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21 May 4:21 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- At long last, the LA Galaxy will be hosting a U.S. Open Cup match.

U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that the Galaxy will open the U.S. Open Cup fourth round at StubHub Center on June 17 against either Ventura County Fusion or PSA Elite. Ventura County reached the third round by knocking off LA Galaxy II on Thursday while PSA Elite defeated USL side Orange County Blues. 

The match will be the first time that the Galaxy have hosted a U.S. Open Cup match since their 2-0 defeat of the now defunct U.S. Soccer Second Division side A.C. St. Louis back on June 29, 2010. LA have struggled in the Open Cup recently, having been eliminated by NASL club Carolina RailHawks each of the last three years. 

21 May 3:34 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to return to winning ways on Friday when they host the Houston Dynamo.

The match will be LA's first since their disappointing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Orlando City SC a week earlier. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the Galaxy's struggles since their last meeting with Houston nearly two months ago.

Check it out below.

20 May 2:50 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Omar Gonzalez was unable to start the LA Galaxy's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC due to a knee issue, but the center back says that he is fit and ready to go for the club's upcoming match against the Houston Dynamo. 

Initially, the Galaxy stated that Gonzalez was on the bench due to squad rotation, but after the defeat, LA clarified that the 26-year-old was suffering from a knee injury. Although he  missed out on the Orlando match, Gonzalez has been in full training this week ahead of Friday's match against the Dynamo. 

"I'm doing good. It was just a precaution. I was just worried about some things but I'm feeling good and I'm good for Friday," said Omar Gonzalez. "If it was late in the season or a playoff game then no doubt I would have played. It was early in the season, and I figured that I wanted to stay safe." 

20 May 2:00 pm

America will say farewell to a legend on Wednesday night as the Late Show's Dave Letterman signs off the air for a final time. 

For the past 33-years, Letterman has been a fixture on CBS's "Late Show" with his iconic interviews and, of course, Top 10 lists. In addition to being an American pop culture icon, Letterman also embraced soccer unlike any other late night talk show host by regularly featuring some of the most accomplished players in the soccer world.

It should surprise no one that the LA Galaxy have had two of their biggest stars appear on Letterman as both David Beckham and Landon Donovan made appearances on the late show. The two retired Galaxy stars segments can be seen below.

LANDON DONOVAN (6/29/10)

DAVID BECKHAM (5/1/10)

20 May 1:43 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy need a spark in the attack when they face the Houston Dynamo on Friday, and newcomer Sebastian Lletget just might be the one to deliver that little boost.

The former West Ham United midfielder made his debut for the club last Sunday during their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, going 21 minutes in the loss. During the match, Lletget was unable to truly make an impact on the game due to Orlando's dominance, but the 22-year-old is confident that if he’s given an opportunity against Houston, he can have an impact.

“I believe I am [ready to start],” Lletget told LA Galaxy Insider. “I always believe that I’m practicing really hard. Obviously, coming in the middle of the season, I do need to do a little bit of catch-up in terms of philosophy and our style of play, but I think that I’m ready.”

Just when Lletget makes that first start, however, is in the hands of head coach Bruce Arena who says that Lletget might need to wait a little longer.

"He needs more time,” said Arena. “But it was good to get him out on the field for the first time."

 

19 May 4:46 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy might have a little extra firepower on the field on Friday when they take on the Houston Dynamo. 

Edson Buddle (calf) and Robbie Keane (groin strain) have missed considerable time in 2015 due to injury but both were in full training on Monday. Given the Galaxy's offensive struggles in their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, the chance to welcome back a pair of experienced attackers could be a major boost for LA on Friday, but their return to the field, is anything but a certainty. 

"We'll see," Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday. "We'll get through the week and we'll see with those guys and see how they're doing."

Buddle appears to be the closest to making a return after getting a solid 30 minute run out for LA Galaxy II during their defeat to Sacramento Republic. After training on Tuesday, the 33-year-old says that he's fit and ready to go 90 minutes if called upon. 

"I'll start. Absolutely. Put me in there coach!" Buddle joked. "I can definitely start and do it. I've been through harder things in my life." 

 

19 May 4:10 pm

Notorious prankster A.J. DeLaGarza may have delivered his magnum opus during the LA Galaxy's recent trip to face the New York Red Bulls. 

Following the club's training session in New Jersey, DeLaGarza snatched one of the plastic wolves that the Red Bulls use to ward off wildlife, and gave Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan the fright of his life.

Is it DeLaGarza's finest prank? Check out the vine above

19 May 3:23 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Los Angeles Football Club made headlines on Monday with they announced their intentions to build a new 22,000 seat stadium in Exposition Park, but the hoopla barely registered during the LA Galaxy’s training session a day later.

LAFC offered some heady talk about their place in the Los Angeles market, stoking the flames of a potential cross-town rivalry. While  Galaxy will not meet LAFC on the field until 2018, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena believes that the two teams will be rivals.

“It will be a rivalry but I can’t tell you what kind of rivalry at this point,” Arena said. “I may be in [Hollywood Forever] Cemetery at that point. … It’s absolutely fabulous that we’ll have another team in L.A., the ownership looks great, and competition is good for everybody.”  

Forward Alan Gordon offered a different thought.

"It's on them, we're here. We're champions. It's on them to create a rivalry," he said. “They’re going to have to take what we have.”

Rather than discuss the buzz that LAFC generated by their stadium announcement, native Angeleno Jose Villarreal offered a different take on the impact that a new soccer-specific venue will have in Exposition Park.

“It’ll lead to a lot of traffic,” Villarreal said. “That’s the biggest thing that will suck for the fans is the traffic. It’s a nice idea but Galaxy is my home. I’m not worried about it.” 

17 May 8:37 pm

Los Angeles Football Club will be announcing their plans to build a $250 million, 22,000 seat stadium on the site of the Sports Arena in Exposition Park. 

The Los Angeles Times broke the news on Sunday night before the LAFC official Twitter account tweeted a photo of the stadium sight renderings. In addition to announcing the stadium details, the L.A. Times article also revealed that the team will not take the field until the 2018 Major League Soccer regular season. The stadium will be the first open-air venue built in the City of Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium back in 1956. LAFC's venue will be the most expensive privately-financed soccer stadium in United States.

According to the LA Times' article, LAFC will not be revealing their official name or colors during their press conference which is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT on Monday.

17 May 6:24 pm

ORLANDO, FL -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the team's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC. 

Arena's comments are below. 

(On the result…)

ARENA: “We were awful on the day. Out of 14 players that played, I thought that three played in an acceptable manner. We were outplayed all over the field, and really, there’s not much more that you can say. When you go into a game and most players lose their battles on the field, you don’t have a chance to win. Then in the second half, we needed to get the first goal, and certainly what I thought was a poor goal called for the penalty, put us out of the game. Orlando played well, give them credit, we were pretty bad.”

(On the offensive disconnect…)

ARENA: “I think that starting two young players in the attack probably didn’t help, but our passing was so poor that for us to connect on anything that was dangerous was next to impossible because of the quality of our passing. We had a majority of players that didn’t play well.”

(On how much the team missed Omar Gonzalez…)

“Of course you miss him, but we basically helped create every one of their goals on the day with our poor passing, and getting dispossessed in the last half of the field. To their credit, they were aggressive, won balls, and Kaka was instrumental in a few plays.”

(On if the game was an aberration…)

ARENA: “It better be an aberration, if not, that’s not a good sign.”

(On the penalty kick call…)

ARENA: “In my opinion, a really poor call by the referee, the goalkeeper did an outstanding job coming out and blocking the shot.”

(On if the lineup was too makeshift…)

ARENA: “Injuries are part of the game. It’s guys’ jobs to step up for players that can’t play, and we didn’t get that done today.”

(On if he’s happy the team’s three game roadtrip is over…)

ARENA: “Yeah. It’ll be nice to be back home [on Friday], but if we play like we played today then we’re not going to get three points.”