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New Americans Dom Dwyer, Kenny Saief join U.S. soccer squad for Gold Cup

Recent U.S.-eligible players Dom Dwyer and Kenny Saief were among those named Sunday to the 23-man roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Dwyer became a U.S. citizen in March and Saief had his change of his allegiance from Israel to the U.S. granted last week. They join Cristian Roldan and Kelyn Rowe...

  • Curt Onalfo may have saved Galaxy's season — and his job — with one substitution

    Curt Onalfo may have saved Galaxy's season — and his job — with one substitution

    Curt Onalfo wasn’t even nine games into his stint as the Galaxy’s new coach, yet it looked as if he was already headed toward the exit. His team hadn’t won in a month. Two weeks earlier a pair of players had refused to shake his hand after being subbed off. And now, with the Galaxy down by two...

  • Galaxy pull off tie with Houston with little to spare

    Galaxy pull off tie with Houston with little to spare

    The stoppable object met the movable force Saturday at the StubHub Center. So it was fitting the Galaxy and Houston Dynamo played to a 2-2 tie. Mauro Manolas and Alberth Elis scored for Houston while the Galaxy got scores from Emanuel Boateng and Romain Alessandrini, the second coming four minutes...

  • A.J. DeLaGarza's homecoming gives ex-Galaxy star a chance for closure

    A.J. DeLaGarza's homecoming gives ex-Galaxy star a chance for closure

    A.J. DeLaGarza insists he doesn’t hold any grudges. But you would understand if he did. After eight seasons and 204 games played with the Galaxy, the team reneged on assurances not to trade DeLaGarza in January, abruptly selling him to the Houston Dynamo for allocation money just a week before...

  • Russia provides a poor setting for a celebration of sport

    Russia provides a poor setting for a celebration of sport

    The Confederations Cup, the quadrennial dress rehearsal for soccer’s World Cup, opened Saturday in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg. It’s not a milestone many find worth celebrating. The start of the two-week, eight-nation tournament is FIFA’s final blessing of the...

  • LAFC nearing deal for Mexican international Andres Guardado

    LAFC nearing deal for Mexican international Andres Guardado

    The Los Angeles Football Club, poised to enter Major League Soccer next season, is nearing agreement on a four-year contract with Andres Guardado that would make the Mexican international the first major signing in franchise history, confirmed a league official who was not authorized to discuss...

  • Galaxy hoping for boost from Gyasi Zardes as they aim to end home slump

    Galaxy hoping for boost from Gyasi Zardes as they aim to end home slump

    North Carolina was still celebrating its NCAA basketball title and Clayton Kershaw had pitched a season total of seven innings the last time the Galaxy won a game at home. Easter was still nine days away. The Houston Dynamo are in an even deeper slump. The last time they won on the road, presidential...

  • Busy Galaxy earns another game with Open Cup victory

    Busy Galaxy earns another game with Open Cup victory

    Depth was a worry for the Galaxy even before the first whistle blew this season. Then came a rash of injuries that sidelined nine starters for multiple games, doing little to ease that concern. Now comes arguably the biggest test for the team’s battered roster: a run of seven games in 20 days,...

  • 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....

  • Key block preserves DC United's 0-0 draw with Galaxy

    Key block preserves DC United's 0-0 draw with Galaxy

    Ashley Cole deflected a hard shot in front of the goal in the final minute of stoppage time to preserve D.C. United's 0-0 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night. Cole dove to block Ian Harkes' attempt from the center of the box, earning a hardy pat on the back from goalkeeper Jon Kempin....

  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice to help Real Madrid retain Champions League title against Juventus

    Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice to help Real Madrid retain Champions League title against Juventus

    Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his enduring lethal scoring qualities to ensure Real Madrid became the first Champions League holder to retain its title, netting twice in beating Juventus 4-1 on Saturday. In an exceptional career in which he keeps rewriting the record books, Ronaldo is the first player...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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,...

  • U.S. World Cup bid moves forward —  but did FIFA reforms take a step back?

    The U.S. moved a big step closer to landing the 2026 World Cup during last week’s FIFA Congress in Bahrain. But at the same time, the organization that governs world soccer may have taken a step back from its pledge of transparency and reform. — Although the ruling council voted to extend the...

  • Galaxy hope to carry momentum into Red Bulls' match

    The Galaxy didn’t win a game last weekend. But they may have turned a corner. And for coach Curt Onalfo, that counts as major progress. “I think we became a team,” he said after Thursday’s early afternoon training session at StubHub Center. “I felt it. You could see it, see the energy.” Whether...

  • Antonio Conte makes the right moves to help Chelsea clinch Premier League title with win at West Brom

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has had the golden touch in his first season in the English Premier League, all the way through to the title-clinching game. With Chelsea scoreless at West Bromwich Albion on Friday and looking like squandering the first of three opportunities to regain the trophy,...

  • Juninho's homecoming started long before his return to StubHub Center

    Is it possible to become homesick for a place that’s not your home? Juninho thinks so. A year ago, the Brazilian midfielder left the Galaxy for Tijuana in Mexico’s Liga MX, a move that marked a step up in class, a doubling of his salary and a chance to grow as a player. There was just one problem:...

  • Championships give Cristiano Ronaldo the edge over Lionel Messi as the greatest of all time

    This is really embarrassing, but I have a confession to make. For years I’ve used this space to hail Lionel Messi as the world’s best soccer player. Consider this declaration I wrote in 2012: “He is, simply, the best soccer player of all time.” I wasn’t alone in that assessment. “For me,” former...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Galaxy Coach Curt Onalfo seeks solutions, not excuses, when it comes to problems

    If Curt Onalfo has mastered anything three games into his first season as Galaxy coach, it’s the ability to view negatives as positives. And that’s a good trait to have when you’re managing a team that has had twice as many starters lost to injury (six) as goals scored (three). The Galaxy didn’t...

  • FIFA sends 1,300-page corruption investigation to Swiss attorney general

    FIFA has sent 1,300 pages of internal investigation reports into suspected bribery and corruption to Switzerland's attorney general. However, FIFA said Friday it was legally barred from publishing the full reports or commenting on the evidence or conclusions. The documents complete a 22-month...

  • Arena's hands-off approach was turning point for U.S. soccer team

    In a sport that thrives on structure and discipline, Bruce Arena says he has just one rule. “Be on time. That’s the rule,” the coach of the U.S. national team said. “Be on time and be respectful.” Technically that’s two rules, but you get the point. With Arena, personal responsibility and character...

  • Words really can't describe the bizarre bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at his namesake airport in Portugal

    Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has been honored with an international airport named after him: Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo, which was officially renamed during a ceremony on Wednesday. The Real Madrid striker also was, um, honored with a bust at the Portugal airport. It looks like this: Ronaldo,...

  • U.S. ties Panama, 1-1, to earn one point in CONCACAF World Cup qualifier

    The U.S. national team’s once-rocky road to next summer’s World Cup in Russia has smoothed out considerably in the last five days, with Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Panama giving the Americans added confidence and a hard-earned point, keeping them in the middle of the CONCACAF standings four games into...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

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