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  • Shallow MLS player pool continues to hamper national team

    Shallow MLS player pool continues to hamper national team

    When the United States won the right to play host to the 1994 World Cup, one condition was the country had to form a competitive, first-tier professional soccer league. Twenty-one years after its founding, Major League Soccer has delivered on only part of its promise. Yes, the league has grown...

  • Jordan Morris helps lift U.S. to 1-0 win over Jamaica

    Jordan Morris helps lift U.S. to 1-0 win over Jamaica

    Jordan Morris scored in the 59th minute to help lift the United States to a 1-0 victory over Jamaica on Friday night, giving Bruce Arena the first win of his second stint as national team coach.  With the U.S. scoreless streak at 280 minutes, Benny Feilhaber took a 20-yard pass from Dax McCarty...

  • U.S. national team can't escape real-world politics in wake of Trump's executive order

    U.S. national team can't escape real-world politics in wake of Trump's executive order

    Sports are supposed to offer a relief from politics, except, of course, if the sport in question is soccer. In that case, the sport is impossible to separate from the outside world, as U.S. national team midfielder Sacha Kljestan was reminded Sunday. The U.S. played against Serbia, his father’s...

  • Bruce Arena is pleased with U.S. team despite 0-0 tie with Serbia

    Bruce Arena is pleased with U.S. team despite 0-0 tie with Serbia

    During his last 8 1/2 seasons as coach of the Galaxy, Bruce Arena prowled the sideline like a caged animal, gesticulating at his players and growling at officials. But in his return to the national team Sunday, he stood calmly at the end of his team’s dugout, one foot on the end of the bench, quietly...

  • Galaxy agrees to deal for French midfielder Romain Alessandrini

    Galaxy agrees to deal for French midfielder Romain Alessandrini

    The Galaxy finally got its man Sunday, completing a deal to acquire midfielder Romain Alessandrini from French club Marseille. Although the Galaxy declined to comment on the transfer Sunday, the team is expected to call a news conference for the middle of this week to introduce Alessandrini, who...

  • Galaxy's new midfielder Joao Pedro is fitting in already

    Galaxy's new midfielder Joao Pedro is fitting in already

    Joao Pedro had never set foot in the U.S. before Saturday. But he had already seen so much of the country on TV, when he got off the plane everything seemed familiar. “I see a lot of movies. All kinds of movies,” said Pedro, a Portuguese midfielder who joined the Galaxy this week. “I like comedy...

  • Galaxy opens training camp with a new boss and a new outlook

    Galaxy opens training camp with a new boss and a new outlook

    Plastic sheeting covered the floor and furniture in the players’ lounge adjacent to the Galaxy locker room on Friday and the smell of fresh paint wafted into the hallways. A new landlord had taken over the property and he was not shy about redecorating. “It’s a new team,” said Curt Onalfo, who...

  • Diversity, talent on the rise in U.S. women's soccer

    Diversity, talent on the rise in U.S. women's soccer

    Growing up in a bedroom community across the East River from Manhattan, Crystal Dunn was often the only African American on her school and club soccer teams. Casey Short, who was raised two years and 800 miles away in suburban Chicago, had the same experience. So did Lynn Williams, who is from...

  • Steven Gerrard returns to Liverpool academy as coach

    Steven Gerrard returns to Liverpool academy as coach

    Former Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard has returned to where his soccer career began, joining Liverpool as a coach at the club’s Kirkby academy. Gerrard, who served as captain for Liverpool and the English national team, joined the Liverpool academy as a 9-year-old and went on to play 17 Premier...

  • Galaxy sign Portuguese midfielder while making flexible plans for the summer

    Galaxy sign Portuguese midfielder while making flexible plans for the summer

    The Galaxy signed Portuguese midfielder Joao Pedro on Thursday, likely ending the team’s pursuit of Aruban international Gregor Breinburg and Villarreal’s Jonathan dos Santos. For now. According to a report on the team website, the Galaxy is preparing to sign defender Jelle Van Damme to a multiyear...

  • Galaxy sign Jermaine Jones, other deals in works

    Galaxy sign Jermaine Jones, other deals in works

    The Galaxy signed national team midfielder Jermaine Jones on Wednesday, completing their first major acquisition of the winter. More could be the way though. The Galaxy is expected to announce Thursday that it has signed João Pedro, a 23-year-old Portuguese midfielder. And rumors of a deal with...

  • Debut is 14 months away, but LAFC already working on being 'the best'

    Debut is 14 months away, but LAFC already working on being 'the best'

    The last time John Thorrington put together a soccer team, he was choosing sides with some junior high school friends in a Palos Verdes schoolyard. So in his current job as executive vice president of soccer operations for the fledgling Los Angeles Football Club, he’s not shy about asking for help....

  • Galaxy send A.J. DeLaGarza to Houston Dynamo, prepare for additional roster moves

    Galaxy send A.J. DeLaGarza to Houston Dynamo, prepare for additional roster moves

    The Galaxy cut ties with their longest-tenured active player Friday when they dealt defender A.J. DeLaGarza to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for $175,000 in allocation money. DeLaGarza, 29, made 204 regular-season appearances in eight seasons with the Galaxy, winning three MLS Cups. Only four...

  • Jurgen Klinsmann trying to stay positive after November firing by U.S. soccer team

    Jurgen Klinsmann trying to stay positive after November firing by U.S. soccer team

    The last time Jurgen Klinsmann was seen in a public setting, he was seated behind a flimsy card table in Costa Rica’s national stadium, fending off pointed questions about his future with the U.S. soccer team. Less than a week later he was fired, ending a 5½-year roller-coaster ride in which the...

  • Galaxy to open, close MLS season with conference rival FC Dallas

    Galaxy to open, close MLS season with conference rival FC Dallas

    The Galaxy will welcome expansion club Minnesota United to the StubHub Center and will also play home games against New York City FC, Montreal and MLS Cup finalists Seattle and Toronto, according to the 2017 scheduled released by the league Thursday. The Galaxy will open and close against preseason...

  • StubHub Center: It's the Galaxy's world, Chargers will just play in it

    StubHub Center: It's the Galaxy's world, Chargers will just play in it

    Although the Chargers will call the StubHub Center home the next two seasons, Major League Soccer’s Galaxy will remain the stadium’s main tenant. “The Galaxy is the main priority for StubHub Center,” said Brendan Hannan, the director of communication for the facility. “The Chargers’ NFL schedule...

  • Bruce Arena gets U.S. national team soccer camp off to good start

    Bruce Arena gets U.S. national team soccer camp off to good start

    Michael Bradley has played for three coaches with the U.S. national team, one of whom was his father, Bob Bradley. But family ties notwithstanding, Bradley made little effort Wednesday to hide his enthusiasm over Bruce Arena’s return as manager. “I’m very excited to be back playing for Bruce,”...

  • Galaxy fills out its coaching staff

    Galaxy fills out its coaching staff

    Galaxy Coach Curt Onalfo filled out his first-team coaching staff Tuesday, naming former Seattle Sounders Coach Ante Razov and LA Galaxy II assistant Rob Becerra to the squad and promoting Daniel Gonzalez from Galaxy II to the first team as goalkeeper coach. The three men replace associate head...

  • World Cup expands to 48 teams for 2026 and U.S. is a likely host

    World Cup expands to 48 teams for 2026 and U.S. is a likely host

    The World Cup is getting bigger. And it may be coming back to the U.S. too. On Tuesday the FIFA Council, the ruling body for world soccer’s governing organization, unanimously approved a plan to expand the quadrennial tournament from 32 to 48 teams by 2026. The field will be divided into 16 three-team...

  • Galaxy quiet on pursuit of Jonathan dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini

    Galaxy quiet on pursuit of Jonathan dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini

    The Galaxy refused to comment Monday on reports the team was pursuing midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, the younger brother of current Galaxy designated player Gio dos Santos. “It’s our policy not to comment on players who aren’t under contract,” team spokesman Brendan Hannan said. The Galaxy’s interest...

  • FIFA awards: Carli Lloyd, Cristiano Ronaldo repeat as world's best

    FIFA awards: Carli Lloyd, Cristiano Ronaldo repeat as world's best

    Carli Lloyd of the United States has won her second straight FIFA's best woman player award.  Lloyd beat Olympic gold medalist Melanie Behringer of Germany and five-time winner Marta of Brazil.  Lloyd says “I honestly was not expecting this.”  Germany did win the women's coaching awards as Silvia...

  • Bruce Arena embraces challenge of national team job

    Bruce Arena embraces challenge of national team job

    Each morning, Bruce Arena makes the same 15-minute drive from Manhattan Beach to StubHub Center that he has made for the last eight years. He parks in the same lot, walks the same hallways and sits behind a desk in a new office nearly identical to the old one, which is only 10 paces away. Yet,...

  • Omar Gonzalez enjoying life — and success — after leaving Galaxy

    Omar Gonzalez enjoying life — and success — after leaving Galaxy

    Omar Gonzalez never wanted to leave his team. Or his home. The Galaxy drafted him out of college, turned him into an MLS rookie of the year and helped him become the league’s top defender, a four-time Best XI selection and a World Cup starter. Southern California is where he bought his first house,...

  • Bruce Arena's first national team roster marks break from the Jurgen Klinsmann era

    Bruce Arena's first national team roster marks break from the Jurgen Klinsmann era

    Bruce Arena called 32 MLS players into winter camp with the U.S. national team Thursday, among them Galaxy attackers Sebastian Lletget and Gyasi Zardes. The three-week camp, the first of Arena’s second term as national team coach, will begin Tuesday at StubHub Center and conclude with frendlies...

  • Exodus from Galaxy continues but team is preparing a response

    Exodus from Galaxy continues but team is preparing a response

    Most of the attention this Galaxy off-season has focused on the people leaving StubHub Center rather than on those coming in. That exodus continued Wednesday when U.S. Soccer confirmed that four Galaxy assistants will follow Bruce Arena to the national team. Less than two hours later, forward...

  • Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath are among 29 players called up by women's national soccer team

    Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath are among 29 players called up by women's national soccer team

    Coach Jill Ellis has called 29 players into the first women’s national soccer team training camp of 2017, to be held Jan. 13-23 at the StubHub Center. The roster is topped by Carli Lloyd, a world player of the year candidate; midfielders Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Morgan Brian; forwards Crystal...

  • U.S. national Coach Bruce Arena raids Galaxy staff for four assistant coaches

    U.S. national Coach Bruce Arena raids Galaxy staff for four assistant coaches

    Bruce Arena is taking his top four Galaxy assistant coaches with him to the U.S. national team, naming former Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan, assistants Pat Noonan and Kenny Arena — the coach’s son — and goalkeeper coach Matt Reis to the U.S. team staff Wednesday, a move that had been expected...

  • Swansea debacle proves Bob Bradley never had a chance

    Swansea debacle proves Bob Bradley never had a chance

    Bob Bradley’s hiring by a struggling Swansea City club last fall was supposed to resolve a vexing question: could an American coach in the English Premier League? His sacking Monday, 11 games and 85 days later, came too quickly to provide an answer. What seems certain, however, is the quick hook...

  • NASL exploring expansion to San Diego, Orange County

    NASL exploring expansion to San Diego, Orange County

    The financially troubled North American Soccer League could be adding teams in San Diego and Orange County as early as this summer. Peter Wilt — who led the Chicago Fire to an MLS Cup title as team president and general manager, then helped put an NASL team in Indianapolis — said Wednesday that...

  • Former USA coach Bob Bradley fired by Swansea after less than three months

    Former USA coach Bob Bradley fired by Swansea after less than three months

    American coach Bob Bradley was fired as Swansea manager on Tuesday, less than three months after taking charge at the English Premier League club.  Swansea announced Bradley's departure a day after the team's 4-1 home loss to West Ham.  Bradley won two of his 11 games in charge after replacing...

  • Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashed after running out of fuel, investigation finds

    Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashed after running out of fuel, investigation finds

    Colombian aviation authorities said Monday that an airliner that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel before it could land. Seventy-one people died in the Nov. 28 accident.  A statement by the Civil Aeronautics agency said the conclusion was based on the plane's black...

  • Antonio Conte has given Chelsea a season worth celebrating

    Antonio Conte has given Chelsea a season worth celebrating

    Under normal circumstances, attending the holiday office party isn’t considered a particularly noble act. But when you’re the head coach of the Chelsea Football Club, there are no such things as “normal circumstances.” So when Antonio Conte became the first manager in six years to show up and share...

  • U.S. women finish 2016 atop FIFA rankings

    U.S. women finish 2016 atop FIFA rankings

    The women’s national team probably won’t have a collecting bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer heading into the new year, but it will have another No. 1 world ranking, beating out Olympic champion Germany for the top spot in the new poll. The U.S. won all six of its games since the last FIFA...

  • Argentina finishes 2016 No. 1 in FIFA poll

    Argentina finishes 2016 No. 1 in FIFA poll

    Argentina will finish 2016 ranked No. 1 in the FIFA world soccer rankings, one spot ahead of Brazil and two places ahead of reigning World Cup champion Germany. Chile, which won its second consecutive Copa America title over Argentina this summer, remains fourth followed by Belgium, Colombia, France...

  • New Galaxy coach making the most of his chances

    New Galaxy coach making the most of his chances

    All Curt Onalfo wanted was another chance. He had coached the Kansas City Wizards to the conference semifinals in his first two years, only to get fired halfway into his third. Hired by D.C. United, he lasted just halfway into the next season before getting sacked again, leaving him with an MLS...

  • Soccer star Neymar explains how Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi saved his career

    Soccer star Neymar explains how Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi saved his career

    Barcelona superstar Neymar has a lot of admiration for teammate Lionel Messi. “Not long after I arrived [at Barcelona], I wasn’t in a great moment in my career and he was a person who helped me,” Neymar told CNN. “He saw that I was sad, with my head down, that things weren’t going right for me.”...

  • Having a new coach won't make the Galaxy more attractive to soccer fans

    Having a new coach won't make the Galaxy more attractive to soccer fans

    The Galaxy have always been bold. When every other franchise in Major League Soccer was a tenant, the Galaxy built a stadium. When the league had a shortage of high-profile players, the team signed David Beckham. This was the club of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, of Cobi Jones and Jorge Campos....

  • Galaxy select Curt Onalfo as new coach to replace Bruce Arena

    Galaxy select Curt Onalfo as new coach to replace Bruce Arena

    When Curt Onalfo joined Bruce Arena on the Galaxy coaching staff five years ago, the goal was to learn as much as possible from the man many considered to be the best coach in U.S. Soccer. Turns out he got a lot more than that, with the Galaxy choosing Onalfo to succeed Arena as head coach of Major...

  • Christiano Ronaldo wins again

    Christiano Ronaldo wins again

    After giving a European Championship title to Portugal and another Champions League trophy to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo ends 2016 with something just for himself: his fourth world player of the year award.  Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or award, which this year is being handed out by France...

  • Galaxy taking a new approach to team-building in busy off-season

    Galaxy taking a new approach to team-building in busy off-season

    You couldn’t blame Galaxy President Chris Klein if he felt abandoned as he prepared for the busiest stretch of the MLS off-season this week. Last month, Bruce Arena, the team’s coach and general manager, left for the U.S. national team. Days earlier, the Galaxy parted company with captain Robbie...

  • Sounders win their first MLS Cup by defeating Toronto in shootout

    Sounders win their first MLS Cup by defeating Toronto in shootout

    Roman Torres scored in the sixth round of penalty kicks to give the Seattle Sounders their first MLS Cup title, 5-4 over Toronto FC after 120 scoreless minutes Saturday night.  It was the first MLS Cup final to fail to produce a goal in regulation, setting the stage for a dramatic tiebreaker.  ...

  • Brian Schmetzer's Cinderella season in Seattle ends with a title

    Brian Schmetzer's Cinderella season in Seattle ends with a title

    The clock never struck midnight for Brian Schmetzer and his Seattle Sounders. The coach never turned back into a pumpkin, the glass slipper fit perfectly and so did the crown after a penalty-kicks 5-4 win over Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final Saturday. Do you believe in fairy tales? Because there’s...

  • Los Angeles Football Club reaches player-development deal with OC Blues

    Los Angeles Football Club reaches player-development deal with OC Blues

    The expansion Los Angeles Football Club, which will join Major League Soccer for the 2018 season, has reached a multiyear player-development deal with the Orange County Blues of the third-tier United Soccer League. Both teams are expected to formerly announce the agreement Wednesday morning. The...

  • Landon Donovan retires from Major League Soccer, again

    Landon Donovan retires from Major League Soccer, again

    Landon Donovan is retiring – again – Galaxy President Chris Klein said Tuesday, ending a brief but successful two-month return to Major League Soccer in September. “With Landon, when he came back, it was always going to be a short-term thing,” said Klein, a former teammate of Donovan’s, both with...

  • Galaxy's Dos Santos, Van Damme named to MLS Best XI

    Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme and midfielder Giovani dos Santos were named to Major League Soccer’s postseason all-star team Monday after a year in which they led the team to the Western Conference semifinals. Van Damme, 33, came to MLS last winter from Belgian team Standard Liege and went on...

  • USC wins its second women's soccer national title, beating top-ranked West Virginia

    Mandy Freeman admits she was more than a little skeptical when Keidane McAlpine showed up at USC in 2013 with a plan to take a women’s soccer program that had lost 33 games and a coach in three seasons to an NCAA title within the next three years. “We were in a bad place,” Freeman, then a freshman,...

  • Path to soccer title game came after USC players decided to take a knee

    Despite all that Keidane McAlpine has accomplished with the USC women’s soccer team this season — winning 18 games and a spot in Sunday’s NCAA championship game for just the second time in school history — he says one of his proudest moments as a coach was a private one that took place in a locker...

  • Brazilian tragedy unites the soccer world in sorrow

    There was supposed to be a soccer game in Medellin, Colombia, last Wednesday. Instead Atletico Nacional and thousands of its fans filed into a packed stadium to pay homage to the Brazilian club they were scheduled to play. Before last week, few people outside Brazil knew much about Chapecoense,...

  • USC advances to College Cup final with 1-0 win over Georgetown

    Katie Johnson’s goal in the 60th minute Friday gave the USC women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Georgetown and put the Trojans in the College Cup final for the second time. USC (18-4-2) will face West Virginia on Sunday at Avaya Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated North Carolina, 1-0, in the...

  • Toronto FC outlasts the Impact to advance to MLS Cup final

    Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts scored two minutes apart in extra time and Toronto FC advanced to the MLS Cup final, outlasting the Montreal Impact, 5-2, in the rain Wednesday night for a 7-5 aggregate victory.  It took extra time and 12 goals to decide the two-leg Eastern Conference final....

  • Soccer players killed in plane crash were from Brazilian team dubbed 'South America's Cinderella'

    In a country of soccer heroes, Chapecoense was a team of unlikely upstarts. The club, from the tiny agro-industrial city of Chapeco in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, was playing in the fourth division — the equivalent of baseball’s low minor leagues — less than a decade ago. But...

  • Los Angeles Galaxy begins transition with hiring of a new general manager

    The Galaxy officially entered the post-Bruce Arena era Monday, selecting Peter Vagenas to fill the general manager position vacated by Arena last week while also accelerating their search for a new coach. But even if the foundation for the new Galaxy is built on the success and the club culture...

  • Galaxy promote Peter Vagenas to general manager

    The Galaxy needed less than a week to fill their vacancy at general manager, naming Peter Vagenas, the team’s vice president of soccer operations, to replace the departed Bruce Arena on Monday morning. The team has scheduled an 11 a.m. conference call during which President Chris Klein will formally...

  • Sounders continue surprising turnaround by earning trip to MLS Cup final

    Jordan Morris' sensational rookie season was in jeopardy when he was sick to his stomach Friday. He's feeling a lot better after his performance Sunday.  Morris scored in the 56th minute and the Seattle Sounders advanced to their first MLS Cup, beating the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, on Sunday in the...

  • Jurgen Klinsmann's reforms may shape U.S. Soccer long after fired coach's departure

    When Jurgen Klinsmann took over the national team, he wasn’t interested in making modest tweaks. He wanted to lead a revolution. New training methods and a more dynamic playing style were needed. A youth developmental system had to be reemphasized, and some of the team’s most enduring and iconic...

  • Injury woes continue for Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany

    It is estimated that 35 separate injuries have kept Vincent Kompany out for a total of 2 1/2  years since he joined Manchester City in 2008.  Now, the unlucky defender could be facing another six weeks on the sidelines.  Kompany visited a specialist in Barcelona this week after damaging ligaments...

  • Steven Gerrard retires while Wayne Rooney is now Manchester United's all-time scoring leader

    After an illustrious playing career full of remarkable comebacks alongside jarring Premier League lows, Steven Gerrard is done.  The 36-year-old Gerrard, who won every major club honor with Liverpool apart from the English title, said Thursday he was retiring from soccer after an 18-year professional...

  • Women's college soccer showcase set for Norco complex

    Hundreds of the nation’s top female soccer players are expected to gather in Norco on Friday for the first day of a three-day college showcase. More than 140 registered teams from all over the western U.S. are scheduled to compete before more than 100 coaches from 16 conferences and more than three...

  • U.S. falls four spots in November FIFA world rankings

    The U.S. soccer team tumbled four spots, to No. 28 overall, in FIFA’s latest world rankings released Thursday. Mexico and Costa Rica, the two countries that beat the U.S. in World Cup qualifiers this month, swapped places, with Costa Rica moving to 17th overall and Mexico sliding to 18th. There...

  • Q&A with Bruce Arena: 'The savior in this project are the players, not me'

    Two World Cup appearances with the national team and five MLS titles with D.C. United and the Galaxy make Bruce Arena the most successful soccer coach in U.S. history. Now he faces his biggest challenge: trying to get the U.S. team to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Arena returned to the national...

  • U.S. Soccer goes back to the future with Bruce Arena hiring

    A decade ago, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati decided Bruce Arena wasn’t the man to lead the national team anymore and declined to renew his contract as head coach. On Tuesday, Gulati had a chance of heart, prying Arena away from the Galaxy to rescue a struggling U.S. program in danger of missing...

  • Five things Bruce Arena must do after taking over the U.S. soccer team

    Bruce Arena was introduced as the new coach of the U.S. national soccer team Tuesday morning. But the news that he would replace Jurgen Klinsmann wasn’t really news to anyone, including Arena, who has just four months to get the U.S. ready for the next round of World Cup qualifiers in March. Here...

  • U.S. Soccer names Bruce Arena new men's national team coach

    U.S. Soccer formally announced Bruce Arena’s return as national coach Tuesday. Arena, who has been the Galaxy’s coach and general manager for more than eight seasons, replaces Jurgen Klinsmann, who was fired Monday after 5½ years with the national team. "When we considered the possible candidates...

  • Fans hide out in bathroom for chance to see Manchester United play Arsenal

    What would you do to see your favorite team play a big rivalry game? For USC and UCLA supporters, that meant staying out late for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff and braving Rose Bowl traffic before and after the game. Fans of No. 3 Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State are left to ponder to what ends financially they...

  • Jurgen Klinsmann out, Bruce Arena likely in as U.S. soccer coach

    Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as coach of the U.S. national soccer team Monday, a victim of both heightened expectations and poor performances that have the U.S. in danger of missing the World Cup for the first time in more than three decades. Klinsmann is expected to be replaced by Bruce Arena, the...

  • Jurgen Klinsmann's firing was a long time coming

    Jurgen Klinsmann never realized his bold ambition of introducing an attacking mentality to the U.S. national team, but that’s not why he was fired Monday. He was fired because he was incompetent. If U.S. Soccer was certain Klinsmann would get the team back to the World Cup, he would still be the...

  • Bruce Arena faces a major makeover wherever he goes

    In the midst of the panic swirling around the U.S. national team and the exodus underway with the Galaxy, the man whose name has wound up in the middle of both situations has chosen to remain quiet. “I’m quite comfortable being in the background,” Bruce Arena said Friday. Maybe. But that won’t...

  • Robbie Keane latest star to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy

    Robbie Keane confirmed Thursday that he will not return to the Galaxy next season, ending one of the most productive partnerships between a player and team in MLS history. Keane joined the Galaxy late in the 2011 season and went on to register 92 MLS goals and 51 assists while helping the Galaxy...

  • Galaxy assistant coach Dave Sarachan is stepping down

    Longtime Galaxy assistant Dave Sarachan is leaving the team to pursue other coaching opportunities, he said Wednesday. “I don’t have anything specific lined up. I just felt like this was the right time,” said Sarachan, 62, who was Bruce Arena’s assistant for three years with the national team and...

  • It's hard to see Jurgen Klinsmann pulling U.S. out of this hole

    If there’s been one constant in Jurgen Klinsmann’s five-year reign atop the U.S. national soccer team, it’s inconsistency, with every invigorating high followed by a devastating low. In his second full year as U.S. coach, Klinsmann won 16 games — 13 of them in a row — and compiled a .761 winning...

  • USA Soccer needs to move Klinsmann out, Arena in — now

    It’s time for Bruce Arena to come back. Not to the Galaxy. To the national team. Taking a step back by replacing Jurgen Klinsmann with the former U.S. manager would count as two steps forward at this point. That’s how dysfunctional the team has become under Klinsmann. The problems manifested themselves...

  • U.S. suffers embarrassing loss to Costa Rica, 4-0, in World Cup qualifier

    Juergen Klinsmann’s post-game news conference was only three questions old when he was asked the one that was on everybody’s mind: Is he the right man to lead the U.S. national team to another World Cup? “Um, I think so,” Klinsmann responded quietly. There will be some who disagree with that assessment...

  • Steven Gerrard will not be back with Galaxy in 2017

    Steven Gerrard’s short visit to MLS is over, with the former Liverpool and English national team captain saying Tuesday that he will not be back in 2017. The announcement was not a surprise since Gerrard’s 18-month deal with the Galaxy – one that paid him approximately $9 million – ended when the...

  • U.S. is in hostile territory for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica

    The last time the U.S. men’s national soccer team came to Costa Rica for a World Cup qualifier, it was greeted at the airport by a large, unruly crowd that hurled insults and eggs at the team bus. Dozens more angry fans waited outside the team hotel. No local club would allow the Americans to use...

  • U.S. undefeated in regulation play for 2016 after 5-0 win

    It was an eventful year for the U.S. women's national team off the field, with Hope Solo's suspension after the Rio Olympics, lawsuits over the expiring collective bargaining agreement and Megan Rapinoe's protest during the national anthem dominating the headlines.  But in their final match of...

  • U.S. men's soccer team faces a tough task in Costa Rica

    Trying to handicap World Cup qualifying can be a little like trying to predict a presidential election: Nothing seems to go the way it’s supposed to go on paper. In the South American tournament, for example, Argentina, ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA, is sixth in the standings after 11 games....

  • Former Pepperdine star Lynn Williams off to fast start with national team

    When Lynn Williams was first called up by the women’s national soccer team last month, she wasn’t sure whether she should ask her new teammates for advice or for autographs.  “I don’t want to give myself away, but I definitely was in awe,” said Williams, a former Pepperdine All-American. “When...

  • U.S. Soccer Federation on Donald Trump: ‘We’ll work with him’

    The U.S. Soccer Federation hasn’t decided if it will bid for the rights to stage the 2026 World Cup. And if it does, federation President Sunil Gulati said Friday, he hasn’t decided if he’ll invite Mexico or Canada — or both — to join him in a joint bid. What Gulati and the federation have decided,...

  • U.S. falls to Mexico, 2-1, in World Cup qualifier

    Mexico came to Columbus to looking to make both history and a statement Friday. And it did just that, recording a 2-1 victory over the United States in a World Cup qualifier that sent Mexico soaring and the U.S. reeling. The win was Mexico’s first in 15 years in cozy —– and chilly — Mapfre Stadium,...

  • Christen Press nets hat trick in U.S. exhibition rout of Romania

    As the season winds down, Coach Jill Ellis wants the Americans winging it and making adjustments on the fly to keep pressure on opponents from all angles and every spot on the field.  That task came fairly easily against Romania.  Christen Press had her fourth career hat trick by the 38th minute,...

  • U.S.-Mexico World Cup qualifier is a clash of the past and the present

    The U.S. has played Mexico four times in Columbus’ cozy Mapfre Stadium since 2001 and not only have the Americans never lost there, they haven’t even given up a goal, winning all four games by identical 2-0 scores. So earlier this week U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann invited three players from that...

  • Election results bring 'added layer' to U.S.-Mexico World Cup qualifier

    Like most Americans, Michael Bradley was glued to the television watching election results deep into Wednesday morning. But unlike most Americans, Bradley is captain of the U.S. national soccer team that begins the final round of World Cup qualifying Friday. It’s the first major competition for...

  • Galaxy's Alan Gordon is called up to national team for World Cup qualifiers

    Galaxy forward Alan Gordon was called up by the U.S. national team Tuesday, replacing the Seattle Sounders’ Jordan Morris. Gordon, 35, was expected to join the team Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico. The U.S. plays again Nov. 15 in Costa Rica. Gordon...

  • Galaxy faces long winter after short playoff run

    The Galaxy’s season may have ended in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Colorado Rapids, but Monday was still a work day for team President Chris Klein and Bruce Arena, the coach and general manager. And both have a lot of work to do because next year’s team is likely to look a lot different than the...

  • MLS playoffs: Sounders advance to West finals; Impact to play Toronto FC for East title

    The Seattle Sounders advanced to the Western Conference finals on Sunday night, winning the two-leg series 4-2 after falling 2-1 in the second game.  Seattle will host the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Game 1 of the conference finals. Dallas, the Supporters Shield winner, was just the third...

  • Colorado Rapids eliminate Galaxy from MLS playoffs in a shootout

    The Galaxy didn’t so much lose Sunday as they were beaten. Physically, mentally and emotionally, the Galaxy’s season seemed to come to an end before their playoff series with the Colorado Rapids did. And fittingly it was a series that ended in the most frustrating way possible, with the Rapids...

  • U.S roster for World Cup qualifiers a mix of young, old

    The U.S. heads into the final round of World Cup qualifying this week with a 26-man roster featuring a mix of youth and experience. The team Coach Juergen Klinsmann chose Sunday includes 15 players who have been part of a World Cup roster -- among them goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has been on three...

  • Pulisic facing an age-old problem with U.S. national team

    If Juan Agudelo knew as a teenager what he knows now, his soccer career might have unfolded differently. Agudelo was 17 when he got his first international goal, making him the youngest scorer in modern U.S. national team history. That was six years ago. Since then, Agudelo has started just seven...

  • Jelle Van Damme has Galaxy on edge of playoff breakthrough

    Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme speaks four languages and understands a couple more, which is natural for someone who grew up in Belgium. While his English vocabulary remains a work in progress, he’s already mastered a number of colorful — if unprintable — terms for use in the team’s pregame huddle....

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