Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy wrapped up preparations for tomorrow’s contest against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. Two players that are rebounding from injury are forward Robbie Keane and defender Todd Dunivant.
“I feel good. It was my first day of training today. I wasn’t scheduled for today, it was tomorrow, but I felt good and I wanted to carry on,” Keane told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “I’ve only literally started doing running around two days ago and I’ve been doing a lot of stuff in the gym.”
Keane was unavailable the last two games and is targeting next Wednesday’s contest on the road against the Philadelphia Union.
“If you’re fit to play on Wednesday then you’re fit to play on Sunday,” Keane said. “I’m going to touch wood that nothing happens so as long as I’m fit then I’ll play every game. I’ve been out for a few games and I don’t like missing games.
“It’s frustrating because I love playing. I’m not one of these players who like to be sitting in the treatment room or in the gym, I like to be out playing with the balls so it’s been frustrating, but luckily enough it hasn’t been a bad injury.”
As for Dunivant, his status is day to day and he will most likely be a game-time decision.
“We’ll see how it goes. You always want to,” said Dunivant. “I’m going to do everything that I can to be available and from there, we’ll make that decision and Bruce will be the ultimate decider.”
In the front office, technical director Jovan Kirovski looks on with a clear and complete purpose. On Friday, he reflected on the long and storied career of Sir Alex Ferguson, who is stepping down as Manchester United manager at the end of the 2012-13 Premier League season.
“What an amazing, amazing manager, to be at a place like that for so long,” Kirovski told MLSsoccer.com’s Scott French. “I remember when I was a kid, he knew every player from the youth academy all the way to the first team. He was so helpful for my parents. He was amazing. Not only a teacher, but a father figure to all those kids who grew up in the system. … [He was] throughout the whole club. He ran everything. That was amazing.
“Just the basics of being humble, good character, working hard, not letting your head get too big. And there was nothing bigger than the club, and that was one of the biggest things. I mean nothing. No one was bigger than the club, and that’s one of the biggest things I learned, and it’s true.
“I go down to the character issues, being humble, and those are one of the first things I want to accomplish [as Galaxy TD]. If you’re not a good kid, good character, you’re not humble, you’re not going to make it. You’re not going to work hard. That’s the first step. Obviously, [you need] talent, and it means a lot, but I think those are important qualities as well.”