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14 May 5:25 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane is on the mend but the LA Galaxy captain says that he’s still a week away from contending for a place in the team’s starting XI.

For a second consecutive day, Keane took part in light training with the Galaxy’s head of strength and conditioning, Daniel Guzman as he aims to return from a nagging groin strain.  The strain has left Keane on the shelf for the last six straight matches, which is the longest amount of time missed the Irish striker has missed since joining the Galaxy back in 2011.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena contends that Keane is in high spirits as he makes his recovery but for the Irishman, the lengthy layoff has been difficult.

“I love playing. It’s been frustrating, but it’s the way it is. If it had been a good few years ago I probably would have been an absolute disaster in the locker room. I’m the worst person in the world to be injured,” Keane told reporters. “You have to make sure you look after yourself well and want to get back as quick as I can. I’m certainly on the mend; I just have to be very, very careful.”

Keane appeared ready to return from the injury several weeks ago but suffered a setback in training that caused him to miss even more time. In light of his setback, Keane admits to being more measured in his recovery, knowing that it is in his best interest not to rush back—no matter how much it hurts to be on the sidelines.

“For me, the most important thing is getting back to training by the end of this week or the start of next week and seeing how I am,” said Keane. “I’m not going to say, ‘I hope to be back next week’ because I thought I was going to be back two or three weeks ago, and I wasn’t. I just want to start concentrating on getting back training next week, and we’ll take it from there.”

13 May 10:21 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Minutes after LA Galaxy II picked up a 2-0 victory over the Tulsa Roughnecks, they learned that they'll face PDL side Ventura County Fusion in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup next week. 

Ventura County eliminated Cal FC 6-5 in a penalty kick shootout that followed a dramatic match that ended in a 3-3 drawafter 120 minutes. The match sets them up for a date with Los Dos on May 20 at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium. 

Tickets for the U.S. Open Cup match can be found here.

13 May 3:31 pm

LA Galaxy II will learn their opponent for the U.S. Open Cup second round tonight when the Ventura County Fusion take on Cal FC. 

Los Dos host the winner of the Ventura County/Cal FC match on May 20 at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium. 

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13 May 2:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane returned to the practice field on Wednesday for a brief workout at the end of the team's training session on Wednesday. 

Keane came onto the training ground toward the end of the session and worked out on the side with Head of Strength and Conditioning coach Daniel Guzman. The Irishman has been sidelined for the past six games with a groin injury, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is optimistic that his captain will be back soon. 

"He should be back on the field very shortly," Arena told Time Warner Cable SportsNet on Wednesday. "We're very happy with his progress."

Despite Arena's praise, whether Keane takes the field against Orlando City SC this weekend is still up in the air. Although the Galaxy attack has struggled lately, Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan says that the club has no plans to rush Keane back from his injury. 

"He feels very good. He needed this break, he never had a proper preseason due to our travel and his travel with Ireland which may have put us in a tough starting point," Sarachan told LA Galaxy Insider. "But I think that this rest and recovery has been an important piece for him. I think when he comes back, he'll be at a really good level, but it's not anything at this stage that needs to be rushed.

"Even though Robbie is a competitor and wants to play, he's realistic and knows that he's almost there."

12 May 5:40 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane was named to the Republic of Ireland's 33-man preliminary roster for their upcoming friendly against archrival England on June 7 and UEFA Euro 2016 Group D Scotland on June 13

The Galaxy captain has not played in the team's last six matches due to a groin strain but could return to the training field this week ahead of the team's date with Orlando City SC. Currently all signs point to Keane being fit by the time that Ireland boss Martin O'Neill trims his roster on June 1. 

Having a healthy Keane in the lineup will only boost Ireland's European Championship hopes as the Boys in Green currently find themselves in fourth place in Group D, two points behind the Scots. 

12 May 2:16 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane is inching close to returning to the field. 

After the Galaxy's training session on Tuesday, LA head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that Keane may return to the training ground this week ahead of the club's clash with Orlando City SC. Keane has missed the Galaxy's last six games with a groin strain, and according to Arena, did not train with the team on Tuesday.

"We may be back on the field this week," Arena said. 

BRADFORD JAMIESON IV TO REMAIN WITH THE LA GALAXY THROUGH ORLANDO CITY SC GAME

Despite his call-up to the U.S. U-20's the LA Galaxy will have the services of Bradford Jamieson IV through their upcoming trip to Orlando City SC. 

The 18-year-old midfielder confirmed on Tuesday that he'll remain with the club through Sunday's match, and then join up with the U-20 squad in Australia. Ramos' squad is slated to leave for the 2015 U-20 World Cup on Saturday.

The U.S. U-20's will open the U-20 World Cup on May 30 against Myanmar.

ANDREW WOLVERTON JOINS THE LA GALAXY IN TRAINING

LA Galaxy draft pick Andrew Wolverton has finally joined the club five months after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. 

Wolverton has been unable to join the club due to a foot injury but the mammoth 6-foot-6 goalkeeper drew positive reviews from Arena after his first day

"He had surgery in January and has had a long rehab process but for his first day, he looked pretty good," Arena said. "He's a young prospect which was the reason that we drafted him. He's got great size and we'll see how he is, but it was his first day in training and he's done well so far."

12 May 12:45 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Famed LA Galaxy rival Dwayne De Rosario announced his retirement via social media on Sunday after an 18-year career. 

The all-time leading goal scorer for Canada, De Rosario earned a host of honors in Major League Soccer including four MLS Cups, six MLS Best XI's, seven MLS All-Star appearances, and one MLS MVP (2011). During his time in MLS, De Rosario suited up for the San Jose Earthquakes (2001-05), Houston Dynamo (2006-08), Toronto FC (2009-11), New York Red Bulls (2011), D.C. United (2011-13), and Toronto FC once more. (2014).

The greatness of "DeRo" is unquestioned but for our purposes, De Rosario's finest moment may have come on October 15, 2006 when he scored a beautiful bending goal for the San Jose Earthquakes against the LA Galaxy.  

Was his goal the greatest of MLS history?

Share your thoughts below. 

10 May 2:04 pm

In the latest edition of the LA Galaxy Insider breakdown, I take a look at new LA Galaxy signing Sebastian Lletget and give you a look on what he brings to the club.

Watch above. 

10 May 9:20 am

FRISCO, Texas -- LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes ended his eight game goalless streak, but you can forgive the 23-year-old for being less than pleased with the performance after the LA Galaxy's 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas.

Starting as the lone striker, Zardes snapped his scoreless drought in the 59th minute by nodding in a Stefan Ishizaki corner past Dallas’ goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. The run itself was vintage Zardes as the 23-year-old wiggled free of a defender to create the space needed to nod the cross down to the far post.

After the match, Zardes was pleased with his second goal of the season, but admitted that the way the Galaxy conceded two goals in the final 15 minutes left him in a sour mood.

"Personally, it's good to get the goal but that's not my main priority,” Zardes told reporters after the loss. “My main priority is the team and getting more than a point on this road trip. It's difficult losing a point like this."

With Robbie Keane (groin strain) and Jose Villarreal (hamstring strain) still dealing with injuries, the Galaxy could use more offensive production from Zardes. After the match, head coach Bruce Arena admitted that the time is now for Zardes to go on a scoring run much like he did in 2014 when he ended the season with 16 goals.   

"Let's hope," Arena said. "Let's hope."

09 May 10:40 pm

FRISCO, Texas -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters following his club's 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas. 

(On conceding two goals late in the game...)

ARENA: “We didn’t do well at the end of the game in the last 15 minutes or so, and that’s my responsibility. When a team plays that poorly on the road, they’re not well coached. We blew a lot of points this week, we could have stolen six points this week, and we walked away with one. That’s my responsibility; I have not done a good job with this team to get them tactically ready for games.”  

(On what he has to do to get the players to be better late..)

ARENA:"Train and get them to think when they're tired. We should not have lost that game tonight."

(On Gyasi Zardes' goal perhaps kick starting his confidence...)

ARENA: "Let's hope. Let's hope." 

(On the LA goal that was nullified by an offside call...)
 
ARENA: "I think the ball hit Tommy Meyer in an offside position."
 
(On losing Dan Gargan to yellow card accumulation suspension...)
 
ARENA: "We'll have someone else ready to go." 
 
(On the game as a whole...)
 
ARENA: "We played well for 75 minutes, we played poorly for 15."