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09 March 3:17 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Contrary to the LA Galaxy, Club Tijuana will enter the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal series on a winning note after dispatching C.D. Guadalajara 2-0 at Estadio Caliente on Friday evening.

Tijuana controlled much of the match from the early stages as Chivas struggled to generate much offense going forward. Argentine forward Dario Benedetto put the home side out in front after just 23rd minutes with an impressive right-footed screamer that blew past Guadalajara goalkeeper Jose Rodriguez. Benedetto was involved again in the 73rd minute when he found a waiting Jaime Ayovi for the final goal. 

Club Tijuana will now travel to Southern California for their match against the Galaxy before taking on Cruz Azul in Mexico City next weekend. 

 Highlights from the match are below. 

09 March 12:11 am

CARSON, Calif. – Jaime Penedo kept the LA Galaxy afloat, but ultimately, the Panamanian goalkeeper was unable to preserve the result for LA in their 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake.

Penedo made five saves on the evening including three highlight-reel stops in the first half, but was unable to keep Joao Plata’s 80th minute game-winning goal.  After spending much of the preseason correcting his positioning issues heading into his first full season in MLS, the Panamanian admits that there is still plenty of work to be done.  

“I think that I work hard in order to be able to be ready for games like these,” said Penedo. “Goals hurt me a lot and the goal that we allowed today is one that I will probably watch over and over again in order to see where I can improve. I think it was a quick play, and like I’ve always said, we’ll be able to correct the mistakes so they won’t happen again.”

Although the loss was frustrating, Penedo believes that the Galaxy made a positive statement in their first match of the season.

“I think the team did well, a team with an ability to score a lot of goals. Today we couldn’t score any but the important thing is that we are creating opportunities on goal,” said Penedo.  “I’d be very worried if given the type of players that we have and being a club like the Galaxy we aren’t able to create scoring opportunities. Goals will come. In the back line, we’ll have to continue to be concentrated and focused.”

08 March 11:55 pm

Two of the LA Galaxy's three supporters groups unveiled impressive tifo displays during the LA Galaxy's 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake. 

Below is a timelapse video courtesy of LAGalaxy.com which shows the impressive effort from the Angel City Brigade. I, for one, am hoping for more like these in the future. 

Check it out. 

The LA Riot Squad also had a tifo unveiled prior to the match, which you can see below.

 

 

 

08 March 11:45 pm

 CARSON, Calif. -- The use of replacement officials was a major plot line heading into the first week of MLS action, but according to the LA Galaxy, they made little impact on their 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake.

Replacement head referee Javier Santos and his officiating crew called a total of 42 fouls during the match while also issuing five yellow card cautions. The most scrutinized calls came late in the second half when an RSL goal by Luke Mulholland was negated due to assistant referee Jose Da Silva signaling from an offside on the play. Santos made another key call in the dying moments of the match, when he signaled for a Galaxy penalty due to a foul by an RSL defender on LA forward Rob Friend that was ultimately saved by RSL’s Nick Rimando.

Following the match, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena labeled the officiating "pretty good" noting that he was pleased with the referee’s performances in each of the matches that he observed on Saturday. He wasn't alone in that sentiment after the final whistle. 

"I thought they actually did well to be honest with you," said Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. "The first half especially they did very well. In the second half, there were a few things here or there, which is to be expected. Overall, I thought it was pretty good."

However, Landon Donovan was quick to note that there were some differences from the usual way that MLS matches are officiated.

"I thought that they did a pretty good job, but the only difference is they don't understand our league and how it plays," said Donovan. "I thought there were too many fouls called. They should have let the game go more, but overall, it wasn't a bad job. However, we certainly hope that we get our refs back because we under estimate how good they've become and we want them back as soon as possible.”

08 March 11:24 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena’s comments from the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

(On his general thoughts from the game…)

ARENA: “Obviously a disappointing result, but I thought that it was a good game between two good teams. They made the most of their opportunities but we had a couple of good chances as well. I think Rimando was outstanding and certainly saving the penalty in extra time was outstanding and the play of the game. We could have got a goal or two tonight, but I think that both teams played pretty well.”

(On Samuel…)

ARENA: “Samuel had a good night, I thought. His first game in the league and I thought that he worked really hard. I was surprised that he went as long as he did and was as strong as he was on the evening. I’m encouraged by his effort.”

(On James Riley’s play…)

ARENA: “James played well. He’s a good player; we discovered that early in camp. He’s going to be a valuable member of our team this year.”

(On whether the team wasted chances like they did in 2013…)

ARENA: “It was a 1-0 game. They had some good chances, but we did as well. We didn’t finish any of our chances and with the penalty at the end of the game, what more can you say? Those are wasted chances. We should have gotten at least a point out of this game.”

(On Penedo’s play…)

ARENA: “Jaime played well. The two goalkeepers were outstanding tonight.”

(On what the Galaxy did well…)

ARENA: “For the most part, we defended pretty well. At times, our passing was quick and sharp but at other times, it was not. In the first half… there were good chances and there was good ball movement and for the most part, the play was pretty solid. You could see at the end of the game that a couple of our players hit the wall and that we needed to have more energy.” 

08 March 10:31 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Below are photos from the LA Galaxy's disappointing 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake on Saturday. 

Check it out below. 

 
08 March 8:51 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The MLS season may have just started, but LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is already in midseason form.

Check out his impressive stops that he made during the first half of LA's season opener with RSL below. 

08 March 11:03 am

In the first edition of Cobi's Corner, LA Galaxy legend Cobi Jones speaks to Landon Donovan about the upcoming season, the MLS goalscoring record, the World Cup, and yes, THAT water fountain photo.

Check it out below. 

07 March 5:57 pm

We're just hours away from the start of the LA Galaxy's MLS Regular Season opener against Real Salt Lake, but before we turn the focus to the opener, let's focus on a few quick updates. 

*The LA Galaxy released their official injury report with Robbie Rogers (left ankle) and Kofi Opare (right adductor strain) both labeled as questionable. Neither are expected to be available for Saturday's game against RSL. 

*According to MLSsoccer.com, Real Salt Lake will be without the services of starting center back Chris Schuler as well as forwards Robbie Findley and Devon Sandoval due to injury

*MLS announced their new competition updates on Friday afternoon which include adding the away goals to all MLS Cup Playoff two-leg games. The rule will be active ONLY during the opening 90 minutes as all overtime goals will not be judged based on their location. 

*LA Galaxy II player-coach Laurent Courtois announced on Twitter that he'll be retiring after the 2014 USL PRO season, ending a lengthy career

*Myself and the rest of the LA Galaxy broadcast talent and beat reporters picked the first week of actions in MLS for a new weekly prediction series

07 March 4:38 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Dan Gargan is officially a member of the LA Galaxy.

The team announced on Friday that they have signed the 31-year-old veteran defender who has trained with the team throughout the 2014 preseason. LA are Gargan's sixth team as the defender has spent time with the Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Toronto FC, Chicago Fire and the San Jose Earthquakes. The release states that Gargan will be available for selection for Saturday's MLS regular season opener against Real Salt Lake. 

Gargan is likely to be the third outside back option behind James Riley once the team is completely healthy as A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant are expected to hold the right back and left back positions respectfully. 

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