Galaxy get reinforcements for 2014 MLS Cup rematch

Galaxy's Steven Gerrard, left, celebrates his first MLS goal with Robbie Keane, right, against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard (left, pictured in a game against San Jose last year) will return from a groin injury against New England. Robbie Keane (right) will start after undergoing knee surgery in March. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

The New England Revolution return to StubHub Center on Sunday (12:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN Deportes) for the first time since the 2014 MLS Cup that ended with the L.A. Galaxy hoisting their fifth league championship and Landon Donovan riding off into the sunset.

The Galaxy’s entire starting midfield from that game is gone now after major roster overhaul. Head coach Bruce Arena carefully constructed a gritty team with depth and a mix of experienced veterans and fresh faces. Amid high preseason expectations, the coach preached patience, saying that at about the two-month mark he would know the capabilities of his team.

Now two months into the season with his team saddled with injuries, Arena joked he needed two more months to figure it out. Continue reading

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Nigel de Jong out, Robbie Keane in for match against New England

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Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said Saturday midfielder Nigel de Jong will be out for Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. matchup with New England with a knee injury. Arena characterized it as a bruise, but said it is minor.

De Jong served a three-game suspension for a tackle he made on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe and was eligible to play against the Revolution.

Forward Robbie Keane will start Sunday, the Galaxy head coach added. Keane will be making his first appearance since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of March.

Midfielder Steven Gerrard, who missed last week’s game against Sporting Kansas City due to a groin injury, will be on the bench for Sunday’s match.

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Say after me — “‘LESTER’ are EPL champs”

celebrateLeicester lads: Packed pubs in the city couldn’t contain their patrons’ excitement after the final whistle blew Monday between Spurs and Chelsea; the 2-2 draw gave the Foxes the EPL title.

Read more about the most unlikely EPL championship winner ever here in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Dos Santos chip shot saves Galaxy on the road

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Ema Boateng (24) leaps over Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza, bottom, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (24) leaps over Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza, bottom, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The L.A. Galaxy escaped Kansas City, Kan., with one point in a 1-1 draw after getting outplayed and outmanned by Sporting Kansas City.

“I don’t think we played well today,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the game. “We had a lot of issues with this game today. It’s a point. We are going home. We are not looking back.”

For the third straight game, Giovani dos Santos scored for the Galaxy, this time putting yet another beautiful chip shot into the back of the net. The Mexican international has scored four goals in the past three games as he is now returning to full fitness after injuring his left quad in the season opener.

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Galaxy bring hot streak to Kansas City

L.A. Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (right) was named MLS Player of the Week for his performance against Real Salt Lake last week. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

L.A. Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (right) was named MLS Player of the Week for his performance against Real Salt Lake last week. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Life without Robbie Keane hasn’t been all that bad for the L.A. Galaxy. With their star striker on the bench after knee surgery, the Galaxy (4-1-2) are on a five-game undefeated streak heading into Sunday’s road matchup against Sporting Kansas City (5 p.m., Fox Sports 1).

Giovani dos Santos is coming into form, having scored three goals with two assists combined in the past two victories. Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng was a revelation against Salt Lake, scoring once and notching two assists. The Galaxy have scored nine goals in the past two games, a 4-1 win over Houston on the road and a 5-2 victory at home over Real Salt Lake.   Continue reading

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