Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy began their slate of preseason games with a 5-0 victory over the USA Under-17 Men’s National Team. Mike Magee, Robbie Keane, Jose Villareal, Greg Cochrane and Jack McBean all scored for the Galaxy.
Highlights from the match can been seen on the View from Avalon’s Hub.
“It was good to get on the field and after the morning where we were able to give 20 field players 45 minutes each. You could see at the end of both halves that we were tired so it was a good exercise that we have to go through,” said Arena to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “At the end of the day, to get our team ready to play in the opening game of the regular season, we have to play games and we need competitive games.
“I thought the Under-17’s pushed us hard in both halves.”
“It’s been good to be back with the guys…meet some new guys and be around everyone. It feels good,” said defender Omar Gonzalez. “I think I’m a little more ready to play 90 minutes, but these guys are on their way and seeing how we played today, I think everyone is on the right track.”
Keane was on goal in the friendly with the USA Under-17s and was aware that he was going to get to work after his transcontinental flight.
“Of course, that’s what you get paid to do, to play football, so might as well get straight into it,” Keane told Serrano. “That’s where you’re going to get your fitness and your match sharpness and it saves you from running around the pitch for 20 minutes which is boring. I like to get out there playing.”
Keane was given a multi-year contract extension that will keep him here with the Galaxy for the long haul.
“I was happy enough to sign. I’m quite happy here so there’s no reason why I wouldn’t,” Keane added. “It got done and I look forward to a couple more years.”
“He’s going to need some work, obviously,” Arena said of Keane’s match fitness. “I think Robbie would probably admit he needs some time. So the next three weeks are going to be important for him.”
Los Angeles open up their season on Mar. 3 against the Chicago Fire at the Home Depot Center.