MLS Regular Season

25 April 7:29 am

The LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls will renew the classic East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry on Sunday when they face off at Red Bull Arena.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at two teams domestic trophy cabinet and examine if the matchup between the Galaxy and Red Bulls is truly a rivalry.

Check it out below.

23 April 2:32 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy head off to New York this weekend in search of their first road win since last August. 

Getting a victory in New York will not be easy as the Red Bulls are currently the lone undefeated team in Major League Soccer. In my latest video for Time Warner Cable SportsNet, we breakdown the Galaxy's match against New York and the role that Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes will play. 

Check it out above.

23 April 1:40 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane remains doubtful for this Sunday’s clash with New York Red Bulls as he looks to recover from a groin strain.

Keane has participated in full training this week but left practice before the start of media availability on Thursday. The 34-year-old has missed out on the club’s last two games since suffering the strain during the latter stages of LA’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC earlier this month.

"He has been in full training on and off this week," Bruce Arena said. "We'll see how he's feeling today and make those decisions [on his availability for Sunday]."

Such statements sound pretty grim considering that Arena told the media a week ago that Keane could be available for the Sporting Kansas City. So the question remains, does Arena think there's a chance that Keane gets on the field against the Red Bulls?

Well, the Galaxy head coach channeled movie hero Lloyd Christmas for his answer. 

"Do I see any chance?." Arena asked the press. "Well, did you see "Dumb and Dumber?"

JOSE VILLARREAL INJURED IN U.S. U-23 GAME

LA Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal was forced to exit the U.S. Under-23's 3-0 victory over Mexico U-23's on Wednesday with a left hamstring strain, although the injury forced him from the match, the midfielder is confident that his strain will not put him on the shelf for an extended period of time. 

"I just felt it thighten up, and I came off to prevent [the injury] from getting worse. It's no big deal," Villarreal said after the victory. "It might have been a bit early to get back on the field, but I felt fine in training this week. ... It's disappointing and it sucks that I couldn't play more minutes in front of my hometown crowd but my well-being comes first. I'll be back." 

Villarreal was not in training with the Galaxy on Thursday but head coach Bruce Arena had a few words of criticism for the U.S. U-23 training staff.  

"I don't know the circumstances," Arena said. "But with him coming off a hamstring injury, to come onto the field without a warm-up probably wasn't the smartest thing."

TODD DUNIVANT DEALING WITH THIGH BRUISE

Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant will likely need another week to make his return to the field as he deals with a bruise on his left thigh. 

Dunivant has endured the bruise since the early stages of the Galaxy's defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC early this month. The 34-year-old was in the gameday roster for the Galaxy's clash with Seattle Sounders FC but was left off for last week's match against Sporting Kansas City. 

"It's finally feeling better. I'm finally able to do some running and perform some ball work," said Dunivant. "I'm hoping to be ready by next week but we'll see." 

22 April 4:45 pm
CARSON, Calif. -- Count captain Robbie Keane and center back Leonardo among the list of LA Galaxy players aiming to return to the squad for this Sunday's match with New York Red Bulls after long injury layoffs. 
 
Keane (groin strain) and Leonardo (quadriceps) have both missed several matches due to their respective injuries, but according to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the pair are in contention to return to the field this Sunday at Red Bull Arena. 
 
"Everyone trained today, so hopefully they’ll be included in our group," Arena told reporters on Tuesday. 
 
Arena revealed that not only are both Keane and Leonardo inching ever close to returning to the squad, but the players were nearly eligible for last Saturday's victory over Sporting Kansas City.
 
"Both were close to being able to play," Arena revealed. "But we feel at this time of year we got to be smart with the players and not bring them back too early from injuries, which could possibly prevent them from playing a number of games, so we got to be smart.
 
20 April 3:03 pm

CARSON, Calif. – After missing the last two matches, Edson Buddle is aiming to return to the LA Galaxy’s game day squad for their upcoming match against the New York Red Bulls.

Buddle has missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury but the 33-year-old forward was back at training on Monday hopeful that he can be in contention for LA’s upcoming trip to New York.  

“My fitness is going alright. It’s hard to replicate the games but I felt good in training today. I’m with happy with where I am,” Buddle who has made just three appearances this season, told LA Galaxy Insider. “The thing is, once I feel good, I want to keep doing more and more. I just need to respect my injury and ease into things rather than think I’m 100 percent.”

With the Galaxy returning to his home state of New York, Buddle promises that he’ll do what he can get on the squad for this week’s match against New York Red Bulls.

“I’m going to train hard regardless but I’ll respect the injury.”

20 April 12:20 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy defender Dan Gargan was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for week 7 of the 2015 MLS Regular Season. 

The right back went 90 minutes in the Galaxy's 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Solid defensively after a hiccup on Krisztián Németh's goal, Gargan put forth yet another strong showing in his second consecutive start.

The complete Team of the Week squad is below. 

19 April 12:31 am

CARSON, Calif. – After their dramatic 2-1 victory over Sporting KC, the LA Galaxy find themselves riding a two-game winning streak, but what is most impressive about the team’s recent run aren’t the wins themselves, but how they’ve dealt with adversity.

They’ve done it without valuable weapons like Jose Villarreal and Mika Vayrynen. They’ve done it with Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes starting one game on the bench. But most of all, they’ve won with Galaxy captain Robbie Keane missing both matches due to a groin strain.In their absences, players like Rafael Garcia, Baggio Husidic and Bradford Jamieson IV have stepped up and produced for the Galaxy.

Whereas in past seasons a lengthy absence to Keane meant struggles for the Galaxy, this year, they’ve been able to string together a pair of victories while their captain is on the mend.

“This is a team that lined up with a lot of guys out [on injury] and it says a lot about our depth and our character,” said forward Alan Gordon, who has been one of the players who have stepped up in Keane's absence. “We got back to back wins now at home with less than 100 percent roster and guys stepping up each week and filling spots, it’s great and it’s good to see.”

17 April 3:36 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy stalwarts Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes returned to training on Friday after a brief spell with the U.S. National Team. 

Two days after going 90 minutes in the USMNT's 2-0 victory over rival Mexico in San Antonio, the duo returned to the training pitch with the team in full preparation for Saturday's match with Sporting Kansas City. Just what role that the national team players will have is still in question, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has told reporters that he will wait until matchday before making a decision on if they'll start against Sporting.

Even though he went 90 minutes on the harsh grass surface at the Alamo Dome on Wednesday, Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes says that he’s ready to start on Saturday if needed.

"The surface in San Antonio was very tough to play on. ... My legs worked really hard over the last couple of days so I just have to do a good job of taking care of them," Zardes said. "I feel like I'm ready to go if needed, if he decides to start me then I'll just prepare my body. If Bruce puts me in then I'm going to play to my full potential."

16 April 3:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy have dealt with the injury bug over the last several weeks, and now head coach Bruce Arena will have to evaluate the statuses of returning internationals Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes ahead of the weekend clash with Sporting Kansas City .

The Galaxy duo both went a full 90 minutes in the U.S. National Team’s 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico in San Antonio on Wednesday. Both players returned to Southern California on Thursday but according to Arena, he’ll have some thinking to do when he decides whether to slot the pair in the starting lineup for the match with Sporting.

“We have players that have been injured over the last two or three weeks, going to likely return. Jose Villarreal, Robbie Keane is a possibility, Mika Vayaynen is a possibility, AJ DeLaGarza is coming back from a slight injury, Edson Buddle’s probably going to be available. A number of players. That makes for a good week," Arena told reporters on Thrusday. "However, we have to be cautious with players that played with the U.S. team last night. That will be their third game in a week. We gotta make a decision on whether they’re going to be involved with our team on Saturday.”

Like many, Arena did not take too much from the Americans latest 2-0 win over Mexico, remarking that the pitiful field conditions took away from the overall product.

“I don’t think it’s a game you could say a whole lot about," Arena said. "The playing conditions were so poor, Mexico put out a good team that certainly is not their team. I don’t know what you make out of that. On the night the US was certainly the better team and deserved to win.”

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.