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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Galaxy morning recap: Galaxy comes away with a point against Colorado

It wasn’t pretty, it was sometimes frustrating, but the Galaxy wakes up today with a point galaxyfollowing Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Colorado.

The Galaxy is now on 38 points in the Western Conference.

Against any other team and goalkeeper, the Galaxy would have had two or more goals. However, in goal for the Rapids stood Tim Howard and he was on top of his game.

Colorado’s Pablo Mastroeni: “Obviously I think we’ve been a  pretty good defensive team this year. Everything we do is predicated upon our defense. It ignites our attack. It keeps us in games. And when that hasn’t been the case, Tim Howard has come up huge and tonight he had a great game for us.”

Colorado didn’t create many chances, but had one and Shkelzen Gashi buried it in the 51st minute for a 1-0 lead.

The Galaxy, without Robbie Keane, went searching for at least the equalizer. Emmanuel Boateng was effective firing up and down the wings. In fact, it was one of his runs, that set up the corner kick that led to Daniel Steres’ goal.

Yes, Daniel Steres. The center back got on the end of a Steven Gerrard kick and scored in the 62nd minute.

Steres: He (Gerrard) puts in a great ball and I thought over the course of the night that we had a pretty good advantage on set pieces. We were getting our heads on a lot of things; Jelle (Van Damme) had one off the post. A few others, so I think it was bound to happen and that was the one.”

Howard on the goal: “We had given away too many corner kicks all game and it was difficult to defend. Obviously Steven (Gerrard) whips some really good balls in and the big fellas are always getting their head on it. I think when you give LA too many of those they are bound to score.”

My man of the match: Emmanuel Boateng – His work rate was impressive throughout the night and with his speed, was able to get into open spaces and put the Colorado defense in difficult situations.

What’s next: So that ends a strange three-game homestand for the Galaxy where the club only secured two points (2-2 draw against New York and 1-1 against Colorado) and was eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup thanks to five-minute blip against FC Dallas.

In league play, the Galaxy is still undefeated at home (6-0-6). The next two games are on the road.

Up next for the Galaxy: at New York City FC, Aug. 20 (ESPN)

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Saturday Galaxy preview: Western Conference showdown with Colorado on tap

The Galaxy didn’t have much time to shake off the sting of Wednesday’s collapse in the GalayU.S. Open Cup semifinal. Tonight, the Galaxy is back at it again, this time against Colorado in a Western Conference showdown.

The Rapids are on 41 points. The Galaxy has 37.

These are two of the toughest defenses to score against. Colorado has allowed the fewest goals and the Galaxy the second fewest. Will anybody score? Tune into Time Warner Cable Sports Net at 7:30 p.m. or join us at StubHub Center to find out.

Here are some game day links:

Galaxy concludes home stretch with Colorado

Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz suspended for tonight

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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:


Galaxy moves quietly before close of Transfer Window

Bruce Arena sees room for improvement

Emmanuel Boateng taking advantage of playing time



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