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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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100 Percent Soccer column: Can an American Premier League coach prove English skeptics wrong?

bradleyapTrailblazer: Former USMNT coach Bob Bradley has become the first coach of a Premier League team when he joined Welsh club Swansea City; former U.S. star Landon Donovan is also an investor in the club. (Associated Press photo).

Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Landon Donovan: “We want to get better at some things”

Last week didn’t end well for the Galaxy, but they will look for a better performance and ending tonight when the face FC Dallas (6 p.m.) keane

The Galaxy is tied with Colorado with 48 points. FC Dallas is on 53. This is the first league meeting between the teams, the first encounter came in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup when FC Dallas scored a pair of goals in extra time for a 2-1 victory.

“I think more than anything, we’re pretty disappointed with how Sunday turned out,” Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan said. “We want to correct some things. In the end, if we play well and correct some things and the ball doesn’t go the right that day, then we’ll live with it, but we want to get better at some things.”

Donovan on FC Dallas: Oscar (Pareja) has done a really good job. They are as fit as any team, they move as well as any team, they look like their chemistry is good, they’re young and hungry and playing very well. It is going to be a really interesting game.”

Donovan on his fitness: I feel old. I’m getting there. I think day-by-day, getting better, getting stronger and faster and feeling better. I’m trying to get a place where I’m 60,70,80 minutes fit, so that if he need to use me in that way, he can. I don’t know how fit I am quite yet, but we’re slowing increasing those minutes.

 

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100 Percent Soccer column: Second consecutive late-season MLS slump has LA Galaxy on back heels (again)

Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris (13) takes a shot on goal against the LA Galaxy, during the first half at the StubHub Center. Seattle Sounder won 4-1.     Carson Calif., Sunday, September ,25, 2016.        (Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze/ SCNG)

Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris (13) takes a shot on goal against the LA Galaxy, during the first half at the StubHub Center. Seattle Sounder won 4-1. Carson Calif., Sunday, September ,25, 2016. (Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze/ SCNG)

Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here and check out the goals below.

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Galaxy preview: Galaxy closing in on playoff berth

Old acquaintances meet today with the Seattle Sounders in town to meet the Galaxy. This is the fourth meeting this year (including the galaxyOpen Cup). The Galaxy is 2-0-1.

Seattle is seventh place in the Western Conference on 35 points. The Galaxy is tied with Colorado on 48. The Galaxy had a good night on Saturday without even playing as FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and Colorado all failed to pick up three points, settling for draws.

Can the Galaxy take advantage and move closer to the top spot?

The Galaxy tied with Colorado on 48 points, five behind FC Dallas. A victory today will give Galaxy sole possession of second place and clinch a playoff berth.

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Daniel Steres has helped solidify Galaxy defense

Galaxy focused on strong finish to regular season

 

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Daniel Steres has helped solidified the Galaxy defense this season

Things have moved rapidly for Daniel Steres since December.

Steres, who was the Defender of the Year for the Galaxy II last season, was signed to galaxysenior club in December. He earned three consecutive All-League selections for Galaxy II.

One week later, Omar Gonzalez was transferred to Pachuca in Mexico, essentially opening up a spot in central defense for someone, anyone.

Steres, who was born in Burbank and raised in Calabasas, has been a gem for the Galaxy this season, becoming a fixture on the backline. As the team enters the final month of the season, Steres leads the way in minutes played (2,490).

“He’s doing well,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “It has probably been a typical year for a young defender, he’s had his ups and downs a little bit, but for the most part he’s been fairly steady, but we still see little dips in his performance and other times where it is quite good.

“Obviously, we want him to stabilize that a little bit and be a bit more consistent.

Steres made his Galaxy debut in the opening game, going 90 minutes and scoring a goal.

He’s started 27 of 29 games so far this season.

“I’ve definitely grown throughout the season, playing at this level,” Steres said. “There are still things, mistakes, plays that I have to work on to get better and better.

“It is just a sense of knowing that I’ve gotten into the squad now, before at the beginning of the year it might have been how am I’m going to get into the squad. Now, that I’m in it, it’s trying to stay in it and help the team as much as possible.”

Steres, 25, knows he is far from being a finished product and he said he agrees with Arena’s assessment.

“Hopefully, peak as much as I can toward the end of the playoffs. I feel like I’ve got the trust of a lot of the veteran guys. I pride myself on staying healthy and staying on the field and being someone that’s consistent, week in and week out and someone the team can count on.

 

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