MLS Regular Season

09 June 10:49 am

 A day ago, U.S. Soccer released 23 fascinating profile videos of each of the members of the 23-man U.S. National Team squad that will be competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. 

LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez's is perhaps one of the most interesting as he describes his love of cooking, the interesting way that he met his wife Erica and how he started his youth career in Dallas. 

Check it out below. 

08 June 9:25 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to the media following LA's 1-1 draw to Chivas USA on Sunday.

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(On the team’s performance...)

ARENA: “It’s not a good a result for us. I give Chivas credit. We squandered a few chances. Obviously, conceded a goal isn’t the smartest way to play this game. There were chances for us to get a few more goals. At the end of the day, that’s the game. We didn’t connect, but give them credit. They played very hard. They had good concentration for 90 plus minutes. I think our team didn’t come out and play well the first 15 minutes or so.”

(On Robbie Rogers’ performance...)

ARENA: “He played pretty well. Defensively he didn’t have to do a whole lot. I think got forward in the attack. He got used to playing the position. It’s hard to mimic a real game in training. This is his first real game at 90 minutes at that position. I think overall he did well.”

(On Gyasi Zardes’ performance...)

ARENA: “Good goal. We had some chances before that. It was good to see Gyasi get a goal. I think for the most part he did alright tonight.”

(On A.J. DeLaGarza playing in the central defense...)

ARENA: “He plays all different spots in the back. We are just prepared for that. Obviously, we’ve had a few injures and missing a few players. He’s always an option for us.”

(On the tie..)

ARENA: “Let’s face it. They did a good job. They dropped and played pretty deep to keep everything in front of them. They had good numbers behind the ball. The execution of the last pass or the shots, some reluctance at times to shoot the ball, and the crossing at times was not good or should have been there and wasn’t there for us. All those little things that make a difference against a team that is going to defend with numbers. A draw for them is a victory. They aren’t going to come out of that shell unless you execute a little bit better. And, we didn’t.”

(On Chandler Hoffman...)

ARENA: “He got a good opportunity at the end of the game. And, that’s a real positive. That’s the job of a forward coming in at the end of the game to try and get a chance, and hopefully, get a goal and position the team to get the win.”

08 June 12:10 pm

In the latest edition of "What to Watch For," Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino analyze the SuperClasico between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.

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07 June 2:30 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Whether he's stationed at forward or on the wing, it’s all the same to Gyasi Zardes.

The LA Galaxy’s dynamic offensive-minded player simply wants to get into the attack.

Zardes got a taste of life back up top during a brief second half appearance during LA’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire a week ago.  Although the shift went well for 22-year-old, who has one goal and one assist this season, Zardes doesn’t have an opinion on where he’s best suited to play.

“It felt great getting back up top. It felt really good to get back up there,” said Zardes. “I missed playing up top, but I like outside too because I have freedom to space. I’m a runner; I want to run [at people].” 

If he gets a chance to see the field, he’ll look to pressure a Chivas USA side that he’s enjoyed success against since coming into the league as he’s tallied two goals and two assists in a pair of SuperClasico appearances. 

Although the Galaxy have dominated the Rojiblancos throughout their series, Zardes expects a tough challenge from Chivas on Sunday.

“This Chivas team is going to come strong and hard,” said Zardes. “We need to be prepared for them.”

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07 June 11:09 am

In the latest edition of By the Numbers, we look at the latest match up with Chivas USA. 

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06 June 12:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- There’s no question that Juninho is enjoying a career year with the LA Galaxy so far in 2014.

The Brazilian midfielder’s two-way ability has helped LA break up opposing attacks while also sending penetrating balls forward to spark Galaxy counterattacks. But for all his success in the midfield, one aspect of his game is missing—goals.

To date, the 25-year-old midfielder has managed 23 shots -- nine on frame --  and three assists, but has yet to find the back of the net, a fact that is not lost on head coach Bruce Arena.

“He’s fitter, he’s more involved over 90 minutes and he understands his positioning a bit better,” said Arena. “But his finishing hasn’t been as good as it has in the past. We'd like to see him get a goal or every now and then."

However, Juninho expects that the team’s change from a diamond formation to a more traditional 4-4-2 formation over the past several weeks will allow him to get back to scoring ways.

“For me particularly, [the formation] is much better. I am very familiar with it and I can score goals. [I can] go forward, and try to create more chances for the team,” said Juninho. “This is my style. For me it’s good, for the team I think you can have to ball more. It’s our older style, older formation, so our team is very familiar with that.

“In the diamond, I'm a holding midfielder. I have to stay with our backline and I can't leave that spot. But with two midfielders, I can go forward,” said Juninho. “Even though I haven't scored yet, I’m going to put more pressure on myself [to score] and I will do my best so that we can win.”   

While Arena agrees that theoretically, this formation should help Juninho get forward, but he’s waiting for it to pay off.

“Regardless of where he’s playing or the system, he’s capable of getting us a couple goals in the season,” said Arena. “His finishing needs to get better.”

05 June 3:57 pm

CARSON, Calif. – While his LA Galaxy teammates prepare for the SuperClasico this Sunday against Chivas USA, Robbie Keane will be looking to help lead a rejuvenation project for the Republic of Ireland.

Months after the Irish failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup; Ireland will take part in two friendlies in the U.S. against Costa Rica at PPL Park on June 7 and U.S. Group G opponent Portugal at MetLife Stadium four days later. Although the Irish will not participate in the World Cup, Keane believes the games could put his team in good stead with qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016 on tap later this year.

“We want to see a belief in the national team. We want to be a team that’s hard to beat like we used to be. We haven't qualified for the World Cup so it’s important with the new coaching staff [of head coach Martin O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane] to get back to winning ways.

“It’s important to have a feel to see where we are and see how good we are against top teams and if we can compete against them.”

05 June 10:34 am

Time Warner Cable Deportes provides some of the best LA Galaxy content around and they offered yet another interesting look inside the club with their latest piece "Confesiones de Landon Donovan" or Confessions of Landon Donovan."

In the brief video, Donovan answers a number of questions from his favorite goal (2010 vs. Algeria), his favorite Superhero (Captain America) and a host of other questions. The video is in Spanish, but you should have no trouble understanding when Donovan confesses his love for the R&B group Boyz II Men.

Watch it here

04 June 5:01 pm

LA Galaxy midfielder turned defender Robbie Rogers spoke in a public service announcement for YouTube entitled "#ProudToPlay" along with a number of prominent athletes. 

Check it out below.

04 June 8:29 am

Walk around StubHub Center on a game day and you'll see tons of Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez jerseys, and it's no surprise that their popularity is translating nationally. 

On Wednesday, MLS announced their top 15 best-selling jerseys of 2014 and the LA Galaxy's Designated Player trio were among the most popular. Landon Donovan was the highest ranked Galaxy player at No. 2, Robbie Keane checked in at No. 6 while Omar Gonzalez's kit is the eighth best selling jersey of 2014 so far. Seattle Sounders FC forward and U.S. National Team forward Clint Dempsey topped the MLS best-seller list. 

The rankings are based on sales of adidas MLS jerseys on MLSgear.com and MLSGearCanada.com since the outset of the 2014 MLS regular season. 

The complete list can be found here