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30 April 2:08 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The Montreal Impact fell short of becoming the first team from Major League Soccer to lift the CONCACAF Champions League by dropping a 5-3 aggregate result to Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League final. 

The Impact went into the first half ahead 1-0 but the reigning Liga MX champions roared back with four goals in the second half to lift the contintential trophy for a record sixth time. Even though the league rallying behind the Impact, Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza admits that he was -- somewhat -- pleased that Montreal did not become the first MLS team to win the Champions League.

"I wasn't rooting for them, but I wasn't rooting against them," DeLaGarza said. "I wanted to be the first to five [MLS Cups] and now I want to be the first to win the CONCACAF Champions League. At the same time, they were in a position to win and you wonder if they scored one more goal like they could have, the game would have been different. But America also had their chances so it's a bit of give and take."

DeLaGarza and the Galaxy will have their chance to become the first MLS team to win the CCL this summer when the 2015-16 tournament begins. Although the club is placing a high priority on the tournament, DeLaGarza understands that achieving continential dominence won't be easy

"I think that we should have always shot. It's always a difficult tournament when it's split up but, at the end of the day, it's a tournament where the Mexicans have had the better of the play for awhile now," said DeLaGarza. "We have to start turning things around as a league to show that we can get better. It won't be easy but we just have to win." 

30 April 11:57 am

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal are "not likely" to feature in this weekend's clash with the Colorado Rapids.

The Colorado match will be the fourth consecutive game that Keane has missed with a groin strain while Villarreal reinjured his right hamstring during his participation with the U.S. Under-23's last week. In Keane's absence, the Galaxy have performed ablely, complying a 2-0-1 in three matches. 

"I'm not spending a whole lot of time worrying about them. When they're ready, they're ready," Arena said on Thursday. "We can't worry about it right now, we'll see. Every day tells us a little bit more." 

29 April 3:51 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- On Wednesday, the LA Galaxy returned to the training ground for the first time this week, but captain Robbie Keane was not with the squad. 

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed to reporters that Keane did not take part in the team's first session ahead of this Saturday's clash with the Colorado Rapids. Arena revealed that the Irishman will continue to be evalauted throughout the week as he looks to recover from a groin strain that has caused him to miss the last three games.

Although the Galaxy have gone unbeaten in the three games that Keane has missed, Arena admits that the Irishman's absence has been felt particularly due to the fact that LA has started three different forward combinations since the captain went down. 

"It is an impact. We don't have any Robbie Keanes sitting on the bench at the  moment," Arena said. "When you lose Robbie, you lose some characteristics of your attack but then it takes a little bit of time. But having said that since when Robbie has been out, we've still been able to get points. It is what it is."

While Keane's status is still in doubt, Arena did have positive news regarding Jose Villarreal who the Galaxy boss is, "will be getting back [to practice] soon." 

29 April 2:03 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The eyes of Major League Soccer will turn to Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Wednesday night as the Montreal Impact seek to become the first Major League Soccer club to win the CONCACAF Champions League when they host Liga MX side Club America in the second leg of the CCL Final. 

Montreal find themselves level on aggregate with the Mexican giants after earning a crucial 1-1 draw at the Estadio Azteca last week. If the score holds, the Impact would win the series by virtue of their away goal. With the Impact inching closer to a continential title, folks from across MLS have rushed to support the Impact, much like they did back in 2011 when Real Salt Lake fell just short in the CCL final against Monterrey. 

After LA Galaxy training on Wednesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who won the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup with D.C. United. was asked if Montreal winning the CCL represented a step forward for MLS. 

"It'd be a move forward, I don't know what means but it would be a move forward. I would say that's certainly an argument that you'd have," Arena said. "Personally, I think those things only can be discussed over time not in a short period of time. If we didn't have another team [in the CCL Final] for another 10 years, it wouldn't say a whole lot. It'd be nice to see our league consistently compete to be in the World Club championships." 

28 April 12:30 pm

David Beckham, the man considered by many to have changed the landscape of Major League Soccer, will be celebrating his 40th birthday this Saturday. And since, you probably can't get on the guest list at his lavish party this weekend, we'll have to commerate Becks' big day in other ways. 

In honor of the former LA Galaxy midfielder and global soccer icon's milestone birthday on May 2, Bleacher Report have commissioned a digital art gallery entitled "The Art of David Beckham." The photo set commerates every aspect of Beckham's life both on and off the field. Throughout the gallery, Beckham's journey to iconic status is chronicled: his successes at Manchester United and Real Madrid, his time as the captain of the English National Team, his marriage to his wife Victoria, and of course, his iconic -- and ever changing -- hairstyles. 

The piece below was created by MLSsoccer.com's graphic designer Gabriel De Los Rios salutes "the culmination of Beckham's American dream" when he helped lead the LA Galaxy to their MLS Cup titles in 2011 and 2012. 


More David Beckham art courtesy of Bleacher Report:

 

28 April 11:24 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Former LA Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas will not suit up for the Colorado Rapids against his old club this weekend after the Rapids announced that the Brazilian midfielder will miss the next four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery

Sarvas' surgery was performed on Monday in Los Angeles to repair a right knee issue that had been plaguing the 33-year-old Brazilian for several weeks. 

According to the Denver Post, Sarvas will remain in Los Angeles as he recovers which means that it could be possible for the Galaxy to honor the two-time MLS Cup champion at some stage during Saturday's game. 

27 April 4:19 pm

LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez was rewarded for a strong defensive performance in the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls with a place in MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week, the league announced on Monday. 

Throughout the match Gonzalez stifled New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips, winning several key duels that helped render the Englishman ineffective on the night. Joining Gonzalez on the Team of the Week squad is goalkeeper Jamie Penedo who was placed on the team's bench after his three save performance at Red Bull Arena. 

Not included was 18-year-old goal scorer Bradford Jamieson IV, but the teenager's brilliant first career MLS goal is up for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week.

26 April 7:43 pm

HARRISON, N.J. -- LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho suffered a crunching challenge late in the Galaxy's 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls but the Brazilian midfielder is hopeful that he'll be healthy in time for next week's match with Colorado. 

The challenge came in the dying moments of the second half when Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty made a late tackle to prevent the Brazilian from firing a shot on the top of the New York penalty area.

"He was late and everyone saw that. I was ready to make the shot when he came and tackled me," said Juninho. "I think that we should have pressed the referee and tried to convince him to give the red card. ... I'm definitely looking forward to our next game because the Red Bulls are a good rival. 

"The draw wasn't a bad result, we have a team to come back and make more points." 

After the match, Juninho was spotted speaking the media with an ice pack on his right leg, but was confident that he'll be healthy by next weekend.

"I got a hurt a little bit, the tackle was hard," said Juninho. "But I have all week to get better."

25 April 2:58 pm

HANOVER, N.J. -- The LA Galaxy will not have Robbie Keane for their clash against New York Red Bulls on Sunday, but with the club in the middle of a two game winning streak, the absence of the reigning MLS MVP is not troubling Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.

Still stricken with a groin strain that will now cost him his third consecutive game, Keane did not make the trip with the Galaxy to New Jersey for Sunday's clash. Keane was limited in training throughout the week and appeared doubtful for Sunday, but Daily Breeze's Nick Green confirmed the worries on Saturday morning

Although the Galaxy will be without their captain for the third straight match, Arena said that his absence changes little about LA's preparations for New York.

"Doesn't change anything. We haven't played with him in the last two games," Arena told LAGalaxy.com after the team's training session at the New York Red Bulls training facility. "It doesn't change anything that we do at all." 

25 April 8:20 am

It’s considered by many to be the most exciting game in Major League Soccer history, and anyone who was watching is unlikely to ever forget the LA Galaxy’s trip to Giants Stadium to face the New York Red Bulls on August 18, 2007.

In David Beckham’s first MLS start, the Galaxy ran into a Red Bulls side bursting with talent that included Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel, teenage wunderkind Jozy Altidore, and head coach Bruce Arena at the helm. And all of that star power faced off in front of 66,237 roaring fans at the Meadowlands.

The match was a back-and-forth affair from the start as New York took an early lead on a finish by Angel but Beckham lifted the Galaxy ahead with two assists on Carlos Pavon goals before the 10th minute of play. LA’s lead did not last, however, as a Clint Mathis' screamer pulled the sides level heading into halftime.

In the second half, New York roared forward as Altidore tallied two brilliant finishes in the 49th and 70th minutes to pull the Red Bulls ahead. The Galaxy were not to be outdone, however, as Landon Donovan scored a minute after Altidore’s second goal, and then Edson Buddle found the back of the net in the last 10 minutes to pull LA level.  

In the end, it was the man who opened the goal fest that gave New York their winner as Angel beat the Galaxy’s Joe Cannon from close range to give the Red Bulls the victory.

In total, nine goals were scored, three players finished with two goals apiece, and Beckham ended his first start with two assists.

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