Giovani dos Santos selected Galaxy player of the year

The vote for Galaxy player of the year went to the fans this year and they selected Giovani dos Santos.

Dos Santos scored 14 goals with 12 assists in 28 games for the Galaxy.

“He had a very good year obviously. His numbers tell you that. He had 14 goals on the year

Associated Press Photo

Associated Press Photo

and a number of assists. He had a good year and grew as a player,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “It’s his first year playing regularly…in his career, I think. And hopefully he continues to get better.  But he had a much improved year and he’s gotten acclimated to our city, our club and our league and hopefully he continues to get better.”

Jelle Van Damme was selected Defender of the Year. In his first year with the club and Major League Soccer, Van Damme made 28 starts and helped lead the Galaxy defense to a stingy 39 goals allowed.

Gyasi Zardes was selected Humanitarian of the Year. Jack McBean was the LA Galaxy II Player of the Year and goalkeeper Clement Diop was picked LA Galaxy II Defender of the Year. Lee Nishanian was selected LA Galaxy II Humanitarian of the Year.

Ethan Zubak was the LA Galaxy Academy player of the year.


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MLS Playoffs: Galaxy hosts Real Salt Lake in knockout round

The third-seeded Galaxy will host sixth-seeded Real Salt Lake, Wednesday night at StubHub Center (7:30 p.m.; UniMas).

Here is an early look at the series:

The teams faced each other twice in the regular season.

April 23 at StubHub Center

Galaxy 5, Real Salt Lake 2: This was the fourth game of the season for the Galaxy. Juan galaxyManuel Martinez opened the scoring for RSL in the 16th minute. The Galaxy then responded with four consecutive goals (Zardes- 19th; Magee -26th, Boateng -41 and dos Santos- 45) for a 4-1 lead.

Sept. 7 at Rio Tinto Stadium

Galaxy 3, Real Salt Lake 3: This is one of the more frustrating games for the Galaxy. They scored first and after a pair of Giovani dos Santos goals (58th and 64th minutes) the Galaxy led 3-1. RSL scored in the 67th minute (Joao Plata) and Juan Manuel Martinez scored the equalizer in the 94th minute.

Key player to watch:

Giovani dos Santos. In two games, during the regular season dos Santos has three goals and two assists against RSL.

Joao Plata. Plata leads RSL in goals (nine) and assists (11).


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Galaxy notes: Lineup changes are coming for Sunday’s regular season finale

The Galaxy wraps up the regular season Sunday against FC Dallas. While the game means a lot for FC Dallas (they’re in the hunt for the Supporters’ Shield), things are the opposite for the Galaxy.

The Galaxy is locked into the third-seed and will be home for the knockout-round, Oct. 26 galaxyor 27.

Bruce Arena that the lineup that he sends out will have a different look.

“Clearly, we’ll play a few different players, how many remains to be seen,” he said Wednesday.

Three players we will likely not see are Robbie Keane (hip flexor), Steven Gerrard (hamstring) and Gyasi Zardes (foot). Keane and Gerrard stayed behind and didn’t make the trip to Houston last week. Zardes has been rehabbing from his foot surgery.

“They’re making progress,” Arena said. “When they’re able to get back in remains to be seen.”



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Jack McBean earns first team All-USL honors

Galaxy II forward Jack McBean, who’s currently on loan with Coventry City, was selected to All-USL first team, Tuesday.

McBean, 21, scored 15 goals with two assists in 17 games for Galaxy II. He finished the season tied for second the USL’s Golden Boot race.

McBean joined the senior club and made four appearances. He has scored six goals for the Coventry City U-23 team.


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Galaxy wrap: Alan Gordon’s goal just enough for the Galaxy

By no means was it pretty, but it was memorable and just enough for the Galaxy.

Alan Gordon’s 72nd minute goal snapped a scoreless tie and proved to be enough to give the Galaxy a 1-0 victory on the road over Houston. The Galaxy caught a huge break on the goal with Houston defender David Horst actually playing the ball into Gordon’s direction.

The goal came on Gordon’s 35th birthday.

With the victory, the Galaxy improves to 51 points. They remain in third place and clinches a home match in the knockout round (Oct. 26 or 27).

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Landon Donovan in starting lineup for the Galaxy

lineupThere is a familiar face in the starting lineup for the Galaxy and that’s Landon Donovan. With Robbie Keane (hip flexor) and Steven Gerrard (hamstring) sidelined, the possibility of Donovan getting more time this week was almost a given.

The Galaxy is coming off of a bye week and haven’t played since Oct. 1.

“A lot of times when you’re playing poorly and you lose, you want to get back on the field, but we needed time to reassess things and it gave us the chance to take step back, be honest and understand that if we want to have any chance of winning, there’s certain things we have to do right.

“We have as talented a team as any in this league. We know that. But if you don’t do the other things right, that the other teams in our league are doing, to be successful, then we have no chance. I think we’re all aware of that now

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Galaxy preview: Fresh off the bye week, Galaxy hope to find right solutions

Did the bye week come at the right time for the Galaxy? galaxy

The true answer probably won’t be available until at least after today’s game at Houston (2 p.m.; Spectrum SportsNet). The Galaxy begins today in third place in the Western Conference on 48 points. There is the possibility that the club could end the day in fifth place.

If the Galaxy can clinch either third or fourth place, then they will host the knockout round game. If they’re fifth or sixth, then it is on the road as was the case last year.

“I don’t think we’ve lost any confidence,” Galaxy defender Daniel Steres said. “I think it helped having these two weeks to regroup, sort some things out, get together as a team and decide where we want to be in the next few months.”

To complicate matters, the Galaxy encountered travel issues out of LAX Saturday, with their plan being delayed several times.

Today is big.

Game day links:

Steven Gerrard dealing with hamstring injury; travels to Liverpool

Galaxy trying to put it together ahead of playoffs

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Galaxy hit with travel issues Saturday at LAX

Travel issues is something the Galaxy didn’t want to deal with before Sunday’s game with Houston, but that’s just what happened Saturday.

The team’s plane out of LAX was delayed five times, according to the tweet from Ari Lassiter.

The team finally landed, just after 8 p.m. LA time (or at least that was the time the tweet below was posted).

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Weekend TV Soccer preview: Bob Bradley makes Swansea debut as manager against Arsenal 7 a.m. Saturday on CNBC


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