Lost in the talk of LA Galaxy attacker Raul Mendiola’s MLS debut during last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo was yet another 2014 debut—the first appearance of LA midfielder Robbie Rogers.
After being sidelined with a stress reaction during preseason, Rogers made several appearances for LA Galaxy II before making his 2014 MLS debut in the Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo last Saturday.
During his brief 25 minute shift, Rogers was solid as he made several probing runs while trying to test the Houston defense. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is quick to note that Rogers is by no means at full fitness, but the improvement is quite apparent in the eyes of the midfielder.
"Everything is a step, definitely, and I feel like I've been improving," said Rogers, who is expected to be available for Wednesday's clash with FC Dallas. "We have two big games at home coming up, and we need to get points and we need to make StubHub Center a fortress. Hopefully, I can contribute."
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CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas is making his steady return from injury, but don’t expect the midfielder to be ready for either of the LA Galaxy’s two matches this week.
Sarvas trained for the first time on Tuesday since suffering left MCL strain prior to the Galaxy’s match with the Colorado Rapids earlier this month. Since the injury, Sarvas has been steadily trying to return to fitness and after his first full training session, the 32-year-old set his target date for a return to the field.
“I felt very good and this is the last step, which is always the hardest one because it’s the transition from physical therapy to the field. I’m happy and I feel so let’s see because maybe in one or two weeks I’ll be ready,” said Sarvas. “It was a fast rehab and we did the right work and treatment so I’m happy with how it goes.”
“The target is Chicago," said Sarvas. "But you never know because a soccer player could sleep and the next day feel better. It could even be Sunday [against the Philadelphia Union] but you never know.”
And the fiercely competitive Sarvas is eager to get back to the field and help turn around a Galaxy team that currently finds itself in last place.
“It’s frustrating to be injured and be outside [the team]. The team has been playing good with some mistakes, but of course, I would like to be there to help the team,” said Sarvas. “Let’s see how it goes because we'll have a chance against Dallas to get things right."
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's match against FC Dallas on Wednesday.
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The LA Galaxy learned their fate in the 101st edition of the U.S. Open Cup as U.S. Soccer announced the dates and times for the upcoming fourth round of the tournament.
The Galaxy are already slated to play the winner of the matchup between Oklahoma City Energy FC and Arizona United, but LA learned that if OKC are victorious they will host their fourth round match on June 11 at 7:30 p.m. PT at StubHub Center. Should Arizona defeat the first year USL PRO side, the Galaxy will travel to Peoria Sports Complex on June 18 with the match taking place at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Meanwhile, LA Galaxy II also learned that if they can defeat USASA club PSA Elite then they will host Seattle Sounders FC on June 18 at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium. Los Dos take on PSA Elite next Wednesday in Carson.
There's a new boss with Manchester United.
On Monday, the Red Devils announced that Netherlands National Team head coach Louis van Gaal has signed a three-year contract to serve as the new manager at Manchester. The current Dutch head coach has enjoyed a decorated managerial career with stints at Ajax -- where he won the UEFA Champions League --, FC Barcelona, Az Alkmar, and Bayern Munich. The 62-year-old van Gaal will take the position after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which means that he'll make his first appearance on the United touchline during their July 23 match against the LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl.
The Dutchman's number two in Manchester will be United legend Ryan Giggs who retired from football in a separate announcement. The Welsh star calls time on a 14-year career that has seen the United regular win 13 titles for the Red Devils. Giggs served as United interim manager at the end of the 2013/14 season after the firing of former manager David Moyes.
Sueno MLS crowned it's new winner over the weekend as Las Vegas-born Johnny Echeveria won a place on the LA Galaxy Academy.
MLSsoccer.com discusses his history and the realization of his soccer dream.
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Remember LA Galaxy home games? The LA Galaxy will have their first home game since April 12 on Wednesday when they take on FC Dallas.
To get you ready, check out the sizzle video that plays in the stadium prior to matches. As always, you can buy tickets to the match here.
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CARSON, Calif. – There was a new face at LA Galaxy training on Monday afternoon.
Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal has begun training with the club as he prepares for Cruz Azul’s preseason training camp ahead of the Apertura tournament in June. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that Villarreal, who donned the No. 5 most recently worn by former defender Sean Franklin that he will be training with the team for the next couple of weeks.
“There was a little break and I managed to get a chance to be back here and see some old faces,” said Villarreal. “I’m just happy to be back here and get some training in.”
After failing to make an appearance for the Cruz Azul first team and then being loaned to second division Cruz Azul-Hidalgo, the 20-year-old admits that he has spoken to La Maquina head coach Luis Fernando Tena about a place with the team in the upcoming tournament.
“I spoke to the head coach in bit,” said Villarreal. “He told me to be ready for what it is to come and to simply be ready for anything.”
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) May 19, 2014
No matter what happens in the 2014 MLS Regular Season for the LA Galaxy.
Remember May 17, the day that the team found themselves in last place after a 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo.
The Western Conference standings can be seen below.
HOUSTON - LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media following LA's 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo
Arena's comments are below.
(On his thoughts on the play by Dan Gargan and Jaime Penedo…)
ARENA: “You saw it. Bad judgment on Dan’s part and poor execution by Jaime.”
(On the chances that the team created...)
ARENA: “We just didn’t finish; it’s hard to believe they even got a goal tonight. They weren’t going to get a goal and we gave them a chance and to their credit they finished it. We’re very disappointed to walk out of here without at least a point on a night where maybe we’re not great, but the other team is not dangerous and we have got to find a way to get a goal.”
(On how do you right the ship with this result…)
ARENA: “Get on the field and win on Wednesday, that’s how you right the ship.”
(On his thoughts of Raul Mendiola’s MLS debut…)
ARENA: “He did fine, he’s still a young kid but he played with a lot of confidence and courage so hopefully he can build on that.”
(On what was the strategy for this game…)
ARENA: “To win, that’s our strategy every game. Our team needed to get a goal and we came up short.”