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13 August 10:27 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Alan Gordon is back with the LA Galaxy and he's expecting to find the back of the net for his new club. 

In my latest story for LAGalaxy.com, I speak to the new Galaxy forward, who was acquired on Monday in a swap with the San Jose Earthquakes. It was in San Jose that Gordon revitalized his career as one of the chief weapons of a physical Earthquakes' attack, but with the Galaxy, the 32-year-old forward expects to have plenty of room to attack. 

“I think that there are so many weapons [in LA] that there is less focus [on players like me]. With San Jose, there was so much focus on “the Bash Brothers” and you had to mark them tightly in the box,” said Gordon. “Here, every attacking quality and I wouldn’t be the guy that [defenses] are marking up. That should free me up a bit and these guys are serving up great balls and I’m sure that if I’m at the right place at the right time then I can get some goals for this team.”

Omar Gonzalez, who has dealt with marking the tenacious forward in the past, agrees that Gordon’s presence in the penalty area should be a major boost for the Galaxy.

“If you guys whipping in balls then he can get to a lot of things that most guys can’t get to because of his size. It’s definitely exciting to have him in here and hopefully he can get some more goals,” said Gonzalez. “When teams are sitting deep on us and putting 10 guys behind the ball, hopefully we can put the ball out wide and find him inside the 18-yard box.”

12 August 5:12 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Count LA Galaxy right back Dan Gargan as the latest Galaxy player to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge. 

Gargan completed the challenge which is designed to bring awareness to the fight against  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis on Tuesday along with Equipment Coordinator assistant Igor Pierra and challenged a number of U.S. Soccer luminaries including Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey. Pierra also issued his own challenge as he called upon new Galaxy addition Alan Gordon to complete the task.

The video is below. 

 

12 August 8:25 am

Foot Locker has tried to make viral gold with their new "Short Memory" series featuring NBA star James Harden and in their latest episode, they feature LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan. 

In the video, Donovan doesn't remember the fact that he was omitted from the U.S. National Team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and repeatedly refers to himself as the team's captain. It's worth mentioning that Donovan has never been the captain for the USMNT over a prolonged period of time. 

11 August 7:58 pm

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy held their second annual Galaxy Town Hall meeting at the Time Warner Cable SportsNet studios. 

Galaxy president Chris Klein, head coach and general manager Bruce Arena, and defender Omar Gonzalez participated in the hour long question and answer session with fans. 

A few twitter highlights from the meeting are below. 

11 August 2:25 pm

It appears that LA Galaxy stalwarts Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane may  have a chance to face one another at the international level in November.

The Irish FA announced on Monday that the U.S. National Team will take on Ireland on Nov. 19 in a friendly at Dublin's Aviva Stadium. Whether the two Galaxy players take part in the friendlies will likely depend on the team's status in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs.  Ireland last face the U.S. in April 2002 when they defeated the Americans 2-1 as defender Eddie Pope scored the lone goal for the Stars and Stripes. 

Ireland begin their Euro 2016 qualification campaign on Sept. 7 against Georgia before taking on Scotland on Nov. 15 just four days before they face the USMNT. Qualification won't be easy for Keane's charges as Ireland will be joined in the group by defending World Cup champions Germany, Poland as well as Scotland and Georgia. 

Interesting side note: with Miroslav Klose's announcement of retirement from international football, Keane is now the highest scoring active player in international play with a total of 62 goals for his country. 

11 August 2:06 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy bolstered their attack on Monday by acquiring veteran forward Alan Gordon.

LA acquired the forward from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money, the club announced on Monday. Gordon has 180 appearances and 39 goals as well as 26 assists in his 11 years in MLS. 

“Alan is a proven MLS player who adds another scoring threat to our roster going forward,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena in a statement. “We are pleased to welcome him back as a member of the Galaxy.”

Gordon joins a Galaxy strike force that includes Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes, Rob Friend and Chandler Hoffman. 

11 August 1:23 pm

Robbie Keane never backs down from a challenge and he proved that the infamous “ice bucket challenge” is no different.

Keane was challenged by former Galaxy player Mike Magee earlier last week to complete the challenge which has gained internet notoriety as a way to increase awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  The Galaxy captain completed the task on Sunday as his wife Claudine soaked the Irishman with a bucket of ice water.

The video is below. 

 

 

09 August 1:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. — Omar Gonzalez found the back of the net for the first time in 2014 during Friday’s 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes, but the LA Galaxy center back was smiling after the result.  

Despite a comprehensive performance against their archrivals, the Galaxy were forced to battle back from a pair of deficits after a pair of quick transition goals by San Jose. During both San Jose tallies, Gonzalez—and the rest of the Galaxy defense— were caught out of position as the Earthquakes notched a pair of counterattack goals.

“[It was] not one of his better games,” said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena of Gonzalez’s performance after the draw. “I think he could’ve defended a little bit better on the two goals, but they obviously weren’t too dangerous going forward and somehow we managed to concede two goals. That’s the story line.”

Gonzalez redeemed himself in the 49th minute when he broke free of Atiba Harris on a corner kick and placed a Stefan Ishizaki effort off the pitch and into the bottom corner of the Earthquakes net. Set piece finishes have become a specialty of Gonzalez, who has drawn considerable pressure from opposing defenses since his memorable tally in the 2012 MLS Cup final.

“I finally got my goal,” said Gonzalez. “When players don’t hold on to me [on set pieces], I can find the ball, so I’m happy that I could get open, and get my head on the ball.”

Even though he broke free against San Jose, Gonzalez doesn’t expect to be as open in the future.

“I definitely expect the [defenders] to be holding me. That’s the way it is,” said Gonzalez. “My job is to make the run, and it’s up to the referee to see that. I will just keep on doing that, and I’m sure I will keep getting held.”

09 August 11:43 am

The result wasn't the best for the LA Galaxy against the San Jose Earthquakes, but these photos courtesy of Mora Photography are fantastic.

Check them out below.

08 August 11:27 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media following the team's 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. 

(On the play Omar Gonzalez...)

ARENA: “Not one of his better games. I think he could’ve defended a little bit better on the two goals, but they obviously weren’t too dangerous going forward and somehow we managed to concede two goals. That’s the story line. Pretty sloppy defending on a couple of plays, and I give San Jose credit, good finishing on their part. In general, I think we played a fairly inefficient game tonight. Quality of our passing wasn’t good, the chances we created fell short on the night where we had the chance to score a bunch of goals, and didn’t get that done and conceded way too many given the kind of game it was.”

(On the importance of Galaxy dominating the game statistically...)

ARENA: “No, I don’t think it really matters that the statistics show that we had 70 percent possession. The only statistic that really matters in this game is the score. This time of year, and for the most part in our league, there is a lot of teams that play to get results, which they should be doing. That’s the name of the game, and tonight with the kind of defensive posture San Jose had to concede two goals in the first half, you make things real difficult. To our credit, we came back behind the goal on two occasions, that’s a real positive. But I think technically we weren’t good tonight and it ultimately cost us the game.”

(On the performance Landon Donovan...)

ARENA: “Landon [Donovan] had a solid game. He had a bunch of good plays during the game, Landon played well.”

(On the play of Gyasi Zardes...)

ARENA: “Gyasi [Zardes] played well. He didn’t get a whole lot of chances, but certainly he held the ball up well, scored an important goal for us; he continues to play well.”

(On San Jose’s attack...)

ARENA: “I don’t think they were that interested to start the game, but they certainly got two goals so give them credit. They came here to obviously get a result, whether that’s three points or one point, and give them credit, they accomplished that. And as I said, I think the difference in the game was probably our inability to do better in the last third of the field and attacking with our passing and just taking advantage of the opportunities that we created. Certainly I would say the first half our defending in those two goals could certainly be better, but again every goal is a mistake on both sides. We always look at is as we made a mistake, and they look at it as a great play and vice versa. At the end of the day, I think we created enough chances tonight to win the game despite the fact that we conceded two goals.”