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21 April 4:45 pm

CARSON, Calif. --- Mexican soccer legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco is hanging up his cleats once and for all.

The three-time World Cup player for Mexico announced earlier this year that he will retire after the 2015 Copa MX final that will pit his Puebla F.C. against vaunted Chivas de Guadalajara, in order to pursue a career in Politics. A soccer legend for his performances with El Tri and Club America, Blanco became a force in Major League Soccer during a threeyear stint with the Chicago Fire. 

During his three seasons in Chicago, Blanco crossed paths with current Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic who was played with the Mexican star during the 2009 season. 

"Temo was awesome," said  It was pretty cool to be able to play with such a good player. ... For me, he's probably the most exciting Mexican player to ever play in the league."

Called "Bayo" by the former Mexican international, the most lasting memory that Husidic has of Blanco was his very first interaction. 

"He was an absolute prankster. My rookie year, I roomed with him for preseason and I was coming into the team super nervous. We were in Querétaro and I walk in [the room], I saw bags on the floor but there was no one anywhere. All of a sudden, he pops out of the closet and tackles me onto the bed, and starts speaking in Spanish. He spoke such slang that you could barely understand his Spanish."

02 April 4:21 pm

The LA Galaxy Under-16's ended the Generation adidas Cup with a 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls in the Premier Division's Semifinal round. 

New York controlled the match from the start and were boosted when Galaxy U-16's went down to 10 men after Kyle Holcomb was sent off. The Red Bulls sealed the deal in the 49th minute when Brian Saramago beat a Galaxy defender in the penalty area and then fired a shot from close range that beat goalkeeper Eric Lopez for the game-winner. 

Despite the loss, LA end the tournament with a 3-1-0 record after picking up wins against Tigres UNAL, Chicago Fire and Orlando City SC. 

10 March 3:57 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Jaime Penedo declared on Monday that there is “no problem” between him and the LA Galaxy coaching staff after an UniMas report during last week’s 2-0 LA win over the Chicago Fire stated that he was purposely benched in favor of Brian Rowe due to contract negotiations.

On Friday Galaxy coach Bruce Arena quickly denied the report and cited Penedo’s “nagging injuries” as the reason behind the reason that Panamanian was benched. After training on Monday, Penedo, who is signed through the end of the 2015 season, shook off the report, and stated that he was focused on returning to his place between the pipes when the Galaxy face the Portland Timbers this weekend.

"The contract is there, but I just need to continue to look to win a championship,” Penedo said. “The team has the option, but it is not my priority right now. ...The coach and I have come to an agreement, and that is all set.”

LA GALAXY RESERVES DEFEAT LA GALAXY II IN SHORT GAME SCRIMMAGE

Ahead of this week's trip to Oregon to face the Portland Timbers, a reserve-laden Galaxy squad defeated LA Galaxy II in a 60 minute scrimmage on Tuesday.

Alan Gordon scored two goals for the Galaxy while Todd Dunivant added a third in the practice game.

GYASI ZARDES WORKING WITH ON FINISHING WITH JOSE VILLARREAL 

A year ago, Gyasi Zardes was the breakout star for the LA Galaxy, but in 2015, it’s fellow Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal who is eager to fill that role.

Villarreal notched a goal in an impressive shift along the left side of midfield in the Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire, and put himself in contention to start again this Sunday when LA faces the Portland Timbers. Following the match against the Fire, Zardes spoke highly of Villarreal, and after practice on Tuesday, he echoed his praises.

"We're working together on finishing, and we're always helping each other," said Zardes. "We're both hungry to be on the field and stay there. He scored a beautiful goal [against the Fire], and I'll make sure that he stays confident and if he gets down then I'll be there to help him."

05 March 4:49 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy's season is finally here. 

The club will open up the 2015 MLS regular season on Friday when they host the Chicago Fire at StubHub Center. In 2015, the Galaxy will look to once again dominate at home where they went an astounding 15-1-4 in both regular season and postseason matches.

In the very first edition of By the Numbers in 2015, we take a look at the Galaxy's goal differential at home during the 2014 campaign. 

 

11 February 1:47 pm

Jair Marrufo was named the head referee for the LA Galaxy's MLS regular season opener against Chicago Fire on March 6 at StubHub Center. 

The Professional Referee Organization made the announcement official on Tuesday that El Paso, Texas native will ref the league's 2015 season opener. Marrufo will be joined by assistant referees Frank Anderson and Corey Rockwell, and fourth official Alejandro Mariscal. 

Maurrfo presided over 16 MLS regular season games in 2014 and two LA Galaxy MLS Cup Playoff games including their 5-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Semifinal and their Western Conference Championship second leg match against Seattle Sounders FC. 

19 December 9:45 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will go from the final MLS game of 2014 to the very first of the 2015 season. 

Major League Soccer announced on Friday morning that the Galaxy will host the Chicago Fire on Friday, March 6 at StubHub Center in a match that will air on Unimas at 7:00 p.m. PT.  LA have hosted Chicago once before to start the season back in March 2013 when the Galaxy were also returning MLS Cup champions. 

The Galaxy are 9-8-2 in all opening matches. 

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13 November 3:38 pm

There's no feeling better than scoring a goal in the playoffs. 

Ahead of the LA Galaxy's Western Conference Championship contest against Seattle Sounders FC, I joined Galaxy TV to look at the top five playoff goals in club history. 

Check it out the video above and if you disagree with any of my selections, leave a comment below. 

16 July 7:36 am

It's been a busy week for Omar Gonzalez.

Fresh off an impressive showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the LA Galaxy and U.S. Men’s National Team defender bared it all for ESPN the Magazine, killed it on Conan and is now playing the role of Cameron in Kick TV’s Mike Magee’s Day Off.

The short film, which stars a who’s who of North American soccer, including a perfect cameo by Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, spoofs the classic 80’s film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Former Galaxy forward Mike Magee stars in the Ferris Bueller role and a majority of the film was shot at StubHub Center.

Do you think Omar has a career in acting? Or should he stick to defending? 

28 June 10:37 am

Soccer has caught the attention of America over the past month and now MLS kicks back into full swing with a slate of games this weekend. 

MLSsoccer.com gets you excited for the action with this hype video. 

02 June 3:10 pm

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — After a month of injury recovery, Marcelo Sarvas made his return to the field during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.

Sarvas entered the match in the waning moments of the draw, but did not appear hampered by the left MCL injury that has caused him to miss a month of action. Although the 32-year-old Brazilian midfielder was unable to help the Galaxy find the winning goal on Sunday, he was pleased with returning to the field.  

“I feel great,” Sarvas said after the match. “You have to be ready whenever the coach calls you. I played about eight minutes in a slow game where both teams were holding to keep a point, but it’s good to be back and have this feeling [of playing] again.”

Sarvas insists that he will not have to prove himself to head coach Bruce Arena in training this week, instead stating that it will be up to the Galaxy boss on whether or not he'll start on Sunday.

“I don’t have to show anything,” said Sarvas. “It’s not my decision [whether I'll start], it’s the coaches. I just need to train normal and always be ready if I’m called.”