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24 February 1:25 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy added another preseason match to their schedule as they will face the NASL's Minnesota United on March 1 in a closed-door scrimmage. 

The closed-door match will take place at 7:30 pm at StubHub Center and will be the Galaxy's eighth preseason match.

Currently, LA is 5-1-1 this preseason. 

24 February 12:58 pm

ESPN announced their broadcast schedule for the 64 matches in this summer's 2014 FIFA World Cup on Monday. 

ESPN will broadcast 43 matches, ESPN2 will air 11 games while ABC will televise 10 matches during the month-long tournament which will run from June 12 to July 13. All of the matches will be broadcasted live, in high definition and all will be available on ESPN's online service WatchESPN. Prior to each match, ESPN will host a 30-minute pregme show, halftime show and a post-match segments for each fixture. ESPN will also air a review show "World Cup Tonight" to recap the evening's action from Brazil. 

Each of the three group matches for the United States will be broadcast on ESPN while Mexico's opener against Cameroon will be aired on ESPN2 before they take on Brazil and Croatia on ESPN. 

The complete schedule can be found here

23 February 4:00 pm

Club Tijuana’s run of dominance at the Estadio Caliente came to screeching halt on Friday when the Xolos dropped a disappointing 3-0 result to Chiapas Jaguar, ending their home unbeaten streak at 17 games.

Carlos Ochoa led the charge for Chiapas with two first half goals before  Luis Robles added a third to put the match out of reach for the Xolos.  The defeat was Tijuana’s first at home since April 20, 2013 when they dropped a 2-1 result to Monarcas Morelia in the week 15 of the 2013 Clausura Tournament.

From the opening whistle, Tijuana struggled to deal with the physical Chiapas side who carved up the Xolos defense in the first half. Up three goals after the first 45 minutes, Tijuana was afforded more room to operate in the attack, but could not break through a compact and organized Chiapas defense.

The Xolos finest chance came in the 86th minute when second half substitute Herculez Gomez launched a free kick that rattled the crossbar as Tijuana’s rally fell way short.

Tijuana returns to action next Saturday when they attempt to snap their 18 game road winless streak against former Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola’s Tiburones Rojos side in Veracruz. 

23 February 12:14 am

CARSON, Calif. – Two goals, an assist and another major step forward for LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane.

The Irishman put in a 70 minute shift in LA’s 3-0 victory over LA Galaxy II, tallying twice in what was his longest appearance to date this preseason. Against the USL PRO side, Keane was a threat each time he touched the ball, but his finest moment came just seconds into the contest when he launched a chip from beyond 35 yards that caught Galaxy II goalkeeper Cody Laurendi off his line for the easy finish.

Following the match, Keane was pleased with his fitness and that feeling was echoed by head coach Bruce Arena.

“Robbie Keane needs to work hard in the next couple of weeks to be ready and he is getting there. He did a good job tonight,” said head coach Bruce Arena. “The first goal was unbelievable. I don’t know how he quite saw that, it was ridiculous. That’s why we are paying him the big bucks.”

View Keane’s two goals below. 

22 February 11:51 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy defeated LA Galaxy II 3-0 in the first-annual “White vs. Blue” game on Saturday evening.

Below are a few notes from the match.

The Galaxy should have the services of starting goalkeeper Jaime Penedo ahead of the final two weeks of preseason. Penedo, who appeared in LA’s first four matches this preseason, has not appeared for LA since their closed-door scrimmage with Pumas UNAM on Feb. 11 in Mexico.  Following the victory over Galaxy II, Arena gave Penedo the all-clear to train in the next couple of weeks.

“He’s going to be fine over the next couple of weeks. He’s ready to go,” said Arena.

LA should also have the services of Stefan Ishizaki who was reduced to a substitute’s role against Galaxy II. The Swede was left off the roster entirely in Wednesday’s victory over UCLA.

“He is doing well,” Arena said. “We have to push him as he is behind fitness wise, but we are going to get him going.”

Arena also mentioned to a yet-to-be finalized match remaining on the preseason docket. According to reports, LA will face Minnesota United at some point next week. 

22 February 10:16 pm

The LA Galaxy picked up a 3-0 victory in their inaugural "White vs. Blue" match at StubHub Center against their USL PRO counterparts LA Galaxy II

LA is now 5-1-1 this preseason. 

Check a photo gallery provided by LAGalaxy.com is below.  

 

 

22 February 11:05 am

Former LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens is close to continuing his career in Europe. 

Sources confirmed to LA Galaxy Insider that Stephens is in Oslo and close to finalizing a deal with Norwegian Tippeligaen club Stabæk. The 24-year-old spent the last three seasons with the LA Galaxy, compiling 94 league appearances with two goals and 12 assists. If signed, Stephens will be the fifth American to play for the club, joining the likes of Ricardo Clark and Mikkel Diskerud. 

Stabæk are led by former U.S. National Team head coach Bob Bradley who took the reins in January after his contract to manage Egypt's national side was not renewed. Bradley is the first American head coach to lead a top division European club. 

After being relegated following a seven year stay in the top-flight, De blaa (The Blue Ones) achieved promotion in 2013 with a second place finish in the Adeccoligaen. Stabæk open their 2014 campaign on March 30 against Sogndal. 

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21 February 1:12 pm

We've been discussing the LA Galaxy's rivalry with Club Tijuana in a number of different ways, but now, we get serious. 

For our latest "Road to Morocco" piece, I compare the tacos from famed Tijuana hotspot Tacos Salceados and Los Angeles' famous Guisados. 

Just be warned, my verdict may shock you. 

Check my review below and remember to check out Tacos Salceados and Guisados for yourself. 

20 February 6:57 pm

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane is on the mend and with the MLS regular season fast approaching, he will not be participating in Ireland’s upcoming match against Serbia.

The Ireland captain was left off the roster by head coach Martin O’Neill ahead of the March 5 match in Dublin against Serbia.

In their release, the Ireland Football Association states that O’Neill has spoken with Keane and omitted the striker so that he may focus on the Galaxy’s season opener against Real Salt Lake on March 8.

20 February 6:27 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy have added yet another Homegrown Player. 

On Thursday, LA announced the signing of 19-year-old Raul Mendiola who becomes the seventh Galaxy Academy signing in club history. A three-time Developmental Academy Starting XI, Mendiola won back-to-back U-16 Development Academy Player of the Year awards in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 season. Mendiola has been a regular with the Galaxy reserves since 2012. 

“It’s been a long journey and I thank everyone that supported me on the way,” Mendiola told LA Galaxy Insider. “This is just the beginning and I know that I still have to work but I’m excited to get to this point and be part of this team.”