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08 September 11:53 am

As part of an initiative to support soccer in the Southern California, the LA Galaxy has partnered with local youth club South Bay Force, who will now become LA Galaxy South Bay.

The LA Galaxy Academy will share coaching curriculum and training methods with the Galaxy South Bay program, which will be led by Technical Director Greg Vanney.  In addition to the club’s boys programs, the new “LA Galaxy Girls” will also receive the same type of training and coaching as their male counterparts.   

As part of the partnership, the LA Galaxy Foundation donated $10,000 to LA Galaxy South Bay at half time of LA's 1-0 defeat with the Colorado Rapids at StubHub Center on Saturday. The scholarship will be used for a scholarship program for players that would otherwise be limited financially. 

07 September 11:43 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Ex-LA Galaxy stiker Edson Buddle found the back of the net against his former club on Saturday as he led the Colorado Rapids to a 1-0 victory at StubHub Center

The former Galaxy forward found the back of the net in the 75th minute when he launched a pass from Vicente Sanchez past Brian Rowe for the game's only goal. Buddle has struggled with injuries and a lack of playing time this season since being dealt to the Rapids in the offseason, but the ex-LA man was pleased with his goal against the Galaxy. 

“For me, I’m a striker. I like to give the team a goal and then get going. This year there’s been a lot of ups-and-downs so to get myself going feels great," said Buddle, who tallied an assist in the last meeting between the two clubs back in July. "For the team, it was big. We needed these three points because the standings are really tight and to do it on the road, in this place, is not easy so we just have to build on this and keep going.”

Although he tallied against LA, Buddle admits that he is still fond of his time that he spent with the Galaxy. 

“Not only do I like playing here, I like coming here in general. It’s a great city," said Buddle. "Before I got here, I always liked playing here so to play here and comeback it’s still the same feeling.”

07 September 11:14 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts on LA's 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids...

 

(On his thoughts on the match...)

 

ARENA: “We just didn’t play well tonight, not well enough to win anyway. Give them credit they got an opportunistic goal and a great finish by Edson.”

 

(On how Villarreal and McBean performed…)

 

ARENA: “An okay performance, certainly not dangerous enough tonight. Between them, probably not enough chances.”

 

(On Kofi Opare’s performance…)

 

ARENA: “Kofi played very well, I thought Brian Rowe played well, the new players we brought into the lineup did very well.”

 

(On Marcelo Sarvas’ performance…)

 

ARENA: “Marcelo played well, had a couple chances as well, he’s played well all year. Marcelo played well tonight.”

 

(On whether MLS should cancel games during international windows…)

ARENA: “Well it’s ridiculous we have to play these games in these windows. We have such a congested schedule, I don’t think we’ve played Colorado yet this year with our team, which is ridiculous. You know, you’re in playoff races and I think every time, I don’t know if every time is a fixture window but for whatever reason we’ve not played them yet with our full team.”

 

(On the status of Carlo Cudicini…)

ARENA: “It was my decision not to play him tonight.”

 

(On what the loss does to LA’s confidence and whether it was a throwaway game…)

ARENA: “It’s not a throw-away game even though the way we schedule in the league we do make games very peculiar, difficult, but it’s certainly not a throw-away game. We played this game certainly to win tonight.”

06 September 8:58 pm

Three LA Galaxy players got the start for their respective nations in World Cup qualifying on Friday and none were able to come away with the victory.

Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez both got the start for the U.S. who went down in the opening minutes to Costa Rica and were unable to recover as the Americans fell 3-1 to Los Ticos. Clint Dempsey got the only goal for the U.S on a penalty kick as Johnny Acosta, Celso Borges and Joel Campbell scored for the Costa Ricans.

The U.S. will take on a desperate Mexico side on Sept. 10 in Columbus without the services of Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron due suspension. That isn't the only loss as they may be without the services of vital midfielder Michael Bradley who was a late scratch due to an ankle injury. 

Meanwhile, Jaime Penedo's Panama played Jamaica to a scoreless draw in Panama City. They'll take on Honduras in Tegucigalpa on Sept. 10

06 September 3:43 pm

Robbie Keane’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup were dealt a major blow on Friday as Ireland fell 2-1 to Sweden despite the LA Galaxy captain scoring his 60th international goal.

Keane put Ireland up 1-0 after 22nd minutes after the Irish captain was able to make an industrious run toward goal that ended with a calm finish from close range. However, the lead did not last long as 11 minutes later, Johan Elmander equalized off a header. In the 57th minute, the Swedes pulled ahead for good when A Zlatan Ibrahimović pass found Anders Svensson, who fired a shot past Irish goalkeeper David Forde.  

Ireland now sits in fourth place in UEFA’s Group C with 11 points tied with third place Austria, who are head on goal difference. Sweden is in sole possession of second place with 14 points while Germany is head and shoulders above the rest with 19 points.

For the Irish to have any hope of qualifying for Brazil, a win is mandatory in their next qualifier against Austria on Sept. 10. Anything less than three points and the Irish may be in dire straits with matches on the road against Germany and at home to Kazakhstan looming in October. 

06 September 12:33 pm

Ahead of Friday's World Cup Qualifier, check out this excellent video by KickTV on the match and all the goings on in Costa Rica this week.

Remember, the LA Galaxy will be in for their own battle down there later this month when they face C.S. Cartagines in CONCACAF Champions League play.

Check it out...

05 September 5:53 pm

LA Galaxy players Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez will look to move the U.S. National Team one step closer to the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Friday when they take on Costa Rica at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose.

As the U.S. prepares for that vital match against Los Ticos, they’ll have a dangerous weapon in Donovan, who admits that he is playing as well as he’s ever played.  Over the past two months, Donovan has scored a combined of 10 goals and tallied nine assists—five goals and two assists coming with the Galaxy—with LA and the U.S.

It may seem surprising that the veteran of three World Cups, who has been named to MLS’ Best XI six times and has won four U.S. Soccer Player of the Year awards, may say such a thing, but Donovan affirmed in Costa Rica on Thursday that he’s feeling as good as he ever has.

“I guess if I had to evaluate, I’d say this is the best I’ve ever played,” he told reporters after the team’s practice on Friday. “The energy I had when I was 20 is pretty close to being matched now, but I have the experience of all the years. Everything has really slowed down for me now. I see everything very clearly on the field. Everything sort of makes sense. “Not every play is perfect, but I feel like every time I get the ball I have a real chance to impact the game. That’s a great feeling. I’m just going to keep enjoying it.”

05 September 2:02 pm

Robbie Keane has been awarded MLS Player of the Month for August.

The Irishman is the second Galaxy player to win the honor joining former LA midfielder Mike Magee, who earned the honor in March.

Keane was stellar during the month of August as he notched five goals and two assists in four MLS Regular Season matches, but also added two in the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League victory over C.S. Cartaginés. Add it all up and that’s seven goals in five games over the month of August.  

The forward will not take the field this weekend for LA’s match against the Colorado Rapids as he is currently away with Ireland on international duty as they prepare for World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria. 

05 September 10:07 am

In the latest edition of 'View from the Booth" Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones analyze the Colorado Rapids.

Check it out below...

05 September 9:38 am

CARSON, Calif. – In my latest feature for LAGalaxy.com, I look at LA Galaxy forward Jack McBean and his experiencing growing up in an LA Galaxy uniform.

The story discusses McBean’s rise from a kid, who would watch Manchester United with his father Calum to an 18-year-old, who is contending for minutes for the two-time defending MLS Cup Champions.

Galaxy Associate head coach Dave Sarachan admits that when LA first saw Jack, they knew that they had a player with the physical make-up to succeed; it was simply about filling in the rest.

“When we got Jack, we had the physical outline and the physical body type, but the internal, tactical, and the experience factor needed to continue to build upon each other through training and games,” said Sarachan. “Now we’re at this point, we have a much more complete player. Far from fully complete, but better in understanding the pace of MLS, connecting, and now it’s the final pass and the final shot that needs to count. We’ve seen a progression, now he needs 10 more percent to get himself at another level.”

Below is more from my talk with Jack McBean about his time growing up, his father, and a plethora of other topics. Check it out below…

(On growing up and soccer help from his father…)              

MCBEAN: “He was always really supportive. He was my coach in AYSO but then once I got to the club level he kind of backed off a little bit from the coaching side. He was always intense but never in a negative way, he’d be yelling at all the guys on my team just encouraging them. They all love him and he still goes back to their games and does the same thing, so that’s pretty funny. “

(On when he knew professional soccer was what he wanted to do…)

MCBEAN: “Probably when I got to high school and had some interest from the national team and knew I was a pretty good player for my age and then the contract came up and it was a no brainer for me.”

(On his first soccer memories…)

MCBEAN: “The first thing I remember was playing AYSO on this all-star team and we made it all the way. But I mean I’ve been playing forever and the games always on at my house, always soccer on the weekends. So yeah, it’s in my blood I guess.”

(On being 18 and playing alongside players who are married with kids…)

MCBEAN: “It’s definitely weird if you really think about it but everyone’s got a different scenario that they’re in and there’s a bunch of young guys out here, a couple guys still live with their family too and there’s old guys who have kids who live with them so it’s kind of weird if you think about it but it’s cool. Everyone can play this game.”

(On his first goal before graduating high school, which he did earlier this year…)

MCBEAN: “Yeah that was a good game. We didn’t get a good result but our team was really good that year and had the supporters shield locked up so all the youngsters kind of got a chance and luckily I put one in the back of the net. It was cool.”

(On playing alongside fellow academy graduates like Jose Villarreal and Oscar Sorto…)

MCBEAN: “It definitely makes it a lot more fun. You know the guys before they’re on the team but this is my third year so I know everyone pretty well. Been with most of the guys for over two years now and comfortable with all of them.”

(On going from AYSO to playing with Landon Donovan  and Robbie Keane…)

MCBEAN: “It’s pretty crazy to think about. [Back when I was a kid], I would always watch for those guys on the weekend. Especially Robbie, playing for Leeds and Tottenham and all those EPL teams so it’s pretty weird to think about but it’s pretty cool.”