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25 April 8:20 am

It’s considered by many to be the most exciting game in Major League Soccer history, and anyone who was watching is unlikely to ever forget the LA Galaxy’s trip to Giants Stadium to face the New York Red Bulls on August 18, 2007.

In David Beckham’s first MLS start, the Galaxy ran into a Red Bulls side bursting with talent that included Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel, teenage wunderkind Jozy Altidore, and head coach Bruce Arena at the helm. And all of that star power faced off in front of 66,237 roaring fans at the Meadowlands.

The match was a back-and-forth affair from the start as New York took an early lead on a finish by Angel but Beckham lifted the Galaxy ahead with two assists on Carlos Pavon goals before the 10th minute of play. LA’s lead did not last, however, as a Clint Mathis' screamer pulled the sides level heading into halftime.

In the second half, New York roared forward as Altidore tallied two brilliant finishes in the 49th and 70th minutes to pull the Red Bulls ahead. The Galaxy were not to be outdone, however, as Landon Donovan scored a minute after Altidore’s second goal, and then Edson Buddle found the back of the net in the last 10 minutes to pull LA level.  

In the end, it was the man who opened the goal fest that gave New York their winner as Angel beat the Galaxy’s Joe Cannon from close range to give the Red Bulls the victory.

In total, nine goals were scored, three players finished with two goals apiece, and Beckham ended his first start with two assists.

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Think will have another dramatic game on Sunday?

Take a look at the highlights from that dramatic game above. 

25 April 7:29 am

The LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls will renew the classic East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry on Sunday when they face off at Red Bull Arena.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at two teams domestic trophy cabinet and examine if the matchup between the Galaxy and Red Bulls is truly a rivalry.

Check it out below.

24 April 4:42 pm

MLSsoccer.com's Rachel Bonnetta runs through the top 6 NY vs LA Galaxy moments in history and is joined by a special guest to reveal the number one moment.

Watch the New York Red Bulls take on the LA Galaxy Sunday, April 26 at 5:00 PM ET on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

24 April 11:37 am
 

Guess who’s on Facebook? This guy —> Don GarberJoin him on FOX Soccer on Friday at 4pm ET for a live Q&A.

Posted by Major League Soccer (MLS) on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has recently launched a Facebook page. And to celebrate that, he's going to do a live fan Q&A this Friday, April 24, on the Fox Soccer Facebook page

Starting at 4 pm ET, Garber will take questions from fans. To have your question potentially included, navigate to the Fox Soccer Facebook page and put your question in the comment section of the specific Q&A post.  

 

23 April 2:32 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy head off to New York this weekend in search of their first road win since last August. 

Getting a victory in New York will not be easy as the Red Bulls are currently the lone undefeated team in Major League Soccer. In my latest video for Time Warner Cable SportsNet, we breakdown the Galaxy's match against New York and the role that Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes will play. 

Check it out above.

23 April 1:40 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane remains doubtful for this Sunday’s clash with New York Red Bulls as he looks to recover from a groin strain.

Keane has participated in full training this week but left practice before the start of media availability on Thursday. The 34-year-old has missed out on the club’s last two games since suffering the strain during the latter stages of LA’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC earlier this month.

"He has been in full training on and off this week," Bruce Arena said. "We'll see how he's feeling today and make those decisions [on his availability for Sunday]."

Such statements sound pretty grim considering that Arena told the media a week ago that Keane could be available for the Sporting Kansas City. So the question remains, does Arena think there's a chance that Keane gets on the field against the Red Bulls?

Well, the Galaxy head coach channeled movie hero Lloyd Christmas for his answer. 

"Do I see any chance?." Arena asked the press. "Well, did you see "Dumb and Dumber?"

JOSE VILLARREAL INJURED IN U.S. U-23 GAME

LA Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal was forced to exit the U.S. Under-23's 3-0 victory over Mexico U-23's on Wednesday with a left hamstring strain, although the injury forced him from the match, the midfielder is confident that his strain will not put him on the shelf for an extended period of time. 

"I just felt it thighten up, and I came off to prevent [the injury] from getting worse. It's no big deal," Villarreal said after the victory. "It might have been a bit early to get back on the field, but I felt fine in training this week. ... It's disappointing and it sucks that I couldn't play more minutes in front of my hometown crowd but my well-being comes first. I'll be back." 

Villarreal was not in training with the Galaxy on Thursday but head coach Bruce Arena had a few words of criticism for the U.S. U-23 training staff.  

"I don't know the circumstances," Arena said. "But with him coming off a hamstring injury, to come onto the field without a warm-up probably wasn't the smartest thing."

TODD DUNIVANT DEALING WITH THIGH BRUISE

Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant will likely need another week to make his return to the field as he deals with a bruise on his left thigh. 

Dunivant has endured the bruise since the early stages of the Galaxy's defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC early this month. The 34-year-old was in the gameday roster for the Galaxy's clash with Seattle Sounders FC but was left off for last week's match against Sporting Kansas City. 

"It's finally feeling better. I'm finally able to do some running and perform some ball work," said Dunivant. "I'm hoping to be ready by next week but we'll see." 

22 April 10:24 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The U.S. National Team kept up their dominance of Mexico on Wednesday as the U-23's picked up a 3-0 victory at StubHub Center against their counterparts from El Tri. 

Former LA Galaxy Academy forward Mario Rodriguez, Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Christian Dean and Stanford University's Jordan Morris all scored in the victory. U.S. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper made seven saves as he fended off an active Mexico attack. 

LA Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal left in the 40th minute with a left hamstring strain. The injury occurred in the same hamstring that forced Villarreal to miss the Galaxy's match against Vancouver earlier this month. Fellow Galaxy homegrown Oscar Sorto went 68 minutes along the right side of defense in the American victory.

22 April 4:45 pm
CARSON, Calif. -- Count captain Robbie Keane and center back Leonardo among the list of LA Galaxy players aiming to return to the squad for this Sunday's match with New York Red Bulls after long injury layoffs. 
 
Keane (groin strain) and Leonardo (quadriceps) have both missed several matches due to their respective injuries, but according to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the pair are in contention to return to the field this Sunday at Red Bull Arena. 
 
"Everyone trained today, so hopefully they’ll be included in our group," Arena told reporters on Tuesday. 
 
Arena revealed that not only are both Keane and Leonardo inching ever close to returning to the squad, but the players were nearly eligible for last Saturday's victory over Sporting Kansas City.
 
"Both were close to being able to play," Arena revealed. "But we feel at this time of year we got to be smart with the players and not bring them back too early from injuries, which could possibly prevent them from playing a number of games, so we got to be smart.
 
22 April 12:01 pm

There's nothing like a U.S. jersey release to get the American soccer universe all aflutter. The latest recipient of that rancor is the U.S. Women's National Team. 

On Wednesday, the USWNT released some, well, interesting new home kits for the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that opt for a simple black and white color scheme that is a stark contrast from the Star-spangled glory of their away uniforms

But what is the most shocking about the jerseys are not the black and white primary colors of the kit but the fact that the socks will include a "volt yellow" color (that looks a lot like the color green) which is designed to pull the eye to the action on the field. Yes, you read that correctly. A U.S. National Team is wearing green for a World Cup. 

Nike also released specialized women-only cleats that according to a press release, "combine flashes of volt yellow with a striking ‘Blue Lagoon’ color, a nod to the famous lakes of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup host nation Canada." 
 
So green socks, black and white jersey, and Canadian-inspired boots? God Bless America. 
 
If there is a saving grace for the uniform, it's the inclusion of a "blue triangular pennant design with 13 white stars." According to the U.S. Soccer release, the design is "a numeric reference to the original US colonies and a visual reference to the American flag."
 
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What do you think of the U.S. Women's National Team kits? Hoping that the men don't copy the uniform?
 

Introducing the 2015 #USWNT Home Kit.Available on ussoccerstore.com today at 8 ET / 5 PT

Posted by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 
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22 April 10:46 am

The U-23 MNT is preparing for Olympic Qualifying later this year and their first home match of 2015 is against Mexico in Carson. Watch as the USA prepares for a match against their archrival with an eye towards qualifying and Rio de Janeiro next year.