— Rochester Rhinos (@RochesterRhinos) March 13, 2015
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 13, 2015
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 13, 2015
Ignacio Maganto had 27 goals and 14 assists during a four-year Iona College career.
“Ignacio had a strong preseason and showed his talent in our games and training sessions,” said head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “We are happy to add him to our roster and look forward to his development going forward.”
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 13, 2015
— Angel City Brigade (@ACBrigade) March 12, 2015
The Riot Squad is assembling at the Phantom Carriage Brewery for the first viewing party of 2015 this Saturday at… http://t.co/Ka3qrGKNpQ
— LA Riot Squad (@LARiotSquad) March 12, 2015
You watch Robbie Keane on the soccer field and you’re not going to find a more intense competitor.
His goading of teammates, his pleading to referees, his eagerness to get in the face of opponents rubs more than a few the wrong way.
He must have been itching to start the season last week because the Galaxy’s 2-0 win over Chicago, Keane was in midseason form. It culminated in his celebration after scoring the second goal and the MLS lip-readers were on the spot to fine him for “unprofessional conduct.”
Keane explained it all Thursday after practice:
“Ah, nothing. Passion. I’m a passionate guy,” Keane said. “I like to win all the time.”
Earlier in the game, he appeared to upbraid teammate Stefan Ishizaki for a build-up gone awry.
“If you don’t play with passion, which I’ve always done since I’ve been here, that’s the way I play,” Keane said. “That’s the way I get the best out of myself and get the best out of players.
“One million percent it wasn’t (directed) at the fans. You can’t just speculate if you don’t know. It’s not a big deal. I’m expecting a fine. It’s no problem.”
It’s what helped drive Keane to score 19 goals, dish out 14 assists and win the MLS MVP award in 2014. Oh, and help his club capture its third MLS Cup in four years.
“Passion,” Keane said. “I want to win all the time. I want to be better. I do a lot of things to get people going in a different way. It’s my way of doing things. I do it on the training field, I do it on the field. I’ll always continue to do it. There’s other things you won’t see that I do all the time. Sometimes it’s to get people going, to get a reaction from other people. It’s about caring about what you do.
“If it’s going to make us a better team, than the job’s done.”
The three nations were added to the Group B field for the Gold Cup, CONCACAF announced today:
The Group B doubleheader action will kick off at 5 p.m. PT as Costa Rica takes on Jamaica at StubHub Center on July 8 followed by a clash between El Salvador and Canada at 7:30 p.m. PT. The CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played throughout North America from July 7-26.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Sharp-eyed lip-reading viewers watching the television reply after the 81st minute goal last Friday in the win over the Chicago Fire will note that Robbie Keane dropped a F-bomb or two during his celebration.
The cuss words were either aimed at the crowd at what was generally a pretty poor game by the defending MLS champions despite the win or a general expression of frustration.
The amount of the fine for “unprofessional conduct” announced today was not disclosed by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
2015 MLS first week results. pic.twitter.com/Kf3WpwBOO3
— Talent Sports Mgmt (@TalentSportsMgm) March 9, 2015
Not noted above: the Seattle Sounders, the club many observers believe are the Galaxy’s main rival for the Western Conference crown, decisively beat New England 3-0 in the final MLS game of the weekend.
Here are three of the best goals from MLS week 1:
*While this is Robbie Keane’s goal, it’s the prescient header from Baggio Husidec that creates the opportunity in the Galaxy’s Friday night 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire:
*A lot of big names got on the scoresheet Monday including Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Kaka, but the best goal of the weekend from one of the new stars to join MLS was this carefully placed effort for Mix Diskerud who etched his name in the NYCFC history books:
*Finally, this wasn’t the best goal of the weekend, but it was arguably the most dramatic coming at simply the best moment in the game to seal the win:
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 7, 2015
“We played the champions, and I think that showed,” said Fire midfielder Shaun Maloney. “[The Galaxy] dominated the game for large parts. … The Galaxy are champions for a reason. We have some work to do to get up to that standard.”
With the result, the Galaxy are now unbeaten in 20 consecutive games at StubHub Center and have only lost three of their last 44 home MLS games.
Smart, sweet header off back of Baggio's head to set up Keane perfectly for the #LAGalaxy's second goal of the night.
— Nick Green (@LAsoccerblog) March 7, 2015
Arena: "it's the first game of the season, the players don't have their legs yet and it will get better."
— Nick Green (@LAsoccerblog) March 7, 2015
Next for the Galaxy: 4 p.m. March 15 at Portland Timbers