CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Toronto FC.
(On the game...)
ARENA: “Good three points. Not our best game tonight. The second half, Toronto played well. Probably a little bit more aggressive, won a bunch of second balls. Had us out of rhythm at times. What can I say; it was 2-0 at halftime. We kind of know the score. We could have been a little bit better but it’s still a good sign to pick up three points on a night where probably we are not at our best. I also give Toronto credit, they did pretty well tonight.”
(On Robbie Keane...)
ARENA: “Great goals, two great goals. Specially the second one. Classic Robbie [Keane], and he’s taking off for Ireland and we wish him the very best.”
(On James Riley’s return...)
ARENA: “I was hesitant about putting him in that early in the game and the thinking was he probably would have to come out in the second half at some point, but he hung in there so that’s terrific. He has worked really hard to come back from that surgery and that injury and to be able to give us 75 minutes or so tonight, in a night where we needed it, was big. That’s all part of the story with your teams, you have to call on everyone in your squad and James [Riley] stepped up and did his job tonight.”
(On Robbie Rogers...)
ARENA: “We’ll check him. There was a possibility he could have continued. We just took him in.”
(On Robbie Keane being MLS’ MVP this season...)
ARENA: “Listen, I think these things are difficult. And I hate, especially when it’s your player, it sounds like a little bit of home cooking for sure. In my view, he deserves to be Most Valuable Player in the league and there are a lot of other players in the league that have had very good performances this year but I think you step back and you look at it. I can’t see why people couldn’t conclude that Robbie [Keane] is the Most Valuable Player in the league.”
(On the Galaxy defense...)
ARENA: They played well. Second half [Toronto] got a bunch of dangerous crosses and our guys did a good job getting inside players and clearing balls. On the night it was pretty solid performance. Leonardo has played very solid for us as of late. He had a good showing tonight. And Omar [Gonzalez] and AJ [DeLaGarza] have been brilliant over the last four to six weeks. It’s a good performance by our guys. Obviously they need to continue that over the next, hopefully, couple of months of the season.
(On U.S. Soccer farewell game for Landon Donovan...)
ARENA: If he’s happy, I’m happy. That’s really for Landon to discuss. I think it’s a wonderful gesture by U.S. Soccer. Landon has earned that opportunity. I hope it turns out to be a great experience.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to continue their chase for the Supporters' Shield on Saturday when they take on Toronto FC.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we compare the careers of Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe on both an English Premier League and MLS level.
CARSON, Calif. -- No player in MLS knows Jermain Defoe quite like his former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Robbie Keane, and as he prepares to lead playoff hopeful Toronto FC into StubHub Center, Keane understands that LA will have their hands full with the Englishman.
After missing the last two months with a hamstring injury, Defoe is expected to be available for selection when Toronto take on the Galaxy on Saturday. Although he's missed the last six games for TFC, he's still the team's leading goal scorer with 11 goals for the Reds.
"He's a fantastic player and a typical goal scorer. He can score many different types of goals and can finish all over the field," said Keane. "I bet that he's excited to get playing and I know that he doesn't like to be injured, so he'll be dangerous if he gets on the field, but I hope that he won't do too well against us."
Trumpted as a top tier signing in the offseason, Defoe's time with Toronto has been a turbulent one with the player repeatedly linked to a move back to his native England. Although rumors have swirled about Defoe's commitment to TFC, Keane says that his former teammate remains a valuable asset for Toronto.
"I wouldn't say that he's had a difficult time because when he's played, he's done well," added Keane. "You can't help injuries which is just part of what we do. People are simply saying that he's not adapting because of the speculation of him moving somewhere else. If you look at how he's played, he's scored goals."
As for the business of marking Defoe, Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez believes that much like New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, LA will be need to be mindful of his presence in the penalty area if they're to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games.
"Defoe is a great player, but we have to be focused on ourselves. If we can make Toronto run and chase the game by having possession than that's great. However as soon as we lose the ball, we have to be mindful of the space behind us because that's where he's the most deadly. He's a tricky player, but I'm sure that we have guys that can handle him."
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.
MLSsoccer.com gets you excited for the action with this hype video.
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.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. – Count LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan among those praising Toronto FC’s reported capture of star U.S. National Team midfielder Michael Bradley.
Although the deal has not yet been announced by MLS or Toronto FC, the widely reported transfer was confirmed by Bradley’s Italian club A.S. Roma on Thursday. Bradley is the latest U.S. National Team standout to return to MLS or elect to stay in the league and the highest profile returnee since Seattle Sounders FC’s signing of Clint Dempsey in August.
When asked about Bradley’s reported move, Donovan admitted that the return of the 26-year-old was “great” for Toronto FC, MLS and his national team teammate.
“I think that it’s a testament to our league that people want to come back and play here particularly six months before a World Cup,” said Donovan ahead of U.S. National Team training on Thursday.” It makes a strong statement, obviously, [Tim Leiweke] made it clear to him that it was something that he wanted, and Mike is a smart guy, I’m sure that he’s thought about this a lot and it’s something that he wants to do so I think that it is great.”
If any U.S. National Team player is familiar with Bradley’s current situation, it would be Donovan who made a high-profile return to MLS from Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen in 2005 to join the Los Angeles Galaxy. Donovan then opted to extend his stay in MLS last summer when he inked a multi-year deal to stay with the Galaxy.
Although the moves of players like Bradley and Dempsey may be criticized, Donovan attests that the two players are simply “following their dreams” in a much improved MLS than the one the Galaxy forward returned to in 2005.
“The league is a lot better. The league is different because financially more stable, but in all ways, coaching is better, youth development is better, there’s more media, there’s more attention, everything is different and constantly changing,” said Donovan. “We always say that [MLS] is not where we want it to be, but when guys like Michael and Clint make decisions like that, when [Omar Gonzalez], Matt Besler, Graham Zusi make the decision to stay here when they could have gone abroad, it makes a big statement.
“The way that you make the league better is by having better players and certainly in the last six months, it has gotten two of our best [American] players back in the league.”
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The LA Galaxy Academy lost one of it's coaches on Wednesday as Under-14 head coach Greg Vanney left the position to be the Academy Director and Assistant General Manager with Toronto FC.
Vanney served as LA's U-14 head coach and Technical Director of LA Galaxy Academy partner club LA Galaxy South Bay earlier this year. The 39-year-old had previously served as an assistant coach and Academy technical director with Chivas USA as well as Director of Soccer Operations and Director of Real Salt Lake-Arizona Youth.
Vanney replaces former U.S. youth coach Tomas Rongen who had previously served as TFC's Academy Director.