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29 May 2:15 pm

In the latest episode of Off Topic with Rachel Bonnetta, Rachel ranks all of the MLS mascots based on a very complex algorithm and the LA Galaxy's own Cozmo scores pretty high.

29 May 8:31 am

Graduating is a surreal experience.

With one simple handshake and a piece of paper, you find yourself either thrust from a bubble to a world that includes college, the job market, and an infinite amount of exciting miscellany. All that being said, no one says when that moment comes, you can't have a little fun.

Tristan Pitones took that to heart on Thursday when he graduated from Palmdale's Knight High School. Immediately after accepting his diploma, he marked the momentous occasion with a flawless Robbie Keane cartwheel celebration.

Check out the video below and let me know what you think of the grad's cartwheel in the comment section.

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28 May 2:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will likely be without their injured outside back trio of A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant and Robbie Rogers for another match. 

DeLaGarza (groin), Dunivant (calf) and Rogers (ankle) each missed out on Wednesday's match against Real Salt Lake as Baggio Husidic and Dan Gargan started along the outside back positions. According to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the three players are unlikely to suit up against the New England Revolution.

"Not Likely. I would say [they'll miss Sunday's match]," Arena said when asked about the status of the three players on Thursday.
 
With all three veteran players unavailable for the Revolution match, does that open the door for Oscar Sorto or Husidic to get the start against the Revolution? Quite possibly according to Arena.
 
"I haven't made any decisions yet," Arena said.  

 

28 May 1:09 pm

The next time that you play FIFA, you'll have the opportunity to play as U.S. Women's National Team superstars Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan and Christen Press. 

EA Sports announced on Thursday that 12 Women's National Teams including the USWNT will be included in the upcoming edition of FIFA 16, marking the first time that female players will be playable characters in the video game. The news comes just days before the start of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada which is slated to run from June 6 to July 5. 

The U.S. squad will be joined by playable teams by squads from Germany, Mexico, France, Sweden, England, Canada, Australia, China, Italy, Spain, and Brazil. All 12 teams will be available in both online and offline functions but the teams will only be able to play against other women's teams. 

A video trailer for the game feature can be seen above. 

27 May 11:09 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

Arena's quotes are below

(On playing yet another different lineup this game...)

ARENA: It’s been difficult. This has been a very difficult start of the season. The injuries, the schedule, the untimely suspensions with it as well, it’s been patchwork since game one. It hasn’t been easy. I give our guys a lot of credit.

(On Real Salt Lake’s performance...)

ARENA: They are a good team. Generally, teams that are down a goal and have some minutes to go in a game are going to get aggressive and put players in forward positions. They did a pretty good job. They put us under pressure at times; however, on the night they didn’t get that many great chances. I think [Joao] Plata had that one at the end and Omar [Gonzalez] made a terrific plan cutting off his cross. For the most part, we defended well. The chances we got, we were a little bit sloppy on. We might have snuck in another goal there, but we weren’t good in front of the goal. Gyasi’s [Zardes] header was pretty good. [Ignacio] Maganto could have done a little bit better with his chance. For the most part, it’s the kind of game that you have to hang on and win. The other two games in the league tonight were 1-0. Our league, right now, with teams so even and so much pressure on teams—games are looking a lot like the games tonight.

(On Ignacio Maganto’s performance...)

ARENA: He had a very good game I thought. The original plan was that he was going to come out at halftime, but I thought his first have he played very well.  I decided to change it. We were going to play Robbie [Keane] at the start of the half regardless. He was going to come in. Our players knew that obviously someone was coming out at halftime. When we sized everything up, I think Jose [Villarreal] was the best choice because Maganto was playing very well. I wanted to keep him in.

(On Baggio Husidic playing left back...)

ARENA:He did a good job. He’s played two games in his life as a left back. He did a good job managing. He did a good job. We are just lacking players in the backline and there is nothing we can do about it. Baggio is such a smart player, such a good team player, that you can position him anywhere on the field and he’ll get the job done.

(On the team’s overall performance...)

ARENA: They are going to turn a little bit better as we get to the end of July and August. Once June comes around, we deal with all these national team call ups and that’s all a mess. It’s very awkward and difficult for us .We’ll lose some players on a date that’s not an international fixture date, and that will be difficult—the Vancouver game. Then we have to deal with the Gold Cup, World Cup qualifiers with a bunch of players and we have to decide where they are going and when. June’s going to be hectic and July’s not going to get any easier. It’s going to be difficult couple of months. When we get to August, we’ll finally have our team together, and then the Champions League comes in and all that. It’s going to be a pretty challenging year.

(On Robbie Keane...)

ARENA:It’s great to have him back. As you can see, he’s going to need some time. He’s worked really hard to get to this point. Now we just have to be a little bit patient and let him get his minutes in and let him get his touch back and his confidence. I would think in a matter of weeks Robbie’s going to be back in pretty good form.

(On Juninho’s penalty kick...)

ARENA:I think it was great. As long as he wanted that ball, I was OK. I just wanted to make sure he was good for that. The other option we had on PKs when Robbie Keane’s not in is Gyasi. But, Juninho grabbed the ball and he wanted it. I would have bet Nick was going to go to his right this time, and he went back to his left and that surprised me there. I think Juninho did well.

(On the Galaxy’s shutout...)

ARENA:It’s good. I think right now where we are at with the patchwork with the backline a little bit and the whole team to get a couple of shutouts against teams in our conference is important.

(On the Galaxy’s leadership...)

ARENA: Omar is beginning to understand his responsibility as a leader. He’s done a good job. Alan Gordon and Dan Gargan, in the absence of Robbie in the last few months, have been excellent leaders. AJ [DeLaGarza] has always been there in the group. [Jaime] Penedo has stepped up big time. I think Jaime’s last couple of months has been good. He’s done well. We’ve had a bunch of guys that have stepped up and dealt with all the issues we’ve had. It’s not easy every game playing with someone different. Our young guys, Maganto tonight, I think he did terrific job. Everyone did a good job. Jose’s coming back. We got Edson back on the field. We’ll get a couple of other players back on the game on Sunday and the following the week. Hopefully, we can hang in there and keep our head above water.

27 May 8:59 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will host U.S. Adult Soccer Association side PSA Elite in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 17 at StubHub Center. 

The amaetur club defeated PDL side Ventura County Fusion 2-1 on Wednesday at Ventura College as LA Galaxy Academy product Justin Dhillon scored the game winner. Dhillon's goal in the 80th minute broke a 1-1 deadlock between the two sides. 

PSA Elite knocked out LA Galaxy II from last year's edition of the Open Cup at the third round

27 May 2:59 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to win their second straight on Wednesday when they host Real Salt Lake at StubHub Center.

Wednesday’s match will be the second meeting between the two teams this month, and the only Southern California trip for Real Salt Lake during the 2015 regular season.

Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and my prediction for Wednesday’s match.

LINKS:

*Just who starts at left back for the LA Galaxy with Oscar Sorto suspended?

*Might injured outside backs Robbie Rogers, A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant feature against Real Salt Lake?

*Referee Baldomero Toledo will preside over Wednesday’s match between the two Western Conference foes.

*In the latest edition of “By the Numbers,” we look at Robbie Keane’s impact in the lineup and out of it.

*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan provides the O2 Match Preview.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

OMAR GONZALEZ vs. ALVARO SABORIO

Always a physical battle, Saborio will look to use every weapon in his bag of tricks to agitate and infuriate Gonzalez as he looks to looks to get under the Galaxy defender’s skin. 

KYLE BECKERMAN vs. MIKA VAYRYNEN

Beckerman will look to ignite a Real Salt Lake attack that is fresh off a 2-0 victory over New York City FC, but the omnipresent Vayrynen will hope to slow down the U.S. international with his physical presence.

LUIS GIL vs. LA GALAXY OUTSIDE BACKS

Gil has caused the Galaxy plenty of trouble in the past due to his blend of speed and creative skill, and Wednesday will be no different. With Arena still unsure about who lines up at left back, Gil could be a handful for the Galaxy.

PREDICTION:

LA Galaxy 2 (Zardes, Gonzalez) Real Salt Lake 2 (Gil, Beckerman)

27 May 10:46 am
The United States Department of Justice indicted nine officials with connections to world soccer governing body FIFA and regional entity CONCACAF on Wednesday, with the charges stemming from corruption, conspiracy, and racketeering. 
 
 
“The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States,” Attorney General Lynch said in a statement. “It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Today’s action makes clear that this Department of Justice intends to end any such corrupt practices, to root out misconduct, and to bring wrongdoers to justice – and we look forward to continuing to work with other countries in this effort.”

After Lynch's own press conference at the Department of Justice office in Brooklyn announcing the charges, U.S. Soccer responded with their own prepared remarks. 

"The United States Soccer Federation firmly believes there is no higher priority, and nothing more important, than protecting the integrity of our game," USSF said in a statement. We are committed to the highest ethical standards and business practices, and we will continue to encourage CONCACAF and FIFA to promote the same values. Out of respect for the ongoing investigation, we will not speculate or comment further on this matter at this time."

The investigation comes the same week that FIFA president Sepp Blatter was widely expected to be reelected as President at a FIFA congress. 

26 May 3:23 pm

CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy’s outside back corps is pretty depleted but LA may soon be welcoming back A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant and Robbie Rogers from injury.

DeLaGarza (groin), Dunivant (calf), Rogers (ankle) each missed out on last Friday’s match due to injury but all three were present during Galaxy training on Tuesday. Dunivant was the lone player to take part in training while DeLaGarza and Rogers were spotted running around the practice field.

“They’re all making progress,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said on Tuesday. “One would suspect that they’ll be ready to go soon.”

With the three players still doubtful and Oscar Sorto suspended, Arena may turn to Baggio Husidic at left back on Wednesday. Husidic made his first and only start at outside back during LA’s May 17 pummeling at the hands of Orlando City SC, and is admittedly eager to provide a better showing at left back.  

“I probably not concede four goals first,” Husidic said jokingly when asked about how he can improve upon his stint against Orlando. “But I also need to get into the attack a bit more, other than that, I think that we possessed well, but just made stupid mistakes. We just have to play smarter and not lose balls in dangerous areas again.”