LA Galaxy take MLS break as USMNT and international games take center stage this week

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The morning after: Galaxy lose 1-0 to San Jose

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)

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:

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Galaxy game day: California Clasico

Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze

Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze

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:

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy-New York FC showed what’s good, bad and ugly about MLS

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

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

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LA Galaxy’s Todd Dunivant to retire at end of 2015 season

Photo by Robert Mora/LA Galaxy

Photo by Robert Mora/LA Galaxy

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

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Robbie Keane voted MLS Player of the Week

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

Forward Robbie Keane was named the MLS Player of the Week on Tuesday after notching two goals and two assists in the Galaxy’s 5-1 win over New York City FC on Sunday.

It’s the third time the reigning MLS MVP has won the honor this season. He was named to the MLS Team of the Week on Monday, along with Robbie Rogers and Sebastian Lletget.

You can watch Keane’s two goals and two assists in the Galaxy’s highlight video of the match:

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Keane, Lletget, Rogers named to MLS Team of the Week

Robbie Rogers celebrates with teammates after Giovani dos Santos scores against NYCFC. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

Robbie Rogers celebrates with teammates after Giovani dos Santos scores against NYCFC. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

After a 5-1 victory over New York City FC on Sunday, forward Robbie Keane, midfielder Sebastian Lletget and defender Robbie Rogers were named to the MLS Team of the Week.

Keane scored twice and tallied two assists in the win, while Lletget scored and got the hockey assist on Keane’s final goal of the game. Keane, the league’s reigning MVP, has a team-leading 15 goals in MLS play with 13 of them coming in the past nine games. Continue reading

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The morning after: Wrapping up the Galaxy’s 5-1 win over New York City FC

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

The L.A. Galaxy took over the top spot in the Western Conference and first in the race for the Supporters’ Shield with a clinical dissection of New York City FC at StubHub Center. The defending champs continued their hot streak Sunday and have a trip to San Jose on the horizon this week. Here are some links and thoughts to wrap up the Sunday’s victory:

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