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16 June 8:07 am

On Monday, LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez will develop a lasting memory of his very first World Cup match when the U.S. takes on Ghana in their Group G opener.

But what about Gonzalez's first World Cup memory?

That goes back to the 1994 FIFA World Cup when Gonzalez was just a child living outside of Dallas. 

"My first World Cup memory as a kid was at the Cotton Bowl, I got a chance to go to a few games as a volunteer," Gonzalez recently told LAGalaxy.com. "When I was there, my mom tells me that I used to mimic Bebeto's celebration." 

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Think Gonzalez will mimic that celebration if he scores? 

16 June 7:05 am

The day is here.

It'll be impossible for you not to get pumped up for U.S. vs. Ghana after watching this video for tonight's match. 

Check it out below. 

15 June 2:13 pm

The waiting is finally over.

On Monday, the U.S. National Team will take on Ghana in their opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The match will prove if the third time is the charm for the U.S. who have dropped two straight World Cup matches to the Black Stars.

In the latest "By the Numbers," LAGalaxy.com looks at the matchup.

Check it out below.

15 June 1:55 pm

If the LA Galaxy advance past Arizona United SC in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, they'll be heading back to North Carolina.

The NASL's Carolina RailHawks defeated Chivas USA on Saturday after a dramatic penalty kick shootout that saw Carolina advance to the fifth round for the second consecutive year. Zack Schilawski and Ryan Finley traded goals in the first half, but the deadlock could not be reached as the match was decided in the penalties. 

During the seven round shootout, Carolina goalkeeper Scott Goodwin made four saves to give Carolina the victory. 

LA will look to take on Carolina by winning their U.S. Open Cup match in Arizona on Wednesday at Peoria Sports Complex. If LA win, they'll take on the RailHawks on June 24 at WakeMed Soccer Park. 

14 June 8:55 am

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena provided a preview of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in a special column in the Los Angeles Times earlier this week.

Arena offered his analysis of the tournament stating that a number of the traditional powers will compete for the trophy. In addition to providing his selections for the group stage, the Galaxy boss declared that the host nation Brazil will lift the trophy in July. 

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Think Brazil will take it as Arena says? Believe that Uruguay has a chance as I mentioned? Going with another team?

Share your thoughts below.

 

13 June 11:59 am

Robin Van Persie scored a brilliant equalizer in Holland's World Cup opener against Spain.

You can see Van Persie and his club Manchester United take on the LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on July 23rd: http://laglxy.com/LAGManUtd 

12 June 3:18 pm

In the latest edition of "Skip work. Watch the World Cup," Bruce Arena runs Landon Donovan through an LA Galaxy training session only for the LA manager to call time on the practice in his own unique way. 

Check it out below.

12 June 10:05 am

In just a few hours, the globe’s most important sporting event will be underway.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup begins on Thursday when the host nation Brazil will take on European upstarts Croatia at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians at 1:00 p.m. PT.  For a month, the world’s eyes will be focused on Brazil as 32 nations compete for the honor of hoisting the trophy aloft at the final at the iconic Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

Throughout the tournament, we’ll be providing analysis and daily coverage of the tournament from Los Angeles and in Brazil on LAGalaxy.com/WorldCup. I’ll be covering the tournament locally from Southern California while LAGalaxy.com digital’s Chris Thomas will be on location in Brazil.

To date, there is already extensive coverage on the website including a World Cup restaurant guide of each of the nations that will be competing, a list of Galaxy watch parties including the U.S. viewing party for the Portugal match, and coverage of the United States’ run through the tournament especially given LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez's participation

12 June 10:02 am

The World Cup is finally here.

Ahead of the tournament, I decided to give the readers of LA Galaxy Insider a look of how I believe that the tournament will turn out. Earlier in the season, I stated that Germany was my favorite to take the title in Brazil. While I later bandied the idea of the host nation lifting the trophy at the Marcanana in mid-July, however, I’ve finally decided who I’m going with and the answer just may surprise you.

Uruguay.

That’s right, the famed deliverers of the Maracanazo, who now boast a team brimming with the attacking talent of Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani and even Diego Forlan. I believe that not only with the South American national triumph in their Group of death alongside Italy, England and Costa Rica, but they will also march to the title by defeating the likes of Spain and Argentina before knocking off Brazil in the final.

Uruguay defeats Brazil 2-1 in the Maracanazo Part II.

A few thoughts and notes

* LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and forward Landon Donovan backed Brazil to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

*The Galaxy's resident Swede Stefan Ishizaki picked the country of his father's birth to enjoy a deep run that will end in the second round

*Former Galaxy star Hyung-Mung Bo will lead Korea Republic in the tournament as their head coach. 

Take a look at my bracket below. 

12 June 9:09 am

Landon Donovan made his debut for ESPN's 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage on Wednesday and his first appearance was enough to make headlines

The complete video of his interview with ESPN anchor Mike Tirico is below. 

Check it out below.