Galaxy preview: Galaxy closing in on playoff berth

Old acquaintances meet today with the Seattle Sounders in town to meet the Galaxy. This is the fourth meeting this year (including the galaxyOpen Cup). The Galaxy is 2-0-1.

Seattle is seventh place in the Western Conference on 35 points. The Galaxy is tied with Colorado on 48. The Galaxy had a good night on Saturday without even playing as FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and Colorado all failed to pick up three points, settling for draws.

Can the Galaxy take advantage and move closer to the top spot?

The Galaxy tied with Colorado on 48 points, five behind FC Dallas. A victory today will give Galaxy sole possession of second place and clinch a playoff berth.

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Daniel Steres has helped solidify Galaxy defense

Galaxy focused on strong finish to regular season

 

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USL: Galaxy II and Orange County Blues FC qualify for playoffs

LA Galaxy II finished fifth in the USL Western Conference and will face the Swope Park Rangers at Children’s Mercy Victory Field, uslFriday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Galaxy II finished fifth in the conference.

Orange County Blues FC qualified on the final day of the regular season and will face top-seeded Sacramento Republic FC. OC Blues finished eighth.

Here are the Western Conference pairings

No. 8 Orange County Blues FC at No. 1 Sacramento Republic FC

No. 7 OKCEnergy FC at No. 2 Rio Grande Valley FC

No. 6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 at No. 3 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

No. 5 Galaxy II at No. 4 Swope Park Rangers

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Daniel Steres has helped solidified the Galaxy defense this season

Things have moved rapidly for Daniel Steres since December.

Steres, who was the Defender of the Year for the Galaxy II last season, was signed to galaxysenior club in December. He earned three consecutive All-League selections for Galaxy II.

One week later, Omar Gonzalez was transferred to Pachuca in Mexico, essentially opening up a spot in central defense for someone, anyone.

Steres, who was born in Burbank and raised in Calabasas, has been a gem for the Galaxy this season, becoming a fixture on the backline. As the team enters the final month of the season, Steres leads the way in minutes played (2,490).

“He’s doing well,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “It has probably been a typical year for a young defender, he’s had his ups and downs a little bit, but for the most part he’s been fairly steady, but we still see little dips in his performance and other times where it is quite good.

“Obviously, we want him to stabilize that a little bit and be a bit more consistent.

Steres made his Galaxy debut in the opening game, going 90 minutes and scoring a goal.

He’s started 27 of 29 games so far this season.

“I’ve definitely grown throughout the season, playing at this level,” Steres said. “There are still things, mistakes, plays that I have to work on to get better and better.

“It is just a sense of knowing that I’ve gotten into the squad now, before at the beginning of the year it might have been how am I’m going to get into the squad. Now, that I’m in it, it’s trying to stay in it and help the team as much as possible.”

Steres, 25, knows he is far from being a finished product and he said he agrees with Arena’s assessment.

“Hopefully, peak as much as I can toward the end of the playoffs. I feel like I’ve got the trust of a lot of the veteran guys. I pride myself on staying healthy and staying on the field and being someone that’s consistent, week in and week out and someone the team can count on.

 

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Giovani dos Santos, Cozmo and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. meet in ESPN video

Giovani dos Santos and Galaxy mascot Cozmo ran into legendary champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. in the latest ESPN This is SportsCenter video.

 

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Galaxy can clinch playoff berth Sunday against Seattle

The Galaxy (11-4-15, 48 points) can clinch a berth in the upcoming MLS Playoffs with a victory against the Seattle Sounders, Sunday at StubHub Center (1 p.m.; ESPN).

The Galaxy is current in second place in the Western Conference. The Sounders are in seventh place, five points outside the sixth and final spot, currently held by Sporting Kansas City (40 points).

This will be the third meeting this season between the teams. The Galaxy is 1-0-1.

Toronto FC is the lone team that has clinched a playoff berth so far.

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Galaxy recap: Landon Donovan saves a point thanks to late goal

It was one of those games where the Galaxy should have lost, but thanks to the magic from Landon Donovan, the Galaxy escaped with one point a 2-2 draw against Sporting Kansas City, Sunday.

Donovan entered the game in the 74th minute with the Galaxy trailing 2-1. Two minutes later, Donovan took the feed from Robbie Rogers and slotted the ball by Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Mejia.

The Galaxy (48 points) moves into sole possession of second place in the Western Conference, four behind first-place FC Dallas with four games remaining, two against FC Dallas.

The Galaxy took an early 1-0 lead on an Alan Gordon in the seventh minute. That was the only life the Galaxy showed in the first half.

SKC tied the game in the 50th minute on a goal from Jacob Peterson and then took a 2-1 lead on Dominic Dwyer’s goal in the 69th minute, setting the stage for Donovan’s heroics.

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Galaxy preview: Galaxy look to move closer to top of Western Conference

Saturday night was a good one for the Galaxy and the club didn’t even play. galaxy

First-place FC Dallas played to a draw as did Colorado and Real Salt Lake suffered a 1-0 defeat to Houston.

With a victory today against Sporting Kansas City, the Galaxy can move to within two points of first place FC Dallas, which is huge considering they will meet twice next month.

Sporting Kansas City begins the day in the sixth and final playoff spot in the West with 39 points, four ahead of Seattle.

This should be fun. Tune in to KCOP/13 at 11 a.m. for kickoff

Game day read: Giovani dos Santos providing much-needed spark

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U.S. men’s national team moves into Top 25 of FIFA rankings

The U.S. men’s national team has moved into the top 25 in the latest FIFA rankings, moving up four spots.

Mexico dropped one spot to 15th and Costa Rica moved up three places to 18th. El usaTri leads all CONCACAF teams.

Argentina and Belgium maintain their rankings as the top two nations, respectively. Germany is third. Colombia and Brazil are tied for fourth. Brazil made the biggest jump, moving up five spots.

Here is the top 20: 1. Argentina; 2. Belgium; 3. Germany; 4T. Colombia; Brazil; 6. Chile; 7. Portugal; 8. France; 9. Uruguay; 10. Wales; 11. Spain; 12. England; 13. Italy; 14. Croatia; 15. Mexico; 16. Switzerland; 17. Poland; 18. Costa Rica; 19. Ecuador; 20. Hungary.

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Former Galaxy star Carlos Ruiz returns to MLS

Carlos Ruiz, who played with the Galaxy from 2002-2004 and in 2008, is back in Major League Soccer, signing with FC Dallas. The move was announced Thursday ahead of the MLS Roster Freeze deadline.

Ruiz recently ended his international career with Guatemala by scoring five goals in a victory against St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Galaxy has two meetings with FC Dallas next month.

Ruiz led the Galaxy to the 2002 MLS Cup, scoring 24 goals and eight more in the playoffs

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