CARSON, Calif. -- The SuperClasico era will come to a close on Sunday with the final meeting between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA before the Rojiblancos are rebranded at the end of the season.
Although the place that the rivalry holds for players and supporters alike is still up for debate, it holds a special place for players like current LA forward Alan Gordon, who is among the most notable players to suit up in both of the StubHub Center locker rooms. A Galaxy player from 2007 to 2009, Gordon was dealt to the Rojiblancos midway through the 2010 campaign. Gordon's lone goal in nine appearances came against the Galaxy as his penchant for scoring on his former clubs was born.
Having the proper mentality aided Gordon when he tallied against LA and the Galaxy forward believes that is what the Rojiblancos players must have heading into Sunday's match.
"These games mean everything [for Chivas]," said Gordon. "The Galaxy are the giant and you're trying to slay the giant. You want to see how you measure with the big dogs."
But when you're with the Galaxy?
"On this side it's about maintaining your position on the podium," said Gordon. "You want to make sure that you don't give up any points or leverage to that other side."
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane and Jaime Penedo were named to their respective international squads, the club announced on Saturday.
Keane will join up with Ireland after the Galaxy's SuperClasico contest against Chivas USA on Sunday ahead of their Sept. 3 friendly against Oman in Dublin and their Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia on Sept. 7. Due to Keane's participation in the friendlies, he will miss the Galaxy's Sept. 5 home fixture against the Colorado Rapids.
Meanwhile, Penedo was named to Panama's squad for the upcoming 2014 Copa CentroAmericana. The U.S. based tournament will run from Sept. 3 to Sept. 13 with Panama placed in Group A along with Costa Rica and Nicaragua. With Penedo on international duty, the Galaxy will be without their starting goalkeeper until Sept. 14 clash the against San Jose Earthquakes.
CARSON, Calif. -- The Last SuperClasico is upon us.
The LA Galaxy will face the team soon to be formerly known as Chivas USA for a final time on Sunday in what is being billed by the Rojiblancos as "The Last Clasico." In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, rather than look at LA's statistical dominance over Chivas throughout the rivalry, we take a look at LA's recent success in the black kits that they will don on Sunday evening.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane has declared himself fit enough to be in consideration for the LA Galaxy's SuperClasico match with Chivas USA, but what role the club's Irish captain will play on Sunday is still undecided.
The Galaxy's 34-year-old Irish captain confirmed that he suffered a strained adductor during the match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC which has kept him on the shelf since. Keane made his return to training on Friday, but with another training shift completed a day later, the Galaxy forward is optimistic about his chances for Sunday's SuperClasico.
"I feel fine. We just have to see how the injury reacts today and tomorrow. We'll see how it is tomorrow. It's not 100 percent, but I'll be involved tomorrow and there's a good chance of that, but whether I start or not will depend on the reaction," said Keane. "It feels okay, but whether it's good enough to start is more of a precaution than anything else. Maybe I could be in reserve, but we'll have to see how it reacts."
Keane's optimism about his status for the SuperClasico was echoed by Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.
"It's possible," he said. "He looked good today in training."
Adding to the intrigue surrounding Keane's status for Sunday will be his role in Ireland's two upcoming matches after being named to the team's 21-man squad on Saturday. The Irish will play two matches next week including a Sept. 3 friendly against Oman in Dublin before kicking off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Georgia on Sept. 7 in the Georgian capital of Tblisi. Although there might be some concern on Keane's part about saving himself for those matches, he insists that any participation against Chivas will not hinder his availability for the national team.
"I have to listen to the trainers as well. Its their job to make sure that they get me right and I'm not pushing it. I can only go on how I feel. I felt good today in training so we just have to see how it is today and tomorrow. I'm not one of those people that leave something for a couple weeks time. I'm a now man and I like to play now.
"I'll certainly be ready for Ireland. There is no question about that. If I practice today and the game is not until next Sunday, then I certainly have a chance," Keane continued. "I'll have a chance for tomorrow, but starting or not is another thing."
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Ahead of the LA Galaxy’s final SuperClasico match against Chivas USA, LAGalaxy.com will celebrate Galaxy supporters with some special Supporters-centric pieces of content.
In the buildup to the match against Chivas on Sunday, LAGalaxy.com will feature various unique takes from supporters from each of the club’s three supporters groups. Whether it’s the match preview or my Three Points after the match, Galaxy supporters will have an opportunity to provide their opinions on the final SuperClasico.
To kick off the content series, I provided a look at the history of all three Galaxy supporters groups which you can read here.
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane made his return to LA Galaxy training on Friday, but whether he suits up for the club's match against Chivas USA remains in question.
Keane missed the Galaxy's 4-1 victory over D.C. United on Wednesday with an undisclosed injury, but according to head coach Bruce Arena, the Irishman trained briefly on Friday which could see him be available for selection for the match against Chivas USA.
"He's day to day," said Arena. "He was out here [at training] today so that was encouraging. Hopefully it'll be a little bit better [on Saturday] and we can consider him for Sunday."
Even if Keane does not suit up against the Rojiblancos, Arena insists that there is no excuse for the Galaxy to not earn a full three points in the final SuperClasico.
"Injuries are part of it for any team in any sport," said Arena. "When you get any injuries that can't be an excuse because you believe that the next guy can step up and produce. That's been the case for us recently."
CARSON, Calif. -- Stefan Ishizaki began the road back to the starting lineup on Friday by returning to full training for the first time since the club's 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 20.
Ishizaki picked up what he described as a "lower body injury" in the 54th minute of the Galaxy's win in Colorado when Ishizaki won the free kick that ultimately resulted in Omar Gonzalez's goal off an LA free kick. Just two days before the Galaxy's final SuperClasico match against Chivas USA, the Swedish winger made his return to full training, but is still unsure if he'll be available for Sunday's clash.
"We'll have to see how my injury reacts and we'll go forward from there. I'll have to see tonight and check in with the medical staff and we'll evaluate it from there," Ishizaki told LA Galaxy Insider. "I'm optimistic. I couldn't really do much a couple of days ago, but now I'm back in full training. It wasn't good, but now I'm feeling like I'm on the way to a speedy recovery."
CARSON, Calif. – Bradford Jamieson IV was named to 19-man roster for the U.S. Under-20’s upcoming camp in Argentina.
The camp in Argentina will last from Sept. 1 to Sept. 10 and will feature a match against the Argentina U-20’s on Sept. 9. During the 10 day camp, the U.S. U-20’s may also play against several Argentina first division reserves sides.
Jamieson has made 17 appearances for Los Dos while scoring six goals. The 17-year-old has made two appearances for the Galaxy first team as well.
The complete roster is below.
GOALKEEPERS: Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Evan Louro (Michigan; South River, N.J.)
DEFENDERS: Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City; Milford, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS: Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Gboly Ariyibi (Unattached; Arlington County, Va.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube; Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II will host their first round playoff match in Carson after their 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake reserves on Wednesday.
Charlie Rugg notched the lone goal for Los Dos as they clinched home field advantage in their first playoff match. With their victory, Galaxy II have totaled 47 points in their inaugural campaign and would host the fifth seeded Charleston Battery if the season ended today.
Although Los Dos could potentially catch up to third seeded Richmond Kickers by defeating the Kickers on Monday, head coach Curt Onalfo is pleased about the team's progress in their first season.
"We have so many objectives with this and we have a revolving roster with everything that happens in this roster, which makes it real challenge, but making the playoffs and getting a home game is a great accomplishment," said Onalfo. "I hope that we get some good support when we play inside the stadium on Sept. 13. It's just a matter of getting better in each game before that and positioning ourselves for a three game [playoff] push for a championship."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy twitter account refers to it as "Tiki Taco" but you can just refer to the 26-pass that led to Baggio Husidic's goal in the club's 4-1 rout of D.C. United as a stunning passing display.
LA's goal was part of a stellar passing performance by the Galaxy against United as the club made 563 passes with a completion percentage of 85 percent. Throughout the victory, the Galaxy's deft passing seem to befuddle the United leading to a 55.5 to 44.5 advantage in possession that seemed far more than the numbers seemed to dictate.
"The third goal for us tonight was probably one of the best goals of the year," said defender Omar Gonzalez. "I think we had the ball for maybe a minute and a half or two minutes before that, ending with a goal. That’s just beautiful soccer right there and it’s a lot of fun playing right now."
Added Landon Donovan, "When we pass and move that way, you see teams get dejected. They can’t get around the ball, it’s frustrating for them, and for us it gives us energy, it gives us confidence and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Such advantages in passing is nothing new for this Galaxy team that currently tied with FC Dallas in the league lead for total goals scored with 45, but the performance displayed against United was something far different -- even drawing some comparisons to the dominant 2011 LA Galaxy side which is a comparison that this current Galaxy side welcomes.
“I think we know that when we play a certain way, more often than not, we score goals and we win games," said Donovan.
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) August 28, 2014