CARSON, Calif. – New LA Galaxy goalkeeper Trey Mitchell was as surprised when the LA Galaxy called to bring him into the squad, but now that he’s a member of the squad, he’s hoping to make the most of his opportunity.
Mitchell was signed last Friday after the Galaxy lost third goalkeeper Brian Perk to a season ending surgery. He made his first appearance in the club’s game day roster as starting ‘keeper Brian Rowe’s backup during Saturday’s match with D.C. United.
The move came out of the blue for Mitchell who spent time earlier this year with USL side Louisville City FC before being released from training camp. Now that he’s a member of the team, Mitchell says he’s blessed to have the opportunity to play for the best team in MLS.
“It’s awesome. I’m truly blessed to have this chance,” Mitchell told LA Galaxy Insider. “I’m just absolutely stoked and to begin my professional career with the LA Galaxy is a dream come true. To be in my hometown, near my college is just awesome.”
A former trialist with Real Salt Lake and member of the now defunct Chivas USA Under-23’s, Mitchell enjoyed two standout years with Cal State Dominguez Hills. During his time with the Toros, Mitchell made 20 appearances while notching 71 saves and 0.85 goals against average which was the fourth best in the school’s history.
Due to the play of goalkeepers Jaime Penedo and Brian Rowe, first team minutes will likely come at a premium for the 23-year-old ‘keeper, but he’s optimistic that he’ll make a few appearances with Los Dos this season.
“It’s all dependent on how I perform in training. I basically start from an empty cup and now I have to fill up my cup. I know that I need to work my butt off and see where I can go from there. I think that if I play well in training then I can earn some minutes with Galaxy II, but my goal is to eventually earn minutes for the first team soon.”
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will be without centerback Leonardo for their upcoming match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday.
Leonardo suffered an apparent leg strain in the 52nd minute when launching a shot just wide of goal during LA's 1-0 defeat to D.C. United last week. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena had no update on Leonardo's status after the game, but on Tuesday, he confirmed that the Brazilian center back will likely miss out on Saturday's clash with Vancouver.
"He'll probably be out this week," Arena said. "He'll probably be out this week."
Arena admitted that the unforgiving BC Place turf was part of the reason that Leonardo would not feature against the Whitecaps.
"I don't think that you want to play anybody on that surface that has a leg injury," Arena said.
LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes earned a start and went 89 minutes as the U.S. National Team picked up a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Zurich on Tuesday.
Starting up top alongside Jozy Altidore, Zardes was active from the start and had numerous opportunties in the first half to give the Americans the advantage. The Americans went into the half up a goal after Orlando City's Brek Shea scored a stunning free kick to put the U.S. ahead.
Zardes came closest to finding the back of the net just moments into the second half when he beat the goalkeeper but skied his header just wide of the frame. As the half wore on, the Swiss began to find their feet and were boosted when Jozy Altidore was sent off in the 68th minute after a late challenge and dissent to the referee.
Up a man, Switzerland found their goal in the 80th minute when a defensive breakdown on a corner kick allowed Valentin Stocker to poke a shot past William Yarbrough. With the goal, the U.S. has now conceded 12 times in the second half since the World Cup.
The Americans return to action later this month when they face Mexico in San Antonio on April 15.
WASHINGTON -- Brian Rowe conceded a goal late, but the 26-year-old goalkeeper was pleased with his showing in the LA Galaxy's 1-0 defeat to D.C. United last week.
Filling in for Jaime Penedo who was away on international duty, Rowe made two saves as he kept a clean sheet until Chris Pontius' goal in the third minute of stoppage time gave the Galaxy their first defeat of 2015. Although United forced just two saves, the Galaxy back-up needed to make several last ditch stops as the wind and cold nearly led to several miscues that forced Rowe to recover.
The entire California soccer community is banning together to aid in the safe return of UC Berkeley student-athlete Eloi Vasquez who went missing after leaving a party near the campus of the University of Southern California early Saturday morning.
“Eloi is a wonderful young man who has excelled both academically and athletically here at Cal," the Cal Athletics department said in a statement. "Our entire Cal Athletics family is very concerned for Eloi’s safety and our first priority is to help in any way we can to locate him."
If you have any information on Eloi's whereabouts please contact LAPD's Southwest Area Watch Commander at 213-486-8582 or 877-LAPD-24-7.
UPDATE: Multiple Bay Area outlets are reporting that Eloi Vasquez was found dead a mile away from the USC campus. Vasquez's family tells reporters that the Cal soccer player was hit by a car in the area. Prayers go out to his family and loved ones.
LA Galaxy Notes: Bradford Jamieson IV starts in U.S. Under-20 loss; Academy sides pick up mixed results in Texas
LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV earned a start as the U.S. U-20's were defeated 2-1 by the England U-20's in Plymouth on Sunday morning.
Neither side threatened early on but as the match wore on, the Americans began to find their footing against the English side. Jamieson nearly helped the Americans pull ahead in the 43rd minute when he won a foul that set up a dangerous free kick for Rubio Rubin who just missed a chance to give the U.S. the lead.
Tab Ramos' side was punished for failed to finish their chances just before half as John Swift gave the English the lead. Kwame Thomas doubled the Three Lions' advantage in the 68th minute with Swift assisting on the goal. The Americans pulled one back in the 74th minute with a goal from Maki Tall, but were ultimately unable to complete their comeback.
The U.S. U-20's will convene next month for an Austria-based training camp that will feature friendlies against Qatar and Croatia.
GALAXY U-18'S OPEN UP DALLAS CUP GORDON JAGO SUPER GROUP WITH A LOSS
The LA Galaxy Under-18's were defeated 3-0 by Japanese club Ryutsu-Keizai in their first match in the Gordon Jago Super Group at Dallas Cup on Sunday. LA's U-18's will continue their participation in the tournament on Monday with a match against the Everton Academy.
GALAXY U-16'S DEFEAT TIGRES AT GA CUP
Andrew Perez scored as the LA Galaxy U-16's picked up a 1-0 victory over Mexican side Tigres UNAL in their first match at the Generation adidas Cup.
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane started and went a full 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland earned a late 1-1 draw with Poland in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin on Sunday.
After a tentative start from the Irish, the Poles pulled ahead after 26 minutes when Slawomir Peszko put the Polish squad ahead of their Group D rivals. Keane’s play was vital for the Irish as they looked for their equalizer, with the Galaxy forward coming close on several occasions to notching his 66th international goal. The closest such attempt came in the 72nd minute when Keane nodded a James McClean cross into the upright. Ireland finally got their goal in stoppage time from second half substitute Shane Long who scored from close range to give the hosts a point.
The Republic of Ireland now find themselves in fourth place with eight points in Group D play after five games. Poland remains the group leader with 11 points while Germany and Scotland remain tied for second with 10 points apiece. The Irish squad will convene again in June for a friendly against England in Dublin before hosting Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifying match.
WASHINGTON -- The LA Galaxy were seconds away from a point on the road, but a late goal for Chris Pontius helped D.C. United defeat the defending MLS Cup champions 1-0 at RFK Stadium on Saturday night.
Following the defeat, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters about LA's defeat.
Arena's comments are below.
(On the result...)
ARENA: “Our team played very well today, and I thought we deserved to have a point. We have nobody to blame but ourselves, but I thought the referee failed to make that call at the end of the game, which would of ended the game with their player charging our keeper, which was ridiculous, the way he called the game today. That is just part of it though but we've got accept responsibility for not coming off the field with a point."
(On the referee...)
ARENA: "He was inconsistent. You don't let a goalkeeper get charged at the end of the game like that. That's the one call that he can make on the day that's a reasonable call, but having said that, we should get a point out of this game."
(On the chances...)
ARENA: "We played well enough to get a point out of this game. We couldn't complain about getting a point, but losing that game was ridiculous.... Our team played well, our team played well today."
(On the chilly conditions...)
ARENA: "They were the same for both teams."
(On the play of Brian Rowe...)
ARENA: "He had a good game."
(On the playing without three starters due to international duty...)
ARENA: "Who cares? That's nothing. That's nothing."
The LA Galaxy will renew one of the original MLS rivalries on Saturday when they take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium.
Both teams have rich tradition of winning, but what has made the teams so successful over the years? I spoke to A.J. DeLaGarza, Robbie Rogers and Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena to find out.
Check it out in the video above.
LA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter starts for U.S. U-23's in win over Bosnia and Herzegovina U-23's
LA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter started in midfield for the U.S. Under-23's during their 3-2 victory over the Bosnia & Herzegovina U-23's.
Jordan Morris, former Galaxy Academy player Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez, and Fatai Ashe scored for the Americans in the rout. Lassiter played a 61 minutes agaisnt the Europeans while Galaxy defender Oscar Sorto did not feature in the game.
The U.S. U-23's will play the final match of their European training camp next week when they take on the Denmark U-23's next Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.
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