Galaxy game day: Back to work for mid-week game in Philadelphia

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

The Galaxy barely had time to catch their breath after a 4-2 win over New England on Sunday before jumping on a plane bound for Philadelphia.

L.A. owns a league-high seven-game unbeaten streak. The Galaxy’s only loss was about 10 seconds away from being a draw, if not for a stoppage-time goal from Colorado’s Marco Pappa. Colorado is currently the only team ahead of L.A. in the Western Conference.

Giovani dos Santos is on a tear, having scored five goals in four games. After two sensational chip shot goals in as many games, dos Santos hammered home an equally sensational volley against New England. Continue reading

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Galaxy survive second-half slip-up against New England, prepare for Philadelphia

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

There’s not a lot of time to dwell on the Galaxy’s 4-2 win over New England on Sunday, because the team flies out to Philadelphia on Monday for a Wednesday game. It’s a quick turnaround combined with a difficult cross-country trip to visit a much-improved Philadelphia Union team.

The Union finished second-to-last in the weaker Eastern Conference last season, but are third in the conference after two months of the 2016 campaign. Continue reading

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Galaxy get reinforcements for 2014 MLS Cup rematch

Galaxy's Steven Gerrard, left, celebrates his first MLS goal with Robbie Keane, right, against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard (left, pictured in a game against San Jose last year) will return from a groin injury against New England. Robbie Keane (right) will start after undergoing knee surgery in March. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

The New England Revolution return to StubHub Center on Sunday (12:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN Deportes) for the first time since the 2014 MLS Cup that ended with the L.A. Galaxy hoisting their fifth league championship and Landon Donovan riding off into the sunset.

The Galaxy’s entire starting midfield from that game is gone now after major roster overhaul. Head coach Bruce Arena carefully constructed a gritty team with depth and a mix of experienced veterans and fresh faces. Amid high preseason expectations, the coach preached patience, saying that at about the two-month mark he would know the capabilities of his team.

Now two months into the season with his team saddled with injuries, Arena joked he needed two more months to figure it out. Continue reading

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Nigel de Jong out, Robbie Keane in for match against New England

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said Saturday midfielder Nigel de Jong will be out for Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. matchup with New England with a knee injury. Arena characterized it as a bruise, but said it is minor.

De Jong served a three-game suspension for a tackle he made on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe and was eligible to play against the Revolution.

Forward Robbie Keane will start Sunday, the Galaxy head coach added. Keane will be making his first appearance since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of March.

Midfielder Steven Gerrard, who missed last week’s game against Sporting Kansas City due to a groin injury, will be on the bench for Sunday’s match.

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MLS Mother’s Day Weekend TV Video Preview: LA Galaxy play New England Revolution at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPN

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Dos Santos chip shot saves Galaxy on the road

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Ema Boateng (24) leaps over Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza, bottom, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (24) leaps over Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza, bottom, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The L.A. Galaxy escaped Kansas City, Kan., with one point in a 1-1 draw after getting outplayed and outmanned by Sporting Kansas City.

“I don’t think we played well today,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the game. “We had a lot of issues with this game today. It’s a point. We are going home. We are not looking back.”

For the third straight game, Giovani dos Santos scored for the Galaxy, this time putting yet another beautiful chip shot into the back of the net. The Mexican international has scored four goals in the past three games as he is now returning to full fitness after injuring his left quad in the season opener.

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Galaxy bring hot streak to Kansas City

L.A. Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (right) was named MLS Player of the Week for his performance against Real Salt Lake last week. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

L.A. Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (right) was named MLS Player of the Week for his performance against Real Salt Lake last week. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Life without Robbie Keane hasn’t been all that bad for the L.A. Galaxy. With their star striker on the bench after knee surgery, the Galaxy (4-1-2) are on a five-game undefeated streak heading into Sunday’s road matchup against Sporting Kansas City (5 p.m., Fox Sports 1).

Giovani dos Santos is coming into form, having scored three goals with two assists combined in the past two victories. Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng was a revelation against Salt Lake, scoring once and notching two assists. The Galaxy have scored nine goals in the past two games, a 4-1 win over Houston on the road and a 5-2 victory at home over Real Salt Lake.   Continue reading

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MLS Weekend TV Preview: LA Galaxy visits Sporting Kansas City at 5 p.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1

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Galaxy rout Real Salt Lake

Mike Magee (center) celebrates his goal with Emmanuel Boateng in the Galaxy's 5-2 win over Real Salt Lake. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Mike Magee (center) celebrates his goal with Emmanuel Boateng in the Galaxy’s 5-2 win over Real Salt Lake. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Galaxy came back from another early goal to put up a five-spot on previously undefeated Real Salt Lake on Saturday, winning 5-2. L.A. extended its unbeaten streak to five games, and has scored nine combined goals in the past two games.

Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng was one of the many standouts on Saturday, scoring once and adding two assists. He was making his second MLS start and not only showed his speed, which is unmatched on this team, but some good quality. He sent in a sensational cross on Mike Magee‘s goal in the 26th minute and also assisted Giovani dos Santos‘ brilliant chip shot in the 45th minute.

“He’s got energy, he’s got pace, and he’s got quality in the wide areas as you see from his assist,” midfielder Steven Gerrard said. “And he got off the mark today with a cheeky little finish. Certainly up for man of the match, the little fella’.” Continue reading

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Galaxy ‘keep heads above water’ despite injuries ahead of Salt Lake matchup

(Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

(Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

The Galaxy host the only undefeated team in MLS on Saturday as they face Real Salt Lake on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. If not for a stoppage time goal by Marco Pappa in the final 30 seconds of a 1-0 L.A. loss to Colorado, Saturday’s matchup at StubHub Center could have been between two undefeated teams.

At 3-1-2, the Galaxy’s bad days haven’t ended too badly, even when goalkeeper Dan Kennedy suffers a torn groin on the first goal kick of the season or when Steven Gerrard goes down with a calf strain 30 seconds into a rivalry game at home. Through a rash of injuries that started literally in the first minute of the season, L.A. has “managed to keep our heads above water,” head coach Bruce Arena said. Continue reading

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