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Former U.S. National Team boss Bruce Arena gives coaches' perspective to cutting players ahead of World Cup
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan’s omission from the U.S. World Cup roster is still sending shockwaves through the American soccer universe.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I get the Galaxy’s reaction to Landon Donovan’s ouster from the U.S. National Team’s World Cup squad.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who led the U.S. National Team to the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups provided some insight to reporters on Friday about the coaches’ perspective when making cuts for a World Cup.
“When coaches make decisions, you’ve got to support those decisions unless they’re proved otherwise. The last thing that I’m going to be is a Monday morning quarterback like everyone else in this world,” said Arena. “These are hard decisions, I’m sure that Jurgen has his reasons for it and you’ve got to respect that. It’s never easy. If it was my decision, he’d be on the team, but it’s not my decision. I have to leave at that. Only time tells if these things make sense or don’t make sense.
“In all fairness, I’m going to tell you from the coaches’ perspective, I’m not going to listen to one fan about how the team should play or you people [reporters]. Not to disrespect, but it’s our job to make those decisions,” he added. “You make those decisions and you live with them. That’s the decision that he made. He has his reasons and that’s in his realm of responsibility about how he wants to articulate that and move his team forward.”
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan will be available for the LA Galaxy for Sunday’s match against the Philadelphia Union.
The message was loud and clear from LA head coach Bruce Arena who addressed the media a day after Donovan’s shock exclusion from the U.S. World Cup squad. Arena told reporters that he was “disappointed” and “somewhat surprised” by the move to drop Donovan but was quick to declare that he’ll be available for the match on Sunday.
“I expect Landon to be available on Sunday,” said Arena. “He’s doing well given the circumstances. … I would think that he’ll be available to play on Sunday for sure.”
Thoughts on Donovan playing?
CARSON, Calif. — The disappointment is understandable for LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.
On Thursday, the Galaxy stalwart who has starred in three World Cups with the U.S. National Team was not named to the Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man U.S. roster for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The squad will include his Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez who will be making his first ever trip to the world’s biggest stage.
Donovan was named as an alternate along with the rest of the seven players cut for the squad. Hours after the announcement, the forward who has scored five of his 57 U.S. National Team goals at the World Cup issued a statement via his official Facebook page.
“It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the US National Team in three World Cups. I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today’s decision,” Donovan said in a release on Facebook. “Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the US in the years to come.”
CARSON, Calif. – Call it the power of Trainor.
The LA Galaxy returned to winning ways on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas on the same day that the team welcomed 15-year-old forward Jacob Trainor to the squad after signing him in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Trainor walked out with the club during warm-ups, took part in the team photo and even spoke to TWC SportsNet sideline reporter Kelli Tennant at halftime.
Following the victory, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena who lauded the 15-year-old who is still recovering from T-Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia for providing his team with a healthy dose of perspective on Tuesday, did not shy away from Trainor’s role in the win.
“It certainly helped,” said Arena. “It was nice meeting Jacob yesterday. He’s a fine young man. Having him around before the game, gave us some good concentration and a desire to win.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was all-smiles following his team's 2-1 defeat of FC Dallas on Wednesday.
Below are Arena's comments to the media.
(On the team’s general performance…)
ARENA: “I think [we scored] two good goals. Obviously, Keane’s was a spectacular finish and Gyasi (Zardes) is in a good spot to put away that good. We’re pleased with that. Probably, we had a few opportunities to get a second one. I think it was a good night for us. Obviously, the three points were important. I think we were a little bit sloppy. I give Dallas credit. They pushed really hard to get the equalizer at the end and did a good job. We were probably a little sloppy over the last 15 minutes and could have been better. It was a little unfortunate that the linesman missed the offside, which resulted in the Dallas goal, but that’s all part of it. I give our backline credit. They did what they are supposed to do on a play like that. It’s unfortunate that the linesman missed it and we had to scramble over the last 15 minutes.”
(On the play of Kenny Walker and Gyasi Zardes…)
ARENA: It was very good. We brought two new players in the lineup and both played very well. I am very pleased with Kenny Walker. He did an outstanding job. He’s passing was excellent. And, Gyasi scored the winning goal, so I can’t complain.
(On Juninho’s performance…)
ARENA: Juninho had a really good game. He’s arguable our best player the first nine games of the season. He’s been very consistent and had another good night tonight.
(On Raul Mendiola’s appearance…)
ARENA: Obviously, a young player that each minute is important for him. He showed some confidence and ability. He’s still a little bit young and maybe the last few minutes could have done better on a couple of plays. We think he’s an exciting young player and hopefully, we can move him along.
(On Tommy Meyer and Kofi Opare playing together for the second game…)
ARENA: I thought they did well. Good job. Kofi had a few lapses in the first half and responded well in the second and, did a real good job.
CARSON, Calif. – There was a new face at LA Galaxy training on Monday afternoon.
Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal has begun training with the club as he prepares for Cruz Azul’s preseason training camp ahead of the Apertura tournament in June. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that Villarreal, who donned the No. 5 most recently worn by former defender Sean Franklin that he will be training with the team for the next couple of weeks.
“There was a little break and I managed to get a chance to be back here and see some old faces,” said Villarreal. “I’m just happy to be back here and get some training in.”
After failing to make an appearance for the Cruz Azul first team and then being loaned to second division Cruz Azul-Hidalgo, the 20-year-old admits that he has spoken to La Maquina head coach Luis Fernando Tena about a place with the team in the upcoming tournament.
“I spoke to the head coach in bit,” said Villarreal. “He told me to be ready for what it is to come and to simply be ready for anything.”
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) May 19, 2014
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