Since returning from the European Championships in June, Keane has been on fire, scoring 11 goals while tallying six assists.
Although it is unlikely that Keane will catch Wondolowski, who is eight goals ahead, the Irish forward admits that he is putting little interest in his place on the scoring charts.
KEANE: “Not really, no. It’s always nice to score goals, but I’m not one that needs to look at charts and stuff like that. I find out most of my information from you guys so thank you…I’ve never set out targets because as a player, playing so long, you can get injuries along the way and setbacks so I think when you stop jumping the gun, I’m one of these players that never thinks too far ahead.”
CARSON, Calif. – David Beckham was back at LA Galaxy training on Tuesday.
For the first time since picking up a left ankle sprain during LA’s 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sept. 1, Beckham was out at training with the entire team taking part in full training, which included a short-sided game as well as a brief jogging period. (I snapped a pic of that below)
After the training session, the Englishman took a moment to shake hands and sign autographs for the U.S. Army Men’s Soccer team that was in attendance during practice today. Beckham even offered his cleats to one lucky serviceman.
Bruce Arena told reporters following practice that while it was “nice to have David” back on the field, his status for Sunday’s game vs. the Colorado Rapids is “day to day.”
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) September 25, 2012
The biggest news in the soccer world this morning is the release of extremely popular video game, FIFA 13.
The soccer video game that was created by Vancouver-based Electronic Arts was released at midnight and is immensely popular among players, coaches, media and fans alike. I have never been much of a gamer, but I decided to see how the video game rated the LA Galaxy and a few other key players in Major League Soccer.
As a team, the Galaxy are ranked three stars out of five and hold MLS' highest rating in attack (74 rating), midfield (72 ranking) and defense (68 rating) categories. All of FIFA 13's rankings for team categories and players are all out of a hundred. While the Galaxy are at the top in all three categories, a different MLS team has come in second in each category New York Red Bulls (attack rating:73), Seattle Sounders (midfield rating: 71) and Real Salt Lake (defense rating: 67).
In terms of player ratings, the Galaxy's complete ratings in order by position are below:
GK: Josh Saunders (69), Brian Perk (62), Brian Rowe (56)
DEF: Omar Gonzalez (74), Sean Franklin (71), A.J. DeLaGarza (70), Todd Dunivant (68), DJ Lopes (64), Leonardo (64), Bryan Gaul (63), Tommy Meyer (61), Andrew Boyens (60)
CM: David Beckham (79), Christian Wilhelmsson (77), Juninho (75), Marcelo Sarvas (70), Mike Magee (67), Hector Jimenez (66), Michael Stephens (64), Kyle Nakazawa (60), Kenney Walker (59), Dan Keat (58), Bryan Jordan (58), Rafael Garcia (56)
FWD: Landon Donovan (81), Robbie Keane (78), Edson Buddle (66), Jose Villarreal (63), Jack McBean (60), Pat Noonan (60)
NY's three highest rated offensive players are Thierry Henry (77), Tim Cahill (76) and Rafael Marquez (73)
Seattle's three highest rated midfield players are Osvaldo Alonso (78), Mauro Rosales (77) and Steve Zakuani (74)
RSL's three highest rated defense players are Jamison Olave (73), Nat Borchers (71) and Nick Rimando (71)
What are your thoughts on the ratings? Are you going to buy the game? Have you done so already?
Leave your thoughts.
Good Evening, it's time for the ninth edition of Ask the Insider.
Monday's question is from: Eddy Saar Now that we're in the playoffs. Do you think the Galaxy play the young bench players, or get the starters and make a run for the #2 seed
The LA Galaxy may have clinched a berth in the Western Conference playoffs , but the work is far from over for the defending MLS Cup champions.
With the San Jose Earthquakes likely to win the Supporters' Shield, the Galaxy have put their emphasis in locking down a spot amongst the top three in the West. Currently, LA sit in second place in the West, tied with Real Salt Lake -- albeit leading them in the total goals scored tiebreaker -- and a single point ahead of the Seattle Sounders, who have played one fewer game than both LA and RSL. The spot in the top three is vital as the teams that finish on top will be able to avoid a taxing play-in game against likely either the Vancouver Whitecaps or FC Dallas on either October 31st or November 1st. With the play-in game, teams that finish fourth or fifth would have to play five games in order to reach MLS Cup rather than four.
Finishing in the top 2 would certainly be nice for the Galaxy as they would have the ability to host the second leg of their Western Conference semi-final series, but it is avoiding the play-in game that is most important. As LA looks to accomplish this, they are in firm control of their own destiny as they have games against RSL (Oct.6th), San Jose (Oct. 21st) and Seattle (Oct. 28th) on the docket as they close out the season. Expect head coach Bruce Arena to allow his starters to log heavy minutes in these matches while choosing to save his reserves for their CONCACAF Champions League date against Isidro Metapán on October 25th.
Thanks, Eddy. You can get your tickets by e-mailing email@example.com. For everyone else, remember to leave your questions on the LA Galaxy Facebook page following the club's next match against the Colorado Rapids on September 30th for the chance to have your question featured and win tickets to an upcoming Galaxy game.
In honor of last Saturday's commeration of the LA Galaxy's 2002 MLS Cup winning side, I decided to write a feature about the experiences of the first Galaxy side to hoist the MLS Cup.
While the last two features that I've done have looked at players for the future, this one was a blast from the past with a three part oral history of the LA Galaxy 2002 MLS Cup title win. I spoke to various former players, media and fans to get a broad perspective of that event.
Be sure to leave your thoughts about the feature in the comments section below.
U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy play continued last Saturday with the LA Galaxy Under-16 and Under-18 splitting results.
The Galaxy U-16's fell 2-1 to Temecula-based Arsenal FC with Christian Chavez from Fontana scoring the lone goal for LA. LA's goal wasn't the only note of interest from the match as Galaxy academy starlet Raul Mendiola's brother Jonathan tallied a goal for Arsenal. Meanwhile, LA's U-18's picked up a dramatic 3-2 victory in a match that featured temperatures in the triple digits at Riverside Community College. Galaxy Homegrown player Jack McBean scored twice for the Galaxy with Mendiola rounding out the scoring for the LA U-18's against his former youth club. The match served as the season debut for right back Oscar Sorto, who has spent considerable time training with LA's first squad this summer.
Although LA's Academy players participated in tough matches in the morning, many were called into action during the Galaxy Alumni game hours later with the Academy players picking up a victory over the LA legends.
Juninho and Robbie Keane each scored two goals in last Saturday's 4-2 LA Galaxy victory over Toronto FC and now both players are up for Goal of the Week honors.
Juninho's second goal, a blistering shot from distance as well as Keane's second -- one that I dubbed "the shake and bake'' -- are available for selection.
View all the nominated goals below and vote for your favorite here.
Good morning all,
Scoreboard watching has become part of the LA Galaxy's regular routine as of late as the club looks to rise up the Western Conference standings in the hopes of securing a spot among the West's top three. On Sunday, the Galaxy reserves did some scoreboard watching of their own when the San Jose Earthquakes reserves fell 3-0 to the Seattle Sounders reserves.
LA's reserve squad are currently in second place in the West Division, one point behind the Earthquakes and with Seattle's victory, need only a win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on October 12th to clinch the West Division title. Remember, that neither LA nor SJ can clinch the "Reserve League Championship" as the honor is awarded to the team with the highest point total among MLS' three conferences.
I'll have more on Saturday's action (including the Alumni vs. Under-18 match) and my latest feature on LAGalaxy.com as the day goes on.
CARSON, Calif. -- LAGalaxy.com spoke to Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas following Saturday's 4-2 victory over Toronto FC.
In his interview with LAGalaxy.com, Sarvas discusses LA's motivation looking into the playoffs, the play of his compatriot Juninho and the role of the midfield in the win over TFC.
Check out the interview below...