LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and Panama are going to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but their dreams of playing in the Copa CentroAmericana Final and a chance at the 2016 Copa America Centenario fell just short on Wednesday.
Panama earned a 2-0 victory over Nicaragua at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium, but were unable to earn the three goal victory that could have placed them in a random draw with Costa Rica for a berth in the Central American final. Blas Perez and Roman Torres scored the goals for Panama in the victory. Los Canaleros will now face Honduras in the third place game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday evening.
With Panama already through to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, questions remained on whether Penedo would opt to return to the Galaxy, but the goalkeeper told reporters in Texas that he hopes to stay with the national side.
Penedo confirma que se queda con la selección hasta el 3er partido.
— David Sakata (@DavidSakata) September 11, 2014
MONTREAL -- The LA Galaxy will have two major absences when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.
Landon Donovan and Dan Gargan picked up yellow cards that will rule them out of Sunday's clash due to card accumulation. For Donovan, the suspension will cause him to miss his final game against his former club.
After the game, Donovan admitted that he was frustrated that he picked up a yellow card for dissent.
"I'm frustrated at myself. I should know better and I should have let it go. It's frustrating when we see a pretty clear handball that's not called and then they go down and score," said Donovan. "As a player in a game, it's frustrating, but I should know better and I should have done a better job letting it go."
MONTREAL -- Head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters after the Galaxy's 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact.
His thoughts are below.
(On whether he was pleased with how the team fought back in the second half…)
ARENA: I have to give the guys credit, but we weren’t good enough. We didn’t play tonight. To get a point when you’re down two goals, I guess I can’t complain a lot, but on the night we weren’t good.
(On the tactical switch at half time, putting in Robbie Rogers…)
ARENA: We switched to a back four because we don’t have the players capable of making the kind of adjustments that I asked them to make with a back three. That’s my responsibility. I’d like to see that we had players with a bit of a more tactical feel, but it’s obvious that some of them don’t and it’s not the appropriate formation to play so that’s my responsibility as the coach. At halftime the message was to get a goal in, to get back in the game. After the second goal, I thought we would win the game but in the end we just weren’t sharp.
(On the team getting a point in the game…)
ARENA: There’s still a point out of that and considering that we made a mess for ourselves, that we got a point out of it was good. But we need to be better over 90 minutes than we were tonight. … They fouled us tactically and made some good fouls and if we were a little smarter, we’d have done the same and probably avoided a couple goals.
(On Zardes, Gordon and the offense…)
ARENA: He’s been good and unfortunately for Gyasi, I had to stick him out wide to get Alan in. Alan gets a goal and he’s doing a great job. We looked a little tired and we weren’t clicking.
(On Karl Ouimette tonight…)
ARENA: I am happy to be part of the MLS and to see how they treat their players when they are in grief. My heart goes out to Karl and his family and I was happy to see the support he got from the fans here in Montreal tonight. If there is anything that I’m proud of it’s that we could recognize those families.
(On Landon Donovan as possible MLS MVP candidate….)
ARENA: That’s not for me to talk about. That’s for all of you [reporters] on your websites and your Twitters. It’s not important at this point and I don’t want to get involved in that conversation. [Besides] isn’t it September now? He’s playing well.
MONTREAL -- The LA Galaxy will not have the services of Todd Dunivant or A.J, DeLaGarza for their match against the Montreal Impact, leading to questions about just who starts along the left side of defense for LA.
With DeLaGarza still away from the side after the tragic passing of his newborn son and Dunivant out for six weeks due to a groin injury, the Galaxy will likely have to mix up their squad heading into the match in Montreal. There will likely be no shortage of options for Galaxy boss Bruce Arena, however.
Arena may opt to insert the recovering Robbie Rogers and James Riley for 45 minute intervals or possibly throw in Tommy Meyer at right back and allow the versatile Dan Gargan to lineup along the left side. The options don't end there, however, as Arena opted for a three in the back formation in the Galaxy's 6-0 victory over Colorado that he may choose to return to.
But no matter who gets the call, Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez is confident that LA will be able to hold off Montreal.
"It's business as usual. Whoever Bruce decides to put in knows that they have big shoes to fill. The surrounding guys around them know that we have the confidence in them to get the job done," said Gonzalez. "For us, there's no worry because the guys that are on our roster are there for a reason -- they're good players. At any point, we can step up and make a difference. Todd, James and Robbie Rogers may be on the mend so we're going to figure it out and that's what championship teams do."
MONTREAL -- In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "What to Watch For," Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino preview the match against the Montreal Impact.
Check it out below.
Bradford Jamieson IV started as the U.S. Under-20's earned a 1-1 draw against Argentina on Tuesday in the final match of their South American excursion.
Zach Pfeffer scored the lone goal for the Americans in the 61st minute to help the U.S. end their international trip with a 2-0-1 record. The trip was a highly successful one for Jamieson who appeared in all three matches and scored twice in the team's 3-2 victory over the Defensa y Justicia Reserves last week.
The 17-year-old Galaxy Homegrown Player will now return to Southern California where he's expected to be available for selection for Saturday's USLPRO playoff match against the Rochester Rhinos at StubHub Center.
MONTREAL -- The LA Galaxy will look to extend their five-game winning streak to six on Wednesday when they take on the Montreal Impact.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the team's recent offensive success.
One day, Gyasi Zardes will like to be the leading goal scorer in MLS, but while that distinction will likely elude him this year, with his incredible goal tear this summer, he's already setting records.
With two goals in the LA Galaxy's 6-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids, Zardes brought his goal total on the year to 14 which set the all-time single season goal tally for MLS Homegrown Players. Zardes' mark of 14 bested New England Revolution attacker Diego Fagundez, who scored 13 goals a season ago.
In all, Zardes has scored 17 goals in all competitions this year after only scoring four times last year.