The Galaxy’s bye week coincides with FIFA international play and several players have been called up for international duty. Robbie Keane (Ireland), A.J. DeLaGarza (Guam), Omar Gonzalez (United States) and Gyasi Zardes (United States) are all playing this week with their respective national teams. Defender Oscar Sorto was also called up to the U.S. Under-23 men’s national team and Galaxy Academy defender Christian Onalfo was called to the under-20 squad for the United States.
Here’s how you can watch the Galaxy’s internationals this week on TV:
Galaxy forward Robbie Keane takes a shot on goal as San Jose defender Marvell Wynne watches Friday in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press)
Against San Jose on Friday night, the Galaxy played nothing like the destroying machine that dismantled New York City FC the previous Sunday. After one of its best defensive performances of the year, the Galaxy back line looked lost at times and conceded yet another early goal in the 1-0 California Clasico loss on Friday. L.A. remains in first place in the Western Conference after the loss, which snapped the team’s four-game winning streak. Here are some links, tweets and videos to wrap up the game:
Sorto, who was called up to the senior national team for a camp in January, will train with the U-23 team in England from Aug. 30 to Sept. 8, but will not miss any competitions with the Galaxy. During the training camp, there will be friendlies against England on Sept. 3 and Qatar on Sept. 8.
The 21-year-old homegrown player has made three starts this season for the Galaxy and made 24 Galaxy II starts in 2014 in USL play.
Two of the hottest teams in the league meet Friday in Avaya Stadium at 8 p.m. in one of the league’s hottest rivalries. The Galaxy (13-7-7) and San Jose Earthquakes (10-10-5) meet for the fourth time this season both on winning streaks. L.A. has won four straight while San Jose has won three. Here’s what you need to know for kickoff:
New York City FC’s David Villa shows his frustration against the LA Galaxy in a sold-out MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 23, 2015, Carson, CA. The Galaxy crushed NYC 5-1.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York City Football Club.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer
Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant announced his intentions to retire at the end of the 2015 season Wednesday. The 34-year-old is the club’s longest-tenured player, having rejoined the Galaxy in February 2009, but the final two seasons of his career have been marred by injuries.
“I have given this game all that I can and will step away extremely thankful to have played in MLS for the last 13 seasons,” Dunivant said in a statement. “It has been an honor to represent four great clubs and is extremely special for me be a part of this league as it has continued to develop. I want to thank my family, coaches, teammates and fans, who have offered their constant support and helped make my career a successful one. The Galaxy have played such a meaningful role during my time in MLS and I am happy to finish this season while representing this club.”
From 2009 to 2013, Dunivant averaged almost 30 starts a year in all competitions with the Galaxy. But in 2014, he suffered an abdominal tear early in the season. Then a month after returning, he suffered a torn groin. By the end of the year, he tied a career-low with seven appearances.
This season hasn’t gone much smoother for the MLS veteran, as he’s battled a calf injury and plantar fasciitis. Continue reading →