LA Galaxy

12 July 11:56 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Don't look now, but here come the LA Galaxy? 

The Galaxy extended their league unbeaten run to seven games on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake. Despite inconsistent play that has marred the team's start to the season, the Galaxy extended their undefeated streak on the heels of a first half goal by Gyasi Zardes. 

With the team set to play three games -- including their friendly against Manchester United -- over the next 10 days, the Galaxy believe that the team is finally starting to come together.  

“We’re getting there. We’re getting, in my opinion, the best defender in the league back soon, and that can only help. I think defensively we’ve been very good this year. In most games we shouldn’t have allowed goals and we’re getting back to having a really good defensive mentality," said Landon Donovan. "Having Omar [Gonzalez] there will help us, and attacking wise, we’re starting to get better. We’ve had a lot of different guys coming in and out of the lineups, so that sort of hurts with continuity, but tonight was good. We realistically should have scored three or four goals probably. We’re playing well on that end of the field, but if we keep defending like that we are going to be hard to beat.”

12 July 11:27 pm

The brilliant folks at Mora Photography added another set of great photos for the LA Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake

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12 July 10:55 pm

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

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(On the result...)

ARENA: “I think we played a fairly solid 90 minutes tonight. Had chances to get a second goal on a few occasions in the second half. We could have made the game a little easier. It’s good for us to win a game like this. It’s what I would call a good ugly game against a good team. We did a job good on the defensive end of the field. That was encouraging. Any time you get a shut out speaks volumes for the whole team. I think for the most part we played well and deserved to get the three points tonight. We know we need to get a little bit better. That’s certainly not a perfect performance.”

(On the goal by Gyasi Zardes...)

ARENA: “Good goal. If I remember correctly, Marcelo [Sarvas], on the right side, cut a ball in and I think Landon [Donovan] dummied it to Gyasi [Zardes]. And, obviously a pretty good finish off the two posts.”

(On the play of Robbie Rogers...)

ARENA: “He’s getting a lot of experience in that position. He’s been very good defensively and does a good job going forward. We are very pleased with his performance.”

(On Zardes, Donovan and Keane...)

ARENA: “They did alright. We could be better. We were playing against three good players in [Kyle] Beckerman, [Nat] Borchers and [Chris] Schuler. It was a good battle for 90 minutes, but I think they did well.”

 

12 July 12:39 pm

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's What to Watch For, I join Joe Tutino to break down the LA Galaxy's match against  Real Salt Lake.

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11 July 1:10 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Friday that center back Omar Gonzalez is "unlikely" to play against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. 

The center back has not participated in outdoor training with the team since Tuesday when he spoke to the media for the first time since returning from his stint with the U.S. National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. During his interview, Gonzalez stated that he needed to be "smart" with the ankle injury that he suffered in the second half of their Round of 16 defeat to Belgium last week. 

After stating that Gonzalez is "unlikely to play" against RSL, Arena reiterated that he had confidence in LA's center back tandem of Tommy Meyer and A.J. DeLaGarza.

"There's no rush. He hasn't been here for two months so there's no point," said Arena. "Our [defenders] have been doing fine." 

11 July 11:37 am

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that “it was in everyone’s best interest” that Brazilian forward Samuel returned to Brazilian Serie A club Fluminense.

The Galaxy announced on Thursday that the club had terminated the loan of the 23-year-old who scored just a single goal in 10 appearances across all competitions for the Galaxy.  Samuel is likely to receive considerable minutes upon returning to the Brazilian giants with incumbent starter Fred likely angling for a move after his stint with Selecao at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“It’s a good move for him. [Fluminense] had an interest in him coming back and we thought that it was an appropriate time to do that,” said Arena on Friday after the club's training session ahead of their match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. “He was a player that got better , but our style of play and our league is different and this was a new experience so it would have taken some time. At the same time, since the loan arrangement was only for one year, it would have taken him a year to make a [full] adjustment.

“At this point, it was probably in everyone’s best interest that he returned to Fluminense,” Arena added before mentioning that he was not surprised that the forward’s transition took as long as it did. “He was a really good guy who got better and we liked him. We’re sorry that it didn’t work out as quickly as we’d want, but it is not surprising. Sometimes the transitions can be quicker, but sometimes they take a little bit longer.”

With Samuel gone, the Galaxy boss said that the club is looking to make a move as they seek to contend for a fifth MLS Cup title.

“We’re looking to make an addition to our team at some point,” said Arena. “We do anything that we can to make our team better.” 

10 July 4:23 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Omar Gonzalez's status for the LA Galaxy's match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday is still up in the air according to head coach Bruce Arena. 

The Galaxy boss told reporters on Thursday that Gonzalez is still a possiblity for the RSL match, but his status is still in question as he did not participate in on-the-field training on 

"Possibly Saturday. We'll see how he's doing," he said. "We have him inside working." 

Gonzalez told reporters on Tuesday that he and the LA training staff were going to be "smart' about the ankle injury that the defender suffered in the second half of the U.S. National Team's World Cup round of 16 defeat to Belgium last week

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10 July 2:32 pm

It was 15 years ago today that the United States last became World Cup champions when the U.S. Women's team defeated China in an epic penalty kick shootout in front of more than 90,000 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.

Over the course of 120 minutes, the match was more akin to one played on a chess board which both sides having limited chances. The match then went to penalties where goalkeeper Brianna Scurry made a clutch save in the third round that put the Americans ahead, setting the table for Brandi Chastain who buried her attempt in the fifth round to send the U.S. into bedlam. The iconic image of Chastain pulling off her shirt and revealing her sports bra would become an iconic American sports image. 

The Galaxy will face Manchester United at the very same historic Rose Bowl Stadium on July 23.

Being a life-long resident of the San Gabriel Valley, I remember watching the match at age 12 from a nearby Mexican restaurant when Chastain buried her penalty, you could clearly hear the roar of the Rose Bowl crowd in the distance. 

Where were you when Chastain buried her historic penalty kick?

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10 July 2:00 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy announced the termination of the loan of Brazilian forward Samuel on Thursday. 

Samuel heads back to Fluminense after making just eight league appearances for the Galaxy. The Brazilian forward scored just one goal in CONCACAF Champions League play as he helped LA to their 1-0 victory over Club Tijuana in the CCL Quarterfinals match-up on March 12.

10 July 10:49 am

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy II attacker Bradford Jamieson IV was among 20 players named by U.S. Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos for the upcoming NTC Invitational tournament at StubHub Center from July 14-18.

Jamieson has been a tar with Galaxy II scoring five goals which has him harboring dreams of a first team debut before the end of the season. The announcement is the second big reveal this week for the forward turned wide player who was named to the inaugural Chipotle Homegrown Player Game roster that will precede the AT&T MLS All-Star Game on August 4.

The U.S. U-20’s begin the tournament on July 14 against Chile at 4:00 p.m. PT on the StubHub Center’s Mooch Myernck field before taking on Bermuda two days later at 4:00 p.m. PT at the same location and concluding the tournament with a 7:00 p.m. PT match against Australia on the StubHub Center stadium field.

The complete roster is below. 

Goalkeepers: Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Dowlington, Pa.)

Defenders (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Railhawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Caleb Smith (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington Texas), Jesus Vasquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas; Powder Springs, Ga.)

Midfielders (6): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana, Chula Vista, Calif.) Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.)

Forwards (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC; San Diego, Calif.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC; Muskego, Wis.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)