In what was their last match before the kick-off of the 2019 Major league soccer (MLS) season, Los Angeles Galaxy lost 3-1 to the Colorado Rapid during the weekend at Dignity Health Sports Park.Galaxy were without several key players including Sebastian Lletget, Perry Kitchen, Junnho, Giovani dos Santos and Jonathan dos Santos. They were all listed as unavailable for the contest. The tie was a test of the team’s depth, specially in the midfield, anda stern test for coach Guillermo Barros
New deal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic with LA GALAXY could be the biggest payday in MLS history. LA GALAXY announced Zlatan’s signing this week but without revealing terms. But various sources told ESPN FC that he is going to pay him a good amount in between $7 to $7.5 million in 2019. This deal is definitely going to be a good raise from the $1.5 million Zlatan earned in 2018, a season where he has proven himself as one of the best players in the world by assisting 10 times and scoring 22 goals in 27 games. And by scoring 22 goals and for assisting 10 times, his hard work pays off as he was nominated for the league’s MVP award. Total no of goals he scored was the second highest in the league after 31 goals scored by Josef Martinez of Atlanta United.
Swedish superstar, Zlatan Ibtahimovic, a player who has graced the books at European elites clubs like Juventus, Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United admits he has always done things the way he wanted to.
LA Galaxy head coach Dominic Kinnear has stated that Chris Pontius will be out for the remainder of the season. The player is currently suffering from a groin injury and will have to undergo surgery. As a result, he will be out until the end of the season.
United States international Michael Bradley has remained coy when asked about the prospect of returning to the national team. The Toronto FC star has not featured for the USMNT since their failure to qualify for the summer World Cup in October last year and he remains uncertain whether he can make the squad in the future.
Kevin Muscat is of the opinion that the Australian A-League has to become much more attractive in order to become the best football league in the side of the world. After the tremendous winning came to an end with the loss against Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory have the chance to close the gap on Melbourne City in the next few weeks. City are only two points ahead in the third place. Even though this was a frustrating result for the team, Kevin Muscat says that he was quite disappointed with the defensive approach of Perth Glory.
Manchester United new signings RomeluLukaku and Victor Lindelof have joined the rest of the Red Devils squad for training.
United are set to clash with Los Angeles Galaxy in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
The clash with the MLS side is slated for the StubHubCenter. The game would be an opportunity for manager Jose Mourinho to try out some tactics and the new additions. The team arrived in the United States for their pre-season training and five game tour at the weekend.
Each member of the squad is working on getting into top level shape and enjoying the best of their time in the US. There are planned games against Real Salt Lake and Manchester City as well.
LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole is set to spend more than a month away from the team after injuring his calf.
The former Arsenal player sustained the injury in a friendly match against Real Salt Lake. The LA Galaxy coach said that the injury is not that severe as previously expected and it is believed that the player will be missing the first three games of the MLS season.
This is the third major player that will be out of the team with Robbie Rogers and Zardes already out of the team. Rogers is out following a surgery on his ankle back in December, and Zardes just had surgery this month.
LA Galaxy coach said that the injury to Ashley Cole would be a massive loss for the team especially with other defenders out of the team. However, he believes that there is enough quality in the team to cover for these absences and he thinks that the team will be able to cope.
The LA Galaxy have acquired the rights to midfielder Jermaine Jones from the Colorado Rapids, the team announced on Tuesday.
Jones, 35, has been a key figure in the U.S. men’s national team since 2010, and he joined MLS in 2014 after a 14 – year career in Germany. His family has been living in Los Angeles since his arrival in the States.
The Galaxy sent their first-round pick in the 2017 MLS Super Draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2018 draft to the Rapids in exchange for his MLS rights. He still has to come to terms with the club, and it’s unclear whether he’ll secure a Designated Player deal, such as the one he had with the New England Revolution.
He took a significant pay cut to join the Rapids but expressed a desire for a more lucrative deal in the aftermath of the club’s elimination in the Western Conference final.
After having qualified for the 2016 MLS Cup, there is little pressure on LA Galaxy in the remaining matches of the regular season.
As a result, manager Bruce Arena decided to field a number of reserve players in the goalless draw with FC Dallas. The last two games of the regular season will merely serve as opportunities for the manager to give some game time to the reserve players. After having secured a draw with FC Dallas, the club will be hoping for a strong start to the play-off campaign with a win against Real Salt Lake in the finals.
Since there was little to play, both teams did not go with the best eleven but it was clear after the game that FC Dallas were the disappointed of the two. Dallas were hoping that they would continue their form at the top of the table. A.J. DeLaGarza, meanwhile, claimed that it was Dallas who had approached the game in a defensive manner. As it is, fans witnessed only three shots on target from both teams and it was an extremely boring affair. Dave Romney and Rafael Garcia are some of the names who have managed to benefit from Arena changing the team for the game.
LA Galaxy made it six games without a victory after only managing a 0-0 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps.
The team has not managed a victory since the 2-1 success over Portland Timbers towards the end of July. After more than a month without a victory, pressure has been increasing on manager Bruce Arena. Despite possessing players like Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane, the team has been unable to make any impact in terms of attacking play. One of the major struggles for LA Galaxy has been scoring goals, as they have managed only four in the last five games.
Thankfully, the form of the teams in and around them has also been equally poor. As a result, LA Galaxy are still fourth in the table and only three points behind Real Salt Lake, who occupy the final play-off spot. Only the top two teams qualify for the play-off rounds and LA Galaxy are almost expected to be in this position as one of the top clubs in the MLS over the last decade. Further, Arena is one of the experienced managers in the MLS and also the most successful as well. The sudden availability of Sigi Schmid could force LA Galaxy into thinking that they may very well replace Arena and get another top manager on-board.