Giovanni Trapattoni departs as Republic of Ireland manager following World Cup qualifying defeat to Austria
If LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane continues his international career with the Republic of Ireland this October, then he’ll do so under a new manager for the first time since 2008.
The Football Association of Ireland announced on Wednesday that head coach Giovanni Trapattoni and his assistant Marco Tardelli had departed by mutual consent. The move comes a day after the Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Austria, which effectively ended their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Italian leaves after a successful five-year tenure that saw the Irish qualify for UEFA Euro 2012, their first major international tournament in a decade as he compiled a 26-16-22 record in 64 matches. Trapattoni nearly guided Ireland to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but were defeated by France in a highly-controversial qualification playoff.
Following Ireland’s defeat to Austria on Tuesday and prior to the announcement of Trapattoni's departure, Keane was asked about his, now former, international manager.
"It is very difficult for a player just coming off a result and speaking about a manager who has done very, very well for this country," said Keane. "He has been a credit to his country and he has carried himself the way a man of his stature should."
CARSON, Calif. -- The idea of the LA Galaxy fielding a USL team in the near future have been bandied around by club President Chris Klein and Technical Director Jovan Kirovski and on Wednesday, LA head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that the club is hoping to field one in the "next year."
When asked about current NASL loanees Bryan Gaul and Kenney Walker and the issues that come with loaning players to other teams, Arena noted that the possibility of a Galaxy team playing in USL PRO may be happening sooner rather than later.
"We're going to try to do [this] ourselves next year and have our own USL team. We think that a number of our players this year could be benefit like Villarreal, McBean, Sorto, Gaul, Walker, Cochrane, Hoffman. Those type of players when they're not getting consistent minutes, if we have our own USL team then we have the advantage of them going there on a full time basis or moving them back and forth," said Arena, who noted that it would be a separate team from LA's current USL Pro club, the Los Angeles Blues. "The Reserve League still isn't the right mechanism and it's very difficult to do with the schedules and everything else. I think that a separate team, separate league, with more players is the way to go."
Arena stated that programs like this will "be the way that MLS teams go in the future" while also admitting that the logistics were far from sorted out as the yet to be formed team currently has no location and is unlikely to ever play double matches at Galaxy home games.
As previously noted, Klein and Kirovski have both mentioned the idea of the Galaxy fielding such a team with the Galaxy Technical Director hinting during an interview with LA Galaxy Insider back in July that it may be in conjunction with the club's new Galaxy Under-23 team.
“We’re looking for a place we can evaluate where our Homegrown college kids and have a training environment for them in the offseason,” Kirovski told LA Galaxy Insider. “It’s something where we’re looking for the possibilities of being a USL team. That means that we could sign kids earlier, it should serve as a stepping stone to our first team.
“We can also have our young academy kids go through there,” Kirovski added. “We had some of our U-18’s who played last year play [on Tuesday] as well as some of the U-16’s, we also had college kids, so it’s a chance to for us to keep track of them. It’s great for these young kids to have a place to play and maybe, one day, play in our first team.”
Kirovski also reiterated this point during his Galaxy All-Access Podcast with Joe Tutino last week.
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Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and the U.S. National Team are on their way to Brazil, but LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and Panama still have plenty of work to do.
Panama drew Honduras 2-2, which allowed the United States to qualify for their seventh consecutive World Cup. Carlo Costly put Honduras up 1-0 in the first half, but Colorado Rapids forward Gabriel Torres equalized in the 50th minute. Los Catrachos went up in the 61st minute off a goal from Wilson Palacios, but Panama tied up the score in stoppage time with a goal from Roberto Chen.
Los Canaleros face a tall order to reach Brazil as they face Mexico at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Oct. 11 and the already qualified U.S. at home on Oct. 15.
A classic Instagram video courtesy of U.S. kit man Jesse Bignami of the U.S. celebration at the end of the Panama match can be found below.
Dos a cero lives.
The U.S. National Team defeated Mexico 2-0 on Tuesday as LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan assisted on Eddie Johnson’s game winner in the 48th minute and scored a goal of his own in the 78th minute. With the scoreline, the U.S. has now defeated El Tri by a 2-0 scoreline in the last four World Cup qualifiers (2002, 2005, 2009).
The U.S. have qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil due to Panama's 2-2 draw with Honduras. This the seventh consecutive World Cup appearance for the Americans.
Full highlights of the U.S. victory over Mexico are below...
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane’s dreams of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup were effectively ended in Vienna on Tuesday when Ireland fell 1-0 to Austria on a late goal by Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
The match was scoreless for 83 minutes with the Irish controlling wide stretches of the game, but Alaba found the back of the net with a right footed strike off a cross from Schalke 04's Christian Fuchs. Keane had an attempt to equalize in stoppage time, but his attempt went wide of the mark.
With the defeat, the Irish remain on 11 points while Austria move up to third place with 14 points just three points behind Sweden for second place in the group and a place in UEFA’s qualification playoffs. Due to the loss in Vienna and the long odds at qualification, the prevailing sentiment is that Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni will be removed from his position just a year after leading Ireland to their UEFA Euro 2012—their first major tournament in 10 years.
The question now becomes whether Keane will be called up for Ireland’s remaining World Cup qualifiers in October when they take on group leader Germany in Berlin on Oct. 11 and Kazakhstan on Oct. 15 in Dublin. If Keane is called up for those qualifiers, he’d likely miss LA’s Oct. 16 match against the Montreal Impact at StubHub Center.
CARSON, Calif. – After suffering a hamstring injury during the LA Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League match against C.S. Cartaginés on Aug. 20, Robbie Rogers returned to the training field on Tuesday.
During the portion of training open for media availability, Rogers was spotted running on the far side of the Galaxy’s training field. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed that it was Rogers’ first appearance at training since his injury-shortened 44 minute shift against the Costa Rican side. Following training, Arena admitted that Rogers is moving forward, but there was no timeline in place on when he may return to full training or game day action.
When Rogers does return to the field, he'll likely be in for a positional battle as rookie Gyasi Zardes has done well to stake his claim for the left midfield spot to date.
It doesn't get any bigger than this.
The United States will take on Mexico on Tuesday in an important World Cup qualifier that will help determine whether or not the two countries can qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. With a victory over Mexico and a Honduras win or draw against Panama will put the U.S. through to Brazil. Meanwhile, Mexico is reeling as El Tri fell 3-2 to Honduras last week -- leading to the dismissial of head coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" De La Torre -- and currently sit in fourth place in World Cup qualifying just a point ahead of fifth place Panama.
In a Q&A looking back on the first U.S. vs. Mexico match in Columbus, MLSsoccer.com's Jeff Bradley talks with one of my favorite people Clint "Cleetus" Mathis.
Ahead of Tuesday's match, U.S. Soccer has provided a video preview with thoughts from several players including Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez.
Check it out below...
In a fascinating video for MLSsoccer.com, LA Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal and FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez discuss their identity and the rationale behind their selection to play for the United States and Mexico.
This type of struggle is fairly common among Latinos in the United States, not simply those that have the skills to play soccer. What I find fascinating about the stories of Villarreal and Sanchez is not only are they key prospects for the respective nations, but they both hail from the Southern California area and had the option to play for either the U.S. or Mexico. Although many fume when a player chooses one nationality over another, it's important to remember that these decisions stem far deeper than the soccer field, but also one's personal identity.
Expect many more situations like these in the future, but remember that it isn't purely just a Mexican-American struggle, but one that exists for all players of dual nationalities like Salvadorian-American Oscar Sorto or Scottish-American Jack McBean.
Check out the video below...
CARSON, Calif. – Chandler Hoffman bagged his sixth goal in the MLS Reserve League during the LA Galaxy’s 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.
Hoffman was dangerous from the outset as he nearly put the Galaxy reserves on the board early on, but his effort sailed over the bar. However, the 23-year-old would play a role in both of LA’s goals as he set up Charlie Rugg’s finish in the 22nd minute and then found the back of the net himself in the 33rd minute.
“He makes intelligent runs and he can finish,” said Galaxy assistant and reserve league head coach Curt Onalfo. “If you can talk to him, I think that he’d say that he’d like to have another one because he had a clear chance, but he’s done well.”
As Hoffman looks to muscle himself into the picture for a spot on a Galaxy roster spot—something that would likely come in LA’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign—the young striker is brimming with confidence.
“It’s good. I got the assist on the first goal and then I got the second,” said Hoffman. “Obviously, I would have liked to have scored the chance that I had the beginning of the game, but it’s something that I have to keep building on and keep creating chances and being dangerous.”
CARSON, Calif. –LA Galaxy assistant and reserve league head coach Curt Onalfo’s thoughts following the club’s 2-2 draw to the Colorado Rapids reserves.
Check it out below…
(On the result…)
ONALFO: “Feels like a loss, but we knew going into the game that we had a depleted team with a lot of young players on the field, having said that, we gave two goals away today. We had two good chances and conceded on a goal that was a gift to them and our response was excellent as we scored two goals. In the second half, they picked up the pressure. They’re a really good team, they have a high amount of experience on that team and it’s always a challenge. There was a 20 minute stretch where they had a majority of the game, but we weathered the storm and we all had to do was close out the last minute, but a poor clearance led to another gift for them. It was unfortunate that we didn’t walk away with three points, but we’re still positioned—depending on other results—to go into the last game with a chance to win the reserve league, which is part of it. There’s a lot of goals, you bring back players from injury and there was a lot of young players getting minutes and then saying all that, you want to instill a championship mentality. If we can battle through all those things and still position ourselves to win the league then it’s a positive. That’s our goal now as we approach the game against Chivas.”
(On the performance of Brian Perk…)
ONALFO: “He was excellent. He had an excellent presence in goal; there were no two ways about it. His presence in goal was very, very good. His kicking game was good, his organization was good. It was an all-around good performance. You can see that, it’s difficult when you have concussion issues, but he’s looked good in training and it was good for him to have a good performance.”
(On Chandler Hoffman’s performance…)
ONALFO: “He makes intelligent runs and he can finish. If you can talk to him, I think that he’d say that he’d like to have another one because he had a clear chance, but he’s done well.”
(On his thoughts on the young players…)
ONALFO: “I thought Mendiola was menacing for a good 60 minutes. He fatigued a little bit, but he impressed me. He made a lot of things happen and you can see his quality in the final third. Jaimeson came in and grew with each minute. I think Malcolm Jones did a solid job as well and Quezada also did well. Credit to the young guys in our academy to step up and do well in a professional game.”
(On Mendiola’s defense…)
ONALFO: “He’s turning into a complete player and it’s good to see.”