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By ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez made his return to action, but the Los Angeles Galaxy were unable to get a victory as a stoppage time goal by Michael Farfan gave the Philadelphia Union, a 2-1 victory over the Galaxy. Making his first appearance for the Galaxy since tearing his ACL in January, Gonzalez was solid throughout his 45 minutes of action, but ultimately could not stop the Union from stealing a victory. "We didn't play our best, but for the guys in our locker room to fight as hard as they fought and really make plays, that's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy have welcomed Clarence Seedorf in for a training stint, but don't look for the former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder to sign with the Galaxy, at least according to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. "Clarence is just in town looking to train a little bit," Arena said after practice on Thursday. Word of Seedorf's training stint became public on Wednesday when the 36-year-old told reporters that he intended to decide his club future by July 2. When Arena was asked if the stint was part of a deal that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photo by Robert Mora/LA Galaxy BY ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy earned their third win in seven days on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Galaxy jumped on Vancouver early tallying three first half goals from Mike Magee, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan to cap off a nine point week. But Los Angeles' victory was highlighted by Keane's emotional tribute. After scoring in the 30th minute, Keane ran to the Galaxy bench where he was handed a shirt that read "RIP James Nolan" paying tribute to a 21-year-old Irish fan, who died... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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With a pair of Fabian Espindola goals at the forefront, Real Salt Lake put the rest of MLS on notice on Saturday night with a dominanting showing against Chivas USA. Espindola was a threat each time that he touched the ball on Saturday and ended the match with two goals in RSL's 3-0 victory over the Rojiblancos to earn SBI MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 15. The Argentine attacker got on the board in the 40th minute when he found himself on the receiving end of a Kyle Beckerman pass from 35-yards-out that was set up after... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. – After a trying couple of months, goalkeeper Josh Saunders appears set to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy starting lineup. After taking a personal leave from the club in April and joining the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program in May, Saunders was cleared to return to action on June 7. Since returning, not only has Saunders been a fixture at Galaxy training sessions, but he has also made two appearances in reserve league play. Although he is officially cleared to return to action for Sunday’s game against the Portland Timbers, the Galaxy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. -- Faced with one of the toughest groups in the 2012 European Championship, Ireland captain and Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane knows that his national team is in for a battle -- and that is something that suits Keane and the rest of his Irish side just fine. The Irish open their tournament on June 10 when they face off against Croatia and were given no favors after being drawn into Group C with defending European and World Cup champions Spain, four time World Cup winners Italy and the Croats, all three of which... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY ADAM SERRANO The Los Angeles Galaxy will be without the services of goalkeeper Josh Saunders "indefinitely" as the goalkeeper is in the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program according to a club release on Sunday. Saunders has missed the Galaxy's last four matches and the club release follows a Los Angeles Times report earlier in the month that stated that Saunders would be in the league's substance abuse treatment program. The club's official statement on the 31-year-old goalkeeper is as follows: “Josh Saunders is currently in the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program and will remain unavailable... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photo by Howard C. Smith/ISIphotos.com By ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. -- For four years, current Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch was a fulcrum in the midfield for Dave Sarachan's Chicago Fire sides, but on Saturday, the former Fire boss will see his former player lineup against him in the opposing coaching box at Olympic Stadium. Currently the associate head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Sarachan was Marsch's head coach for four highly successful seasons with the Fire. Together they combined to lead the Fire to an MLS Cup final appearance, a Supporters' Shield, a U.S. Open Cup title... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif--The New York Red Bulls may have been missing five starters, but it made little difference as New York picked up their second straight shutout by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0. A first half goal by Joel Lindpere and a stellar performance from rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara was all the Red Bulls needed to defeat the defending MLS Cup champions in front of a sell-out crowd at the Home Depot Center. "We got a goal early and did what we had to do to keep the clean sheet in the game, it was a full... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. -- Championship seasons are riddled with season-defining moments that often propel a team from mediocrity to glory. One such moment may have come for the Los Angeles Galaxy last Saturday when goalkeeper Josh Saunders stopped an Omar Cummings penalty kick in the 91st minute to preserve the club's 2-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids. Just as the Galaxy appeared certain for full points, referee Ramon Hernandez's dubious decision to award a penalty for David Junior Lopes' apparent foul on Andre Akpan in box had the defending MLS Cup champions up in arms. But despite having... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photo courtesy of the LA Galaxy By ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. --The professional career of Los Angeles Galaxy Homegrown product Jose Villarreal may not have begun as he would have liked, but after recovering from an knee injury cut his preseason short, the 18-year-old midfielder is eager to make an impact with the defending MLS Cup champions. Signed in December to a Homegrown contract, Villarreal's preseason ended in early February as the midfielder underwent surgery to repair bilateral lower-leg compartment syndrome. The injury did not deter the midfielder from Inglewood, Calif., who quickly returned to training and even traveled with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY ADAM SERRANO If the Los Angeles Galaxy are to end Sporting Kansas City's unbeaten run on Saturday, they'll have to do so without midfielder David Beckham. The Galaxy confirmed on Friday that Beckham did not make the trip to Kansas City due to back spasms. During training on Thursday, head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that the club "hadn't made a decision" about whether or not the midfielder would make the trip due to several nagging injuries. While Beckham did not make the trip, Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan did travel to Kansas City and took part in the club's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photo by ISIPhotos.net BY ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. --The New England Revolution jumped out to an early two goal lead and never looked back, defeating the Landon Donovan-less Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-1 at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night. Kelyn Rowe, Chris Tierney and Saer Sene tallied for the Revolution while Robbie Keane scored the Galaxy's lone goal of the night. The Galaxy were without Donovan, who missed the match due to a quadriceps strain. Although even without Donovan, the Galaxy entered the match with the vaunted attack, it was the Revolution, who were able to exploit every Galaxy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed that Landon Donovan is an injury doubt for Saturday’s match against the New England Revolution. Donovan has been absent for training for the entire week due to what Arena admitted was a quadriceps strain. The Galaxy are currently coming off of the first bye week of the year after starting the season off with four games in 12 days. The Galaxy captain has battled the strain since returning from an offseason loan to English side Everton and Arena stated that it could keep him out of action... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY ADAM SERRANO CARSON,Calif. -- A night after the United States slipped against Canada, Mexico made sure that there would be no letdown from them. Alan Pulido scored a hat trick as Mexico defeated Honduras, 3-0 at the Home Depot Center. The Tigres UNAL forward tallied two goals in the first half and scored just 41 seconds into the second to round out the scoring as Mexico throughly dominated Honduras. DC United midfielder Andy Najar started on the bench for Los Catrachos and was an unused substitute. In the first match of the doubleheader, a stoppage time goal by Shahdon... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. -- During the first two weeks of their season, the Los Angeles Galaxy struggled to score goals, but against DC United, the goals finally came. And they came in bunches. Robbie Keane scored two goals and Marcelo Sarvas added a third as the Galaxy defeated DC United, 3-1 on Sunday at Home Depot Center. United broke the Galaxy's shutout bid in the 86th when rookie Nick DeLeon scored the first goal of his MLS career. The win came on the night when the 2011 MLS Cup champion winning side was honored with a pregame championship... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By ADAM SERRANO An attendance of 7,500 was announced as Toronto FC defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals Wednesday night. According to TFC rookie midfielder Luis Silva, 300 of those were his own family and friends. Born in Mexico, Silva was raised in East Los Angeles and attended UC Santa Barbara before being drafted by Toronto with the fourth overall selection in January's MLS SuperDraft. In the first leg, Silva scored the pivotal second goal that proved decisive as TFC advanced past the Galaxy with a 4-3 aggregate victory. On Wednesday, just minutes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photo by Nick Turchiaro/ISIphotos.com By ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. -- The stakes are clear for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Toronto FC. Fueled by a crowd of nearly 47,658 at the Rogers Centre, TFC jumped out to a 2-0 lead last Wednesday, but the Galaxy roared back, scoring two goals -- including an 88th-minute equalizer from Landon Donovan -- to bring the aggregate to 2-2 going into Wednesday night's second leg (10 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel). Donovan's late goal means that the Galaxy need a victory or either a 0-0 or 1-1 draw to advance in regulation, but TFC finds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By ADAM SERRANO In 2011, the Los Angeles Galaxy won it all. Now in 2012, the Galaxy appear even stronger than the side that took the MLS Cup home in November. During the offseason the Galaxy added forward Edson Buddle to pair with Robbie Keane and returned both David Beckham and Juninho to the club's stacked midfield. The news wasn't completely rosy for the Galaxy, as the club lost reigning Defender of the Year Omar Gonzalez for 6-to-8 months due to an ACL tear suffered while he was on loan to German side FC Nurenberg. Despite Gonzalez' injury, the Galaxy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photos by ISIphotos.com By ADAM SERRANO TORONTO -- In Robbie Keane and Edson Buddle, the Los Angeles Galaxy may have the most talented, productive and explosive forward tandem in MLS history. Both experienced forwards bring a goal-scoring pedigree to the Galaxy. Both seemingly complement one another as Keane's speed seems to provide the perfect balance to Buddle's brawn. The only thing missing from the pair? Time to gel. Keane, who had been away from the club since the start of the year on loan to English side Aston Villa, re-joined the club on Friday after a two-month loan with the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY ADAM SERRANO The San Jose Earthquakes are Chris Wondolowski's team and rightfully so. Over the past two seasons, Wondolowski has scored more goals than any player in MLS, earning at least a share of the scoring title both years. But this offseason, the Earthquakes have undergone a significant revamping across the field in hopes of reliving the pressure off one of the league's top forwards. "We've made a lot of additions that have made our team stronger and it's almost as if we rebranded," said Wondolowski. " Our style of play will change a bit, we'll be able to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By ADAM SERRANO The Vancouver Whitecaps begin their second year in MLS with a new head coach and a new sense of promise. Martin Rennie, who was hired midway through the 2011 season, has quickly sought to revamp a club that finished at the bottom of the Western Conference last season. In his first offseason at the helm, Rennie has reshaped the club in his own image, instituting a new attacking system while making several big splashes in the transfer market. Rennie's changes have paid off this preseason, as Vancouver is currently undefeated, and the wealth of attackers are playing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. -- A stellar offseason for the Los Angeles Galaxy got even better when Juninho rejoined the defending MLS Cup champions on a year-long loan from São Paulo. But while Juninho is all smiles about coming back to America, the midfielder still has one eye on an eventual return to Brazil to compete for a place at his childhood club. "I loved being here and winning a championship," Juninho said. "But I've always had the dream to try to play for São Paulo. It was an opportunity for me. But I feel great being here. I've... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY ADAM SERRANO CARSON, Calif. -- It is impossible not to notice the smile on Omar Gonzalez as he watches the Los Angeles Galaxy on the training field. Gonzlez's sunny demeanour is surprising because one would think that he has very little to smile about. On January 5th, Gonzalez joined FC Nuremberg on an offseason loan, but before he could finish his first training session for the Bundesliga club, disaster struck. After his first training session with Nuremberg, Gonzalez collided with fellow U.S. international Timmy Chandler, resulting in a torn ACL that will sideline the regining MLS defender of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photo by ISIPhotos.com By ADAM SERRANO Preseason is all about learning and both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA felt that a great deal was learned in their preseason scrimmage on Thursday as the Galaxy defeated Chivas, 3-2 Starting a primarily reserve-laden lineup, the Galaxy jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first half. Pat Noonan opened the scoring in the 21st minute off a pass from Adam Cristman. The Galaxy doubled their lead 10 minutes later as Cristman captialized on a Dan Kennedy turnover to give Los Angeles their second goal. Dan Keat rounded out the scoring... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Soccer By Ives