Injury update: Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos likely out for San Jose

Associated Press Photo

Associated Press Photo

Bruce Arena said Thursday it is unlikely that forward Giovani dos Santos will play in Saturday’s home game against San Jose.

Dos Santos suffered a muscle strain in the season opener against D.C. United, missed the second half of that game and sat out against Colorado on the road last week. The 26-year-old trained on the field on Thursday, but it did not look as if he trained fully.

Arena said Ashley Cole, who was a late scratch from the lineup against Colorado due to slight back tightness, is healthy for Saturday, but added that the 35-year-old left back “looked a little cold” during training.

Forward Alan Gordon had a bulged disc in his neck, but said he is ready for Saturday if he is called upon. Gordon sustained the injury in practice before the Galaxy’s 4-0 loss to Santos Laguna in Mexico and did not dress for either of the team’s MLS games.

“As long as the inflammation is down, I’m good to go,” Gordon said. “There’s no set backs for me and there’s nothing holding me back. I’m good to go. It’ll just be something that’ll be hurting when I’m 50.”

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100 Percent Soccer column: Grizzled Galaxy foreign legion isn’t blocking development of young Americans, says coach Bruce Arena

coledamme Oldies, but goodies: Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said the signings of veterans like Ashley Cole and Jelle Van Damme should help, not hinder, the development of young American players at the club (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy).

Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Spurs head of coaching to give free public lecture Tuesday at Pomona College in Claremont

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John McDermott, head of coaching and player development at EPL club Tottenham Hotspur since 2005, will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday on “Teaching in an Elite Soccer Environment” at Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre, 170 E. 6th St., Claremont.

The event is free and open to the public.

Here’s more on McDermott via the Pomona College press release:

McDermott has worked with players of all ages and at all levels since graduating from the University of Liverpool in 1989. He began his career at Leeds United’s Football in 1991 before becoming Watford’s first football and community development officer and, later, its youth development officer and academy manager. As national coach of the Football Association, he worked with young players, from 16 to 21 years old, on international teams. In 2015, the FA presented McDermott with the Outstanding Contribution to Youth Development Award.

Under his leadership, the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Academy has earned a strong reputation for developing home-grown Premier League professional footballers and equipping many other graduates to play in both the English and European football leagues. The Daily Mirror newspaper said he has “played a massive role in development” and is “hugely respected with in the game,” while The Guardian observed he has “built his reputation as a shrewd judge” of upcoming players.

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Galaxy coach Bruce Arena criticizes MLS officiating in wake of stoppage time loss to Colorado Rapids

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Galaxy coach Bruce Arena Tuesday criticized a lack of a “policy” for adding stoppage time to MLS games in the wake of last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Colorado that saw the Rapids’ winner come deep into the five added minutes at the end of the second half.

“The game going five extra minutes was a glaring mistake by the referee and assistant referee,” he said Tuesday after Galaxy practice. “They don’t have a (stoppage time) policy, so there’s no consistency with that. What’s going to be required is they establish a policy so everyone is aware of what it is.

“I thought it was going to be two extra minutes, possibly three, then it got to five — it was way off,” he added. “Minutes at the end of the game can not be a freelance thing. There has to be an established criteria how you do that.”

Arena criticized the fourth official in particular for not paying enough attention to the game and being more concerned with players standing in the technical area than watching the clock.

But, he conceded, the Galaxy had to take a measure of blame for the road loss at altitude that came in just the second game of the season when conditioning remains an issue.

“We weren’t good, they weren’t good, it wasn’t a good game,” Arena said. “No one deserved to win that game to be honest with you. … We’ve got to take responsibility for conceding the goal and responsibility for how we played — we didn’t play well.”

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Galaxy concede stoppage time goal in Colorado loss

(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

With a swift left-footed volley, Colorado’s Marco Pappa yanked one point away from the L.A. Galaxy in the final 30 seconds of Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Rapids.

The Galaxy looked primed to escape the high-altitude of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a draw until Daniel Steres missed a clearance in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Pappa capitalized on the error and buried the shot into the back of the net.

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Galaxy game day: L.A. tackles high altitude in Colorado

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

 

The Galaxy’s three new European signings, Jelle Van Damme, Nigel de Jong and Ashley Cole, will be in the spotlight Saturday as they play not only their first MLS road game, but their first MLS game in altitude at Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Altitude was one of the many MLS-specific difficulties Steven Gerrard struggled with last year after he joined the team in the middle of the season. Continue reading

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San Fernando Valley Assemblyman Mike Gatto honors Calabasas High grad Daniel Steres after Galaxy debut

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There haven’t been too many well-known professional soccer players from the San Fernando Valley, but that changed last weekend when rookie Galaxy defender Daniel Steres scored the equalizing goal against D.C. United that sparked LA to a come-from-behind 4-1 win in their MLS opener in Carson.

That stunning display meant veteran valley Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), the longest-serving member of the Assembly, was quick to present Steres with a certificate of recognition in honor of his achievement.

“Daniel is a proud San Fernando Valley native and his success is a phenomenal example to aspiring athletes in Southern California,” said Gatto. “I look forward to seeing his continued success both on and off the field.”

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Watch the video: Violent Caltech robot soccer is literally a lot like Rollerball

TBD team with their remotes guiding their robots. Caltech’s 31st annual Engineering Design Competition will pit robots against robots in an “action packed” soccer match dubbed the “Tridroid Cup.”  Tuesday, March 8, 2016.Though 12 soccer balls are on the field at a time, the teams must get past robotic goalies to score. Caltech’s mechanical engineering students designed, build and run the teams of up to three robots.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

TBD team with their remotes guiding their robots. Caltech’s 31st annual Engineering Design Competition will pit robots against robots in an “action packed” soccer match dubbed the “Tridroid Cup.” Tuesday, March 8, 2016.Though 12 soccer balls are on the field at a time, the teams must get past robotic goalies to score. Caltech’s mechanical engineering students designed, build and run the teams of up to three robots.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

For more on the CalTech robot soccer competition, click here.

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