MLS Regular Season

14 April 10:36 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The honors keep coming for LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

On Tuesday, the Panamanian goalkeeper was voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters for Major League Soccer's Week 6.  

The 33-year-old goalkeeper set a career-high in saves on Sunday as he made 10 stops to preserve the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC. Penedo becomes the first goalkeeper in a year to win the award. The last goalkeeper to win the honors was Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando last April. 

The LA Galaxy goalkeeper is also up for FutbolMLS' Latino de la Journada (Latino of the Week) award. You can vote for Penedo here.

13 April 6:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II Eric Lopez and Galaxy Academy stalwarts Jake Artega and Zico Bailey were named to the U.S. National Team U-15 squad for the upcoming Tournament Delle Nazioni which will take place in Italy and Slovenia from April 21 to May 2. 

Head coach John Hackworth's group has been drawn into Group C, and will face off against the hosts Slovenia, CONCACAF rival Costa Rica and Croatia. Lopez, a Galaxy II goalkeeper who has spent time training with the first team, is the squad's lone professional player. 

The complete roster is below.

GOALKEEPERS: Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy II; Westminster, Calif.)
 
DEFENDERS: Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Ks.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
 
MIDFIELDERS: George Acosta (Estudiantes de La Plata; Miami, Fla.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS: Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks; Durham, N.C.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)
13 April 11:50 am

CARSON, Calif. -- In an announcement that shocked absolutely no one, LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after his stellar performance against Seattle Sounders FC

Penedo made an MLS career-high 10 saves as he led the Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Sounders, helping the Galaxy to their second win of the season. The Panamanian goalkeeper was joined by defender Omar Gonzalez who was named to the Week 6 squad's bench. The nod was the first time this season that a Galaxy player has been named to the league website's Team of the Week. 

The complete squad is below. 

12 April 8:34 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. 

His comments are below.

(On the play of Jaime Penedo...)

ARENA: He had an excellent performance today. Real big saves in the first half, got off his line well on a couple of occasions in the second half. Made some big saves, played very well. Stefan Frei made some important saves as well. The goalkeepers played well today for both teams.

(On Rafael Garcia's showing...)

ARENA: "He played very well. I don’t know how much he’s played with us in the past, but he put in an excellent shift today. A very good night. He’s been with us a number of years now, so he’s quite capable of stepping in and performing.

(On Jaime Penedo stepping up...)

ARENA: "His stepping up today was critical. Leonardo has been out, Robbie’s not in today, Jose and Mika didn’t train all week. We were really short-handed and guys stepped up. Gordon was a real man today. Obviously the winning goal, played strong the entire 90 minutes. I think he played quite well. You gotta win these kinds of games. It won’t go down as a classic by any means, but you have to grind it out and we got a critical three points."

(On the team's depth...)

ARENA: "We were a little thin in the week, the concentration and commitment by our team today was excellent. It’s great to get three points."

(On the status of Robbie Keane...)

ARENA: "Keane should be ready next week."

(On when he knew Keane would miss the Seattle game...)

ARENA: "Saturday in Vancouver." 

12 April 5:19 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes have been called up to the U.S. National Team for their upcoming friendly against Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio, Texas.

If he plays against Mexico, Zardes will earn his fifth cap for the U.S. National Team. Gonzalez, the USMNT call is his first since October of last year when he appeared briefly in Landon Donovan's final U.S. game agaisnt Ecuador.

Both are scheduled to leave following the Galaxy’s match with Seattle Sounders FC and will return to prior to LA's game against Sporting Kansas City on April 18. 

11 April 11:13 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to right the ship against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but even though LA’s duel with Seattle always has the fans attention, some with the Galaxy disagree.

The two top teams in Major League Soccer since 2009, the Galaxy and Seattle have been responsible for some epic matches over the last several years including a pair of matches in October and November that determined both the Supporters’ Shield winner and the Western Conference Championship.

Given all that history, is the match a special occasion for the Galaxy?

“It’s a rivalry because we’re one of the best two teams of the league,” said midfielder Stefan Ishizaki. “They got the Supporters’ Shield, and we wanted that. Then we got the MLS Cup, and they wanted that. Obviously, this year, we’re hoping to get both. But we have to start playing better and what better time than to do so against Seattle.”

Not everyone agrees, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was quick to scoff at the past between the two teams will impact Sunday’s result.

“All that stuff is in the past. If you’re worried about all that stuff then you’re head is full of a lot of crap all the time. Last year is last year. If last year wasn’t over, everything would be good, and we’d be champions,” Arena said. “Is it a rivalry? Everyone is our rival. Now that Chivas is gone, we don’t have any rivals... .Maybe the team that was in our building was a rival, but the other teams are just games in our conference and our league.”

 

11 April 8:30 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Major League Soccer's finest rivalry will kick off again this Sunday when the LA Galaxy face Seattle Sounders FC.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Juninho's stellar showings agaisnt Seattle.

Check it out below.

10 April 2:41 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Friday that injured midfielder Jose Villarreal is expected to be “available” for Sunday’s clash with Seattle Sounders FC.

The 21-year-old left midfielder missed LA’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC a week ago with a hamstring injury, but returned to training earlier this week.

“He’ll be alright,” Arena said. “He’ll be available.”

Arena also chimed in about Mika Vayrynen (calf) noting that the Finnish midfielder “looked alright” at training on Friday. 

10 April 12:12 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Since 2009, the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC have set the gold standard for Major League Soccer.

Over the last six years, the Galaxy and Seattle have accounted for three of the last six MLS Cup winners (all Galaxy), four of the last six U.S. Open Cup winners (all Seattle), and three of the last six Supporters' Shield winners. All the while, both sides have enjoyed the two highest winning percentages in Major League Soccer. 

Ahead of Sunday's clash between the two teams, MLSsoccer.com has provided a breakdown on the rivalry in the infographic below. 

08 April 3:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Like the changing of the seasons, the LA Galaxy have once again found themselves in another slow start. 

In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I examine the Galaxy's record in championship years and the years following an MLS Cup title. To follow up on the article and find out why the Galaxy have been such notorious slow starters over the years, I spoke to Associate head coach Dave Sarachan who offered an explanation. 

"I wish I could tell you the exact answer because as coaches, we monitor our training, we think the training has been good and we think that the energy has been good as well," Sarachan said. "What I think sometimes gets overlooked is that every team gets better and every team sets their sights on us, so from a soccer standpoint.. where we've been is pretty good. Along with that, there's always going to be interchanging personnel, we have a few new bodies and we're still adjusting from a few absences from last year. We're not far off, but we're not complete."