SEATTLE— The LA Galaxy were without captain Robbie Keane for Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC, but LA are confident that the team’s captain and leading scorer will be fit and ready to go once the team begins their postseason push.
A nagging injury forced Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena to leave Keane off the squad for the Supporters’ Shield deciding tilt. Although LA were clearly lacking Keane’s offensive spark on Saturday, Arena revealed postgame that the team thought it best to save the Irishman for the postseason which will begin Saturday with a match against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.
"He had a few nagging injuries and we thought it was best to keep him out so he would be ready for playoffs,” Arena said. “We also have to be careful with players on this field. This field is not perfect for a player that's not 100 percent."
SEATTLE -- The LA Galaxy will start the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs at the exact location where their postseason run ended 12 months earlier.
With FC Dallas' 2-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake clinched the third seed in the Western Conference and a date with the Galaxy on Nov. 1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. As the second seed, the Galaxy will host RSL in the return leg on Nov. 9 at StubHub Center. The times of both games have yet to be determined. The Galaxy went 1-1-1 against RSL this season with the lone draw coming at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 22.
LA have faced Real Salt Lake three times in the postseason in the past five years with RSL winning MLS Cup 2009 as well as the West Semifinals a year ago while the Galaxy booked their ticket to MLS Cup 2011 by defeating RSL in the 2011 Western Conference Final.
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SEATTLE -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters following the team's 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC.
On the game:
"I thought it was a good game. We were a little unlucky and we at least should have come out with a point."
On Robbie Keane:
"He had a few nagging injuries and we thought it was best to keep him out so he would be ready for playoffs. We also have to be careful with players on this field. This field is not perfect for a player that's not 100%."
On the amount of fouls called:
"The referee called more fouls this week than last week. He could have called 40 fouls last week on Seattle. The referee lost it a bit at the end. I would say the foul was on Marcelo Sarvas because he didn't notice that they didn't set the ball properly."
On having more possession:
"Yes, we controlled the game but we needed to be more dangerous in the last third of the field. They kept a lot of players back with us and played it pretty safe. We weren't able to create enough chances."
On Landon Donovan:
"Landon played better today than he did last week. He drew an important free kick in the beginning of the second half and had a few more chances. I think he could have been more aggressive looking for his shot. "
On the midfield:
"I thought Gyasi Zardes was a bit of a threat most of the game. I thought Stefan Ishizaki did well. Our whole midfield played well. Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas were also very good."
On the defense:
"The backline was excellent today. Did Seattle even get a chance in the game besides the mess at the end? We played pretty well."
On the final goal:
“Jaime Penedo needs to be quicker getting the ball out. Maybe he was fouled. The referee I think lost it a little bit at the end of the game. He must have been tired, too."
On preference of opponent next match:
"It doesn't matter who we play. We don't play those little games of payback. We play to try and win a championship."
For their must-win match on Saturday against Seattle Sounders FC, the LA Galaxy are intending to go back to black.
LA will wear their alternate third kits for Saturday's clash at CenturyLink Field in a fashion repeat of the team's jersey choice during their 3-0 win over Seattle back in July. Since introducing the jerseys during the 2013 campaign, the Galaxy have enjoyed immense success with a 5-0-1 record in the 1996-inspired uniforms. Donning the kit also typically means goals for the Galaxy as the team has scored an impressive 19 times in the jerseys while conceding just three times.
But no one has enjoyed more success in the alternate uniforms than Robbie Keane who has tallied eight of the Galaxy's 19 goals in the jerseys.
Sigi Schmid to Landon Donovan: "I think the Open Cup is a trophy. I’m sorry the Galaxy hasn’t won a lot of them."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy may need a victory in their clash against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday to win the club's fifth Supporters' Shield, but they insist the pressure is all on the home side.
Robbie Keane was quick to note following the team's training session on Thursday that the Galaxy were completely relaxed heading into their match. After all, the Galaxy have had considerable success in Seattle and carry a 4-3-2 record on the road all-time across all MLS competitions.
Fellow Designated Player Landon Donovan agreed, stating that Seattle has not only not had success against the Galaxy, but have also struggled to win important matches.
During Sounders practice on Friday, head coach Sigi Schmid responded to Donovan's comments even opting to cite his own history with the Galaxy.
"I think Landon was a little bit critical of us, saying that we don’t win trophies, they win trophies, we only win the U.S. Open Cup. I think the Open Cup is a trophy. I’m sorry the Galaxy hasn’t won a lot of them," said Schmid. "But on the same token we realize our shortcomings. I was at the Galaxy,and the Galaxy didn’t win a league trophy for a while. They won the Supporters Shield I think in ’98, but from ’96 until we won the MLS championship in 2002 we didn’t win an MLS championship. We’re in our sixth year, so hopefully that sixth year is the charm."
By the Numbers: LA Galaxy prepare to take on Seattle Sounders FC in Supporters' Shield deciding clash
SEATTLE - The LA Galaxy need a victory against Seattle Sounders FC to keep their Supporters' Shield dreams alive in their pivotal match on Saturday afternoon.
In the latest edition of LA Galaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins' success at the international and club levels.
Check it out below.
It was the day that Edson Buddle truly lived up to his famous namesake.
LAGalaxy.com took a look back at Buddle's stunning strike in the 2010 Western Conference Semifinal on the club's social channels as part of a "Throwback Thursday" post. The goal itself -- which is my favorite Galaxy goal in club history -- came in the 38th minute of the club's 1-0 victory over Seattle on Halloween night in the 2010 Western Conference Semifinal. LA eventually went on to win the two-leg series 3-1 on aggregate, but according to former Sounder turned Galaxy defender James Riley, the goal was one of the key moments in the rivalry between the two clubs.
"This has always been a series between two of the best teams in MLS but the play that I remember most from the rivary was Edson Buddle’s trap, chest and volley from a place that you wouldn’t think that anyone would shoot from," said Riley. "Then we were just standing around thinking, ‘did that really just happen?’"
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy head to CenturyLink Field on Saturday to take on Seattle Sounders FC needing a win to keep their Supporters' Shield dreams alive and LA captain Robbie Keane is bullish that they can accomplish that very goal.
LA have had plenty of success in Seattle since the Sounders entered MLS in 2009, boasting an impressive 4-3-2 record in all MLS competitions. Keane has been at the forefront of much of that success with two goals in all competitions against the Sounders including a lovely finish that helped LA earn a 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field last October.
"It’s a tough place to go, but there’s no reason why we can’t go there and win," Keane said on Thursday. "No pressure on us. It’s theirs to lose. I would say to the players go out and enjoy yourself. As players it’s a normal game. It’s theirs to throw away. The pressure’s on them."
A win will not only assure that the Galaxy win their fifth Supporters' Shield in club history -- a league record -- but also clinch home-field advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs including the final.
With so much on the line, Keane says the mission is simple:,"Make no mistake, we’re going to Seattle to win the game. No question about that.
"The pressure’s on them. They have the points and the wins already. Are you going to go and sit back? I don’t think they have that kind of team really," added Keane. "It will be interesting to see how they play. We know we have to go and play. I think we’re better suited when we know that’s the case. I think the pressure’s 100 percent on them.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy announced that the club has signed defender A.J. DeLaGarza to a multi-year deal on Wednesday.
DeLaGarza, 26, told reporters on Wednesday that his new deal will keep him with the Galaxy for the next four years. In 2014, the versatile defender has enjoyed yet another strong season that has included him winning the team's Defender of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year honors.
"There's no other place that I'd rather be," DeLaGarza said bluntly after training on Wednesday.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy's chase for the Supporters' Shield will come down to the final day when they travel to face Seattle Sounders FC.
While a Supporters' Shield chase going down to the final match may seem like a rarity in MLS, it has actually taken place five other times throughout the course of league history. In the last instance that involved the Galaxy surrounded their 2010 side that clinched the shield with 59 points over Real Salt Lake after a victory over FC Dallas in the season's final day.
Below are a series of instances when the league's regular season title was decided on the final day.
2013: New York Red Bulls (59pts) over Sporting Kansas City (58pts), Portland Timbers (57pts), Real Salt Lake (56pts)
Red Bulls win against Fire to clinch
2010: LA Galaxy (59pts) over Real Salt Lake (58pts)
Galaxy defeat FC Dallas to clinch shield
2004: Columbus Crew (49pts) over Kansas City Wizards (49pts)
Crew tie vs. Colorado Rapids to clinch Shield on goals scored tiebreaker
2001: Miami Fusion (53pts) over Chicago Fire(53pts)
Fusion defeat D.C. United to overtake Chicago, who drew. Clinch Shield due two wins over Fire on head-to-head tiebreaker
2000: Kansas City Wizards (57pts) over Chicago Fire (57pts), New York/New Jersey MetroStars (54pts)
Wizards draw Tampa Bay Mutiny to clinch Shield on goal differential tiebreaker