CARSON, Calif. -- No matter what you call it, whether it is Providence Park or JELD-WEN Field, Portland has not been kind to the LA Galaxy.
In a total of four matches in Portland, the Galaxy have gone 1-3-0 while conceding nine goals and tallying six -- five of which came in LA's only win in July 2012. A year ago, Portland was again a house of horrors for the Galaxy as they dropped a pair of results due to defensive breakdowns that negated otherwise strong performances.
As LA head into their first match and only match of the regular season in Portland, Galaxy captain Robbie Keane spoke of the Galaxy's recent struggles in the Rose City.
"It's a difficult place to go. There's a good atmosphere which is good and they're so used to playing on the turf that they know it better than anyone else," said Keane. "It's a tough game and always a place to go."
The LA Galaxy haven't had the best of luck from the penalty spot as of late, but is it time for the team to make a change?
During LA's 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids, Galaxy captain Robbie Keane missed his second penalty kick of the season -- the last also resulting in a 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake on March 8 -- which led to considerable chatter on social media about whether or not the Irishman should keep his position as the team's primary penalty taker. It bears mentioning that Keane took the role from Landon Donovan a year ago after the U.S. international missed two penalties in games that ended in 1-0 defeats.
Following training on Thursday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that he has faith in both players to finish their next opportunity, but he wouldn't say who will be taking the spot kicks from here on out.
"I think those two are the best penalty kick takers in the league, but whoever grabs that ball and wants it can have it," said Arena. "Odds are they’re not going to miss too many of those from here on in."
Now that Arena has chimed in, who do you believe should take the penalties going forward for the Galaxy?
Several weeks ago, British pop band Rixton visited LA Galaxy training and got the opportunity to train alongside LA captain and Ireland soccer legend Robbie Keane.
In this video by VEVO -- a music video hosting service which is a joint venture by Universal Music Group, Google, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media -- in their VEVO LIFT series, the Manchester-based group is profiled while at StubHub Center and LA Galaxy training. You might know the band from their single "Me and My Broken Heart" which peaked at 65 in the Billboard Hot 100.
Regardless of your musical tastes, the video is actually very well done, check it out below.
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo have been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for their role in LA's 1-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC last Saturday.
Keane bagged the game-winning goal in the victory in the 47th minute as he aptly finished a well-timed cross by midfielder Stefan Ishizaki in the back of the Whitecaps net. Meanwhile, Penedo made four saves in the win including a critical stop of Kekuta Manneh midway through the first half to preserve the victory.
Kickin' It With Kelli:Tennant speaks with Lakers guard Steve Nash ahead of Vancouver Whitecaps match
In the latest edition of "Kickin' It With Kelli" Tennant speaks to Los Angeles guard and Vancouver Whitecaps FC co-owner Steve Nash about the beautiful game.
Nash, who is the brother of former Canadian international, is a noted fan of Robbie Keane's former club Tottenham Hotspur and spoke with Keane briefly before the Lakers' game against the Houston Rockets earlier this week when he moved to third in the list of the NBA's all-time assist lead.
"He's a big Tottenham fan and he used to come to a lot of our games back then and I've gotten to know him since I came here," Keane said of Nash.
Check out the video with Nash and Tennant below.
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane tallied his second goal of the season in LA's 3-0 rout of Chivas USA.
On the strike, Keane admitted while the play developed like he expected, the goal was a bit of a welcome surprise.
"I just ran [into the penalty area] and I thought that Dan was going to smash me. I don’t know whether it hit my arm or my side," said Keane. "I knew that it hit off me and I anticipated that the goalkeeper was going to come out. I just jumped up to get my body in the way and lucky enough, it hit off me.”
Check out the goal below.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy are hurting at right back, which will likely give Dan Gargan his first start in an LA uniform in Sunday’s SuperClasico.
With A.J. DeLaGarza still nursing a left ankle contusion and James Riley out for the next six months to repair a torn meniscus, Gargan is the likely candidate to slide into the outside back spot ahead of the match against Chivas. Signed just before the start of the 2013 campaign for just this purpose, Gargan admits that he’s ready for the challenge.
“Any player comes into a team with the desire to get on the field. Any opportunity that you get, I certainly want to take advantage of it,” said Gargan. “I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be my first Clasico and it has some history.”
Gargan was a member of Chivas USA in 2008 but never played in a game for that club before returning to the league a year later.
“That was an interesting time for me,” he recalled. “I had personal stuff that kind of outweighed me playing at the time that I had to take care of.
“I was lucky enough to be able to address those and still come back to have an opportunity to play again. It's been quite a path. To know the place I've been and the hard work it's taken is rewarding. Certainly there's a lot of lessons to be learned along the way and you keep those with you.”
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane knows a thing or two about rivalries.
The Ireland international has played in some of the most renowned club rivalries in the world from Celtic vs. Rangers—which is Keane’s personal favorite battle—, Liverpool FC vs. Everton to Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal, and he’d like to see the SuperClasico blossom into a great MLS rivalry.
But the LA Galaxy captain admits that the rivalry just isn’t there yet largely due to the lackluster crowds at Chivas home matches.
“A derby is about everyone getting involved. The atmosphere is electric and the place is full,” said Keane. “Unfortunately, there won’t be a great crowd and it’s a shame because we want this rivalry to be important as there are two teams in LA, but it’s not going to work unless we get a real hostile atmosphere and we probably won’t get that.”
Keane has shined against the cross-hall rivals with four goals and a single assist all-time against the Rojiblancos. But even though he’s had great success against Chivas, he’s hoping that their fans can breathe some life into the SuperClasico.
“I want the fans to support them. To have a rivalry, you need the whole package and fortunately the whole package isn’t there,” said Keane. “They get more people when they play us, but against Chicago for example they get around 2,000 to 4,000 people. Every atmosphere that I’ve played in has had a crazy atmosphere but it’s not just about the name of the two teams, it’s about the whole package. The half package is there, but not full just yet.”
LA Galaxy players A.J. DeLaGarza and Robbie Keane were named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week on Monday for their performances in LA's 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
DeLaGarza shined in his 72 minute appearance starting at center back, the Galaxy defender helped limit RSL's chances by making timely blocks and clearances before being forced to exit due to injury after a harsh challenge by Alvaro Saborio. Meanwhile, Keane tallied the club's lone goal of the afternoon in a fine individual effort that is also up for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week.
Robbie Keane's brilliant finish against Real Salt Lake is up for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week honors.
Keane tallied his first MLS goal of the 2014 campaign came during the 34th minute as he capitalized on an RSL turnover that led to a Galaxy break up field which ultimately culiminated in a near-post blast by Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando. For his role in LA's 1-1 draw, Keane was also named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week along with defender A.J. DeLaGarza.
Vote for Keane here and check out all the nominees below.