LA Galaxy

03 April 3:52 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The LA Galaxy will look to get their first win away from home in 2015 on Saturday when they take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place. 

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Jaime Penedo's stellar record against the Whitecaps -- the very team that made delivered his signature MLS moment.

Check it out below

03 April 11:07 am

Robbie Rogers is a pretty stylish guy, and it's no surprise that the men's fashion magazine has chosen to profile the LA Galaxy defender. 

Rogers was featured in a few style shots modeling products that have been featured in the magazine

In addition to the brief pictoral, Gentleman's Quarterly spoke to Rogers late last year about his career as the first openly gay athlete in a major American professional sport.

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. 

02 April 3:23 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane is back in training with the LA Galaxy and after spending the last week with the Republic of Ireland, he's set to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at a sold-out BC Place. 

Keane returned to the Galaxy on Tuesday after helping the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 draw against Poland in a Euro 2016 qualifier last week. For his first match back with LA, Keane and the Galaxy will travel to BC Place, and play on a surface that Keane has been openly critical of in the past.

This time around, however, Keane is not interested in airing any grievences about BC Place's turf, but rather the Irishman is quick to pile compliments on a much improved Vancouver Whitecaps FC side. 

"We know what to expect. We’ve played there before, it’s obviously tough conditions playing on turf but we know how to handle it," Keane said. "They’ve got a good team and one of my best friends [Carl Robinson] is the manager and we’ve seen a difference with him creating a good environment and atmosphere there. It’ll be a tough game, but it’s one that we’re looking forward to play."

02 April 9:06 am

The LA Galaxy Under-18's ended a disappointing showing at the Gordon Jago Super Group at Dallas Cup with a 7-0 defeat against Argentine giants River Plate. 

After a Rey Ortiz red card, a Galaxy hand ball led to a penalty for the Argentines and the goals began to flow for River against the undermanned LA side. With the victory, River Plate qualified for the Super Group semifinals where they'll face Mexican club C.F. Monterrey. 

The Galaxy U-18's dropped their first two matches by identical results as they fell to Japanese club Ryutsu Keizai University FC and English club Everton by identical 3-0 results. 

01 April 5:17 pm

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.” 

01 April 10:05 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy have given up late goals in two of their last three games, but does that mean that conceding late goals have become a part of the team's identity?

Not a chance says head coach Bruce Arena. 

Late goals have been a common theme for the Galaxy since their dire 2013 campaign and have popped up sporadically since. However, when asked by a reporter on Tuesday if conceding late has become part of the Galaxy's fabric, Arena scoffed at the notion. 

"I don’t think it’s the team’s identity. It’s really not," Arena said. "Goals get scored at the end of the game. I saw Poland-Ireland the other day and a goal scored in the 89th minute. We’ve seen a bunch of games in MLS this year, goals scored at the death. I think a little bit at the beginning of the season is the fact that players aren’t fully fit and they lose their concentration at the end."

KENNEY WALKER AND TOMMY MEYER RETURNING FROM INJURY

The LA Galaxy have been without the services of midfielder Kenney Walker due to a groin injury, but according to the Galaxy coaching staff, he'll be back on the field shortly. 

Walker started in the Galaxy's first match of the season, but has been sidelined since due to a midsection injury that required him to undergo surgery last month. 

"He’s making good progress," Arena said. "Should be back in a little bit. He had a nerve that was pinching him. It was a nerve injury."

Meanwhile defender Tommy Meyer, who has dealt several injuries over the past month, traveled with LA to Washington, D.C. and has been declared fit to play by Arena. 

ARIEL LASSITER AND OSCAR SORTO MAKE SECOND HALF CAMEOS AS THE U.S. U-23'S FALL TO DENMARK

LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Oscar Sorto and Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter came on in the second half for the U.S. U-23's in their 1-0 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday.

After starting the match on the bench, both Sorto and Lassiter came on in the 75th minute with the U.S. trailing. Lassiter nearly put the Americans on the board in stoppage time, but saw his shot saved by the Danish goalkeeper.

JAIME PENEDO AND PANAMA DEFEAT COSTA RICA

LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo started in goal as Panama defeated Costa Rica 2-1 in a friendly in Panama City. Luis Tejada and Blas Perez scored for Panama while Alvaro Saborio scored the lone goal for the Costa Ricans. 

Penedo made a couple of big saves late to keep Panama ahead. 

Highlights of the match can be seen below.

31 March 1:52 pm

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.

31 March 11:10 am

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.

30 March 2:45 pm

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. 

“It was not the most ideal conditions, but both teams have to deal with them and play in them. Early on they tried to dump a few balls in the box to keep their numbers up, so I thought we did well in the first half with the wind in our face. We adjusted well in the second half.”
 
Penedo is expected to return to the starting lineup for this week's match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but Rowe admits that his string of appearances early on have been important for his development. 
 
“I feel confident and comfortable. The more games I get, the better I will feel," said Rowe. "But you cannot give up last minute goals. I thought we at least deserved to get a point. In soccer stuff like that happens, but I know we will learn a lot from this game and we will be ready for next week.”