CARSON, Calif. -- After their 4-0 shellacking of the New York Red Bulls, it's no surprise that the LA Galaxy are well represented on MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week.
Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez were each named to MLSsoccer.com's squad for their role in LA's victory. In the win against New York, Keane tallied twice to set a new personal single season MLS career high of 17 goals while Gonzalez was vital in helping LA notch their ninth shutout of the season. Donovan took home top honors being named MLS Player of the Week after tallying three assists and one goal en route to tying Steve Ralston's all-time MLS assist record of 135.
Also receiving recognition was Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena who was named 'Coach of the Week" while Jaime Penedo earned an honorable mention for his six save performance in the win.
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan was awarded the North American Soccer Reporters' MLS Player of the Week award on Monday for his one goal and three assist performance in the LA Galaxy's 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls.
With three assists in the win over the Red Bulls, Donovan brought his career regular season total to 135 and tied New England Revolution legend Steve Ralston's all-time MLS assist mark.
Donovan has now been awarded Player of the Week four times during the 2014 season.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the Galaxy's 4-0 victory over New England Revolution.
Arena's comments are below.
(On Landon Donovan’s performance...)
ARENA: “He was a key figure in the first goal. In the second half, I thought he was outstanding. He showed his quality in the second half. Our team, in general, played quite well in second half. Give the Red Bulls credit, they had a good 15, 20 minutes in the first half where they put a lot of pressure on the team. We got better in the second half.”
(On Robbie Keane’s performance...)
ARENA: “Good performance. Two important goals. Obviously, the first one was a classic Keane goal. Spectacular goal. Overall, very good game.”
(On Jaime Penedo’s performance...)
ARENA: “He’s improved. I think over the last six weeks he’s played very well. Tonight, I think, he made a bunch of key saves in the first half to prevent the Red Bulls from getting back into the game. Like anyone else, [Jaime had to improve] a little bit in every area. He’s just gotten better. His confidence has improved. He’s feet have gotten better. He’s very good coming off his line on a couple of plays tonight.”
(On Landon Donovan tying the all-time assist record...)
ARENA: “Rarely do you see a player with the combination of being able to score goals and create goals. Those qualities are excellent. He used to be, I thought, purely a goal scorer. He’s a much better creator now. He’s a good passer of the ball. He’s improved. He’s gotten better. Him and Robbie [Keane] have been responsible for bring Gyasi [Zardes] along. I think their ability to pass and move is critical to our success.”
(On the remaining games of the season...)
ARENA: “I don’t want to do anything differently. We want to try and keep getting better as a team. There is certainly a bunch of challenging games ahead. We are playing teams to close out the season that all are important. Toronto is fighting for a playoff spot. Dallas is jocking for a good position. And obviously, Seattle is with us battling for the first spot. All these games mean something.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane and New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips are among the league leaders in scoring, but just which one has been the most valuable player to his team?
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the impact that both players have had this season.
Two of the most productive Designated Players in MLS history will face off at StubHub Center on Sunday evening when the LA Galaxy take on the New York Red Bulls.
Galaxy striker Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry will try to lead their team to victory on Sunday, but both have enjoyed stellar careers in MLS.
However which one of the two European striker's has enjoyed the best career in MLS?
Check out my breakdown of the two players below.
CARSON, Calif. -- Bradford Jamieson IV enjoyed a stellar season in USL PRO, but it was not good enough to win the 2014 Rookie of the Year award.
USL PRO announced their 2014 awards and Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper John McCarthy was awarded the Rookie of the Year award and the Goalkeeper of the Year honor for his season with Rochester. During his first season in USL PRO, McCarthy recorded an impressive 10 shutouts in 18 appearances for the Rhinos. By comparison, Jamieson tallied five goals for Los Dos in their first season.
In addition to McCarthy winning the two honors Orlando City SC's Kevin Molino took home Most Valuable Player, Sacramento Republic's Nemanja Vukovic won Defender of the Year while Republic head coach Preki won Coach of the Year.
After the announcement of the awards, Jamieson commended McCarthy on his performance on Twitter.
CARSON, Calif. – Two titans of MLS will likely play their final match against one another on Sunday when Landon Donovan’s LA Galaxy faces off against Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls.
The similarities for the two players are easy to see: both players are stars for their club teams and the leading goal scorers for their respective national sides. While Donovan has pledged to hang up his boots at the end of the 2014 season, speculation has swirled that Henry will end his own storied career at the end of the year—a fact that he has denied.
Even if Henry stays with New York another year, Donovan says that he is relishing what may be his final chance to face the French maestro.
“Sometimes we forget how special his career has been. When you’re caught up in the moment and you’re caught up in the game, you just see him as an opponent to stop. But when you think about it historically, it’s pretty special that we get to play against him,” said Donovan. “We’re certainly not in awe of him when we’re playing, but when you step back and take a look at his career, it’s special that we get to play against a player of his caliber.”
But will Sunday’s match be the last time that the Red Bulls face the Galaxy this year? Donovan hopes not.
“Hopefully, it’s not the last time. Hopefully they see us again in December,” Donovan said. “We’ve had very different careers, but he’s meant a lot to French Football, Arsenal and the Red Bulls. He’s brought them back to prominence after a longtime of not being a prominent team on the national scope. It’s been impressive what they’ve done with him and I’m going to try to enjoy the last encounter.”
Make no mistake, Steve Ralston is hoping that Landon Donovan will not break his MLS all-time assist record, but even if he does lose the honor, he "won't lose sleep over it."
Donovan currently sits at 132 assists and has just five matches left to pull level with Ralston's all-time mark of 135. Ralston, a mainstay with the New England Revolution during his career, who is now an assistant coach with the Houston Dynamo was frank in a conversation with MLSsoccer.com's Darrell Lovell when asked about Donovan's pursuit of the record.
“People keep asking me ‘What do you think?’ I think he’s at least going to tie it and probably break it,” Ralston told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday. “Do I want him to break it? No, not really. The only person I’d want to break my record would be my son. People that say they want their records broken, they’re liars. Who doesn’t want to keep it?
“At the same time, if he breaks it I’m not going to lose sleep over it. He’s Landon Donovan. He’s arguably the greatest player in US soccer history. If someone’s going to break it, and it’s Landon Donovan, that’s fine with me.”
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Amid the buzz that the NBA is steadily moving toward soccer-style sponsorship on the front of their jerseys, Italian designer Emilio Sansolini decided to redesign all of the NBA teams logos, jerseys and color schemes with a soccer touch.
And the results were simply FANtastic.
As this is an L.A. based blog, let's take a gander at how he represented Los Angeles' two NBA franchises.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Of course, the Lakers, one of the NBA's most storied franchises were given a classic kit that features the team's purple and gold color scheme. For a sponsor, Sansolini opted for Redwood City-based video game company Electronic Arts. I have to say, I'm not sure how I feel about Laker logo turned into a soccer ball though.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Whereas the Lakers were given a more conventional design, the Clippers kits are a tad more eye-catching. Opting for a split-color jersey that brings back memories of FC Barcelona's similarly designed kits from the last decade, the Clippers' red and blue are proudly displayed. For a sponsor, the Clippers were given New York-based soft drink manufacturer PepsiCo.
As a diehard Lakers fan, I'm inclined -- or obligated? -- to like the Lakers kit more than the Clippers jersey, but what do you think?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.