CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy defense has been riddled with injuries as of late, but according to head coach Bruce Arena, LA may welcome back one -- or possibly two -- member of their walking wounded back to the lineup during Sunday's game against FC Dallas.
Right back Dan Gargan missed out on Saturday's game due to a left ankle sprain while Robbie Rogers suffered a left hamstring injury that forced him from the early stages of the victory over Toronto. Both players took part in portions of the Galaxy's training session on Tuesday and according to Arena, both are working their way back onto the field.
"They're doing fine. Their issues are very much short term," said Arena who said that he anticipated that one of them to be ready on Sunday. "We'll have to go into the week and see. It's only Tuesday right now."
CARSON, Calif. –Landon Donovan will take the field for a final time for the U.S. National Team this Friday against Ecuador and according to the Galaxy great, it couldn’t have happened without the influence of U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati.
Donovan was named captain for the match on Tuesday by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, but the 32-year-old forward told reporters that he has yet to speak to the national team boss ahead of the game. While Donovan’s relationship with Klinsmann has been noticeably frosty since he was excluded from the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,
“I give Sunil a lot of credit for making the effort to make this happen. He made sure that this was going to happen and I’m glad that he did. I wasn’t sure at first, but he did a good job of making sure that it all came together. I’m sure that it’s going to be a terrific event and I’m very excited.”
And when asked if his USMNT swansong would not have happened without Gulati’s sway, Donovan's answer was revealing.
“I don’t know for sure,” admitted Donovan. “But I’d say that’s a safe assumption.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan will serve as the captain for his final U.S. National Team match which will take place this Friday against Ecuador in Hartford, Connecticut.
The match against Ecuador will help Donovan close out an impressive international career that included 157 caps and 57 goals as well as three World Cup appearances. Donovan will depart for Hartford on Thursday ahead of the game against Ecuador where he expects to have a ceiling on his minutes ahead of Sunday's Galaxy match against FC Dallas.
"I'm guessing I'll play 20 to 30 minutes," said Donovan.
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane makes MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after brace against Toronto FC
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane's brace in the LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Toronto FC helped the team's captain earn a selection to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week, the site announced on Monday.
Keane notched his fourth multi-goal game of the season in the victory over Toronto including a stunning volley for the team's opening tally that is nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. The Irishman who has put up MVP-type numbers this season with 19 goals and 14 assists, will not be in the lineup for LA during Sunday's match with FC Dallas after being called up to the Republic of Ireland for their Euro 2016 qualifiers.
In addition to Keane earning a Team of the Week nod, Landon Donovan was placed on the squad's bench after setting a new MLS all-time assist record during the win.
The LA Galaxy announced two players called up to their respective international sides on Monday as Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez (United States) joined Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) on national team duty, joining Landon Donovan, who was named to the U.S. squad last month.
Donovan will take the field for a final time in a U.S. National Team on Oct. 10 against Ecuador in Hartford, Connecticut and then rejoin the Galaxy ahead of their match against FC Dallas next Sunday. Meanwhile, Gonzalez will join the long-time USMNT star for the Hartford match, but there was no word on whether he'll play against Honduras in Boca Raton, Florida on Oct. 14.
While the U.S. play in a series of friendlies, Keane will join a Republic of Ireland squad for a pair of qualifying matches for the 2016 European Championships. First, Ireland will host European newcomers Gibraltar on Oct. 10 in Dublin before taking on 2014 World Cup champion Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Oct. 14.
Keane's call-up means that the Galaxy will be quite shorthanded heading into their match against FC Dallas next weekend. In addition to missing their captain, they'll already be without Marcelo Sarvas due to yellow card accumulation while defenders Dan Gargan (left ankle sprain) and Robbie Rogers (left hamstring) are each dealing with injuries and remain in question.
The LA Galaxy are headed back to the CONCACAF Champions League.
By virtue of Real Salt Lake's 1-0 defeat to Chivas USA, the Galaxy can finish no lower than second in the Western Conference which will allow LA to clinch a berth in the 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League even if they are not successful in their bid to win the Supporters’ Shield.
With at least a second place finish in the Western Conference assured and Seattle already holding a CCL berth after winning the 2014 U.S. Open Cup, the Galaxy will hold a CCL place even if the Sounders win the Supporters’ Shield. The Galaxy will also still hold the place even if they finish in third in the shield chase to current Eastern Conference leaders as both Seattle (USOC) and DCU (Eastern Conference) will already possess CCL berths.
CONCACAF’s official verbiage on what occurs when a team holds two CCL spaces is as follows, “If a single MLS team occupies more than one of the U.S. slots, or a Canadian team captures any of the above (Canada has one CONCACAF Champions League berth awarded to the Canadian Championship winner), the berth would go to the next best US-based MLS team based on regular-season record.”
In addition to clinching a berth in next year’s CCL, the Galaxy will also host at least one second leg match in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Toronto FC.
(On the game...)
ARENA: “Good three points. Not our best game tonight. The second half, Toronto played well. Probably a little bit more aggressive, won a bunch of second balls. Had us out of rhythm at times. What can I say; it was 2-0 at halftime. We kind of know the score. We could have been a little bit better but it’s still a good sign to pick up three points on a night where probably we are not at our best. I also give Toronto credit, they did pretty well tonight.”
(On Robbie Keane...)
ARENA: “Great goals, two great goals. Specially the second one. Classic Robbie [Keane], and he’s taking off for Ireland and we wish him the very best.”
(On James Riley’s return...)
ARENA: “I was hesitant about putting him in that early in the game and the thinking was he probably would have to come out in the second half at some point, but he hung in there so that’s terrific. He has worked really hard to come back from that surgery and that injury and to be able to give us 75 minutes or so tonight, in a night where we needed it, was big. That’s all part of the story with your teams, you have to call on everyone in your squad and James [Riley] stepped up and did his job tonight.”
(On Robbie Rogers...)
ARENA: “We’ll check him. There was a possibility he could have continued. We just took him in.”
(On Robbie Keane being MLS’ MVP this season...)
ARENA: “Listen, I think these things are difficult. And I hate, especially when it’s your player, it sounds like a little bit of home cooking for sure. In my view, he deserves to be Most Valuable Player in the league and there are a lot of other players in the league that have had very good performances this year but I think you step back and you look at it. I can’t see why people couldn’t conclude that Robbie [Keane] is the Most Valuable Player in the league.”
(On the Galaxy defense...)
ARENA: They played well. Second half [Toronto] got a bunch of dangerous crosses and our guys did a good job getting inside players and clearing balls. On the night it was pretty solid performance. Leonardo has played very solid for us as of late. He had a good showing tonight. And Omar [Gonzalez] and AJ [DeLaGarza] have been brilliant over the last four to six weeks. It’s a good performance by our guys. Obviously they need to continue that over the next, hopefully, couple of months of the season.
(On U.S. Soccer farewell game for Landon Donovan...)
ARENA: If he’s happy, I’m happy. That’s really for Landon to discuss. I think it’s a wonderful gesture by U.S. Soccer. Landon has earned that opportunity. I hope it turns out to be a great experience.