Villarreal notched two goals as the U.S. defeated Canada 4-2 in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship quarterfinal to qualify for the U-20 World Cup. MLSsoccer.com's Tom Marshall caught up with the Galaxy Homegrown forward who admitted that he'll be staying with the U-20's for the duration of the tournament. Villarreal and the U-20's will fight for a berth in the final on Friday against Cuba.
“I’m just happy to be able to help out my team however possible,” Villarreal told reporters. “If they need me to score, I’ll score, if they need me to defend, I’ll defend. We work as a unit so I’m proud.”
Villarreal, Real Salt Lake (and Garden Grove, Calif. native) Luis Gil, head coach Tab Ramos, and others break down the U.S. U-20's victory in this reaction video from U.S. Soccer below...
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Joining their sister network Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Time Warner Cable Deportes added a new voice for their LA Galaxy telecasts in veteran Mexican broadcaster Samuel Jacobo.
Joining Jacobo will be former Mexican goalkeeper Martin “El Pulpo” Zuinga who will serve as color commentator and sideline analyst Elmur Souza. Prior to joining Time Warner Cable Deportes, Jacobo served as a broadcaster for Fox Deportes, HBO, ESPN Radio Los Angeles, Prime Ticket, and Univision.
Jacobo’s thoughts on joining Deportes and a sample of his play-by-play style can be found below…
JACOBO: “I was glad that they wanted to capture the Latin presence in Los Angeles. Time Warner Deportes wants to capture Latin public to see that we have a team in Los Angeles and form a connection to the team….I was excited and I feel like I am a pioneer and the first narrator that can give[that connection] to the Latino community. I have an exclusive contract with Time Warner and I want people to associate my name with the Galaxy. We are very happy to make history [with Time Warner Cable Deportes] and we’re going to give it a great effort.”
LA Galaxy Homegrown forward Jose Villarreal catapulted the U.S. U-20's into a berth in the 2013 U-20 World Cup on Tuesday with a pair of goals in the U.S.' 4-2 victory over Canada in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship quarterfinals on Tuesday.
As reported by scribes Tom Marshall and Kyle McCarthy, who were both at the match in Puebla, Villarreal will not return to Southern California like several of his U.S. teammates, but will remain with the U-20's for the duration of the tournament. The U.S. face Cuba -- who defeated Costa Rica 2-1 -- on Friday in the semifinal round.
The complete highlights can be found here while Villarreal's goals are below...
Goal 1 (40th Minute)
Goal 2 (54th Minute)
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Jose Villarreal scored two goals in 84 minutes of play as the U.S. U-20's advanced to the U-20 World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Canada in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship quarterfinals.
Canada took the lead in the 24th minute with a 30-yard blast from Dylan Carreiro, but LA battled back with three unanswered goals in the first half. Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil provided the equalizer four minutes later, but Villarreal put the U.S. up for good with his strike in the 40th minute play off an assist by former Galaxy Academy product Mario Rodriguez.
The U.S. added a third goal in the 45th minute with a goal from Columbus Crew Homegrown Wil Trapp. Villarreal completed his brace in the 54th minute off a dish from Benji Joya. Canada pulled one back in the 63rd minute with a goal from Samuel Piette, but could not complete the comeback.
The U.S. U-20's will now take part in the U-20 World Cup in Turkey which takes place from June 21 to July 13.
Remember, the Galaxy have two other players, forward Jack McBean and defender Oscar Sorto who remain eligible for selection.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy's broadcast partner's Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Deportes officially announced the on-air and broadcast talent for the 2013 season.
On the English-language side, veteran broadcaster John Shrader will provide play-by-play for LA this season with Cobi Jones providing color commentary while Kelli Tennant will serve as the sideline reporter. Also on the English side, Chris McGee will serve as the studio host with Clint Mathis serving as the studio analyst on game days.
Meanwhile, on the Deportes side, Samuel Jacobo will perform play-by-play alongside color commentator Martin Zuniga, while Elmur Souza performs sideline reporter duties. Enrique Gutierrez will serve as the studio host for Deportes while Steve Sampson and Christian Bozzo serve as analysts.
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CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal CS Herediano may be a week away, but we have confirmation on where the match will take place— Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero.
On Tuesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed that the match will take place at Herediano’s usual home field rather than the Estadio Nacional where they hosted Real Salt Lake in the group stage. “El Rosabal” as it is known to locals was constructed in 1949 and seats 15,000 fans according to the club’s official site.
Los Rojiamarillos are currently in ninth place in the Campeonato de Verano and recently underwent a coaching change when Marvin Solano took over Mauricio Solís.
Yes, the El Clasico match -- long considered the "biggest match in the world " -- between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will take place tonight, but the most important for American and Canadian soccer fans will take palce in Puebla, Mexico.
That's where the U.S. U-20's will face Canada in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Quarterfinals (3 p.m. PST, Fox Soccer/Univison Deportes) with the winner earning a berth in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Galaxy Homegrown forward Jose Villarreal has played an important role for this team by notching a goal in the U.S.' 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday.
Below U.S. head coach Tab Ramos, midfielder Caleb Stanko, defender Shane O'Neill, and forward Mario Rodriguez preview the match in this video produced by U.S. Soccer.
CARSON, Calif. -- Unlike most MLS teams who took trips to exotic locales like Tucson, Orlando, Charleston or Portland this preseason, the LA Galaxy stayed close to home this year. And according to head coach Bruce Arena, they’ll be all the better for it come March 3.
Aside from a brief trip up Highway 101 to Santa Barbara, the Galaxy were stationed at The Home Depot Center for the entire preseason. Thus allowing players to sleep in their own beds rather than spend considerable time in out-of-town hotel rooms. Although the exceptional Southern California weather played a part in the Galaxy’s decision, so too did last season’s poor start.
After what Arena described as a “messy” start in 2012, the Galaxy boss believes that LA has achieved some continuity ahead of the regular season by staying close to home.
“I think that we’ve had some kind of continuity in training. Last year, with the trip to Tucson, we never got in any kind of rhythm and I think this year, we’ve established a rhythm in our training and the build up with the way that we’ve pieced our games together,” said Arena. “We could slowly build guys in with their minutes and their play and with different guys covering different positions; it’s been a lot easier this year being at home and being able to do that.”
But could preseason trips fit into Arena’s plans for future teams? Possibly.
“I just think that it’s better for us this year to do this,” said Arena. “Maybe next year, it’ll be something different. But we just felt with the overload that we had the last three or four years that we needed to be settled a little bit in preseason and that’s why we did this.”
The LA Galaxy Academy’s Under-18’s and Under-16’s went undefeated this weekend in a pair of matches against Temecula-based Arsenal FC.
The U-18’s roared to a 4-0 victory over Arsenal on Saturday with Andrew Murphy, Raul Mendiola, Sebastian Velasquez, and Justin Dhillon bagging goals.
Meanwhile, the U-16’s fought to a 3-3 draw with Arsenal as Christian Chavez notched two goals while Alex Ramos added a third. Jonathan Umana tallied two for Arsenal with Martin Ruiz rounding out for AFC.
Both sides return to action this weekend with both teams taking on their counterparts from De Anza Force at The Home Depot Center on Saturday before ending the week on Sunday at The HDC against Santa Cruz Breakers Academy.
The LA Galaxy's March 3 regular season opener against the Chicago Fire is less than a week away and advertisements are beginning to pop up across Southern California.
On Monday, LA unveiled a 30 second commercial for the match.
Check it out below.