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Jack McBean scores twice, Galaxy beat Rapids, 3-1

Jack McBean scored two goals to double his career total and the LA Galaxy beat the Colorado Rapids 3-1 on Wednesday night. McBean gave the Galaxy (6-5-4) a 2-1 lead in the 63rd minute, streaking down the center of the box, taking a centering pass from Joao Pedro and hammering a shot past goalkeeper...

  • Galaxy's Open Cup game with Orange County Soccer Club could jump-start rivalry with LAFC

    Galaxy's Open Cup game with Orange County Soccer Club could jump-start rivalry with LAFC

    One of the more interested observers at Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup game between the Galaxy and Orange County Soccer Club will be a guy with no stake in the outcome. Because for John Thorrington, it’s not so much about who wins or loses, but rather how they play the game. As executive vice president...

  • Spanish state prosecutor charges Cristiano Ronaldo with tax fraud

    Spanish state prosecutor charges Cristiano Ronaldo with tax fraud

    A Spanish state prosecutor accused Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding Spain's tax office of $16.5 million in unpaid taxes on Tuesday. In a statement, Madrid's regional state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four accounts of tax fraud from 2011-14. It said the Portugal forward “took...

  • Why coach Bruce Arena and the U.S. players are so optimistic after tying Mexico

    Why coach Bruce Arena and the U.S. players are so optimistic after tying Mexico

    A draw is soccer’s way of separating the optimists from the pessimists. You didn’t win, but you didn’t lose either. You dropped two points, but you earned one. So is the glass half empty or half full? For the U.S. national team, there’s no debate. After Sunday’s 1-1 tie with Mexico in a rainy and...

  • With powerful foes ahead, U.S. needs to step up its attack

    With powerful foes ahead, U.S. needs to step up its attack

    Christian Pulisic can’t play alone. The 18-year-old is already the best player the United States has ever produced, but he isn’t the kind of attacker who will slalom through an entire defense on his own. There was only one Diego Maradona. Pulisic’s minimal influence in the U.S.’ 1-1 draw with Mexico...

  • Christen Press scores for U.S. in 1-0 victory over Norway

    Christen Press scores for U.S. in 1-0 victory over Norway

    Christen Press scored in the 60th minute to help the U.S. women’s national team beat Norway 1-0 on Sunday. It was her 42nd international goal. Mallory Pugh, a 19-year-old who earlier this year decided to go pro rather than play college soccer, injured her ankle in warmups, according to U.S. Soccer....

  • Battered Galaxy chasing history on the road in Washington

    Battered Galaxy chasing history on the road in Washington

    Bruce Arena is the winningest coach in national team history and, with three championships in eight full seasons with the Galaxy, the most successful MLS manager of all time as well. Curt Onalfo, his successor with the Galaxy, has coached just 12 games with the team. Yet Onalfo has a chance Saturday...

  • Goalkeeper Brian Rowe is the latest Galaxy starter sidelined by injury

    Goalkeeper Brian Rowe is the latest Galaxy starter sidelined by injury

    The Galaxy’s injury woes continued to mount Thursday with the team saying goalkeeper Brian Rowe will miss six to eight weeks with a groin injury. That comes a day after the team announced center back Daniel Steres will be out several weeks with a hamstring strain. As a result, the Galaxy flew to...

  • Wenger gets two-year deal to stay at Arsenal

    Wenger gets two-year deal to stay at Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger will stay on as Arsenal coach, earning a new two-year contract despite the north London soccer team’s missing out on Champions League qualification. Arsenal said the 67-year-old Frenchman secured the extension after a full review of the club’s activities “to identify areas for improvement...

  • Four soccer fans, unborn fetus die in Honduras during stampede at stadium

    Four soccer fans, unborn fetus die in Honduras during stampede at stadium

    Thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium on Sunday for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured, authorities said. A spokesman for University Teaching...

  • U.S. coach Bruce Arena calls up European-heavy roster for World Cup qualifiers

    U.S. coach Bruce Arena calls up European-heavy roster for World Cup qualifiers

    National team coach Bruce Arena has chosen a veteran 27-man roster for next month’s World Cup soccer qualifiers with Trinidad and Tobago as well as Mexico, with nine players coming off European clubs and six getting their first call-up of Arena’s six-month tenure as the U.S. coach. The U.S., fourth...

  • Galaxy come up big (offensively) in 4-2 victory at San Jose

    Galaxy come up big (offensively) in 4-2 victory at San Jose

    Forward Giovani dos Santos scored twice and the Galaxy defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 4-2 in an MLS game Saturday night for their third consecutive victory. The Galaxy trailed 1-0 after forward Chris Wondolowski scored in the 10th minute for his sixth goal this season. Midfielder Joao Pedro...

  • Friendly or not, loss to Croatia doesn't bode well for Mexico's coach

    Friendly or not, loss to Croatia doesn't bode well for Mexico's coach

    The last time the Mexican national team played in California, it was humiliated by Chile in the quarterfinals of the Copa America Centenario. The 7-0 score — Mexico’s worst loss in 88 years — was greeted with apocalyptic horror back home, with ESPN’s David Faitelson saying it “could mark this generation...

  • Arsenal wins third FA Cup in four seasons with 2-1 victory over Chelsea

    Arsenal wins third FA Cup in four seasons with 2-1 victory over Chelsea

    Arsene Wenger's turbulent year ended with a third FA Cup success in four seasons after Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to deny the English Premier League champion a double on Saturday. Aaron Ramsey was the match-winner, just like in the 2014 final, restoring Arsenal's lead in the 79th minute shortly after...

  • Road to success never ventured far from home for Galaxy's Gyasi Zardes

    Road to success never ventured far from home for Galaxy's Gyasi Zardes

    The high points of Gyasi Zardes’ life have been confined to a narrow sliver of land between Carson and Redondo Beach. At one end, Zardes bought his first house and started a family. At the other he made his Major League Soccer debut with the Galaxy, made his first start for the U.S. national team...

  • Mexico begins busy World Cup countdown with Coliseum friendly

    Mexico begins busy World Cup countdown with Coliseum friendly

    The Mexican national team’s road to next summer’s World Cup in Russia is a long one that will feature several stops along the way. The first of those comes Saturday at the Coliseum, where Mexico meets Croatia (5 p.m., FS1, Univision, UDN) in a friendly that kicks off a busy two months in which...

  • Injuries fail to slow down streaking Galaxy

    Injuries fail to slow down streaking Galaxy

    Injuries have decimated the Galaxy this season, testing the depth of a roster that was woefully thin to begin with. The latest to go down is central midfielder Baggio Husidic, who fractured his left fibula less than eight minutes into last weekend’s win over Minnesota United. He is the third starting...

  • LAFC's $30-million commitment to training complex at Cal State L.A. is third-highest in MLS history

    LAFC's $30-million commitment to training complex at Cal State L.A. is third-highest in MLS history

    LAFC’s plan to spend $30 million on a training complex on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles would make it the third-largest investment in a practice facility in Major League Soccer history. Only Atlanta United and Real Salt Lake, who spent $60 million apiece, invested more. Atlanta, which joined...

  • LAFC's $30-million commitment to training complex third-highest in MLS history

    LAFC's $30-million commitment to training complex third-highest in MLS history

    LAFC’s plan to spend $30 million on a training complex on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles would make it the third-largest investment in a practice facility in Major League Soccer history. Only Atlanta United and Real Salt Lake, who spent $60 million apiece, invested more. Atlanta, which joined...

  • An emotional victory for Manchester United

    An emotional victory for Manchester United

    A guttural roar of “Manchester, Manchester” thundered around the Friends Arena at the full-time whistle. Purely in soccer terms, Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Amsterdam’s Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday in Stockholm was a triumph of huge significance for England’s biggest club....

  • LAFC's $30-million plan for Cal State L.A. training site wins approval

    LAFC's $30-million plan for Cal State L.A. training site wins approval

    The Cal State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved an ambitious plan for the construction of a state-of-the-art soccer facility at Cal State L.A. that will become the headquarters and training home for the fledgling Los Angeles Football Club, which will join MLS next season. LAFC...

  • Lionel Messi loses Spanish Supreme Court appeal on tax-fraud conviction

    Lionel Messi loses Spanish Supreme Court appeal on tax-fraud conviction

    Lionel Messi has lost his appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court concerning his tax-fraud conviction. The court confirmed the 21-month prison sentence handed to Messi for defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from 2007 to 2009. He is not expected to go to prison because sentences...

  • Galaxy's Baggio Husidic to sit out several weeks because of a broken leg bone

    Galaxy's Baggio Husidic to sit out several weeks because of a broken leg bone

    The Galaxy extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 2-1 road win over Minnesota United on Sunday but the victory is proving to be a costly one, with the team losing midfielder Baggio Husidic to a broken leg bone. Midfielder Joao Pedro and center back Jelle Van Damme also limped off because...

  • Galaxy surprise U.S. Navy veteran with a college scholarship

    Galaxy surprise U.S. Navy veteran with a college scholarship

    U.S. Navy veteran Tamara Lindsay thought Friday would be like any other day, really. She was going to help the Galaxy and Habitat for Humanity build a home for a family in need, then probably go get something to eat and enjoy her evening. Little did she know. During the construction, Galaxy member...

  • Injury-time equalizer earns U.S. a point in Under-20 World Cup group play

    Injury-time equalizer earns U.S. a point in Under-20 World Cup group play

    After a goalkeeping blunder by Jonathan Klinsmann, teammate Luca de la Torre scored an injury-time goal Monday to give the United States a 3-3 draw against Ecuador at the Under-20 World Cup. The Americans conceded two early goals but managed to get back into the Group F match with a pair of strikes...

  • Galaxy win second straight, beat Minnesota United, 2-1

    Galaxy win second straight, beat Minnesota United, 2-1

    Giovani dos Santos scored and the Los Angeles Galaxy capitalized on Minnesota's own goal to beat expansion United 2-1 on Sunday. Christian Ramirez's own goal, his second in two matches, gave the Galaxy (4-5-2) a 2-1 lead in the 84th minute. Gyasi Zardes drew a free kick and Romain Alessandrini's...

  • Real Madrid wins first La Liga crown since 2012; Juventus clinches record sixth consecutive Serie A title

    Real Madrid wins first La Liga crown since 2012; Juventus clinches record sixth consecutive Serie A title

    Real Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time since 2012 with a 2-0 win over Malaga while Juventus clinched a record sixth consecutive Italian league title with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo scored two minutes into the...

  • USL's ambitious efforts paying off with rapid growth, 'great ownership'

    USL's ambitious efforts paying off with rapid growth, 'great ownership'

    Didier Drogba has appeared in three World Cups, played more than 250 games for Chelsea in the English Premier League and once delivered the game-winning penalty kick in a Champions League final. But this year, at age 39, he has taken on the biggest challenge of his career: He has agreed to spend...

  • Galaxy looking to jump-start Gyasi Zardes in Minnesota match

    Galaxy looking to jump-start Gyasi Zardes in Minnesota match

    It took Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo 10 games to get forward Gio dos Santos and midfielder Romain Alessandrini on the same page. But with the pair combining on three scores in the last two games, that’s a mission he can safely consider accomplished. “It takes time to understand chemistries, personalities,”...

  • Telemundo goes all out with Confederations Cup coverage

    Telemundo goes all out with Confederations Cup coverage

    Telemundo will send nearly 150 reporters, technicians, producers and other staff to Russia for next month’s Confederations Cup, the most significant commitment of resources the Spanish-language network has made to a soccer tournament in its 33-year history. The eight-team event, to be played in...

  • Galaxy break through on the road with 3-1 defeat of Red Bulls

    Galaxy break through on the road with 3-1 defeat of Red Bulls

    Romain Alessandrini scored two early goals a minute apart and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat New York 3-1 on Sunday night, ending the Red Bulls' 19-game home unbeaten streak. Los Angeles (3-5-2), which had scored the first goal just once this season and had only scored three times in the first half,...

  • Schweinsteiger aims to make Fire hot again in Chicago

    Between them, Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and his wife, tennis champion Ana Ivanovic, have competed on six continents and played in some of the most hallowed stadiums in the world. But they had never seen hockey in person until last month. “It was a cool experience,” Schweinsteiger...

  • Lionel Messi wins FIFA appeal, ban lifted

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi was cleared by FIFA on Friday to play in the next three World Cup qualifiers after a ban for insulting a referee's assistant was lifted. Messi already served one match of the four-match ban that was imposed when the FIFA disciplinary committee gave its ruling hours...

  • Galaxy draws with Philadelphia Union to extend winless streak to 16 games

    The Galaxy played a game they couldn’t afford to lose Saturday. So they didn’t. But they didn’t win either, battling the Philadelphia Union to a scoreless draw in a match that was as unattractive as it was unsatisfying for both sides. For the Union, the tie extended its winless streak to 16 games...

  • Jack McInerney happy to join an 'elite' team like the Galaxy after stints on several MLS teams

    Jack McInerney has changed teams four times in the last four seasons, an MLS tour that has seen him play on both coasts and in two countries. But the club he has always been most curious about is the Galaxy, the one he joined 11 days ago. “Throughout the world, people look at the Galaxy as an...

  • Has Arsene Wenger's time at Arsenal finally run out?

    Things have gotten so bad for Arsene Wenger that the embattled Arsenal manager can’t even look to the heavens for help anymore. When he glanced up during his team’s road loss to West Bromwich Albion last month, for example, he saw not clouds or blue skies, but rather two small planes circling the...

  • Galaxy's stumbling start puts pressure on Curt Onalfo

    The Galaxy have won five MLS Cups, played in 12 conference finals and made the postseason in each of the last seven seasons. So the team is no stranger to big games. Yet, Saturday’s showdown between the 10th-place Galaxy and winless Philadelphia at StubHub Center looms as one of the more important...

  • Galaxy's 'worst game' ends in 3-0 loss to Sounders

    The Galaxy may not have hit rock bottom Sunday. But they can sure see it from where they are after a dreadful performance against the Seattle Sounders, a 3-0 loss that left the team with five losses in seven games for the first time in two decades. “Everybody is disappointed. There’s nothing much...

  • Everton fan Speedo Mick raises both funds and eyebrows with his charity work

    The first sign things may have not been entirely right with Michael Cullen came the evening he turned to his wife and said, “I’m going to have a go at swimming the channel.” That would be the English Channel, the chilly, shark-infested body of water separating England from France. Cullen had about...

  • Will MLS champion Sounders turn around slow start of season against Galaxy, like they did last year?

    Only two teams have repeated as MLS Cup champions in the past 20 years, and the Seattle Sounders’ Stefan Frei, who tends goal for the reigning kings, thinks he knows why. “You have a very short off-season,” he said. “[And] all the teams are going to be gunning for you. But that’s what we’re facing....

  • Busy summer will provide opportunity for young Mexican players

    The Mexican national team played 15 games last year. It could play as many as 17 in a 60-day span beginning late next month, a jam-packed schedule that includes four friendlies, two World Cup qualifiers and two tournaments — the Confederations Cup in Russia and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the U.S....

  • Galaxy adds young forward McInerney to bolster scoring depth

    The Galaxy has acquired Jack McInerney, a 24-year-old forward who cleared waivers after scoring 43 goals for four MLS teams over the last seven seasons. He will join the Galaxy this week and the club says he will be available for selection for Sunday’s StubHub Center matinee with the defending...

  • Top recruit Pugh leaving UCLA soccer team

    Mal Pugh, who last summer became the youngest U.S. player to score a goal in Olympic soccer competition, is leaving UCLA to turn pro after playing just three spring games for the Bruins. Pugh, 18, who also scored in her international debut last year, enrolled at UCLA in the winter quarter and was...

  • Panama soccer player Amilcar Henriquez shot and killed leaving home

    Police in Panama say national team soccer player Amilcar Henriquez has been shot dead while leaving his home. The press chief for Panama's National Police says the killing happened Saturday in the country's Colon province. Authorities say a gunman shot the 33-year-old midfielder several times....

  • Orlando City strikes in stoppage time to defeat the Galaxy, 2-1

    The Los Angeles Galaxy were minutes from earning a road point when Cyle Larin scored one minute into stoppage time to give Orlando City a 2-1 victory on Saturday afternoon. Larin scored on a sliding volley off Will Johnson's corner kick for his fourth goal of the season. The dramatic victory was...

  • Bruce Arena reaching for the moon with call for a World Cup title in 2026

    Bruce Arena believes the U.S. will be doing more than just hosting the World Cup in 2026. In nine years, Arena says, the country could also be competing to win soccer’s biggest prize. “I think 2026 will be the time where we are going to start talking about winning a World Cup,” he said. Stranger...

  • Alessandrini making himself at home with Galaxy, MLS

    It’s been nearly two months since Romain Alessandrini left the comfort of Olympique de Marseille, his boyhood club in France, for the unknowns of the Galaxy and MLS. But that’s proved more than enough time to get acquainted with his new home and job. On the plus side, Alessandrini loves the weather...

  • Galaxy goalkeeper Dan Kennedy officially announces retirement

    Galaxy goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, one of the top keepers in Major League Soccer during his days with Chivas USA, officially announced his retirement from professional soccer Tuesday. A 2012 MLS All-Star, Kennedy played 10 MLS seasons, appearing with the New York MetroStars and FC Dallas in addition...

  • U.S., Mexico and Canada announce joint World Cup 2026 bid

    At a time when the political leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada are talking about barriers, the presidents of the soccer federations from the three countries joined in unity Monday, declaring their intention to submit an unprecedented three-nation bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup....

  • U.S., Mexico and Canada expected to announce joint bid for 2026 World Cup

    U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati will join his counterparts from the Mexican and Canadian federations on Monday for what is expected to be an announcement detailing plans for a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Gulati will appear with Canada’s Victor Montagliani and Mexico’s Decio...

  • Crystal Dunn scores twice again in U.S. women's rout of Russia

    After dropping two straight at the SheBelieves tournament, the U.S. women's national team rebounded with two dominant performances. Crystal Dunn had two goals for the second straight game, helping the U.S. cruise to a 5-1 win over Russia in an international exhibition game Sunday. “It's important...

  • For Bayern Munich's Mats Hummels, soccer success is a family affair

    Mats Hummels was a key player on the 2014 team that brought Germany its first World Cup championship in a generation. And this season he’s anchored a Bayern Munich defense that has conceded a league-low 15 goals in 28 games while closing in on what is certain to be an unprecedented fifth consecutive...

  • Romain Alessandrini’s early spark keys Galaxy victory over Montreal Impact

    The Galaxy honored four iconic players from the team’s illustrious past Friday at the StubHub Center. And it turns out Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Carlos Ruiz and Clint Mathis have more in common than just conference championships and MLS Cup appearances. None of the four ever played on a team...

  • Game against winless Montreal could help Galaxy start to regroup after rough start

    The Galaxy should thank their lucky stars for Real Salt Lake. Because without RSL to break their fall, the Galaxy would be in the Western Conference cellar heading into Friday’s game with the Montreal Impact at StubHub Center (7:30 p.m., Spectrum SN, Spectrum Deportes). As it is, the Galaxy (1-3)...

  • Whitecaps' second-half rally sinks healthy Galaxy, 4-2

    The MLS season is already a month old, but the Galaxy saw a couple of things Saturday that no has seen all year. The first was the return of defender Ashley Cole and forward Gyasi Zardes, who missed the first three games because of injury. Cole started and went 82 minutes while Zardes came off...

  • For his U.S. teammates, Christian Pulisic is a talent worth protecting

    When Jozy Altidore joined the U.S. national team as a precocious teenager a decade ago, some of his chores included carrying water bottles to training sessions and picking up equipment afterward. So now that he’s a veteran, Altidore was among those who made sure Christian Pulisic followed the same...

  • Lletget lost to Galaxy, national team for 4-6 months

    The Galaxy and the U.S. national team, both of which have been battered by injuries this spring, got more bad news Tuesday when it was determined that midfielder Sebastian Lletget will miss four to six months to recover from an injury to his left foot. The injury, sustained early in the U.S. team’s...

  • FIFA bans Lionel Messi for four World Cup qualifying games

    Lionel Messi has been banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifiers, starting with Tuesday's game in Bolivia. Messi was banned for “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” during a home qualifier against Chile on Thursday, FIFA said hours before kickoff in La Paz. “This...

  • U.S. return for a World Cup qualifier stirs haunting memories in Panama

    The banner headline in Panama’s leading newspaper got the mood, if not the vocabulary, right. Regresa el Fantasma, The Ghost Returns. But it’s not so much a ghost that has come back to Panama in the form of the U.S. national team as it is a haunting memory that never left in the first place. In...

  • Clint Dempsey returns from heart ailment to again become the heart of U.S. soccer team

    The team bus had left Avaya Stadium long before Clint Dempsey emerged from the U.S. locker room following Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Honduras in San Jose, leaving him to search for another ride back to the hotel. And though that was by chance rather than design — Dempsey was delayed after...

  • Bruce Arena hoping blue skies follow U.S. team to Panama

    A black cloud had descended over the U.S. national team heading into Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Honduras. That’s both literally and figuratively true. Literally because a persistent rain fell before, during and after the game, leaving Avaya Stadium as cold and bleak as a Dickens’ novel. ...

  • For U.S. soccer team, diagnosing an injury can be a matter of trust

    Imagine Stephen Curry twisting a knee while playing for the Golden State Warriors, then limping off to join the U.S. national team. Or Clayton Kershaw tweaking his elbow pitching for the Dodgers, then packing his bags to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. Wouldn’t happen, right? So then why were...

  • Crippled by injuries, U.S. looks to past for help in the present

    Much has changed since Tim Howard played in his first World Cup qualifier. “I had a lot more hair [then],” observed Bruce Arena, the coach who gave Howard his start. That was three World Cups, three coaching changes and 13 years ago. Howard, whose skull is now clean shaven, also had hair atop his...

  • Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake, 2-1, for their first win of the season

    Emmanuel Boateng found the inside of the net for what turned out to be the game-winner in the 74th minute and the Galaxy earned their first win of the year, 2-1, against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. Boateng's goal was set up by Romain Alessandrini who drew the defense around him on the right...

  • Mexican players finding comfort, success in Portugal

    When Mexican national team players began streaming into Europe a decade ago, most landed in the predictable places: The English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A. But in the last five years, Portugal’s Primeira Liga has emerged as a popular destination. Of the 11 European-based...

  • Soccer helped kick-start hockey careers for Kings' Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin

    Drew Doughty was just 15 when his parents asked him to make a decision that would affect the rest of his life: Did he want to pursue a career in soccer or hockey? “I was just as good at soccer as I was at hockey,” Doughty says now. “But living in Canada, it’s going to be tough to make it [in soccer]...

  • Galaxy will try to notch its first win of the season on the road without key players

    Gyasi Zardes has no trouble recalling the last time he played in a soccer game. “August 27,” he answers without hesitation. What he can’t remember with any certainty is the last time he went more than six months without playing in one. “Maybe high school?” the Galaxy forward guesses. “Like 10th...

  • Bruce Arena brings back some veterans for crucial World Cup qualifiers

    A dozen years have passed since Bruce Arena last called up a U.S. team for World Cup qualifying. Yet a few of the same names were on that roster and the one Arena summoned Wednesday for the next round of qualifiers, which begin next week. Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley, veterans...

  • Galaxy still winless after 1-0 loss to Timbers

    When Curt Onalfo took over as coach of the Galaxy in December, he promised to take the team in a new direction. Two games into the season he has delivered on that promise, just not in the way he had hoped. With Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers at StubHub Center, the Galaxy have started...

  • Galaxy's play for Zlatan Ibrahimovic built around more than money

    The Galaxy and Manchester United are separated by one ocean, $233 million in payroll — depending on who’s doing the math — and decades of soccer tradition. But the two teams have one thing in common: they’re both trying to sign Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And though the Galaxy’s bid seems...

  • Galaxy's depth to be tested with key players out of the lineup

    Galaxy Coach Curt Onalfo needed just one word to express his thoughts on the league’s decision to suspend two of his starters for Sunday’s game with the Portland Timbers. “Ridiculous,” he said. He had to call on a bit more of his vocabulary to explain how his team would respond to the disqualifications....

  • DACA recipient Miguel Aguilar signs with Galaxy II

    Midfielder Miguel Aguilar, who failed to make the Galaxy roster during a preseason trial this winter, signed with the MLS club’s USL affiliate Friday. Aguilar, taken by D.C. United in the first round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, played in 25 MLS games over two seasons before the Galaxy acquired...

  • Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy tests life after baseball as part owner of Phoenix soccer club

    It is not uncommon for an athlete to aspire to own a team after his playing days are over, but Brandon McCarthy already is an owner. The Dodgers pitcher is a minority owner of Phoenix Rising FC, a minor league soccer team here that has applied for membership in Major League Soccer. McCarthy, who...

  • Suspensions to Jones, Romney to test Galaxy's depth

    The Galaxy, already dealing with injuries to three key starters, were hit with more bad news Wednesday when the league handed down one-game suspensions for midfielder Jermaine Jones and defender Dave Romney. Jones was suspended for a challenge in the 17th minute of the Galaxy’s season opener with...

  • Barcelona pulls off historic Champions League comeback to defeat PSG

    Barcelona completed the biggest comeback in Champions League history by beating Paris Saint-Germain, 6-1, to reach the quarterfinals on Wednesday, scoring the decisive goal of a 6-5 victory on aggregate in the fifth minute of stoppage time. With Neymar on inspired form, Barcelona score three times...

  • Galaxy declines comment on record contract offer for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The Galaxy declined to comment Wednesday on a report that it has made a contract offer to Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Times reported last week that a high-ranking team official had confirmed the Galaxy made an MLS-record offer to a top European player, with Ibrahimovic and Bayer...

  • U.S. soccer team to open Gold Cup against Panama on July 8

    The U.S. will open this summer’s Gold Cup tournament against Panama before going on to meet Martinique and the winner of a Haiti-Nicaragua playoff in group play of the biennial regional soccer championship. The first-round U.S. games will be played in Nashville on July 8, Tampa, Fla., on July 12...

  • Megan Rapinoe says she will respect U.S. Soccer policy and stand for the national anthem

    Megan Rapinoe says she will respect a new U.S. Soccer Federation policy that says national team players “shall stand respectfully” during national anthems. The policy was approved last month but came to light Saturday before the U.S. women's national team lost to England in a SheBelieves Cup match....

  • MLS, boasting a number of contenders, has been getting younger and more exciting

    David Villa played 12 seasons in Spain’s first division, and he said that every year began the same way. “When the season starts, it’s impossible for 15 teams to get the trophy,” he said. That’s being optimistic, since Barcelona won the 20-team league eight times in the last 12 years and leads...

  • Galaxy opening MLS season with new recipe for success

    You can call the Galaxy a lot of things. Just don’t call them cheap. Management bristles at the mere whisper of the word. Sure, they concede, the team that will open the new season against FC Dallas on Saturday at the StubHub Center (1 p.m., Univision) will be younger, faster and, yes, less expensive...

  • Dan Kennedy ending career with Galaxy

    The Galaxy will be parting ways with goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, a team spokesman confirmed Saturday, bringing a disappointing end to the former Chivas USA star’s return to Southern California. Kennedy, 34, a nine-year Major League Soccer veteran from Yorba Linda, came to the Galaxy before last season,...

  • Galaxy's newest addition, Romain Alessandrini, seeks a fresh start in MLS

    Romain Alessandrini’s dream came true when he was still in grade school. Like most boys growing up in the French port of Marseille, he longed to play for the city’s storied soccer team. And when he was 10, the team invited him to join its youth academy. But 18 months ago, his hoped-for career in...

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