Soccer has caught the attention of America over the past month and now MLS kicks back into full swing with a slate of games this weekend.
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media following the team's 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union
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(On Landon Donovan breaking the record...)
“It was very nice. I think that the one who really wanted the hug was really me. I wanted to congratulate him. I’m real happy for him. It’s an unbelievable milestone for any athlete. It’s a great accomplishment. We are grateful to have him here. I know it takes a little pressure off him not having to worry about that record now. Others can chase him for the rest of his life.”
(On the team’s performance...)
ARENA: “I don’t think we played well in the first half. Second half we played better, but it was a good performance. Philadelphia played us real hard. To get that second goal early in the second half was important. It broke their back a little bit. Second half we played a very good 30 to 35 minutes.”
(On Leonardo’s performance...)
ARENA: “I thought he performed quite well today. Obviously, the goal was a big part of our success today. He had surgery two weeks ago. I don’t know if anyone knew. He had a compound fracture. We really brought him along slowly over the last two weeks. He was in a good frame of mind to play today. He’s thrilled with his performance. Leo’s grown a lot as a player. It’s great to see him perform today, coming back from that injury. I think it’s going to give him a lot of confidence."
Landon Donovan has suffered through a difficult week, but the U.S. Soccer legend would not allow it to take it down.
Days after being excluded from the U.S. National Team's 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Donovan scored two goals to lead the LA Galaxy to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union as he took sole possession of the MLS all-time regular season goal scoring record.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, Landon Donovan talks about the exhausting week and the emotion that comes with breaking the MLS all-time regular season goal scoring record.
But the most telling quote during Donovan's press conference was his thoughts on bouncing back from adversity.
“There’s some things in life you can’t control I’ve said that to you guys a lot of times. There’s a lot of things in life you can’t control. What you can control is how you react and by no means am I going to let one decision that went against me affect me going forward,” said Donovan. “I say that to our young kids all the time, if you make a mistake don’t let that mistake take you out of the rest of the game for the next two weeks for the next two months. You have to get on with it. That’s behind you and that’s living in the past.
It wasn’t easy for me to do that today. My mind was racing all over the place but fortunately I spent a lot of time practicing with how to deal with stuff like that,” Donovan added. “Meditation helps a lot and getting me back to the moment. And getting me present so that you are just here and don’t worry about what’s happened or what’s going to happen and I was really proud of myself for that because it would have been easy to make an excuse today.”
Video of Donovan's curtain call earlier on Sunday is below.
The LA Galaxy will give away 10,000 M-Ball's (a peanut M&M shaped soccer ball) at the conclusion of Sunday's match against the Philadelphia Union. Fans will be able to put their M-Ball in their cars before returning to watch LA Galaxy II's match against Oklahoma City Energy FC at 8:00 p.m. PT without risk of missing out on the match. If you're unable to come on Sunday and want your own M-Ball, you can enter to win here.
You can still purchase tickets to the Galaxy Family Reunion by clicking here.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's match against the Philadelphia Union.
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CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan will be available for the LA Galaxy for Sunday’s match against the Philadelphia Union.
The message was loud and clear from LA head coach Bruce Arena who addressed the media a day after Donovan’s shock exclusion from the U.S. World Cup squad. Arena told reporters that he was “disappointed” and “somewhat surprised” by the move to drop Donovan but was quick to declare that he’ll be available for the match on Sunday.
“I expect Landon to be available on Sunday,” said Arena. “He’s doing well given the circumstances. … I would think that he’ll be available to play on Sunday for sure.”
Thoughts on Donovan playing?
CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas is making his steady return from injury, but don’t expect the midfielder to be ready for either of the LA Galaxy’s two matches this week.
Sarvas trained for the first time on Tuesday since suffering left MCL strain prior to the Galaxy’s match with the Colorado Rapids earlier this month. Since the injury, Sarvas has been steadily trying to return to fitness and after his first full training session, the 32-year-old set his target date for a return to the field.
“I felt very good and this is the last step, which is always the hardest one because it’s the transition from physical therapy to the field. I’m happy and I feel so let’s see because maybe in one or two weeks I’ll be ready,” said Sarvas. “It was a fast rehab and we did the right work and treatment so I’m happy with how it goes.”
“The target is Chicago," said Sarvas. "But you never know because a soccer player could sleep and the next day feel better. It could even be Sunday [against the Philadelphia Union] but you never know.”
And the fiercely competitive Sarvas is eager to get back to the field and help turn around a Galaxy team that currently finds itself in last place.
“It’s frustrating to be injured and be outside [the team]. The team has been playing good with some mistakes, but of course, I would like to be there to help the team,” said Sarvas. “Let’s see how it goes because we'll have a chance against Dallas to get things right."
PHILADELPHIA -- The 2014 MLS SuperDraft will be taking place on Thursday in Philadelphia and we'll be covering it on CoveritLive below.
The LA Galaxy hold just one pick on day one of the draft with the 23rd overall selection in the second round.
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