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10 March 3:57 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Jaime Penedo declared on Monday that there is “no problem” between him and the LA Galaxy coaching staff after an UniMas report during last week’s 2-0 LA win over the Chicago Fire stated that he was purposely benched in favor of Brian Rowe due to contract negotiations.

On Friday Galaxy coach Bruce Arena quickly denied the report and cited Penedo’s “nagging injuries” as the reason behind the reason that Panamanian was benched. After training on Monday, Penedo, who is signed through the end of the 2015 season, shook off the report, and stated that he was focused on returning to his place between the pipes when the Galaxy face the Portland Timbers this weekend.

"The contract is there, but I just need to continue to look to win a championship,” Penedo said. “The team has the option, but it is not my priority right now. ...The coach and I have come to an agreement, and that is all set.”

LA GALAXY RESERVES DEFEAT LA GALAXY II IN SHORT GAME SCRIMMAGE

Ahead of this week's trip to Oregon to face the Portland Timbers, a reserve-laden Galaxy squad defeated LA Galaxy II in a 60 minute scrimmage on Tuesday.

Alan Gordon scored two goals for the Galaxy while Todd Dunivant added a third in the practice game.

GYASI ZARDES WORKING WITH ON FINISHING WITH JOSE VILLARREAL 

A year ago, Gyasi Zardes was the breakout star for the LA Galaxy, but in 2015, it’s fellow Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal who is eager to fill that role.

Villarreal notched a goal in an impressive shift along the left side of midfield in the Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire, and put himself in contention to start again this Sunday when LA faces the Portland Timbers. Following the match against the Fire, Zardes spoke highly of Villarreal, and after practice on Tuesday, he echoed his praises.

"We're working together on finishing, and we're always helping each other," said Zardes. "We're both hungry to be on the field and stay there. He scored a beautiful goal [against the Fire], and I'll make sure that he stays confident and if he gets down then I'll be there to help him."

10 March 1:24 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo has been named to Panama's squad for the nation's upcoming friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica, the Panamanian federation announced on Tuesday

Penedo, who was left out of the starting lineup for the Galaxy's opening match against the Chicago Fire, is expected to start for Panama when they face the Soca Warriors in Port of Spain on March 27, and again when they host Costa Rica in Panama City on March 31. The matches will serve as preparation for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

Due to his participation in the friendlies, the Panamanian goalkeeper will miss the Galaxy's March 28 road match against D.C. United.

06 March 11:49 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to the media after the club's 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire in the opening match of the 2015 regular season.

Arena's comments are below.

(On starting Jose Villarreal…)

“Obviously he played well, and obviously got the winning goal for a really big game. He is a good player; he dedicates himself to being a good professional. He’s got the talent to be a real good player, so I’m really pleased with his game today. … Last year for a while, we loaned him to Cruz Azul and it didn’t work out. He came back, but 2014 was really a little bit of a wasted year for him. We started to get him going a little bit with Galaxy II, but he’s  is a player with a lot of talent, maybe his best position would be a second forward. Perhaps where Robbie Keane plays, but he’s not going to get on the field because of that. We have a lot of forwards, and we asked him to make this transition to midfield, and it’s a bit challenging, but he has worked real hard to get fit. I thought tonight he showed that, and he did in his last couple of preseason games. So we’re pretty excited about his development.”

(On relying on Stefan Ishizaki with the absence of Donovan…)

“I don’t even give any of that a thought. We’re building a team for this year, and it has nothing to do with Landon not being here. It has to do with the players that are here and getting better and making our team better. Landon is obviously respected, and we appreciate everything he has done, but that is over. Ishizaki is in his second year in this league, he is much more comfortable. He is a very good player, and we expect him to have a really good year this year, as he did last year.”

(On defensive line…)

ARENA: “It’s a pretty experienced group. All of our players, beside the group the group that started tonight, you saw A.J. coming on, we have Tommy Meyer, and Todd Dunivant, we have good experienced players that can play multiple positions in the back line and they have played together for a while. So they are pretty consistent and obviously talented. Omar is a tremendous talent, Leonardo is probably a little bit of an unsung hero, he’s played very well for us, he is going to have an outstanding season.”

(On why Rowe started over Penedo…)

ARENA: “Jaime has had some knocks in preseason and he hasn’t played that much. We felt that Brian was a little ahead of Jaime at this point.”

(On UniMas reporting that Penedo sat out the game due to contract negotiations…)

ARENA: “He is healthy…That wasn’t my decision. Our decision was made because we felt that Brian was the right guy for this game.”

(On the league starting on time…)

ARENA: “It was great. I think the league had to go on, and start on schedule this year. I don’t think we could have received the type of support we need if there we had a strike and the season was delayed. I think it’s important that we got the season started on time, and obviously we are real happy to be able to play.”

(On the experienced nature of the team…)

ARENA: “It’s the same thing for the most part, they’re an experienced group, & they know how to play and at home we obviously played well. But it’s an experienced group of players on the field and they’ve tasted a lot of success and they understand what they need to do to win games. We’ve been through it before, and I thought the first half we played well, especially the last 15 minutes of the half. So I think it’s just a matter of time to get a goal, and I think Chicago started off the second half much better. They put us under some pressure, so obviously Jose’s goal was big. We thought that we put them in a position where they tire out a little bit because they had to do a lot of defending in the first half. Our guys kept their concentration and had the kind of discipline they needed to have. When they got the first goal, I thought they felt pretty comfortable that they would be able to get a second one, and get three points.”

(On if the team’s sharpness ‘waxed and waned’…)

ARENA: “Wax and wane? I don’t know if it did that. Wax and wane? We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be. It was the first game of the season. The players don’t fully have their legs yet, but if we were a little bit sharper in the first half then we’d get a goal, no question.” 

05 March 4:49 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy's season is finally here. 

The club will open up the 2015 MLS regular season on Friday when they host the Chicago Fire at StubHub Center. In 2015, the Galaxy will look to once again dominate at home where they went an astounding 15-1-4 in both regular season and postseason matches.

In the very first edition of By the Numbers in 2015, we take a look at the Galaxy's goal differential at home during the 2014 campaign. 

 

05 March 3:43 pm

Robbie Keane has a message for budding star Bradford Jamieson IV as the youngster prepares to carve out a starting role during the 2015 regular season.

Keep your head up.

No, he’s not saying it figuratively, but quite literally, as the winger seeks to become an offensive force along the left side of the Galaxy midfield.

 Jamieson earned the start on the left flank in the club’s final preseason match against the San Jose Earthquakes. However, the game was a mixed bag for Jamieson who displayed an ability to launch clever shots at goal, but also struggled to make a consistent impact along the flank before he was pulled for eventual goal scorer Jose Villarreal.

Following the match, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said that Jamieson is “still just a kid” with a “ways to go” in his development, but his captain declared that there will be “no more excuses” made for the Galaxy’s youngsters, stating that they’ll be expected to contribute in the year ahead.

“He’s young. He still has to learn,” Keane said after the club's final preseason game in San Jose. “With the ability that he has, he can beat people no problem, but what young players do, and I’ve seen this for many years, they feel like if they beat someone then they can just keep going and keep [moving forward]. The reality is that it doesn’t always happen that way.

To truly hammer home the lesson, Keane referenced 2014 breakout star Gyasi Zardes, and the strides that he has made over the past two years.

“[Jamieson] got to keep his head up and once he learns to do that, as we saw last year with Gyasi...,the quicker that the younger lads learn then the better that they’re going to be, and the more opportunities that they’re going to have for the team,” said Keane. “Sometimes he just needs to pick up his head a little bit more and see what his options are. Once he does that, he’ll be a big player for this team because he’s got all the ability in the world.”

Jamieson, to his credit, agreed with the captain and noted that if he’s going to challenge for a regular starting spot then he’ll need to become a consistent contributor.

“[Keane] told me that I need to be able to pick my head up a half a second [quicker], and other little things that are going to allow me to separate myself from other players,” said Jamieson. “I still feel that if I’m pushing hard and I’m putting in good performances, I think that I’ll be to solidify a spot on the squad. This is a huge opportunity for me.”

05 March 2:30 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- On the eve of the MLS regular season, LA Galaxy are set to bolster their roster with the additions of Finnish midfielder Mika Vayrynen and rookie Ignacio Maganto, the LA head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Vayrynen was in training with the Galaxy on Thursday after trialing with the team during their recent trip to Europe. After noting after the club's game against Shamrock Rovers that the club was interested, Arena stated that he was ready to bring in the veteran central midfielder. 

"We plan to sign him," said Arena. 

In addition to Vayrynen, Arena also confirmed that the club is expecting to keep Maganto who was drafted with the 21st selection of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. 

The news comes after Arena told reporters on Monday that the team will be adding Edson Buddle before the start of the season. On Thursday, Arena said the paperwork was in and the official announcement on Buddle's status was coming soon. 

04 March 4:01 pm

It's no secret that Edson Buddle will be joining the LA Galaxy, but LA boss Bruce Arena expects the veteran forward to contribute in the upcoming season. 

Arena revealed on Monday that the Galaxy will be signing the forward before the end of week after a successful preseason training stint with the club. Buddle will look to return to form with the Galaxy after two difficult seasons with the Colorado Rapids, but despite his difficulties with the Rapids, Arena has full confidence in Buddle to perform in 2015. 

"He's an experienced forward. He's scored 100 goals in this league and there's no reason to believe that he can't score a few more," he said. "He's a good experienced forward. He can hold the ball up, he's hard to play against. He's going to play a role for us this year. We're going to have a lot of games this year and it's going to help having an experienced forward on the field." 

THE GALAXY WANT TO MAKE STUBHUB CENTER A FORTRESS

The LA Galaxy had a nearly unblemished record at StubHub Center in 2015, and if the club is to repeat as MLS Cup champions, the belief is that they must continue to dominate at home. 

A year ago, the Galaxy went a stunning 15-1-4 at home in all MLS competitions with their  lone loss came in club's season opener way back on March 8, 2014. As the Galaxy prepare for the upcoming season, team captain Robbie Keane believes that staying perfect at home is key for LA's hopes of another title. 

"We need to continue to do the same [thing we did last year]," said Robbie Keane. "We need to make sure that this place is difficult for players and teams to come. We want them to not enjoy coming here and know that it'll be a difficult game when you play against the LA Galaxy." 

BRUCE ARENA: LA GALAXY AREN'T "DEFENDING" ANYTHING IN 2015

The LA Galaxy will enter the 2015 season as the defending champions of Major League Soccer, but Galaxy boss Bruce Arena has a qualm with the use of the  word "defending." 

"We're not defending anything," said Arena. "Its' a new season. We're trying to win a championship, we're not defending one."

04 March 11:42 am

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