Sunday Galaxy preview: Galaxy hosts New York Red Bulls

The Galaxy kicks off August with a home game against the New York Red Bulls (6:30 p.m.; Fox Sports 1). NYRB enters the game fourth in the Eastern Conference (9-9-5, 32 points). The Galaxy is now fourth in the Western Conference (9-3-9, 36 points). Here are your pregame links:

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Bruce Arena sees room for improvement

Emmanuel Boateng taking advantage of playing time

 

 

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Bruce Arena sees room for improvement as August begins

The say that the month of July was a good one for the Galaxy, would be an galaxyunderstatement.

The club posted a 6-0-1 record in all competitions and advanced to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

The month of August kicks off with a busy stretch, starting Sunday at home against the New York Red Bulls.

The Galaxy has been able to pick up points without playing its best, especially in its previous two road goals. The Galaxy defeated Portland (2-1) on July 23 and played Seattle to a 1-1 draw.

“We didn’t play a good game in Seattle,” Bruce Arena said Wednesday. “Fortunate to get a point out of that (with a point), but that’s still a sign of a good team. You don’t play well every time you step on the field, especially on the road and to get out of there with a point, made some big plays defensively …we’re not pleased with our performance, but we’re happy to have a point.

“We know that as we enter the month of August, we have to start playing better.”

The Galaxy will begin the month in third place in the Western Conference (36 points) and unbeaten in its last seven games, still, Arena sees room for improvement, especially with the players getting healthy.

“Every game, it seems that somebody is out,” Arena said. “Eventually we’re going to have the full group together and hopefully that will be good. We’re making progress. I think next week is a tremendous challenging week so we need to have a full roster ready to play.”

Gyasi Zardes was the latest to suffer a setback. He was forced out of Sunday’s game at Seattle with a pregame injury.

“He was pretty active today,” Arena said. “We just had him in the gym, but he’s doing well.”

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Sunday Galaxy game day: Galaxy back on the road in Seattle

galaxyThe Galaxy, winners of four consecutive games, are back on the road today in Seattle (1 p.m.; ESPN).

It has been an emotional week for the Sounders with the front office relieving Sigi Schmid of his coaching duties and also the club signing Nicolas Lodeiro to a Designated Player contract.

Fun numbers to watch: with a victory, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena would become the second MLS coach to reach 200 regular season victories.

Also, in 10 games against Seattle, Robbie Keane has scored seven goals and three assists.

Game day advance: Galaxy to face a Schmid-less Seattle for first time

 

 

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Weekend SoCal Soccer Preview: Galaxy, Sounders FC, Leicester City, Arsenal, PSG and Chivas

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Will former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid return to his SoCal roots with LAFC?

Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid during practice at Jackie Robinson Field in Brookside Park in Pasadena on Tuesday, October 15, 2002. (Pasadena Star-News/Staff photo by Bernardo Alps/Sports)

Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid during practice at Jackie Robinson Field in Brookside Park in Pasadena on Tuesday, October 15, 2002. (Pasadena Star-News/Staff photo by Bernardo Alps/Sports)

Will longtime South bay resident Sigi Schmid reappear in the MLS coaching ranks with LAFC? Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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LA Galaxy players Jelle Van Damme and Gio Dos Santos feature at MLS All-Star Game at 4:30 p.m. today on ESPN and UniMas

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Galaxy’s Jelle Van Damme headed to All-Star Game

mlsstarGalaxy defender Jelle Van Damme was added to the MLS All-Star Roster, Tuesday.

Van Damme has made 17 appearances for the Galaxy in his first year in MLS. The central defender has played a large role in the Galaxy’s strong defensive unit that has allowed 19 goals this season.

Van Damme joins Giovani dos Santos as the Galaxy’s representatives on the All-Star roster.

Van Damme and FC Dallas’ Kellyn Acosta were selected as replacements for Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler and Portland’s Liam Ridgewell.

The MLS All-Stars will face Arsenal FC, Thursday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose at 4:30 p.m., ESPN; UniMas

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Reaction: Longtime Torrance resident and former LA Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid leaves Sounders FC

sigicrutches Broken: Spiraling into the depths of MLS, the desperate Seattle Sounders have parted ways with coach Sigi Schmid (Associated Press).

With the drumbeat of questions over the performance of Seattle Sounders FC growing louder by the day, the club finally pulled the trigger and “mutually” got rid of Schmid today before they fired him.

Here’s the curated Twitter reaction:

I will have more on Sigi Schmid leaving Seattle in Thursday’s column

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