Galaxy duo selected for Homegrown Roster

Galaxy forward Jack McBean (Newport Beach) and midfielder Raul Mendiola were CHG16-0839_logo-LtBGselected to the MLS Homegrown Game roster for the July 27 game against Mexico’s U-20 at Avaya Stadium.

The game takes place one day before the MLS All-Star Game, also at Avaya Stadium.

McBean, 21, has made two MLS appearance this season for the Galaxy, along with one start. He’s also made two appearances in U.S. Open competition.He was signed as a Homegrown Player in 2011.

Mendiola, 22, was signed in 2014. He has started both of the Galaxy’s U.S. Open games this season.

The MLS Homegrown team is coached by former Galaxy player Landon Donovan.

MLS Homegrown Players, 23 or under, were available for selection.

Here is the complete roster:

Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Maxime Crépeau (Montreal Impact)

Defenders: Danilo Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Aaron Guillen (FC Dallas), Phanuel Kavita (Real Salt Lake), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United), Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC)

Midfielders: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake), Jay Chapman (Toronto FC), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Harrison Heath (Orlando City SC), Aaron Kovar (Seattle Sounders FC), Raul Mendiola (LA Galaxy), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)

Forwards: Joey Calistri (Chicago Fire), Jordan Hamilton (Toronto FC), Jack McBean (LA Galaxy), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)

Tickets for the game can be purchased at www.chipotlehomegrown.com

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Galaxy on deck: Houston Dymano

Gyasi Zardes, Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard will try to lead the Galaxy to victory, Friday

Gyasi Zardes, Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard will try to lead the Galaxy to victory, Friday

The Galaxy returns to action Friday with a Western Conference match against the Houston Dynamo.

Here is an early look at the contest:

What: Houston at Galaxy

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

TV: UniMas

The Houston Dynamo currently sits in ninth place in the Western Conference (4-8-6, 18 points)

Houston is coming off of a scoreless draw with Orlando City SC, last Friday.

Giles Barnes, Andrew Wagner and Will Bruin lead Houston with four goals apiece.

Houston announced Monday that defender DeMarcus Beasley will be sidelined following knee injury, with surgery scheduled for later this week.

The Galaxy won the first meeting between the teams, 4-1, back in April in Houston. Giovani dos Santos scored twice, along with Baggio Husidic and Gyasi Zardes.

The Galaxy is now tied for third place in the Western Conference (29 points), following Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Seattle.

Jelle Van Damme and Jeff Larentowicz were selected to the MLSoccer.com Team of the Week following Saturday’s victory.

The Galaxy is undefeated at home (5-0-4). Houston is winless on the road (0-7-3).

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Galaxy grind out 1-0 road win against Seattle

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane celebrates after he scored a goal against the Seattle Sounders in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane celebrates after he scored a goal against the Seattle Sounders in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena gave his team a B-minus for the first half of its season. After back-to-back league victories, it seems the Galaxy are poised to pull up their final grade by season’s end.

L.A. held on for a gritty 1-0 win over Seattle on Saturday at CenturyLink Field as a clutch save off the line from A.J. DeLaGarza preserved a lead from Robbie Keane‘s 15th-minute goal.

The team that couldn’t stop blowing leads now has two straight clean sheets in MLS play and three straight across all competitions.

“We’re learning,” Arena told reporters after the game. “We lost points in maybe three or four games this year in similar games on the road. It’s good to see we’re growing and understanding what we need to do to close out games.

“On the day, you know you’re going to come in here and it’s never going to look real good. You just have to get a goal and grind it out, and we did.”

All three of the Galaxy’s losses this season came from goals given up in the final 15 minutes and stoppage time of games. During the first 16 matches of the season, L.A. (7-3-8) conceded 10 goals in the final 30 minutes.

The Sounders (5-10-2) outshot L.A. 22-7 Saturday. But when under pressure from a desperate Seattle team chasing a much-needed victory, the Galaxy defense did not break this time.

“We defended a lot tonight and we had to,” DeLaGarza said. “Those are games that we lost points on earlier in the year, and we got out of here with the win today.”

Keane scored his second goal in as many games since returning from international duty. The Irish striker, who celebrated his 36th birthday Friday, tallied his sixth goal this season in only eight games played.

Goalkeeper Brian Rowe recorded four saves to preserve the shutout, but the biggest save of the game came from DeLaGarza. The defender stopped a shot from Sounders rookie Jordan Morris after Rowe came off his line, leaving the net empty.

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Galaxy game day: Steven Gerrard hits his stride

Steven Gerrard scores a goal against New England's Bobby Shuttleworth to cap off the Galaxy's 4-2 win on Sunday. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

Steven Gerrard scores a goal against New England’s Bobby Shuttleworth to cap off the Galaxy’s 4-2 win on Sunday. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

Steven Gerrard committed a costly defensive error that led to the Galaxy’s season-ending playoff loss to the Sounders at CenturyLink Field last season. Several months later, the 36-year-old midfielder will return to Seattle in truly fine form.

Gerrard is third in MLS with seven assists in 12 MLS games played heading into Saturday’s noon game. He is coming off his first multi-assist game of his short Galaxy career and has assists in back-to-back games.

“I don’t want to settle for that,” Gerrard said. “I want to keep pushing and keep trying to add to my numbers. Certainly in this position, I know I can create chances. I’ve done it all my career.”

The Galaxy will play their Western Conference rivals three times this month, twice in MLS road games and once at StubHub Center for a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal. While the series is also heated as the two teams consistently battle for top prizes, L.A. has nearly always come out on top.

“When they came into the league, I think that they called us out. They thought they’d challenge us, and it didn’t work out well for them,” forward Mike Magee said. “They’re still trying to be what the Galaxy is. They’re doing a great job. They have great fans and a great team, but I’d say, to be honest with you, they’re a little jealous.”

Seattle had a dreadful start to the season. Typically in the hunt for a top playoff spot, the Sounders are stuck at the bottom of the Western Conference with 17 points. Four of the team’s Western Conference-leading losses have come at home.

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Galaxy to host U.S. Open Cup game in StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium

L.A. Galaxy's Sebastian Lletget battles for possession against Sporting Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber. (USA TODAY Images)

L.A. Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget battles for possession against Sporting Kansas City’s Benny Feilhaber. (USA TODAY Images)

The Galaxy will play their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against the Seattle Sounders at the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium on July 20. The match was moved from the main stadium to accommodate the Crossfit Games, which will take place at StubHub Center from July 19-24.

The club announced that there will be additional temporary seating at the east side of the track and field stadium to increase capacity for the match. Parking is free for the match and tickets go on sale July 11.

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Bruce Arena on de Jong red card: ‘Nigel needs to show better judgement’

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Midfielder Nigel de Jong will miss the Galaxy’s next MLS game as he picked up a red card for a tackle on Blas Perez.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said de Jong “needs to show better judgement” and that he didn’t think that tackle was a good one by any means. Arena thought de Jong got angry after getting elbowed on the previous play.

De Jong will be suspended for the Galaxy’s June 9 game against Seattle at CenturyLink Field. He previously served a three-game suspension for a tackle on Darlington Nagbe earlier this year. That suspension bled into a time spent recovering from an injury.

Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson declined to say whether he thought de Jong deserved a lengthy suspension for the tackle, saying simply “Nigel is a competitor.”

De Jong was initially given a yellow card, but saw red after referee Robert Sigiba waved off the first card. Sigiba said his initial reaction was a yellow card, but changed to a red after consulting with his referee crew. It was the second straight MLS game in which the a Galaxy player received a straight red card after first seeing a yellow card.

While Arena called the red card “valid,” he said it is “awkward” when referees show yellow cards first, then change their decisions.

 

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Robbie Keane scores in return to LA, Galaxy snap 7-game winless streak

Robbie Keane celebrates a goal in the Galaxy's 5-1 win over NYCFC. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

Robbie Keane (pictured in a match against NYCFC) scored to help the Galaxy beat Vancouver. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

A three-game scoreless streak for Galaxy players at home is nothing Robbie Keane can’t fix. The Irish striker returned from a month of international duty and scored in the Galaxy’s 2-0 win over Vancouver on Monday at StubHub Center.

Keane has been hampered by injuries and missed five more games while with the Irish national team, but has scored in five goals in six MLS appearances. He’s one of the league’s leaders in goals per 90 minutes played, averaging 0.71 goals per 90 minutes.

His score against Vancouver was a beauty as he curled a long-distance shot into the top corner.

“Robbie’s been putting them in top corners for 20 odd years,” Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson said. “I’m sick of seeing it to be fair. He tried to smile at me and I didn’t want to give him a smile back, but he’s a top, top player.”

Steven Gerrard notched two assists in the game, serving the ball in for Keane and sending a corner kick in for Jeff Larentowicz, who headed home his first goal of the season in the 47th minute.

Larentowicz admitted that he got away with a push, but was happy to record his first goal in a Galaxy uniform.

“It’s good (to contribute),” Larentowicz said. “That’s the goal, to be in the lineup and to be with the team, to help us win games. All those things came together tonight.”

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Galaxy game day: L.A. trying to end MLS slide

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Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane celebrates scoring against the New England Revolution during the first half of an MLS soccer game on Sunday, May 8, 2016 in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The Galaxy haven’t won an MLS game since May 8. They’re on a seven-game winless streak, but they have a little momentum from a U.S. Open Cup win on the road now and their star strikers back.

Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane are back after international duty and available for the team’s 7:30 p.m. game against Vancouver on Monday.

The Galaxy have struggled to close out games this season, allowing six goals in the final 15 minutes of games.
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LA Galaxy give up late equalizer, settle for Cali Clasico tie

Giovani dos Santos, left, has scored five goals in four games heading into Wednesday's game with Philadelphia. (Thomas R. Cordova-Southern California News Group)

Giovani dos Santos, left, pictured against New England, scored the Galaxy’s only goal against San Jose. (Thomas R. Cordova-Southern California News Group)

The Galaxy snapped their scoreless streak, but couldn’t shake their other bad habit of allowing late goals.

After Giovani dos Santos ended the team’s 371-minute scoreless streak in MLS play with a goal assisted by Steven Gerrard in the 69th minute against San Jose on Saturday, Chad Barrett answered in the 90th minute with a header off a free kick to force a 1-1 draw at Stanford Stadium.

For the sixth time this year, the Galaxy allowed a goal in the last 15 minutes of the match. The Earthquakes have scored a goal in last 15 minutes against the Galaxy all three times the California rivals have played this season, with L.A. going 1-0-2 in those matches. The Galaxy have not won in MLS competition since May 8, going winless in their past seven matches.

The L.A. offense generated several chances and had six shots on goal. Gerrard missed a header just wide and had another shot in the post.

Ashley Cole was sent off for a foul and abusive language in second-half stoppage time, thus suspending him for the next MLS match. Jelle Van Damme picked up a yellow card, so he, too, will miss the next match due to yellow card accumulation.

Head coach Bruce Arena told reporters the team will likely appeal Cole’s red card.

After a U.S. Open Cup match against Portland on June 29, the Galaxy continue MLS play against Vancouver at home on July 4.

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