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Bruce Arena anticipates the LA Galaxy get "a player or two" after target Sacha Kljestan goes to New York Red Bulls
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy’s pursuit of U.S. international Sacha Kljestan officially fell short on Wednesday as the midfielder signed with the New York Red Bulls.
The Galaxy traded up to the third spot in the league’s allocation order earlier this year in what was reported to be a move to acquire the former Chivas USA attacker. However, the script changed on Tuesday when the Red Bulls climbed to the top of the allocation order after completing a trade with the Montreal Impact.
After the Galaxy’s 2-0 closed-door scrimmage victory over Ventura County Fusion on Wednesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that LA are still looking to acquire players and only plan on using their allocation spot if the right fit comes along.
“I would anticipate that we get a player or two,” Arena who also confirmed that the Galaxy were interested in acquiring Kljestan told reporters. “But it doesn’t necessarily need to be an allocated player.”
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says he's "confident" the team will sign a "good player" with MLS allocation place
CARSON, Calif. – Whatever plans that the LA Galaxy had for their third spot in allocation order may have changed on Tuesday due to a blockbuster deal between the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact.
The Red Bulls dealt Ambroise Oyongo, midfielder Eric Alexander, allocation money and a 2015 international roster spot to Montreal for Felipe and the top spot in the allocation order. If reports are to be believed, New York are after reported Galaxy target Sacha Kljestan and with the top spot in the allocation order, they will have first choice should U.S. international return to Major League Soccer.
After Galaxy practice on Tuesday, LA head coach and general manager Bruce Arena said that the Red Bulls move up the order may change things for his team’s plans.
“Well certainly it changes the pecking order on players that are available. That’ll likely be the case that maybe our first preferred choice we wouldn’t get and we get somebody else,” Arena told LA Galaxy Insider. “We’re confident where we are we’re going to get a good player to match our needs. In all honesty I don’t think it matters whether we get our first choice player, second choice player or third choice player. We’re in good shape.”
Although New York’s move up to queue may put a wrench in LA’s reported plans for Kljestan, Arena is adamant that his club will wait until the right player comes along even if it is not in this transfer window.
“We don’t need to [sign anyone] in this transfer window,” said Arena. “We’ll bring someone in sometime and I would say certainly before July. We’ll try to bring in somebody in February or March. If we can’t do that now then maybe a little bit later.”
Marcelo Sarvas was an integral part of the LA Galaxy’s 2014 MLS Cup Championship campaign, but various reports are stating that the midfielder be on the move as part of a series of deals that could see Sacha Kljestan come to the StubHub Center.
Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep and ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle reported this week that with the Galaxy interested in signing Kljestan who is currently out of contract with Belgian club Anderlecht, Sarvas could be moved as part of a deal to acquire the Huntington Beach native. If Kljestan does sign with MLS, he will be subject to the league’s allocation order which would require interested parties—reported to be LA, New York Red Bulls,Philadelphia Union, and Seattle Sounders FC—to trade up with the Montreal Impact, who currently hold the top spot.
Sources confirmed both reports by Goal and ESPN FC that the Brazilian midfielder is seeking a pay raise after his stellar 2014 season, despite Sarvas having one more year on his current contract. Carlisle reported that during the league’s draft combine that several coaches said that would be interested in Sarvas if he were to become available by the Galaxy, including San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear who’s side holds the second spot in the allocation order.
Kinnear even addressed potential interest with a brief comment to Carlisle.
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. -- 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.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to put the clamps on the league’s leading goal scorer on Sunday when English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips leads the New York Red Bulls to StubHub Center.
The brother of Manchester City mainstay Shaun Wright-Phillips and son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Wright-Phillips as enjoyed a banner season with New York notching 23 goals in an MVP-type season for a Red Bulls side in the midst of the playoff race.
As LA look to shutdown Wright-Phillips, Galaxy captain Robbie Keane –himself an MVP candidate as well –admits that the Englishman has always had the capability to be a dangerous goal scorer.
“I’ve known him a long time. He’s a proper goal scorer who doesn’t get too involved in the play by coming deep. He’s a threat inside the box and he has an eye for goal,” said Keane. “Everyone always has a season though don’t they? It’s about whether or not you can continue that run over a few years, but he’s having a tremendous run this year. He’s a goal scorer and if you give him a chance in the box then he’ll score goals.”
But despite Wright-Phillips goal scoring ability, the Galaxy understand that he’s not the only weapon that the Red Bulls will bring on Sunday.
“He’s got pace and he’s strong. That’s always dangerous with someone that’s so confident. We have to be aware of him at all times and be aware of him,” said defender A.J. DeLaGarza. “Obviously though, they have a bunch of guys who can connect play with them. Guys like Henry, Cahill, Sam, Sene, and you can go on and on with the list, but they’re a dangerous team so we need to be organized and ready.”
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on the New York Red Bulls on Sunday in a vital league match that could help LA continue their pursuit of the Supporters' Shield.
Check out LAGalaxy.com's video preview of the match below.
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.