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.

https://twitter.com/Ari_Lassiter15/status/787420372425510912

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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Galaxy fans able to vote to determine Player of the Year

For the first time in team history, the Galaxy will allow the fans to vote to decide the Player of the Year.

Voting is open now. The award was previously chosen by the media.

The candidates are Robbie Keane, Giovani dos Santos, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and Jelle Van Damme. The winner will be awarded during the Oct. 23 regular season finale against FC Dallas.

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Galaxy notes: Steven Gerrard in England for apparent injury rehab

Welcome to another day of MLS’ favorite soap opera, “As the Galaxy turns”.

Galaxy, who is in preparation for Sunday’s match against Houston,

Former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard practices for the first time with the L.A. Galaxy at StubHub Center in Carson, CA on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

Former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard practices for the first time with the L.A. Galaxy at StubHub Center in Carson, CA on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

returned to the practice field this week without Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane.

Thursday, Gerrard was spotted at Liverpool’s Melwood training groud Thursday by the Mirror.

The Galaxy confirmed Thursday that Gerrard is in England and  dealing with a hamstring issue that will knock him out of Sunday’s crucial match against Houston. The Galaxy begins the week in third place in the Western Conference.  If they finish in either third or fourth, they will host the knockout round game.

“I don’t expect him to be at the game Sunday,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said of Gerrard Thursday following training. “He won’t be playing on Sunday …he’ll be back next week. He has a hamstring injury.”

Keane was also absent at training. He was apparently in the training room. On if he expects him to play, Arena said “it remains to be seen.”

ESPN reported that Gerrard would be back on Friday.

“How they hell would they know,” Arena said. “Who cares if he’s back Friday or Saturday or Sunday? Does that really matter?”

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Galaxy approaching final weeks of regular season with new focus

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Galaxy returned to the practice field Monday with a clearer focus.

The Galaxy can’t finish in top 2 spots in the Western Conference, but could still host the knockout round game, if they’re able to finish either third or fourth.

“We got a lot of good work in,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said of last week. “I think we

Photo by Steve McCrank // Staff Photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank // Staff Photographer

made a lot of progress with our team. There were definitely some things we wanted to work on, just getting our team better and having a clearer understanding of what we want to be about as we close out the regular season.”

The road to either the third or fourth place spot will be interesting. The Galaxy will go in Sunday’s game at Houston with 48 points. Real Salt Lake has 45. Seattle (44) has a midweek against Houston, so if current form holds, the Sounders would be expected to win, giving them 47. Sporting Kansas City has 43.

“Our success has put us in a difficult position,” Arena said. “Every game we play is a big game for our opponents. The game in Houston is going to be a difficult game and we know that.”

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All of the Western Conference games on Sunday will start at 2 p.m. (PST).

Galaxy at Houston; Sporting Kansas City at Real Salt Lake; Vancouver at San Jose; Colorado at Portland and Seattle at FC Dallas.

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There is a good chance that the Galaxy could have three consecutive home games to start the playoff run. They host FC Dallas (Oct. 23) in the final game of the regular season. If they finish third or fourth, the Galaxy will host the knockout round game (Oct. 26 or 27) and if they’re successful, they would host the first leg of the conference semifinal against Colorado or FC Dallas.

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ICYMI: Carson StubHub Center upgrade designed to counter forthcoming new LAFC stadium

The StubHub Center in Carson could play host to numerous Olympic events if Los Angeles is awarded the 2024 games Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Carson, CA.   The main stadium, which is the host for the L.A. Galaxy soccer team would most likely be used for rugby.Photo by Steve McCrank, Daily Breeze/SCNG

The StubHub Center in Carson could play host to numerous Olympic events if Los Angeles is awarded the 2024 games Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Carson, CA. The main stadium, which is the host for the L.A. Galaxy soccer team would most likely be used for rugby.Photo by Steve McCrank, Daily Breeze/SCNG

Read the story here by Staff Writer Sandy Mazza.

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