Bruce Arena provides injury updates on Leonardo and Robbie Keane ahead of LA Galaxy match in New York
There's nothing like a U.S. jersey release to get the American soccer universe all aflutter. The latest recipient of that rancor is the U.S. Women's National Team.
On Wednesday, the USWNT released some, well, interesting new home kits for the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that opt for a simple black and white color scheme that is a stark contrast from the Star-spangled glory of their away uniforms.
But what is the most shocking about the jerseys are not the black and white primary colors of the kit but the fact that the socks will include a "volt yellow" color (that looks a lot like the color green) which is designed to pull the eye to the action on the field. Yes, you read that correctly. A U.S. National Team is wearing green for a World Cup.
The U-23 MNT is preparing for Olympic Qualifying later this year and their first home match of 2015 is against Mexico in Carson. Watch as the USA prepares for a match against their archrival with an eye towards qualifying and Rio de Janeiro next year.
LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic on his time at the Chicago Fire with retiring Mexican soccer legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco
CARSON, Calif. --- Mexican soccer legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco is hanging up his cleats once and for all.
The three-time World Cup player for Mexico announced earlier this year that he will retire after the 2015 Copa MX final that will pit his Puebla F.C. against vaunted Chivas de Guadalajara, in order to pursue a career in Politics. A soccer legend for his performances with El Tri and Club America, Blanco became a force in Major League Soccer during a threeyear stint with the Chicago Fire.
During his three seasons in Chicago, Blanco crossed paths with current Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic who was played with the Mexican star during the 2009 season.
"Temo was awesome," said It was pretty cool to be able to play with such a good player. ... For me, he's probably the most exciting Mexican player to ever play in the league."
Called "Bayo" by the former Mexican international, the most lasting memory that Husidic has of Blanco was his very first interaction.
"He was an absolute prankster. My rookie year, I roomed with him for preseason and I was coming into the team super nervous. We were in Querétaro and I walk in [the room], I saw bags on the floor but there was no one anywhere. All of a sudden, he pops out of the closet and tackles me onto the bed, and starts speaking in Spanish. He spoke such slang that you could barely understand his Spanish."
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II midfielder Raul Mendiola was named to USL's Team of the Week on Tuesday after leading Los Dos to their first victory of the 2015 regular season.
Mendiola notched his first goal of the season and recorded his league leading fourth assist of the season as Galaxy II picked up a 2-1 victory over the Austin Aztex on Sunday. Mendiola's game winner came in the 84th minute when Ryo Fujii made an impressive move up field before finding Mendiola, who created space in front of goal and then slotted his first goal of the season into the back of the Aztex's net.
The complete squad is below.
CARSON, Calif. – After missing the last two matches, Edson Buddle is aiming to return to the LA Galaxy’s game day squad for their upcoming match against the New York Red Bulls.
Buddle has missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury but the 33-year-old forward was back at training on Monday hopeful that he can be in contention for LA’s upcoming trip to New York.
“My fitness is going alright. It’s hard to replicate the games but I felt good in training today. I’m with happy with where I am,” Buddle who has made just three appearances this season, told LA Galaxy Insider. “The thing is, once I feel good, I want to keep doing more and more. I just need to respect my injury and ease into things rather than think I’m 100 percent.”
With the Galaxy returning to his home state of New York, Buddle promises that he’ll do what he can get on the squad for this week’s match against New York Red Bulls.
“I’m going to train hard regardless but I’ll respect the injury.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy defender Dan Gargan was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for week 7 of the 2015 MLS Regular Season.
The right back went 90 minutes in the Galaxy's 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Solid defensively after a hiccup on Krisztián Németh's goal, Gargan put forth yet another strong showing in his second consecutive start.
The complete Team of the Week squad is below.
CARSON, Calif. – After their dramatic 2-1 victory over Sporting KC, the LA Galaxy find themselves riding a two-game winning streak, but what is most impressive about the team’s recent run aren’t the wins themselves, but how they’ve dealt with adversity.
They’ve done it without valuable weapons like Jose Villarreal and Mika Vayrynen. They’ve done it with Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes starting one game on the bench. But most of all, they’ve won with Galaxy captain Robbie Keane missing both matches due to a groin strain.In their absences, players like Rafael Garcia, Baggio Husidic and Bradford Jamieson IV have stepped up and produced for the Galaxy.
Whereas in past seasons a lengthy absence to Keane meant struggles for the Galaxy, this year, they’ve been able to string together a pair of victories while their captain is on the mend.
“This is a team that lined up with a lot of guys out [on injury] and it says a lot about our depth and our character,” said forward Alan Gordon, who has been one of the players who have stepped up in Keane's absence. “We got back to back wins now at home with less than 100 percent roster and guys stepping up each week and filling spots, it’s great and it’s good to see.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters after the club's 2-1 victory.
Arena's comments are below.
(On the game...)
ARENA: "When you play hard and hang in there, once in a while you get a little bit lucky and the ball bounces your way. We’ve been on the short end of those a few times. I think things balance out. I think our second half we played better. We were much more aggressive, competed a little bit better, our game was a little bit better. On the night I think we played well considering a little bit of a makeshift lineup. I’m real pleased with our players. We’ve played two games in a row without Robbie Keane, and tonight not starting with Omar [Gonzalez] and Gyasi [Zardes] and getting a result is very impress.”
(On Bradford Jamison’s first start...)
ARENA: “A player who played with a lot of convinced. He was aggressive. We told him that when in doubt run. His pace, I think, was a factor in the game. We lacked a little of speed, so having him in the lineup was important. At the end of the game, him and Gyasi, they were threats. They put Kansas City on their heels at times. It was a pretty impressive game for him.”
(On the team’s performance...)
ARENA: “I think we did good. This league is a unique league in the fact that every game is a battle. Teams are pretty even in MLS. Any time you win a game, you have to take it, especially when it’s against a good team like Sporting Kansas City. It’s obviously a great result. We were a little bit fortunate at the end, but I think we played really hard. We conditioned ourselves to get a break. We put a lot of pressure on them in the last ten, fifteen minutes and we were lucky that the ball bounced our way.”
(On Tommy Meyer’s performance...)
ARENA: “He did a good job. I think, their goal we made a few mistakes. But on the night, I don’t think Jaime [Penedo] was tested a whole lot. I could be wrong, but there were a couple of saves that he had to come off his line. He jumped on some balls. He played behind our line. For the most part, I think we did a good job. They are a good team. The combination of Dwyer up top and Espinoza and Feilhaber—it’s a good trio of players and they are dangerous. I think for the most part we did a good job.”
(On if Zardes and Gonzalez provided a spark off the bench...)
ARENA: "A spark? Well, Gyasi did well, and Omar scored the winning goal, if you want to call that a spark or whatever, then you can. I think they contributed greatly tonight."
By the Numbers: LA Galaxy take on Sporting Kansas City in a battle of the last two MLS Cup champions
CARSON, Calif. -- The last two MLS Cup winners will face off on Saturday at StubHub Center when the LA Galaxy take on Sporting Kansas City.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at the two teams record since Sporting's rebrand and rise to prominence back in 2011.
Check it out below.