MLS Regular Season
CARSON, Calif. -- It had to come down to this.
The LA Galaxy's old foe, Seattle Sounders FC will stand in-between LA and another trip to the MLS Cup after the Sounders advanced past FC Dallas on Monday. Fresh off their own triumph over Real Salt Lake that saw LA hang five goals on the Claret-and-Cobalt, the Galaxy returned to training on Tuesday with the Sounders in mind.
"We were hoping for this as well. It's going to be a very good series and be very similar to what we saw a couple weeks back. May the better team win," said forward Alan Gordon. "We're focused and we want to put in a good performance against a good team."
But after the Sounders won the Supporters' Shield by defeating the Galaxy last month is there a need for LA to exact any revenge?
"We never approach games like it's revenge," said head coach Bruce Arena. "That's child psychology. We go out to play hard and win regardless of who we're playing."
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane has been hobbled with a hamstring strain for several weeks, but during the LA Galaxy’s 5-0 demolition of Real Salt Lake, you’d have no idea that the club’s dynamic Irishman was carrying a knock.
Keane scored his eighth postseason goal in just his 14th playoff appearance in the Galaxy victory while also adding three assists to bring his career total to six since joining LA in 2011. Even though Keane’s ability to exploit the spaces provided by the Salt Lake defense appeared unhindered, the Irishman admitted after the game that he was in less than stellar condition.
“Honestly, I felt awful before the game,” Keane said. “Bad back for the last two days. Bad hamstring. I wasn't feeling great until the game started moving.”
Once the whistle blew, Keane seemed fit as a fiddle as he assisted on two goals by Landon Donovan as well as Marcelo Sarvas’ lone tally to lift the Galaxy to a comfortable result over the visitors.
“We knew we had to get the first goal. In the first ten minutes, we knew we had to get the first goal. Once we got that, they opened up even more and we got the second one early as well. I think for them then the game was over,” said Keane. “They had to go for goal, so obviously there was a lot of space for us to counterattack and defend well. That's the reason we won the game. We showed intensity from the start to the finish.”
Even though Keane is carrying a number of knocks, there will be little time to rest for the Irishman who will join up with the Republic of Ireland for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Nov. 14 before playing the U.S. National Team four days later in London.
Keane is scheduled to return to the Galaxy prior to their Western Conference Finals first leg against the winner of the Seattle Sounders FC/FC Dallas series.
CARSON, Calif. --The LA Galaxy have their backs against the wall on Sunday.
Only a win -- or some luck from the penalty spot after a 120 minute draw -- will see the Galaxy through to the Western Conference Final for a fifth time in six years. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we take a look at LA's record in elimination games.
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CARSON, Calif. -- First a little housekeeping message: if the LA Galaxy's Western Conference Semifinal second leg with Real Salt Lake ends in a draw in which goals are scored after 90 minutes, it will be RSL who advance past LA on the away goals tiebreaker.
However, even despite that new wrinkle to the MLS Cup Playoffs format, the Galaxy enter their clash with RSL with a simple objective: win the game. If the Galaxy can pull off a victory against Salt Lake on Sunday -- no matter the score -- it will be LA who advances to the Conference Final for the fifth time in six years.
Even though the Galaxy need simply to win the game, does the advantage of playing for a draw and an away goal benefit the visitors and force LA to go guns blazing from the start?
"Honestly, I think that this is new rule has been implemented and it’s been all that anyone talks about,” said Landon Donovan. “At the end of the day, if you win the games, it doesn’t matter. Our focus is to win the game and we don’t go into any game at home thinking that we’re going to draw.
“We go into games thinking that we’re going to win. Could it come down to it? Yeah, it could, but our focus is on winning the game.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena agreed, stating that it was more likely for the away goals rule to come into play in the series between FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC.
“Of course, if [an away goal] happens then that’s something that would concern us. If that happens then we’re going to have to get a goal really quick. It’s all part of it,” said Arena. “We’re going out to win the game. We’ve done that at home pretty well this year and we hope that it can continue.
"Our goal is to win the game. If we do that then you can keep all your math to yourself."
The LA Galaxy will give away a team photo of the 2014 squad to the first 20,000 fans who attend Sunday's Western Conference Semifinals second leg match against Real Salt Lake.
In honor of that giveaway, LAGalaxy.com created a photo gallery of every team photo since the team's inaugural season in 1996.
Check out the vintage photos of players like Cobi Jones, David Beckham, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Mike Magee, Carlos Ruiz, and more below.
Los Angeles Football Club may be on the scene, but the LA Galaxy are showing that it is their club that holds the claim to be L.A.'s team.
The Galaxy continued their "Handcrafted in Los Angeles" campaign which was started during the summer with a powerful video showcasing the city's sports championships as narrated by Landon Donovan.
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CARSON, Calif. – The season may be over for LA Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant as head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday that he is “not likely” to return for the remainder of the season.
Dunivant has yet to return to full training since tearing his left groin muscle during LA’s 6-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids back in September that ruled him out for six weeks. Injuries have been a frequent problem for Dunivant who missed out on four months of the season due to an abdominal tear.
The 33-year-old has made some progress over the last week by taking part in fitness work, but he revealed to reporters on Tuesday that he is still unable to train without experiencing pain.
“Injuries are part of the game and you have to deal with it accordingly,” said Arena. “On the team side, it can’t be an excuse and on the player side, you certainly feel for the player, but we have to move on and take care of business.
“We’ve had eight guys who have helped us in the back and they’ve all been needed.”
In the latest edition of the Insider Update, I provide a 60 second breakdown the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal against Real Salt Lake.
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CARSON, Calif. -- Real Salt Lake knocked the LA Galaxy out of the postseason in 2013 and the memory of that playoff exit remains with the club.
In the latest edition of the LA Galaxy Insider Breakdown, I look at the three reasons that the Galaxy will be ale to overturn the result.
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CARSON, Calif. –The addition of Los Angeles Football Club to MLS in 2017 may not change much for LA Galaxy club president Chris Klein, but LA’s players admit that they hope a new rivalry will be born in Southern California.
After the dissolution of Chivas USA earlier this week, MLS unveiled the powerhouse ownership group of LAFC—a “working title” and not the team’s official name—at a press conference along Sunset Boulevard on Thursday. The group included many of the same faces that took ownership of the Dodgers several years earlier including Lakers great Ervin “Magic” Johnson.
While not much is known about what the team once they finally take the field in two years, Galaxy captain Robbie Keane said that he was excited to see the club join MLS.
“I think it will be exciting. What I will say about Chivas is that when you’re around the dressing room and locker room and you see these guys walking and people in the background, unfortunately they’ve lost their jobs, you know? For me it’s a shame,” said Keane. “Maybe the league could do something about that. But I think it’s exciting for the league. I’m sure if they get a new team, whatever they call it, it’ll get more [players] that want to come here. I’m excited about it.
“I think it’s good though because we need a fierce rivalry. If you look at Seattle and Portland, they’re good rivalries. With Chivas, I wouldn’t really call that a rivalry, to be honest with you,” he added. “We were in the same building, but with the declared attendance what they had … I’m used to playing these derby games where you had 60,000 people throwing abuse at each other, which is good in a friendly way. We didn’t really have that hear, hopefully we can have that with the new team.
Landon Donovan agreed that the addition of LAFC in 2017 will only enrich the local soccer landscape.
“I think it’s great. This city, when Chivas were good, it made this rivalry good and made it special for everyone,” Donovan said. “Obviously they’ve had a tough time with a lot of different things over the years, but I think having a chance to have new ownership obviously a new brand and a new team is fantastic for this market. I think it can only bring positives.”