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Los Angeles Galaxy Ins and Outs, March 23, 2011

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 15:  Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy follows the play against the Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field on March 15, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Landon Donovan out for an Argy bargy
Real Salt Lake may be counting their blessings—they get a handicap.

Los Angeles Galaxy team captain Landon Donovan will be unavailable for Bruce Arena's club as they take on Argentina in an international friendly on March 26.

Donovan was one of 24 names on Bradley's roster released Wednesday for friendlies March 26 against Argentina in East Rutherford, N.J. and March 29 against Paraguay in Nashville.

According to ESPN's Scott French, seven local players are on the US roster for the friendlies with Argentina and Paraguay, including Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma/Alta Loma HS and UCLA) and Jonathan Bornstein (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS and Cal Poly Pomona/UCLA), and midfielders Michael Bradley (Manhattan Beach), Maurice Edu (Fontana/Etiwanda HS), Benny Feilhaber (Irvine/Northwood HS) and Sacha Kljestan (Huntington Beach/Huntington Beach HS).

Also on the roster is former Galaxy striker Edson Buddle, now with Germany's FC Ingolstadt.

Here is your list of players on the USA men's national team.

GOALKEEPERS
Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton/England)
Tim Howard (Everton/England)
David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg/Germany)

DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne/France)
Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres/Mexico)
Timothy Chandler (FC Nuremberg/Germany)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany)
Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente/Netherlands)
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Jonathan Spector (West Ham United/England)
Zak Whitbread (Norwich City/England)

MIDFIELDERS
Michael Bradley (Aston Villa/England)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham/England)
Mikkel Diskeruud (Stabaek/Norway)
Landon Donovan (L.A. Galaxy)
Maurice Edu (Rangers FC/Scotland)
Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus/Denmark)
Stuart Holden (Bolton/England)
Jermaine Jones (Blackburn/England)
Sacha Kljestan (RSC Anderlecht/Belgium)

FORWARDS
Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls)
Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor/Turkey)
Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt/Germany)


Is the MLS Cup moving back to Victoria Street?

On Sunday, during the match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New England Revolution, there was talk of Major League Soccer and the Anschutz Entertainment Group of bringing the 2011 MLS Cup to the Home Depot Center.

“I think [AEG PResident/CEO TIm Leiweke would] like to see it here,” MLS Commisioner Don Garber told LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan. “It’s not yet decided, but Tim’s always good for comments that get us all excited on the press side and me frustrated on my end.

“We’re hoping to get an announcement for MLS Cup soon. We’re negotiating with AEG about bringing the Cup here. We’re not finalized yet, but I think this would be a great place for MLS Cup.”

THe Home Depot Center is tied with RFK Stadium for the most times hosted, with three. Victoria Street hosted the MLS Cup in 2003, 2004 and most recently in 2008.


The rise of Juninho

In 2010, Juninho showed flashes of brilliance, scoring two goals in his rookie year. This season, the Brazilian on loan from Sao Paulo has scored that same amount in as many games.

Being more aggressive with his chances has improved his gameplay.

“We’ve encouraged him to be more aggressive, to take more chances going forward, shoot the ball more,” Landon Donovan told MLSSoccer.com's Luis Bueno. “He’s done a great job contributing that way.

“He came in really sharp and he’d been training with São Paulo for awhile before he got here. Through the preseason he’s been as consistent as anybody.”

“He’s showing that he’s a more dangerous player in and around the penalty area as well,” said Galaxy manager Bruce Arena. “Overall, he’s been very good on both sides of the ball. He just looks like a more mature player at this point.”

It also helped that he came into training camp match fit.

“He’s fitter,” Arena noted. “I think last year he really struggled to play 90 minutes effectively. He has that. He’s maturing physically. He’s still young, 22 years old. He knows the league, knows the players and he’s doing a better job of getting forward.”

Donovan welcomed Juninho adding another dimension to the Galaxy's offensive arsenal.

“It makes it more difficult when teams put a lot more emphasis on David and [me], when he gets forward and can be effective in that way,” Donovan said. “It makes it difficult to defend us.”