CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan was awarded the North American Soccer Reporters' MLS Player of the Week award on Monday for his one goal and three assist performance in the LA Galaxy's 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls.
With three assists in the win over the Red Bulls, Donovan brought his career regular season total to 135 and tied New England Revolution legend Steve Ralston's all-time MLS assist mark.
Donovan has now been awarded Player of the Week four times during the 2014 season.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the Galaxy's 4-0 victory over New England Revolution.
Arena's comments are below.
(On Landon Donovan’s performance...)
ARENA: “He was a key figure in the first goal. In the second half, I thought he was outstanding. He showed his quality in the second half. Our team, in general, played quite well in second half. Give the Red Bulls credit, they had a good 15, 20 minutes in the first half where they put a lot of pressure on the team. We got better in the second half.”
(On Robbie Keane’s performance...)
ARENA: “Good performance. Two important goals. Obviously, the first one was a classic Keane goal. Spectacular goal. Overall, very good game.”
(On Jaime Penedo’s performance...)
ARENA: “He’s improved. I think over the last six weeks he’s played very well. Tonight, I think, he made a bunch of key saves in the first half to prevent the Red Bulls from getting back into the game. Like anyone else, [Jaime had to improve] a little bit in every area. He’s just gotten better. His confidence has improved. He’s feet have gotten better. He’s very good coming off his line on a couple of plays tonight.”
(On Landon Donovan tying the all-time assist record...)
ARENA: “Rarely do you see a player with the combination of being able to score goals and create goals. Those qualities are excellent. He used to be, I thought, purely a goal scorer. He’s a much better creator now. He’s a good passer of the ball. He’s improved. He’s gotten better. Him and Robbie [Keane] have been responsible for bring Gyasi [Zardes] along. I think their ability to pass and move is critical to our success.”
(On the remaining games of the season...)
ARENA: “I don’t want to do anything differently. We want to try and keep getting better as a team. There is certainly a bunch of challenging games ahead. We are playing teams to close out the season that all are important. Toronto is fighting for a playoff spot. Dallas is jocking for a good position. And obviously, Seattle is with us battling for the first spot. All these games mean something.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Gyasi Zardes' continued his career season with his 16th goal of the season in the LA Galaxy's 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls.
A danger from the moment the game started, Zardes found the back of the net off an impressive team build-up in the 69th minute of play.
“There was a through ball, I brought it back and passed it to [Stefan] Ishizaki and I ran off," he recalled. "I took a couple of touches with my left and I saw [Landon Donovan] just posted right there and I just played him in, got it right back and just tried to focus on putting the ball in the frame and it worked out pretty well.”
The goal extended his impressive scoring run of six goals in six gmes, but Zardes readily admitted that his goal against New York was certainly extra special as it came against his idol Thierry Henry.
“It feels good [to play against Henry]. I used to watch him when he used to play for Arsenal," said Zardes. "I was a kid sitting down on the couch and my dad watching every single game of his. Just to play on the same field as him is an incredible feeling. Just to score a goal on the same field as him is just a landmark within my career.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane and New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips are among the league leaders in scoring, but just which one has been the most valuable player to his team?
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the impact that both players have had this season.
CARSON, Calif. – Growing up playing soccer on the blacktop in Hawthorne, Gyasi Zardes emulated the slick moves of French soccer star Thierry Henry then as a rookie, the young forward struggled in front of net as the LA Galaxy slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Henry’s New York Red Bulls.
Now amid is breakout second season in MLS, Zardes appears poised to challenge his former idol as one of the chief leaders of a Galaxy offense that ranks among the top in the league. Zardes has enjoyed a stellar second season, scoring 15 goals for the Galaxy, but despite all his success, the 23-year-old is excited to play against his childhood idol.
“I used to watch Thierry Henry growing up as a kid when he was playing with Arsenal,” Zardes said. “He’s a phenomenal striker and he’s definitely a guy that I looked up to. It’ll be great to play against him.
“They’re a great attacking squad that is full of dangerous players who are very talented. I expect them to come out and try to play,” Zardes added. “We’re both great teams and it’ll be a great game.”
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to put the clamps on the league’s leading goal scorer on Sunday when English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips leads the New York Red Bulls to StubHub Center.
The brother of Manchester City mainstay Shaun Wright-Phillips and son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Wright-Phillips as enjoyed a banner season with New York notching 23 goals in an MVP-type season for a Red Bulls side in the midst of the playoff race.
As LA look to shutdown Wright-Phillips, Galaxy captain Robbie Keane –himself an MVP candidate as well –admits that the Englishman has always had the capability to be a dangerous goal scorer.
“I’ve known him a long time. He’s a proper goal scorer who doesn’t get too involved in the play by coming deep. He’s a threat inside the box and he has an eye for goal,” said Keane. “Everyone always has a season though don’t they? It’s about whether or not you can continue that run over a few years, but he’s having a tremendous run this year. He’s a goal scorer and if you give him a chance in the box then he’ll score goals.”
But despite Wright-Phillips goal scoring ability, the Galaxy understand that he’s not the only weapon that the Red Bulls will bring on Sunday.
“He’s got pace and he’s strong. That’s always dangerous with someone that’s so confident. We have to be aware of him at all times and be aware of him,” said defender A.J. DeLaGarza. “Obviously though, they have a bunch of guys who can connect play with them. Guys like Henry, Cahill, Sam, Sene, and you can go on and on with the list, but they’re a dangerous team so we need to be organized and ready.”