Robbie Keane’s letter to Galaxy supporters

It was announced Thursday that Robbie Keane would not be returning to the Galaxy to the 2017 season after six seasons. Here is his letter to Galaxy fans:

LA Galaxy Supporters,

I can confirm that after five fantastic years I will be leaving the LA Galaxy. It’s been a

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane celebrates after he scored a goal against the Seattle Sounders in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane celebrates after he scored a goal against the Seattle Sounders in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

privilege to have played my part in the history of such a great club and I leave with memories that will stay with me forever. Winning three MLS Cups, scoring over 100 goals for the club and being named as 2014 MVP are all achievements that I will look back on with pride, it’s been an incredible experience, I’ve truly loved every minute of my time at LA Galaxy.

However, I believe that now is the right time for a new challenge as I look towards the next chapter of my playing career. I still feel as fit and sharp as ever and I am looking forward to my next adventure. Having now retired from international football I am ready to focus everything I have on one last major challenge in club football and will be taking time out to consider my options before announcing my next move.

I would like to thank everyone at the Galaxy including the board, manager and all of my teammates for their incredible support during my time in LA. Finally, I would like to thank the most important people at the club: the fans. Thank you for welcoming me as one of your own and for helping to make LA such a special place for both me and my family.

The city has become my second home and I will never forget the unbelievable backing you’ve given me during my time at the Galaxy. The great times we have shared will stay with me forever. I look forward to watching the club continue to grow and progress in the coming years. It’s been an honour to captain your team and I am so proud of everything we have achieved together. Thank you for everything.

Thanks,

Robbie Keane

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Associate head coach Dave Sarachan leaves Galaxy

Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan has left the team to pursue other professional opportunities, the club announced Thursday.

Sarachan, 62, joined the Galaxy in 2008 and helped lead the club to galaxythree MLS Cups (2011, 2012 and 2014).

“I am proud of the role I have played in delivering three MLS Cup Championships to Los Angeles and I’m thankful for the relationships I’ve developed over the course of my time here,” Sarachan said. “Leaving a group of players of such quality and class is not easy but, professionally, I am ready for a new challenge.”

Before joining the Galaxy, Sarachan was an assistant with Arena at the University of Virginia (1984-88), D.C. United (1998-99) and the U.S. men’s national team (2000-02).

 

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Steven Gerrard’s letter to Galaxy supporters

Here is Steven Gerrard’s open letter to Galaxy supporters. It was announced Tuesday that Gerrard will not return to the Galaxy for the 2017 season:

LA Galaxy Supporters –

Over the last year and a half, it has been a privilege to represent the LA Galaxy and play in front of this club’s great fans.

When I left Liverpool, I came to Los Angeles with the goal of helping galaxythe LA Galaxy lift another MLS Cup. I am very disappointed to have not achieved that objective, but I can look back at my time at the club with pride at what we accomplished, including two straight playoff appearances and countless memorable moments on the pitch.

I have loved every minute of my time in the States and playing for the LA Galaxy. I am excited to see this league and this great club continue to grow.

As someone who spent the whole of their career in Liverpool, it has been an incredible experience to come to Los Angeles and play for the LA Galaxy. I would like to thank Mr. Anschutz, Dan Beckerman, Chris Klein and Bruce Arena for this opportunity. I would also like to thank my teammates, the coaching staff, the team staff and each and every supporter for their support since I arrived at this club.

To the Galaxy fans at StubHub Center, it has been an honor to play in front of you. From my debut against San Jose to my final match in Colorado, you have shown me amazing support and I will never forget that. I am excited to continue to support the Galaxy going forward and I look forward to seeing you all again in Los Angeles soon.

Los Angeles will always have a special place in my heart. As I depart, I want to thank everyone at the club for making my time here so memorable for me and my family.

Thank you and go Galaxy.

–Steven Gerrard

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U.S. women’s coach Jill Ellis turns attention toward 2017

The U.S. women concluded 2016 with a 5-0 victory over Romania Sunday night at StubHub Center.

After a break for the holidays, Ellis expects to reconvene with a January camp. With some ussoccerlogoveterans on the way out, the two-game series against Romania afforded Ellis with a chance to see some familiar, younger faces in bigger roles.

“At this point, we have a camp in January scheduled,” Ellis said. “I think this is what’s been great about having a lot of different players in (camp). Now, it is about trying to pick a group for that.

“The other plan is there will be an under-23 camp that will happen prior to our camp and not just looking at under-23 players, but pulling potentially a couple of our best under-17, our best under-20s, our best college players … I want to see as many players as I can and having a camp prior to ours, if somebody does well, then they can stick around for a few days and train with us. That’s kind of how its done and that’s how we piggyback those two teams.

“Beyond that, the She Believes tournament is very important, big tournament and where we get to test ourselves.”

Ellis said the January camps would possibly be in Carson at StubHub Center, “unless the MLS teams are here hogging it.”

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U.S. women national team concludes year against Romania

It is a time of transition for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, with several new faces vying for permanent spots alongside some familiar ones.ussoccerlogo

The U.S. will face Romania tonght at StubHub Center (6:30 p.m.; Fox Sports 1) in the final game of 2016.

One of the positions under the spotlight is at goalkeeper. The U.S. is without longtime start Hope Solo. Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride) and Alyssa Naehere (Chicago Red Stars) were all called into this camp.

Harris earned the start in Thursday’s 8-1 victory over Romania at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. It was her third appearance of the year.

“Everything for the keepers is about game experience and decision-making,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said following Thursday’s victory. “I don’t know how many caps between them Ash (Ashylyn Harris) and Alyssa (Naehere) have but it’s not very many. So the more you put them in these situations, this is what it comes down to.

“They can be brilliant in training and now it’s can they make good decisions in a game. That’s for every player. So everything is a takeaway at this point.”

Ellis initially called in just five players from the 2015 World Cup and Olympic Team (defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Alex Morgan).

Klingenberg and newcomer Jaelene Hinkle were both replaced during camp due to injuries. Forward Jessica McDonald and Emily Menges were the replacements. This is their first call-up to the senior national team.

One of the young “veterans” in camp for this series is Christen Press. Press scored a hat trick in Thursday’s game and is the fourth player to score double digits goals this year.

“It is an interesting time for our team,” Press said Thursday. “We’re kind of ending a cycle and being reborn at the same time. It is great for us to go out there and get results but also work on our soccer.

“We’re playing a new formation, we have a lot of new players out there, so we’re trying to push and break the threshold. Even though we’re about to go into a period of break, we’re just trying to get the maximum out of ourselves.”

Alex Morgan scored a pair of goals in Thursday’s game, giving her 17 for the year and 73 in her career.

“This is an early process for us,” midfielder Tobin Heath said. “We’re going through a transition. Kind of getting up to speed and continuing this journey and path the way we want to play, incorporate the new players and continue to grow.”

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Galaxy forward Alan Gordon added to U.S. national team roster

Galaxy forward Alan Gordon was called into the U.S. National Team camp for Friday’s ussoccerlogoWorld Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus.

The game will air on Fox Sports 1 at 4:45 pm., Friday.

Gordon replaces Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris, who suffered a hamstring injury Sunday.

Gordon is scheduled to arrive in Columbus later today. Gordon was called in to national team camp last November for a pair of games against Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Gordon scored three goals in 22 appearances for the Galaxy this season.

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Galaxy preview: Galaxy looking for necessary result to move on

Will the Galaxy’s one goal be enough to survive today’s second leg against Colorado?

The Galaxy and Rapids meet in a couple of hours in the second leg of their conference galaxysemifinal in Colorado. Giovani dos Santos scored the only goal last week to give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead.

Colorado is undefeated home this season, doesn’t score a lot of goals, doesn’t allow a lot of goals.

There are numerous scenarios that could see the Galaxy through to the conference finals, including a scoreless draw, but we all know the second leg of these series are usually crazy.

Game day links:

Altitude is main concern of Galaxy heading into second leg

Jelle Van Damme making all the right moves for Galaxy in first season

Giovani dos Santos called into Mexican National team

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Giovani dos Santos called into Mexico national team

Galaxy midfielder Giovani dos Santos has been called into the Mexican national team for the Nov. 11 showdown against the U.S. and Nov. 15 against Panama.

These two matches kick off the Hexagonal Round of World Cup qualifying for CONCACAF.

Dos Santos rejoined El Tri for a pair of friendly matches last month.

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Dealing with altitude one of challenges facing Galaxy this weekend

To get through the second leg of their Western Conference Semifinals, the Galaxy has to deal with their No. 1 nemesis.

Tim Howard? The Colorado defense? Sure, they’re both concerns, but for the Galaxy, how

Photo by Steve McCrank // Staff Photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank // Staff Photographer

it deals with the altitude will determine how things go Sunday afternoon.

“Right now, we have a 1-0 lead and we know it is going to be tough,” Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme said. “This is going to be my second time. I struggled (the first time) after 20-30 minutes, so we have to be prepared, rest our body and just deal with it.”

The Galaxy’s first trip to Colorado this season (Mar.12) was Van Damme’s first time playing at altitude. .

“They told me it was going to be tough,” he said of that first game. “I thought it was just a mental thing, but it came true.”

Colorado went undefeated during the regular season (11-0-6). One of those victories came against the Galaxy (1-0) on March 12.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is no stranger to dealing with altitude, whether in Colorado or Mexico City with the U.S. national team.

Is there an easy way to prepare? The Galaxy is scheduled to arrive in Colorado Saturday, a day before the game, which has been reported could lessen the impact that the altitude could have on a team.

“There’s not a whole lot you can do,” Arena said. “Make sure your team is hydrated. If you’re fit, you can deal with it. The fitter you are, the better you’re able to cope with it.

“I’ve done this for years, talking to specialists on altitude, getting the U.S. team ready for Mexico City …nobody knows. The only way to acclimated to altitude is to live there and to live there for three weeks or so in Denver, three months in Mexico City …nobody knows.”

 

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