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02 March 7:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy open the 2015 MLS regular season on Friday, and will do so with a near clean bill of health. 

First team regulars A.J. DeLaGarza, Baggio Husidic, Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes as well as trialist Edson Buddle missed out on the Galaxy's final preseason game of 2015 on Saturday, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says that the team will be close to full health when they open the season on Friday against the Chicago Fire. 

"I think that we're in good shape heading into the first game. We've been very conservative with our players this preseason. Given that we had such a long year last year, we didn't want to kill anybody. We're just taking it in stride. We'll be fine... They're all here training."   

TIME TO CHANGE THE SCHEDULE FOR THE CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SAYS ARENA

The Galaxy will not begin their CONCACAF Champions League campaign for nearly five months, but Bruce Arena says that the club will do their best to win the continental tournament.

Currently, MLS entrants D.C. United and the Montreal Impact are long shots to reach the semifinals of the now rebranded Scotia Bank CONCACAF Champions League which may force MLS to wait another year for the a team to challenge for the regional championship. During the 2015-16 tournament, the Galaxy will be joined by D.C. United, Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC who will attempt to become the first team to win the title.

Winning the Champions League has been a tall order for MLS clubs, and according to Arena, it will continue to be a challenge for MLS teams if the schedule remains the same.

“We want to win it,” said Arena. “Unfortunately for our league, it’s not fair for our teams to play this competition in February. We’re put behind the eight ball right away. It’s the job of U.S. Soccer and MLS to work with CONCACAF and provide some dates that allow us to be more competitive in the competition.

BRUCE ARENA TELLS MLS TO "BRING IT ON" AS LA LOOK TO REPEAT

The LA Galaxy will begin their MLS regular season campaign on Friday with 19 teams gunning to take away their title as MLS Cup champions. Typically that places a bulls-eye on the winning team, but that's of little matter to Bruce Arena.

When asked on Monday if the Galaxy will face considerable pressure this season to repeat as champions, the LA head coach and general manager responded in his typically glib manner. 

"Yeah, bring it on. Whatever. I think that's what I signed up for," Arena said. 

Even if the Galaxy will head into the season as the favorites to repeat as MLS Cup champions, Arena is eager to get the season started.

"We don't need anymore preseason," Arena said. "I'm sick of it. I'd rather be criticized right away." 

02 March 2:20 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Edson Buddle will be a member of the LA Galaxy again by the end of the week.

Buddle has been sidelined recently with an injury, but head coach and general manager Bruce Arena confirmed that the 33-year-old forward will be joining the club by the start of the 2015 season. 

"We'll get that done this week," Arena told reporters after practice on Monday. 

The veteran forward will be joining the Galaxy for a third time having spent time with the club from 2007-10 and again in 2012. Buddle has a total of 99 appearances for the Galaxy in all MLS competitions, having scored 32 goals and six assists in two stints for the Galaxy. 

Buddle is one of eight players in MLS history to score 100 regular goals in his career. 

28 February 9:14 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The LA Galaxy were without several key pieces when they ended the preseason  with a 3-2 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes, but head coach Bruce Arena expects the full team in training next week.

Galaxy regulars Baggio Husidic, Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes as well as trialist Edson Buddle missed out on the club’s final preseason preseason match due to unspecified injuries, but according to Arena, they’ll be on the training field on Monday when the club ramps up their preparations for Friday’s MLS regular season opener against the Chicago Fire.

“All our guys will be back next week,” said Arena.

The Galaxy boss was also optimistic about the status of defender A.J. DeLaGarza who has missed the entire preseason with a bone bruise in his left leg.

“He’ll be in full training on Monday,” Arena said afterward.

27 February 3:15 pm

LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza has provided us with our final sneak peak of the club’s new Blue on Blue secondary jersey.

In the final reveal of the week, DeLaGarza’s photo depicts the jersey’s sleeve which contains the new Major League Soccer logo color-coordinated in the club’s colors and on a field of blue.

The Galaxy’s new secondary kit will be revealed on Monday at 10 am PT

26 February 4:23 pm

LA Galaxy defender Dan Gargan has provided us our latest sneak peak of the new Galaxy secondary kit via Twitter on Thursday.

Gargan's photo displays the LA Galaxy logo on the new kit's crest. The new "Blue on Blue" jersey will be officially unveiled by the club on March 2 through a digital campaign. 

The final jersey sneak peak will be revealed on Friday. 

26 February 2:16 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Ramon Martin Del Campo and Daniel Keller were released from the LA Galaxy's preseason camp, LA head coach Bruce Arena confirmed on Thursday. 

Keller, 22, was drafted by the Galaxy out of the University of Louisville with the 62nd overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft and appeared in four preseason matches. Meanwhile, Martin Del Campo was an undrafted trialist out of UC Davis and played in two preseason games for the Galaxy. Martin Del Campo also trained with Galaxy II brief, but has since departed to pursue opportunities abroad while Arena said that Keller "wasn't interested" in playing for Los Dos.

The Galaxy boss also told reporters that the club's final SuperDraft selection goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton is still dealing with an injury that is preventing him joining the club's preseason camp. 

TRIALIST ANDRE AURAS STILL TRAINING WITH THE LA GALAXY

LA Galaxy II stalwart Andre Auras remains in training with the Galaxy first team, but don’t expect a decision on the 2014 Los Dos breakout star any time soon.

Auras has appeared in all but one Galaxy match this preseason, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says that the club is still undecided on whether the Frenchman will be offered  a first team deal.

“He’s signed with Galaxy II right now so that’s not that critical at this point,” Arena said. 

LA GALAXY II DEFEAT CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS IN PRESEASON SCRIMMAGE

LA Galaxy II picked up another preseason victory by defeating Cal State Dominguez Hills 5-2 on Wednesday. 

Galaxy Under-18 player Mark Cruz scored two goals while Adonis Amaya, Travis Bowen and Jason Bli scored for Los Dos

First teamers Ignacio Maganto, Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal played in the scrimmage.

BRUCE ARENA: TALK OF MLS CUP "COMICAL" IN PRESEASON

 The LA Galaxy may be a week away from starting their 2015 campaign, but don’t tell LA head coach Bruce Arena about repeating just yet.

When asked if his team has the mettle to repeat as champions, Arena scoffed at reporters talking of titles in February.

“It’s certainly not a thought at this point. I think it’s comical when I see teams talk about that It doesn’t make any sense to talk about winning the MLS Cup because it’s a long way away.” 

25 February 5:30 pm
 

Another look at the #blueonblue @lagalaxy jersey at the beach. Look for it on Monday!! #gsd

A photo posted by Baggio Husidic (@ba66io) on

LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic revealed the latest sneak peak of the club's new secondary jersey on Wednesday afternoon. 

Husidic's photo shows the new kit's back collar which is emblazoned with the Galaxy name in dark blue while the letters “LA” are prominently displayed in gold font. 

Another sneak peak is expected on Thursday for the jersey that will be officially unveiled on March 2. 

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25 February 3:19 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is close to finalizing his roster for the upcoming 2015 campaign, and trialists Edson Buddle and Mika Väyrynen appear to be closing in on roster spots for the year ahead. 

Buddle, 33, has trained with the club since the start of the preseason, but missed out on the team's 1-0 preseason victory over Shamrock Rovers due to injury. Although Buddle missed out on the club's penultimate preseason match, Arena still seems set on bringing the veteran forward back for a third stint with the Galaxy. 

"Buddle is here training and we hope to be able to sign him," said Arena after the club's first training session in Southern California in two weeks. "We haven't done anything else on any other [trialists] yet. When we have an answer, we'll let you know." 

Väyrynen was not present on Wednesday as he remains in Scandinavia after spending most of the Galaxy's European trip training with the club. The 33-year-old former Finnish international played in both LA preseason matches in Europe, and scored the game-winning goal in the team's win over Rovers last weekend. 

Even though Väyrynen is not currently training with the club, Arena is open to bringing the midfielder to Southern California for another look. 

"He's a good experienced player," said Arena. "It's a possibility [he could return]. We haven't finalized anything yet."

After training, Arena's captain Robbie Keane echoed his manager's sentiments on both trialists. 

"I was impressed by [Väyrynen]He was good and he's technically very, very good," said Keane. "And we know what Edson is about. He'd certainly be a good addition to the squad."

24 February 10:25 am

A day after Brian Rowe showed us a peak of the new LA Galaxy secondary jersey, another Galaxy player offered an exclusive look.

This time, it was Robbie Rogers who posted a preview of the new kit on Instagram on Tuesday morning. The photo depicts a lenticular Galaxy crest on a blue field that includes light dark blue horizontal lines and includes just a glance of one of the club's five stars. 

According to a Major League Soccer press release, the Galaxy will unveil the new jersey digitally on March 2 around 10 am PT

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21 February 10:06 pm

LA Galaxy II moved forward with their preseason preparations with a 4-1 victory over PDL side Fresno Fuego at Chukchansi Park on Saturday. 

Travis Bowen scored two goals in the first half while Lee Nishanian and Mackenzie Pridham added goals in the second half. Paul Islas scored the lone goal of the evening for the Fuego.

Bowen put Galaxy II ahead after just 11 minutes off dish from Joe Franco. It did not take long for Bowen to add a second as the forward notched his second just 15 minutes later with Raul Mendiola playing the distributor. Islas capitalized on a Los Dos defensive breakdown to pull the Fuego to within one in the 55th minute, but Galaxy II soon extended their lead as Nishanian headed in a corner in the 66th minute. Pridham rounded out the scoring for Los Dos just moments before full time. 

Los Dos will begin the 2015 USL regular season on March 22 when they host Real Monarchs SLC at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.