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19 August 8:35 am

Here's a news round up to brighten up your Sunday:

*It was a wacky Saturday evening in the Western Conference playoff chase as two of the league's top clubs fell.  The San Jose Earthquakes were defeated 3-1 in their match against the Montreal Impact while David Ferreira scored a late winner to give FC Dallas a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. With their victory, FCD is undefeated in four games -- their last loss came to LA on July 28th -- and will arrive at The Home Depot Center next Sunday as one of the league's hottest clubs. Meanwhile, in an earlier match, the Seattle Sounders beat  the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 at CenturyLink Field. By beating Vancouver, the Sounders jumped out to a three point lead on the Galaxy for the third slot in the West. 

*Follow the link for the complete Western Conference standings:

*LA's CONCACAF Champions League opponent Isidro Metapán played Juventud Independiente to a 1-1 draw on Thursday.

*The Galaxy return to the training ground on Monday and we'll have all the updates as they prepare to face Metapán.

18 August 11:51 am

It's a rare weekend with no LA Galaxy action so here are a few notes to get you through your Saturday:

*The Galaxy may not be in action this weekend, but there are a pair of matches with massive Western Conference playoff implications on Saturday. At 1:00pm PDT, the fourth place Seattle Sounders will host the fifth place Vancouver Whitecaps in a Cascadia Cup clash at CenturyLink Field.  Vancouver will be without midfielder Barry Robson, whose one game suspension for aggravated dissent was announced on Saturday morning. Meanwhile, at 6:00pm PDT, second place Real Salt Lake host a resurgent FC Dallas. Both games can be seen on MLS Live.

Remember, the Galaxy are currently in third place in the Western Conference standings tied at 37 points with Vancouver and Seattle, but hold the total goals scored tiebreaker on both clubs. LA sit five points behind RSL. Both games can be seen on MLS Live. 

*LA Galaxy broadcast partner Time Warner Cable Deportes announced their On-Air Talent for Galaxy matches.

*Juninho's outside of the box blast against Chivas USA finished second to Montreal Impact's Sanna Nyassi's goal in the AT&T Goal of the Week voting.

* Fan voting begins on Monday for MLSsoccer.com's 24 Under 24, which ranks the top 24 players under the age of 24. The Galaxy had two players in last year's list: #8 Omar Gonzalez and #14 Juninho The Galaxy will have a total of 11 players up for selection this season including: 

Rafael Garcia, midfielder

Bryan Gaul, defender/midfielder

Hector Jimenez, midfielder

Juninho, midfielder

Jack McBean, forward

Tommy Meyer, defender

Brian Perk, goalkeeper

Brian Rowe, goalkeeper

Michael Stephens, midfielder

Jose Villarreal, midfielder/forward

Kenney Walker, midfielder

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Will you be watching the Cascadia Cup or RSL vs. FC Dallas? Which LA Galaxy players should be ranked in the 24 Under 24? Thoughts on Time Warner Cable Deportes hires?

Share your thoughts below

17 August 3:32 pm

As the LA Galaxy recharge their batteries over the next few days, a keen eye will be placed on the team's upcoming participation in the CONCACAF Champions League. 

After a brief four day break, the Galaxy will play four games in the next ten days starting with Thursday's CCL match against Isidro Metapan on October 23rd at The Home Depot Center. This intense stretch of games could be incredibly beneficial for players like midfielder Michael Stephens. A player that would contend for a starting spot on other clubs, Stephens has only made six starts in 18 appearances this season and is expected to play a major part in the Galaxy's CCL campaign.

Stephens, who is coming off an emotional night on Wednesday in Columbus, understands that the tournament is incredibly important for his progression.

"I'm excited about it just because I've been somebody that hasn't gotten as many minutes as he would have liked this year. As we start to get into three games a week, it should provide some more opportunities for me and hopefully I can take advantage of them." 

17 August 10:59 am

After a brutal stretch, the LA Galaxy are finally receiving a well-deserved break. 

Following Wednesday's match against the Columbus Crew, the Galaxy are off until Monday as the players, coaches, staff -- and journalists? -- recharge their batteries ahead of the league's stretch run as well as the start of the CONCACAF Champions League. Following the 1-1 draw with Columbus -- LA's 13th regular season game in two months --, MLSsoccer.com's Luis Bueno wrote the following piece on the Galaxy's break in the schedule.

Out of the Galaxy's remaining 12 games in all competitions, LA have just two remaining road games on their league schedule against Colorado Rapids on September 30th and the San Jose Earthquakes on October 21st as well as a pair of trips in CONCACAF Champions League to Puerto Rico to face the Puerto Rico Islanders on Sept. 19th in San Juan and El Salvador to take on Isidro Metapán on Oct. 25th 

Below are Arena's full thoughts on his club finally getting some rest this week: 

“We need a break, we've had a really long stretch. We've played most of our games on the road now for the year...We've had a long schedule, We've been like the Ringling Brothers Circus, we've been a circus act for the league all year, running us around. It hasn’t been at opportune times at all. It’s been challenging on our team physically and I think we’ve come through alright. Hopefully, we can use some time off this week and get our legs back and be a little bit more rested for the last part of the MLS schedule and the Champions League which is going to be challenging as well. ”

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Share your thoughts on LA's schedule this year in the section below?

16 August 6:46 pm

It's time for the second edition of "Ask the Insider," 

This edition's question comes from Ronnie Flores : "Galaxy are officially in third place! What are the chances they'll climb any higher up the western conference table?"

Thanks for the question Ronnie,

With a 1-1 draw in Columbus on Wednesday and FC Dallas’ 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, the LA Galaxy leapfrogged the Seattle Sounders and the Whitecaps into third place in the Western Conference standings. All three teams are currently level on 37 points, but due to their higher number of goals scored, LA holds the decisive tiebreaker over their two conference opponents.   

Although the Galaxy hold a slim advantage on the two  teams heading into the final two months of this season, LA have played one more game than Vancouver and three more than the Sounders. But despite their opponents holding an advantage in terms of games in hand, LA will play six of their remaining eight league matches -- including games against Vancouver on Sept. 1st, Real Salt Lake on Oct. 6th and Seattle on Oct. 28th -- in the friendly confines of The Home Depot Center, where the Galaxy are 5-1-5 this season.

With a number of home games down the stretch and their early season struggles a thing in the past, if the Galaxy can continue their recent positive run of form in the season’s final months, LA may continue their rise up the table.

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Thanks again to Ronnie, you can get your tickets by e-mailing socialmedia@lagalaxy.com. For everyone else, remember to leave your questions on the LA Galaxy Facebook page following the club's next match against Isidro Metapán on August 23rd for the chance to have your question featured and win tickets to an upcoming Galaxy game.

16 August 7:11 am

Good Morning from Dallas everyone,

The LA Galaxy departed from Columbus in the early morning hours, above is a photo taken just before take off. They're taking a brief layover in Dallas before continuing on to Los Angeles. 

As you look to get through your early morning drag, be sure to check out my Three Points to  Wednesday's 1-1 draw between the Galaxy and the Columbus Crew as well as a recap of emotional tributes to late Crew midfielder Kirk Urso

I'll have more to come later today including our second installment of "Ask the Insider" 

15 August 8:51 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On Wednesday, while the LA Galaxy were playing the Columbus Crew, the United States' national team was making history. 

LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan and the rest of the U.S. team defeated Mexico on Orange, Calif. native Michael Orozco-Fiscal's 80th minute to win 1-0 for the U.S.' first victory on Mexican soil vs. El Tri. 

Following the U.S.' historic victory, I caught up with Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant, a recipient of two U.S. appearances, for his thoughts on the win.

DUNIVANT: "It's massive, even though it's a friendly and it doesn't really mean anything, it means the world to soccer in the U.S. and the fact that we've never won in Mexico. I think that there's been a lot of talk about how good Mexico has been and how they've suddenly jumped so far ahead of the U.S. and we just had the first time we ever won in Mexico. So it makes quite a statement, it's not to say that suddenly everything is different, but it's a huge statement for our country and I think that everyone is really proud of that." 

15 August 8:34 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On an emotional night, the LA Galaxy picked up a vital point in their run to the postseason with a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew. 

The match ends a grueling nine game, month-long stretch for the Galaxy. LA will now have a brief four day break before returning to the training field on Monday to prepare for their CONCACAF Champions League match against Isidro Metapan at The Home Depot Center on August 23rd. 

Below are Arena's thoughts on the match....

“We played okay. We’re a bit of a tired team. This has been a challenging trip. Obviously, the Crew played with a lot of emotion tonight. This is one of those games where a draw is a fair result for both teams.”

(On how he wanted the Galaxy to combat the emotion of the Crew...)

“Obviously it was hard to find 11 players that could play. We’re pretty exhausted from Sunday night and the trip across the country as well. It’s a little on the difficult side. We knew that this part of the season was going to be a little bit of an issue, and our guys did alright. We had some fatigue at the end of the first half. The Crew created a bunch of good chances probably between the 35 and 45 minute. At the end of the game, we positioned ourselves to win the game and you can’t ask for much more. It’s always good to get a point on the road, but we would have obviously preferred three.”

(On if he can imagine what the Crew is going through...)

“I can imagine a little bit. It’s certainly a very difficult situation. We feel for the Urso family and the Crew in this sad time and tragic event. We hope that time helps heal a little bit here. That can’t be an easy situation for the family or the organization. We wish our very best to the Urso family and the Crew. Anything we can do to support them, we would certainly do that.”

(On Mike Magee's status...)

"He's okay. He just got kicked."

15 August 8:13 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Here's a round up of some of the tributes performed on an emotional night honoring late Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso. A series of photos and the Crew tribute below:

15 August 1:49 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's game day in Columbus and we're just several hours from the clash between the LA Galaxy and the Columbus Crew. Above is a photo of the Columbus Skyline taken a few hours before tonight's match.

Before kick off, check out my "Three Points" to the match as well as my look at the emotion surrounding tonight's clash and my story on LA's reunion with former Galaxy midfielder Chris Birchall. 

Also I spoke to Columbus Dispatch reporter Adam Jardy for his "Pitch Talk" segment 

Lastly, be sure to catch me on MLSsoccer.com's Live Chat of the match and at pregame and halftime with Joe Tutino on the Galaxy radio stream