Galaxy preview: Galaxy hopes to get back on track in September

After a dismal August that the club go winless, the Galaxy hope to kick off September with a coveted and much-needed three points with Columbus Crew SC in town tonight (7:30 p.m.; Time Warner Cable Sports Net).Galaxy-

Columbus is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Galaxy is in fifth in the Western Conference. Both teams are missing several players due to either international duty or injuries.

Who knows what tonight holds in store. See you there.

Game day links:

Nigel de Jong completes move to Turkey

Injury bug hits Galaxy this week

Struggling Galaxy near must-win mode tonight

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100 Percent Soccer column: U.S. Soccer fans kick back for tropical World Cup qualifying feast this Labor Day weekend


Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Take the poll: Are the Galaxy and MLS better off without a violent defender like the departed Nigel de Jong?


When it comes to an opinion about a tough, imposing defender like Nigel de Jong few soccer fans are on the fence.

A player variously known as Nigel “King Kong” de Jong or the “Lawnmower” with a track record for violently injuring opposing players like former U.S. international Stuart Holden is either abhorred for his uncompromising, some would say dangerous style, or lauded for being the linchpin of an effective back four.

But it goes further than that.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has pointed out that de Jong’s qualities go beyond the merely physical; not only did he win 82 percent of his tackles during his brief Galaxy career, but he has completed more passes than any other player on the team so far this season.

“We don’t have an educated public that understands what he does,” Arena lamented earlier this week.

What do you think?

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Galaxy preview: Galaxy returns home to host Vancouver

Things are getting crowded in the Western Conference MLS standings and the GalaxyGalaxy is looking to make a big move with the first of two home games, starting tonight.

The Galaxy (9-4-12) will host Vancouver (8-12-6) at the StubHub Center at 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver is currently in ninth place in the Western Conference on 30 points. The Galaxy is in fourth with 39 points.

The teams have met twice already. The first meeting ended in a draw, the Galaxy won the second. Will the Galaxy be able to pick up a much-needed three points?

pregame reading: Brian Rowe is ready for a return

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Galaxy recap: One goal is all it takes to sink Galaxy

It was an early goal, one that probably shouldn’t have counted, but that was all it took for New York City FC to defeat the Galaxy, 1-0, Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC’s David Villa scored his 16th goal of the season in the sixth minute. He appeared to be in an offside position when Ronald Matarrita sent in a shot that deflected off of Galaxy goalkeeper Clement Diop.

The Galaxy record is now 9-4-11 with 38 points, tied with Sporting Kansas City for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Arena on what went wrong:

“Well, there wasn’t a whole lot of quality to our passing in the last third today. And then you look at the game, it was a tight game, we concede a goal early. In the first half, Nigel has an open goal that he misses. Second half, Robbie Keane has an open goal with his header. [He was] probably a little hesitant to head the ball coming off a concussion and fractured orbital bone, but those chances, they’re not going to come that often. They kept their players in pretty tight at the end of the game, and took out some players in the midfield and really clamped down. The couple of chances we get, we have to put one in the back of the net. That’s the name of the game. The conditions were tough for both teams, and that’s that.”

What’s next: The Galaxy remains on the road and heads to Chicago, Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) The Fire is in last place in the Eastern Conference.

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Robbie Keane can’t wait to get back on the field

Monday marked the five-year anniversary of Robbie Keane’s signing with the Robbie+Keane+returnsGalaxy.

If he would have had his way, he would have celebrated by scoring a couple of goals in a victory against Colorado, Sunday.

Instead, Keane wasn’t available, having gone through the league concussion protocol following an orbital bone fracture in a collision against the New York Red Bulls, Aug. 7.

Wednesday, before the team departed for New York and today’s visit to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC (Noon/ESPN), Keane wasn’t pleased about having to sit out.

“Could I have played the weekend?” Keane asked. “I should have been. I should have been playing that game. I don’t care about a fracture. That’s part of football. You get knocks in football, you get whacks. If I get another whack will it hurt? Yes. If I get a whack without the fracture will it hurt? Yes. So, there’s no difference to me whether I get a whack or not.

“That’s part of the game. It’s a man’s game and you just have to accept it. I definitely would have been able to play some part on Saturday, but it wasn’t to be.”

It would be impossible to keep Keane off of the field today. He returned to training late last week and could play with a protective mask today.

With Keane on the field, this match-up is as star-studded as any in the league. NYCFC, led by David Villa (Spain), Frank Lampard (England) and Andrea Pirlo (Italy), is currently in first place in the Eastern Conference. Factor in the play of midfielder Thomas McNamara and Jack Harrison and you have one of the league’s best attacks.

The Galaxy should have its full assortment of Designated Players as well, with Giovani dos Santos, Frank Lampard and Gerrard.

“It seems like every week that we play a game it is always rivals or against big name players,” Keane said. “For us, this is just another game. Of course there’s a lot of quality and top players, so certainly for the fans, it is a game that excites everybody, but for us, we just have to go into every game like it is just another game.”

Keane and the Galaxy are currently on a nine-game unbeaten streak and enter the week in third place in the Western Conference on 38 points.

For as potent as the NYCFC attack has been (43 goals), the defense has been troubling. The second-year club has allowed 43 goals, most in the league.

“If we approach the game with the right mindset and right mentality, there’s no reason why we can’t get something from the game,” Keane said. “The pressure is on them, they’re on top, they’re playing well at the moment and so are we, so it is going to be an interesting game.”

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Galaxy’s Jack McBean loaned out to Coventry City

The Galaxy announced Friday that forward Jack McBean (Newport Beach) has been loaned to Coventry City of the England’s League One for the remainder of the MLS season.

McBean, who attended Corona del Mar HS, was initially signed as a Homegrown Player in 2011. At 16, he became the youngest player to appear in a game, start and score a goal for the Galaxy.

“Jack is a young and talented player that has continued to develop within our club,” Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena said. “We think this loan will put him in a position to help reach his potential while providing him with consistent playing time against strong competition.”

In 2015, McBean, 21, signed a USL contract with LA Galaxy II. He was the team’s MVP, last year, scoring 39 goals during the regular season and six with five assists in the USL postseason.

This year, McBean made two MLS and U.S. Open Cup appearances for the Galaxy.

“He’s played all of his football in the US leagues and will need a certain amount of time to adapt to the physical demands of the English game,” Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray said. “Jack will spend some time with Nicky Eaden in the U21s side to work on his match fitness and we’ll continue to monitor his progress in line with the needs of the first-team.”
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Reunion weekend for Lampard, Cole and Gerrard in New York

Former teammates, close friends, this weekend is a reunion of galaxysorts for Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard.

The trio were fixtures on the England National team and Lampard and Cole were teammates at Chelsea FC.

Saturday at Yankee Stadium, Gerrard and Cole will try and slow down one of the league’s top scoring teams in Lampard’s New York City FC.

I’m going to try and see Ash and Stevie at the hotel,” Lampard said to “I’ve got a couple of Chelsea friends over from London as well for the game. We might go and see them if I have the chance. But we’re focused. We’re friends, but in the buildup to games I like to keep my head down and Ashley is the same. If they stay over after the game then maybe we’ll share a dinner or a beer afterwards.”

Lampard has scored nine goals this season and David Villa has 15. Cole and the Galaxy defense will have to be on top of their game to slow down the duo.

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Watch today’s groundbreaking ceremony for LAFC new stadium

A Groundbreaking ceremony for the new $350 million, 22,000 soccer-specific stadium for LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club) is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The stadium will be built on the site of the L.A. Sports Arena, which is soon to be demolished.

Scheduled to be in attendance are LAFC’s owners Magic Johnson, Will Farrell, Tony Robbins, Peter Gruber and Tom Penn, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Curren Price, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Congresswoman Karen Bass and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

LAFC is expected to begin play in 2018.

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