CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to continue their chase for the Supporters' Shield on Saturday when they take on Toronto FC.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we compare the careers of Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe on both an English Premier League and MLS level.
CARSON, Calif. -- No player in MLS knows Jermain Defoe quite like his former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Robbie Keane, and as he prepares to lead playoff hopeful Toronto FC into StubHub Center, Keane understands that LA will have their hands full with the Englishman.
After missing the last two months with a hamstring injury, Defoe is expected to be available for selection when Toronto take on the Galaxy on Saturday. Although he's missed the last six games for TFC, he's still the team's leading goal scorer with 11 goals for the Reds.
"He's a fantastic player and a typical goal scorer. He can score many different types of goals and can finish all over the field," said Keane. "I bet that he's excited to get playing and I know that he doesn't like to be injured, so he'll be dangerous if he gets on the field, but I hope that he won't do too well against us."
Trumpted as a top tier signing in the offseason, Defoe's time with Toronto has been a turbulent one with the player repeatedly linked to a move back to his native England. Although rumors have swirled about Defoe's commitment to TFC, Keane says that his former teammate remains a valuable asset for Toronto.
"I wouldn't say that he's had a difficult time because when he's played, he's done well," added Keane. "You can't help injuries which is just part of what we do. People are simply saying that he's not adapting because of the speculation of him moving somewhere else. If you look at how he's played, he's scored goals."
As for the business of marking Defoe, Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez believes that much like New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, LA will be need to be mindful of his presence in the penalty area if they're to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games.
"Defoe is a great player, but we have to be focused on ourselves. If we can make Toronto run and chase the game by having possession than that's great. However as soon as we lose the ball, we have to be mindful of the space behind us because that's where he's the most deadly. He's a tricky player, but I'm sure that we have guys that can handle him."
LA Galaxy Homegrown Player and Galaxy II stalwart Oscar Sorto was among 21 players called up to the U.S. Under-23 National Team for their upcoming training camp in Brazil.
The U.S. U-23s will train in Brasilla from Oct. 10-12 and then face their Brazilian counterparts on Oct. 13 at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilla.
Sorto's participation with the U.S. U-23 squad will be his first competitive action since he enjoyed a strong season for LA Galaxy II with 23 appearances for the USL PRO semifinalists. Joining Sorto on the squad is former Galaxy Academy player Mario Rodriguez who is currently with German club Borussia Monchengladbach.
The complete roster is below:
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan is a front-runner for the MLS MVP, but the forward isn't too focused on his own candidacy, he's backing teammate Robbie Keane's bid to be recognized as the top player in MLS in 2014.
In his final professional season, Donovan has enjoyed a stellar campaign with the Galaxy notching 10 goals and 18 assists. Those numbers have catapulted Donovan to the thick of the MVP conversation alongside Keane, Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins, New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen and several others.
Much like Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, Donovan believes that the stats are clear that Keane is the choice for MVP.
"His ability to create chances and wreck havoc on defenses is unlike any other," said Donovan. "With all due respect to Obafemi, there's no other player in the league like Robbie. The things that he does week to week are spectacular.
"We're very lucky to have him and there's no question that he's the MVP."
But wouldn't an MVP trophy help Donovan close out his legendary career in style? The Galaxy star says no.
"To be completely honest, I'd rather Robbie win [MVP] and I'd rather us win a championship," said Donovan. "I'm not worried about that."
LA Galaxy Academy defender Hugo Arellano scored as the U.S. U-17's crushed their counterparts from Costa Rica 5-2.
Arellano and one-time Galaxy Academy forward Haji Wright started the match as the Americans dominated from start to finish with Wright scoring three times. But it was the Galaxy's U.S. U-17 defender who scored the game-winner with his tally in the 51st minute.
The U.S. take on Canada on Oct. 3 before ending the tournament two days later against Panama.
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan has cemented his place as the league’s all-time assist king by pulling level with New England Revolution mainstay Steve Ralston’s record of 135 career assists, but he also has a chance to have one of the best assist seasons in league history.
Donovan has tallied a league-leading 18 assists which is the highest total in seven seasons. With one more assist this season; Donovan will not only take sole possession of the record, but also tie five other players who tallied a total of 19 helpers in a single season.
Even if Donovan can take sole possession of the second highest single season assist total, it’ll be a stretch for him to catch Valderrama’s top mark of 26 assists in the 2006.
A complete table of Donovan's pursuit is below.
Carlos Valderrama (Tampa Bay Mutiny, 2000)
Marco Etcheverry (DC United 1996 & DC United, 1998)
Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew, 2008)
Steve Ralston (New England Revolution, 2002)
Carlos Valderrama (Tampa Bay Mutiny, 1999)
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy, 2014)
In the latest edition of "Cobi's Corner," LA Galaxy legend and broadcaster Cobi Jones speaks to defender Dan Gargan on his stellar season with LA.
Omar Alejandro Gonzalez has excelled on the soccer field, but now he's looking to extend his reach to the film industry with his directorial debut in "Every Dog Has Its Day."
The defender turned director released his venture into filmmaking on Sunday with a adventure film detailing the trip of six friends to an unknown land. The brief film is a true tour de force. In EDHID, we get a chance to see Omar Alejandro's skills at not only piloting a DJII drone helicopter, but also several miles of rich Rancho Palos Verdes coastline.
Omar Alejandro displays a unique talent for incorporating Mother Nature into the story line while also interspersing several exciting cameos like LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic and man on a boat. It's no surprise that Omar Alejandro's work has already earned selection into the "Brendan Hannan Film Festival" and the coveted "ACB Choice" award.
All in all, the film is a triumph for Supporters' Shield films and has to be awarded FOUR paws up.
EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY
Rating: D (for strong dog related content and questionable beach attire)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense & Adventure
Directed By: Omar Alejandro
Written By: Omar Alejandro
In Theaters: YouTube
Box Office: Unknown
Runtime: 1 minute and 34 seconds