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.
This team has definitely a lot of excitement coming up and opportunities that it should grab in order to get the victory that they wish for.
With the upcoming US Open Cup moves to the quarter finals, LA Galaxy has been able to secure a position where they will be facing Seattle Sounders FC in the quarterfinal round. This round will be held on 20th July at the StubHub center. Located in Carson, California, this is similar to home ground for the team that should provide them an advantage in playing the game. The time of the kickoff for the game is yet to be announced.
Seattle Sounders qualified for the quarter finals when they won against Real Salt Lake. This game took place on Tuesday evening. The win was through a penalty kick where the shootout secured them the victory. Since they have joined MLS the Sounders FC stands on a score of 22-2-4. They have won the US Open Cup in many consecutive years like 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. Sounders have often tied up with Chicago Fire. Hence, LA Galaxy definitely has a formidable opponent to win over in the forthcoming quarter finals. LA Galaxy on the other hand, defeated the Portland Timbers at a score of 1-0 which was held on Wednesday night at the Providence Park venue. Getting an opportunity to win this Cup tournament has become a top priority for LA Galaxy this time.
Luis Hernandez said that dos Santos made the right decision in choosing to play for LA Galaxy.
The former Mexico striker who also played for LA Galaxy believes that playing in the MLS will allow dos Santos to get more playing time than what he was having in Europe.
Giovani dos Santos has yet to cement a place in the Mexican team since his selection has been on and off. The last time he played for Mexico was in the Gold Cup last year and has yet to be selected for the national team this year. However, he has been announced in the 40-players selection for the Copa America.
Luis Hernandez stated that it is not easy to adapt to the MLS. Although it is not glamorous as the Spanish or Brazilian league, not all players succeed in it. He has praised dos Santos adaptation and believes that he can still progress as a player. He believes that playing regularly will allow Giovani dos Santos to stay in form and also improve his sharpness.
MLS side giants, LA Galaxy were held to a goal-less encounter over the weekend by Vancouver Whitecaps. LA Galaxy were unable to finally crack the 10-man opposition, so settled for the draw.
The Whitecaps player, Matias Laba was shown the way out during the encounter as early as the 28th minute. The Los Angeles based side couldn’t employ their advantage to salvage a draw if not an outright win. LA Galaxy star player Steven Gerrard missed the game due to an injury.
The red card elicited a lot of reactions. The card was controversial and it greatly influenced the turn of events during the game. During the early-season encounter, Matias Laba was sent off for a sliding tackle on LA Galaxy’s Mike Magee. The referee deemed the defender’s tackle too much, even though the defender won the ball with the tackle. The studs of the defender were showing during the tackle, hence the referee, Jair Marrufo, gave him the matching orders even though it was just before the half-hour mark. The Whitecaps fans were visibly pissed at the decision of the referee. The fact that the Whitecaps had striker Masato Kudo suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee prior to the encounter, made the straight red card more painful.
There were at least three other red cards issued during the weekend round of games at the MLS. Surprisingly, LA Galaxy head coach, Bruce Arena condemned the straight red card.
The Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy is getting ready for the arrival of the Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard who is expected to make his debut in the American team on July 11.
Steven Gerrard reached the end of his 28 year long relationship with Liverpool on the last day of previous Premier League season which saw the team of Brendan Rodgers losing 6-1 against Stoke City.
It certainly wasn’t the best way that Gerrard wanted to end his Liverpool career but nonetheless, the experienced midfielder is optimistic about the new challenge that is lying ahead of him.
This new challenge is the MLS. Gerrard penned an 18 month long contract with LA Galaxy as he is starting a new chapter in his playing career.
The head coach of LA Galaxy, Bruce Arena has already revealed to the media and to the public that he has been establishing talks with Gerrard in relation to his arrival to California which will be done in a few weeks during the summer.
Bruce Arena said: “We expect him here before July 11. We haven’t finalized a date yet. He will be here, he’ll get some training in and by the time that he’s eligible to play; he’ll be ready to go.”
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Bruce Arena has made it clear that even after the arrival of Steven Gerrard in the middle of this year; there would be no change in captaincy at Los Angeles Galaxy.
It had been thought that Gerrard’s arrival might mean him replacing Robbie Keane as skipper of the team.
Gerrard was also supposed to take over the job of taking the penalty shots for Galaxy once he makes his way in.
But, according to Arena, both the captaincy as well as the penalty taking job is assigned to Keane at this point in time and until, he shows patchiness in doing that or expresses his desire to quit, he would continue.
Gerrard is obviously a big name and with him coming to the Major League soccer, the American Football is only going to get better.
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