Real Salt Lake

22 March 10:03 am

In the latest edition of What to Watch For, Time Warner SportsNet play-by-play man Joe Tutino and I break down the LA Galaxy's first road match of the 2014 season against Real Salt Lake.

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21 March 4:19 pm

In the latest edition of "By the Numbers" LAGalaxy.com looks ahead to Saturday's clash between the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.

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20 March 5:39 pm

The LA Galaxy can expect to face a close to full-strength Real Salt Lake when the two teams kick off on Saturday. 

In a conversation with reporters in Utah, RSL head coach Jeff Cassar stated that starters Javier Morales and Nick Rimando are are all improving health-wise ahead of their home opener against the Galaxy.  

However, RSL still have a few question marks as starting center back Chris Schuler is still a question mark who Cassar says is "getting healthier every day" while fellow defender Aaron Maund is also unlikely to play. If Schuler and Maund are unable to play then Salt Lake may resort to using youngster Chris Schuler alongside Nat Borchers in central defense. 

Below is additional news from around MLS:

*The Professional Referee Organization reached a collective bargining agreement with the Pro Soccer Referee's Assocation on Thursday, which will have the league's normal officials returning to action this week. 

*Seattle Sounders FC announced that they will be ending their business partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, who they have shared operations with since 2007. Despite making the move, Seattle will still play at CenturyLink Field. 

*The Colorado Rapids waived long-time goalkeeper Matt Pickens on Thursday. Pickens backstopped the Rapids to their lone MLS Cup triumph in 2010. 

*New York City FC unveiled their new logo ahead of their inaugural 2015 season at the adidas headquarters in the New York neighborhood of Soho. The fan-chosen logo is inspired by a New York City subway token. 

09 March 12:24 am

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena’s comments from the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

(On his general thoughts from the game…)

ARENA: “Obviously a disappointing result, but I thought that it was a good game between two good teams. They made the most of their opportunities but we had a couple of good chances as well. I think Rimando was outstanding and certainly saving the penalty in extra time was outstanding and the play of the game. We could have got a goal or two tonight, but I think that both teams played pretty well.”

(On Samuel…)

ARENA: “Samuel had a good night, I thought. His first game in the league and I thought that he worked really hard. I was surprised that he went as long as he did and was as strong as he was on the evening. I’m encouraged by his effort.”

(On James Riley’s play…)

ARENA: “James played well. He’s a good player; we discovered that early in camp. He’s going to be a valuable member of our team this year.”

(On whether the team wasted chances like they did in 2013…)

ARENA: “It was a 1-0 game. They had some good chances, but we did as well. We didn’t finish any of our chances and with the penalty at the end of the game, what more can you say? Those are wasted chances. We should have gotten at least a point out of this game.”

(On Penedo’s play…)

ARENA: “Jaime played well. The two goalkeepers were outstanding tonight.”

(On what the Galaxy did well…)

ARENA: “For the most part, we defended pretty well. At times, our passing was quick and sharp but at other times, it was not. In the first half… there were good chances and there was good ball movement and for the most part, the play was pretty solid. You could see at the end of the game that a couple of our players hit the wall and that we needed to have more energy.” 

07 March 2:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. – MLS will begin the 2014 MLS Regular Season without its usual referee crews as replacements will be taking over the officiating duties  for opening weekend.

On Friday, the Professional Referee Organization announced that it will lock out its officials after the Professional Soccer Referees Association had rejected a no strike/no lockout agreement. Negotiations have been ongoing between the two sides for several months as they seek to reach their first Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, like all other teams playing in opening weekend, will be affected as they saw their referee assignment changed from 2012 MLS Referee of the Year Silviu Petrescu to veteran CONCACAF official Javier Santos.  A member of FIFA Puerto Rico, the Colombian official was an official during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2013 CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying tournament in Mexico. Santos has also gained substantial experience in the CONCACAF Champions League in the last three years, officiating over eight CONCACAF Champions League matches and even served as the fourth official for LA’s 4-0 loss to Isidro Metapán in CCL group play last year.  

Although the men in the yellow shirts will be different, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena believes that his team and the rest of the clubs in MLS are prepared for the replacement officials.  

“We’ve been aware of it. The referee is going to be the same for both teams. Hopefully they’re all prepared to do their job and we get on with it,” said Arena. “In all fairness, players have to adjust more than the referee. The referee is going to have a style of play and he’s not going to be fully informed on the qualities of MLS. He’s going to referee the way that he’s always refereed and we’re going to have to adjust quickly.”

Veteran defender James Riley, who is expected to start on the left side of defense on Saturday, agrees.

“We just have to control what we can control and not worry about who is assigned to the game, but just go out and do what we can do,” said Riley. “The cadence and rhythm are a bit different. He may call things a bit differently, but I’m sure that he’ll get direction on how the game should be called and he’ll use his ability to do so. We won’t think too much about it and just hope that there is a speedy resolution.

“I think the referees overall do a fantastic job and that’s a very difficult position,” Riley continued. “They’ve been criticized a lot over the years since I’ve been in the league. We know that they’re an integral part of this game and we want it to get better. We want the overall product both on and off the field to get better and they have a significant role in that. We as players support a quick resolution, but the season is going to go on and that’s the reality of it.” 

06 March 4:19 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy’s roster is pretty much set heading into the season opener against Real Salt Lake, but one question mark remains.

Trialist Dan Gargan has been with the team since the start of the preseason, but as of yet, there has been no word about a contract offer from the Galaxy.  But that doesn’t mean that LA isn’t interested according to head coach Bruce Arena.

“We’re going to try,” said Bruce Arena when asked about if the team is planning to sign the 31-year-old defender.

Outside back depth is vital for LA at the moment as the club dispatched youngsters Bryan Gaul (waived) and Greg Cochrane (traded to Chicago) in recent weeks.

RILEY EXPECTING TO START IN DEFENSE

While Gargan’s status is still up in the air, the newest member of the LA Galaxy, James Riley is expecting to get the start at left back this Saturday against Real Salt Lake due to an injury to Todd Dunivant.

Riley has seen significant time this preseason at left back due to Dunivant’s nagging hamstring injury and is likely to get the nod against RSL.

“I’ll be ready to go,” said Riley. “Whatever Bruce decides, I feel fit and ready to go.”

Dunivant is improving rapidly; however, as the veteran left back went 45 minutes in a recent scrimmage with LA Galaxy II against Cal-State Fullerton as he seeks to be available for selection for Saturday.

“I’m ready to be available,” said Dunivant. “It’s a good guess [that Riley starts]. I’m still working on [being 90 minutes fit], but first thing is first is getting healthy and I’m moving forward.”

ARENA ADMITS EXPERIENCE RULES ALL AS SEASON OPENER APPROACHES

The LA Galaxy’s new found experience has been a major plot line this preseason and on Thursday, head coach Bruce Arena went into detail about how he expects the team to be different during the 2014 campaign.

“I think the priorities were addressed with the new players,” said Arena. “We needed more experience in midfield; we got that with [Stefan] Ishizaki. We needed some help on our forward line, and we got that with Samuel and [Rob] Friend. We needed some experienced players in the back; we have that now with [James] Riley. Obviously [Baggio] Hušidić is another experienced player in the midfield as well. I think that’s what we needed to address. This year, we’re looking at Friend or Samuel or Hušidić or Riley or [Dan] Gargan or Ishizaki. Last year it was [Jack] McBean, [Jose] Villarreal, [Hector] Jimenez, and [Rafael] Garcia, I think that’s an improvement.”

16 January 9:53 am

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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