LA Galaxy

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.”
30 March 11:30 am

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. 

 
Vasquez, a 19-year-old freshman midfielder on the Cal soccer team, left a fraternity party at USC's chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon on the on the 600 block of West 28th Street at around 1:30 a.m. PT. The Northern California native told friends at the party that he "was going to the beach," Vasquez then called a friend in Northern California an hour later, and was has not been heard from since. 

“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. 

29 March 4:13 pm

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. 

29 March 3:04 pm

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.

28 March 8:09 pm

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." 

28 March 12:24 pm

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.

27 March 3:22 pm

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.

27 March 12:59 pm

WASHINGTON -- The LA Galaxy will face off against their old foes D.C. United on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium. 

The Galaxy will take on United without the services of starters Robbie Keane, Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes due to international duty. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers", we look at the Galaxy's record without Keane since his signing in 2011. 

Check it out below.