Brian Rowe settling into U.S. National Team camp

Brian Rowe has come a long way in one season.

He wasn’t the Galaxy starting in goal entering the 2016 MLS season, but took advantage of an opportunity and finished up appearing in 31 of 34 games. He recorded nine clean sheets and made 113 saves.

“It was my first long stretch of games played, but knowing what it takes to be a starter ussoccerlogothroughout the year and how to prepare yourself week in and week out to be healthy,” Rowe said. “I felt like I met a lot of goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year and I know there is still a lot of work to be done.”

His performance eventually translated into receiving a call into his first national team camp.

Rowe is one of four keepers in camp with the U.S as they prepare for Sunday’s friendly against Serbia. He is joined by David Bingham (San Jose), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) and Luis Robles (New York).

“It is a great honor to get called in and to be one the goalies that gets to represent his country in this camp,” Rowe said from national team training recently. “Once camp had started, I was getting ready for the Galaxy season, I was kind of planning my workouts. Then Matt Reis called me to tell me that (Seattle goalkeeper Stefan) Frei had been injured and they were bringing me in.

“First day was a little rusty, jumping right in, but I’ve been slowly getting the wheels going and I feel more comfortable and just have fun with it.”

Bruce Arena, who coached Rowe with the Galaxy knows that the future is certainly bright for Rowe.

“This will be a good experience for Brian,” Arena said. “We had some choices, but we know the player and I think he could come in right away and contribute in training. We’ll see how he progresses in the goalkeeping competition.

“With any inexperienced goalkeeper, the more games you get the better. Two hundred games from now, he’s going to be a heck of a lot better than he is now. Goalies need games. He got better as the season went on.”

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Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe added to U.S. Soccer camp

U.S. Soccer has announced that Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe has been added as a replacement for injured Seattle keeper Stefan Frei.

Frei suffered a right ankle sprain.ussoccerlogo

Rowe made 31 appearances last season, posting a 12-5-14 record with nine clean sheets for the Galaxy.

He joins David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) and Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls) as the keepers for the January camp.

The U.S. faces Serbia Jan. 29 in San Diego followed by Jamaica in Tennessee, Feb. 3


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Galaxy preview: Galaxy returns home to host Vancouver

Things are getting crowded in the Western Conference MLS standings and the GalaxyGalaxy is looking to make a big move with the first of two home games, starting tonight.

The Galaxy (9-4-12) will host Vancouver (8-12-6) at the StubHub Center at 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver is currently in ninth place in the Western Conference on 30 points. The Galaxy is in fourth with 39 points.

The teams have met twice already. The first meeting ended in a draw, the Galaxy won the second. Will the Galaxy be able to pick up a much-needed three points?

pregame reading: Brian Rowe is ready for a return

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Giovani dos Santos, Dan Kennedy out for Colorado matchup

Photo by Ted S. Warren // Associated Press

Photo by Ted S. Warren // Associated Press

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said both Giovani dos Santos and Dan Kennedy will be out for the Galaxy’s game at Colorado on Saturday.

Both dos Santos and Kennedy left last Sunday’s season opener against D.C. United with leg injuries. Kennedy left in the 20th minute after appearing to injure his groin or hamstring taking a goal kick. Dos Santos has a muscle strain in his left leg and left at halftime.

With dos Santos’ injury, Mike Magee figures to keep his spot on the field after he fueled the Galaxy’s 4-1 win against D.C. United after subbing in at halftime. Brian Rowe will start in goal for Kennedy after he had five saves in the season opener.

Forward Alan Gordon (neck) returned to the field Thursday for practice.

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Galaxy injury notes: Dan Kennedy likely out for Colorado

Photo by Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports

Photo by Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports

After injuring his leg in the first half of the Galaxy’s season opener against D.C. United, goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is likely out for the team’s game against Colorado on Saturday, head coach Bruce Arena said.

It looked as it Kennedy injured either his hamstring or groin on a goal kick, defender Daniel Steres said after the game. Arena characterized the injury simply as a “muscle strain” while the team continues to evaluate the 33-year-old goalkeeper.

Brian Rowe stepped in to goal and had five saves in the Galaxy’s 4-1 win over D.C. United.  Continue reading “Galaxy injury notes: Dan Kennedy likely out for Colorado” »

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