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For much of Europe, soccer season is again a battle for second place

European soccer’s top leagues have been ruled by super clubs for much of the past decade. Bayern Munich has won the past five Bundesliga titles in Germany, Juventus has captured the past six crowns in Italy’s Serie A, and Barcelona and Real Madrid have combined to win 12 of the past 13 championships...

  • Carlos Vela happy — but lonely — as LAFC's first designated player

    Carlos Vela happy — but lonely — as LAFC's first designated player

    The Los Angeles Football Club introduced its first designated player Friday morning during a raucous event at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. But when co-owner Will Ferrell was asked to present forward Carlos Vela with his team jersey, the comedian approached the stage empty-handed....

  • Morocco challenges North America with 2026 World Cup bid

    Morocco challenges North America with 2026 World Cup bid

    North America has a late challenge from North Africa in the contest to host the 2026 World Cup. Morocco also will bid for the tournament, with its announcement coming on FIFA’s deadline day on Friday. The last-minute move takes on the joint bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Morocco...

  • Galaxy bank $500,000 in allocation funds for Arriola

    Galaxy bank $500,000 in allocation funds for Arriola

    The Galaxy received $500,000 in MLS allocation money from DC United on Thursday in exchange for the rights to midfielder Paul Arriola. Arriola, a former Galaxy academy player, returns to MLS from Tijuana of Mexico’s Liga MX. The Galaxy held Arriola’s MLS rights because they offered him a contract...

  • Brazil takes No. 1, U.S. moves up nine spots in latest FIFA rankings

    Brazil takes No. 1, U.S. moves up nine spots in latest FIFA rankings

    The United States climbed nine spots to 26th in the FIFA rankings after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. had dropped 12 places to 35th in the July rankings, one above the Americans' low in July and August 2012. Much of that drop was attributable to a devaluation of points from last year's...

  • Players from Mexican national team ignore their coach, join MLS

    Players from Mexican national team ignore their coach, join MLS

    Juan Carlos Osorio pulled a chair up to the breakfast table, pointed a fork at his inquisitor and cleared up a misunderstanding before cleaning up his eggs. “I was misquoted as saying I don’t like the MLS,” the Mexican national team coach said this spring. “No. I never said that. I said it’s a...

  • LAFC makes Mexico's Carlos Vela the team's first designated player

    LAFC makes Mexico's Carlos Vela the team's first designated player

    Los Angeles Football Club is still seven months from its Major League Soccer debut, but the franchise laid the cornerstone of its foundation Tuesday when it agreed to contract terms with Mexican national team forward Carlos Vela. Vela, 28, has played the last six seasons for Real Sociedad of Spain’s...

  • Bayern Munich launches U.S. fan survey

    Bayern Munich launches U.S. fan survey

    Bayern Munich would like to ask you a question. Several questions, in fact. The German soccer powerhouse, which claims 27 million supporters in the U.S., has launched a survey to find out when its American fans became part of the Bayern family, how long they’ve followed the team, how they consume...

  • Two killed in stampede at South Africa soccer stadium

    Two killed in stampede at South Africa soccer stadium

    Fans at a soccer match in a South African stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final tried to push through the gates on Saturday, causing a stampede that killed two people. One person was critically injured and 16 others had minor injuries in the accident at FNB Stadium in the Soweto area of...

  • Bob Bradley to tackle assignment of melding fantasy with reality for LAFC

    Bob Bradley to tackle assignment of melding fantasy with reality for LAFC

    In retrospect, the plan was borderline genius. Before the Los Angeles Football Club had any players, it started to sell its brand. What it was really selling was an idea, specifically the idea that this franchise would be different from any other franchise in Major League Soccer. The blank roster...

  • Jordan Morris strikes Gold for U.S.

    Jordan Morris strikes Gold for U.S.

    When the final whistle sounded on Wednesday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final, Bruce Arena pumped his fist, then turned to his assistants and smiled. As celebrations go it was a muted one, especially because Arena was commemorating more than just a win, he was making history as well by becoming the first...

  • Manchester City routs Real Madrid 4-1 in front of Coliseum soccer record 93,098

    Manchester City routs Real Madrid 4-1 in front of Coliseum soccer record 93,098

    Real Madrid plays in a stadium nearly 6,000 miles away under a French coach and with a superstar from Portugal. Yet each summer, it doubles as America’s team. Since the inception of the International Champions Cup five years ago Real Madrid has drawn the two largest crowds in U.S. soccer history,...

  • Galaxy agree on a deal with Jonathan dos Santos

    Galaxy agree on a deal with Jonathan dos Santos

    The Galaxy have reached agreement on a deal to bring Mexican national team midfielder Jonathan dos Santos to MLS, where he will be reunited with older brother Giovani. According to Goal.com, which first reported the move, the Galaxy will pay a $5-million transfer fee to Villarreal for Dos Santos,...

  • U.S., Jamaica have something to prove in Gold Cup final

    U.S., Jamaica have something to prove in Gold Cup final

    The last time Bruce Arena and Theodore Whitmore faced each other across a soccer field, Arena was two games into his second stint as coach of the U.S. national team and Whitmore was three games into his second stretch as Jamaica’s manager. That was five months ago and a lot has changed since then....

  • Zinedine Zidane looks to add to coaching success with Real Madrid

    Zinedine Zidane looks to add to coaching success with Real Madrid

    Less than three years ago, Zinedine Zidane was starting his coaching career after retiring as one of the most celebrated players in soccer history, taking over Real Madrid’s B team. Fast forward to 2017, and Zidane is on his way to becoming one of the most successful coaches in European soccer...

  • The Gold Cup is often a springboard to the World Cup for best U.S. players

    The Gold Cup is often a springboard to the World Cup for best U.S. players

    Stuart Holden has a soft spot for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. “I love this tournament,” the Fox Sports broadcaster and former national team midfielder said. “Any time you put on the national team jersey, it’s an opportunity.” Holden’s first opportunity came in the 2009 Gold Cup and he made the most...

  • Manchester City bets big on global expansion of its brand and sport

    Manchester City bets big on global expansion of its brand and sport

    When Claudio Reyna played for Manchester City more than a decade ago, it was less a soccer club than a disaster. Just two years removed from the second-tier Football League when Reyna arrived, City lost 48 times in his three full seasons there, narrowly escaping relegation again in 2006. So it...

  • Jamaica’s best shot is stunner for Mexico

    Jamaica’s best shot is stunner for Mexico

    For a decade and a half, the U.S. and Mexico have been the region’s unchallenged soccer powers. The Americans have won the last three World Cup-qualifying tournaments, a competition Mexico leads this year. Mexico has won three of the last four Gold Cups, beating the U.S. in the final twice. But...

  • Manchester City FC hosts Manchester City Soccer Festival in East L.A.

    Manchester City FC hosts Manchester City Soccer Festival in East L.A.

    Manchester City FC made a stop in East Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, hosting the Manchester City Soccer Festival. Hundreds of fans flocked to McDonnell Avenue to compete in skills competitions, win prizes and potentially catch a glimpse of their favorite Manchester City star. Members of the...

  • U.S. to play for Gold Cup title after Dempsey sparks win

    U.S. to play for Gold Cup title after Dempsey sparks win

    Quietly, quickly and methodically, Bruce Arena has remade the U.S. national team in his image. Eight months into his second term as coach, the dispirited team Arena inherited is now resilient, confident and more than a little bit cocky. But most of all it is successful, with Saturday’s 2-0 victory...

  • Galaxy finds no easy victory in New England, loses to the Revolution 4-3

    Galaxy finds no easy victory in New England, loses to the Revolution 4-3

    Teal Bunbury scored twice, Diego Fagundez had three assists and the New England Revolution beat the Galaxy 4-3 on Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Bunbury gave New England (6-9-5) a 3-2 lead in the 70th. His pass down the right side led Kelyn Rowe, who played a perfect cross to...

  • Gold Cup longshots closing gap on powerhouses

    Gold Cup longshots closing gap on powerhouses

    The latest edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup began earlier this month the same way it always does, with a 14-team field full of unlikely longshots such as Canada, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Curacao and Martinique. And if Mexico can get past Jamaica in Sunday’s semifinal at the Rose Bowl (FS1, Univision,...

  • Costa Rica believes it has found an edge in Gold Cup semifinals with U.S.

    Costa Rica believes it has found an edge in Gold Cup semifinals with U.S.

    The U.S. is unbeaten, unabashed and largely untested four games into the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Which wasn’t completely unexpected. But the Americans have also been uncertain and uncreative at times. And those are just two of the faults Costa Rican coach Oscar Ramirez hopes to capitalize on in Saturday’s...

  • Galaxy seek to stop slide in New England in must-win match

    Galaxy seek to stop slide in New England in must-win match

    It’s been a roller-coaster season for the Galaxy, one that’s included an eight-game unbeaten streak, followed by a four-game losing streak. But on Saturday in New England, the team could see its car come off the rails completely if it can’t manage at least a point against the lowly Revolution (4:30...

  • Mexico will face Jamaica in Gold Cup semifinals

    Mexico will face Jamaica in Gold Cup semifinals

    A goal by Rodolfo Pizarro just over three minutes into the game was all the offense Mexico could muster, but it was enough for a 1-0 victory over Honduras on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. While its offense bogged down, Mexico survived several near-misses by Honduras...

  • Galaxy are getting healthy to start second half of MLS season

    You know it has been a tough season when a three-goal loss is considered a sign of progress. But that’s exactly where the Galaxy are after Saturday’s exhibition loss to Manchester United. “I thought it was a real positive experience,” coach Curt Onalfo said. The biggest positive was the return...

  • Galaxy's Jelle Van Damme, Giovani dos Santos named to MLS all-star team

    Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos and defender Jelle Van Damme were selected Tuesday for the MLS All-Star team that will play Spanish superclub Real Madrid on Aug. 2 in Chicago. They were named to the team by Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunović, supplementing players chosen for the game in...

  • Police arrest Spanish Football Federation president in anti-corruption probe

    Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was arrested Tuesday along with his son and three more federation executives as part of an anti-corruption probe. Spain's Guardia Civil said in a statement that Villar, his son Gorka Villar, and three other soccer officials were detained...

  • Reunion with Bruce Arena has Gyasi Zardes confident that his struggles are over

    When Gyasi Zardes was named last month to the U.S. team for the Gold Cup, it raised a few eyebrows — but little concern — around the Galaxy. Zardes, a forward, was mired in the longest goalless drought of his career. He had managed only one assist and five shots on goal in 12 games. Even Dave...

  • Mexico beats Curacao to win CONCACAF Group C

    Angel Sepulveda and Edson Alvarez scored and Mexico held on to beat Curacao 2-0 on Sunday night at the Alamodome to win Group C in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and continue its bid for a fourth championship in five years. Mexico advanced to face Honduras in the quarterfinals Thursday night in Glendale,...

  • U.S. adds veterans back onto its Gold Cup team roster

    A day after the U.S. won its group in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament, coach Bruce Arena made six changes to his 23-man roster ahead of Wednesday’s quarterfinal game in Philadelphia. The U.S. won’t know its next opponent until Group C play is concluded late Sunday. Goalkeepers Tim Howard...

  • No place like home, but U.S. helps put the $ in Manchester United coffers

    Manchester United’s sprawling, tree-lined training ground in suburban Carrington, England, is, by all accounts, among the best facilities in soccer. Behind its well-guarded walls are 14 fields, a gymnasium, indoor running tracks, squash and basketball courts, underwater treadmills, a sauna, seven...

  • Gold Cup: U.S. tops Nicaragua 3-0 to win group

    Matt Miazga scored on a closer-range header from Graham Zusi's corner kick in the 88th minute, giving the United States first place in its CONCACAF Gold Cup group with a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua on Saturday night. Panama's 3-0 win over Martinique meant the U.S. needed a three-goal win to move...

  • Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho finds a second home at UCLA

    Jose Mourinho’s college career included one day in business school and five years at the Technical University of Lisbon, from which he earned a diploma in sports science. But if he had to pick a favorite school, it would probably be UCLA. The Manchester United coach has spent more time on the Westwood...

  • Costa Rica advances to Gold Cup quarterfinals with 3-0 win

    Costa Rica assured itself of a spot in the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup by posting a 3-0 win over French Guiana on Friday night at Frisco, Texas. Ariel Rodriguez scored in the fourth minute, and Rodney Wallace and David Ramirez added insurance goals late in the second half. The result...

  • While Galaxy wait, Jose Mourinho holds door open for Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return to Man United

    While the Galaxy anxiously await Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s signature on a contract, the Swedish superstar’s former boss, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho, said Friday he’s not so sure Ibrahimovic is ready to move on. “We are speaking,” he said. “We are exchanging ideas.” Ibrahimovic sustained a...

  • Galaxy's matchup vs. Manchester United comes at inopportune time

    Saturday’s StubHub Center friendly between Manchester United and the Galaxy couldn’t come at a better time for the visitors — or at a worse time for the home team. The iconic Premier League club opened preseason training at UCLA this week. So coach Jose Mourinho is looking at the exhibition, as...

  • Gold Cup: Mexico, Jamaica play to scoreless draw

    Mexico and Jamaica played to a 0-0 tie Thursday night and remained on track to advance to the knockout round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexico dominated possession in front of 49,121, the largest crowd to attend a soccer match at Sports Authority Field. Playing without coach Juan Carlos Osorio,...

  • Galaxy reportedly close to record deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The Galaxy may be nearing a deal with Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic that would make the former Manchester United striker the highest paid player in MLS history. The team sidestepped questions about possible negotiations, saying only that “the LA Galaxy are always looking for players who...

  • Chuck Blazer, disgraced soccer executive who set off global scandal, dies at 72

    Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled FIFA President Sepp Blatter, died Wednesday. He was 72. Blazer’s death was announced by his lawyers, Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan. At a November 2013 court hearing...

  • Martinque rallies, but Morris' second goal pushes U.S. to 3-2 win

    Jordan Morris’ second goal of the game broke a tie in the 76th minute, and the United States edged tiny Martinique 3-2 Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Gold Cup after wasting a two-goal lead against a team that is not even a member of FIFA. Failing to break through in the first half, the U.S. built...

  • Canada, Costa Rica tie 1-1; Honduras may win by forfeit

    Alphonso Davies and Francisco Calvo each scored first-half goals, and Canada and Costa Rica tied 1-1 on Tuesday night at Houston. Davies gave Canada a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute and Calvo drew Costa Rica even with a header three minutes before halftime. Canada and Costa Rica are tied in Group...

  • Wondolowski's pair helps Earthquakes beat Galaxy in U.S. Open Cup play

    Chris Wondolowski scored once in each half and Danny Hoesen also scored as the host San Jose Earthquakes beat the Galaxy 3-2 on Monday in a quarterfinal game of the U.S. Open Cup. Jelle Van Damme opened the scoring for the Galaxy in the fourth minute, nodding in a header off a corner kick for his...

  • Galaxy sign Pele (no, not that one)

    After Steven Gerrard’s contract ran out last winter, the Galaxy said they were done signing over-aged, big-name foreign players. Then on Monday they agreed to terms on a contract with Pele. Only it’s not the Pele you’re probably thinking of. The player the Galaxy obtained is Pele van Anholt, a...

  • CONCACAF's Gold Cup campaign to silence fans' chanted slur gets off to a slow start

    CONCACAF took on an unbeaten foe Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. And it got routed. The ruling confederation for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean used the opening-round games of its biennial Gold Cup tournament to launch the latest campaign intended to stamp out the offensive...

  • Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio has gathered plenty of wins — and criticism

    By his own reckoning, Juan Carlos Osorio should be out of a job by now. “At this level, you as a manager are three defeats away from crisis,” the coach of Mexico’s national team said this spring. “If I was in another country, maybe they would allow me three defeats. In Mexico, no. Probably one...

  • Open Cup game gives Galaxy chance to mend mind, bodies

    The exhausted and injury-ravaged Galaxy need rest more than anything else during their two-week midseason break from MLS play. But on Sunday morning, just five days into their vacation, the players found themselves clambering aboard a JetBlue flight to San Jose for Monday night’s U.S. Open Cup...

  • U.S. held to 1-1 tie by Panama in Gold Cup opener

    Dom Dwyer scored for the second straight game but Miguel Camarago's goal gave Panama a 1-1 tie Saturday against the United States, the first time the Americans failed to win their opener in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. After scoring in his U.S. debut last weekend against Ghana, the England-born Dwyer...

  • Young Galaxy suffers growing pains in first half of MLS season

    To say the first half of the MLS season hasn’t gone according to plan for the Galaxy is obvious. And a bit misleading. Obvious because the team didn’t set out to have a losing record and be three points out of a playoff spot heading into the league’s two-week Gold Cup break. But misleading because...

  • FIFA suspends Mexico's coach from Gold Cup

    Mexico is holding most of its top players out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and now it will play the 12-team tournament without its coach as well after FIFA suspended Manager Juan Carlos Osorio for six games on Friday for his actions in the third-place match of the Confederations Cup last week in Russia....

  • San Jose Earthquakes player rescued from Lake Tahoe emerges from coma

    The San Jose Earthquakes say Matheus Silva has emerged from a coma, two days after the Brazilian defender was rescued from Lake Tahoe. Silva, who was playing this season for Reno 1868 FC, struggled while swimming at a Fourth of July gathering. He was pulled from the water by teammates and bystanders...

  • Bruce Arena returns to bigger, better Gold Cup with an inexperienced roster

    The last time Bruce Arena coached in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the field included South Africa and Colombia, attendance averaged less than 14,000 a game and the U.S. won the title on a penalty kick from a 24-year-old Brad Davis following 120 scoreless minutes against Panama. That was a dozen years...

  • U.S. drops 12 spots to No. 35 in FIFA rankings

    The U.S. men’s national soccer team hasn’t lost since Bruce Arena took over as coach in December, has climbed from last to third in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table and played Mexico to a 1-1 draw on the road last month. But none of that has paid off in the FIFA world rankings, where the...

  • Real Salt Lake scores five unanswered goals in 6-2 victory over Galaxy

    No team in MLS history has won more home games than the Galaxy, who have never had a losing record in 21 years split between the Rose Bowl and StubHub Center. However, this season that script has been flipped, leaving the Galaxy feeling like strangers in a place they once ruled. The latest example...

  • Curt Onalfo faces tough decisions in picking a lineup for injury-riddled Galaxy

    In picking a starting lineup for Tuesday’s game with Real Salt Lake, Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo would be well served by first considering who can’t play before deciding who should. Captain Jelle Van Damme is out because of a suspension. Forwards Gio dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes are on international...

  • Germany wins Confederations Cup with 1-0 victory over Chile

    Germany's experimental young side overcame street-wise Chile to win a bruising Confederations Cup final 1-0 on Sunday, vindicating Joachim Loew's decision to leave most of his world champions at home. The only goal in St. Petersburg came in the 20th minute from the 28-year-old Lars Stindl, who...

  • Portugal beats Mexico in extra time for third place in Confederations Cup

    Portugal fought back from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in extra time in the Confederations Cup third-place game on Sunday. Facing defeat at the end of the 90 minutes, Portugal sent the game into extra time with Pepe's volley. Adrien Silva won it with a 104th-minute penalty following Miguel Layun's...

  • Earthquakes score in stoppage time to beat Galaxy, 2-1

    Shea Salinas scored off the crossbar in stoppage time to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night. Salinas put in a strike from the right side for his first goal of the year and a victory before 50,617 fans at Stanford Stadium. He came into the...

  • How much is too much on the summer soccer schedule?

    Give a couple of tournament organizers eight days, 50 states and hundreds of hours of TV time to work with and you think they’d be able to stay out of each others’ way, right? Apparently not. At least not in the case of this month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the continent’s biennial international championship...

  • Depleted Galaxy will try to notch a win in tough environment against Earthquakes

    Curt Onalfo was succinct when asked what kind of shape the Galaxy is in for Saturday night’s Cali Clasico, a match against the San Jose Earthquakes that is expected to draw a crowd of at least 50,000 in Stanford Stadium. “We’re depleted,” the first-year coach said. Giovani dos Santos, the Galaxy’s...

  • 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...

  • Germany, Chile advance to Confederations Cup semifinals

    World champion Germany reached the Confederations Cup semifinals on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Cameroon in Sochi, Russia, that had a player sent off after confusion with experimental video replays. Germany was leading through Kerem Demirbay's 48th-minute strike when Cameroon had Sebastien Siani...

  • Sporting Kansas City tops Galaxy 2-1

    The home miseries of the Galaxy were perfectly encapsulated in one play, 23 minutes into their game Saturday. Sporting Kansas City’s Roger Espinoza sent a harmless shot from 25 yards that went directly to goalie Clement Diop. In his effort to bat the ball down, Diop missed and watched the ball...

  • Referee organization working to level the field for women

    One of the greatest compliments Christina Unkel received in her long career as a soccer official came the time a player addressed her as “sir.” “It’s weird thing,” she said. “They’re like, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry.’ I’m like, ‘No, it’s great. I’m glad you forgot that I’m a girl. That’s helpful. That means...

  • Mexico beats Russia to advance to Confederations Cup semifinal

    Host nation Russia fought valiantly but could not avoid early elimination at the Confederations Cup after a 2-1 loss to Mexico on Saturday in Kazan, a result that secured the Mexicans a place in the semifinals of the World Cup warmup tournament. Portugal also advanced from Group A after beating...

  • Galaxy can't figure out why they play like visitors at home

    Home may be where the heart is, but it certainly hasn’t been where the wins are for the Galaxy this season. And that’s becoming cause for concern. “We have to win now at home,” said midfielder Romain Alessandrini, the team’s leading scorer. “We are good on the road, but we have to take points at...

  • Injuries continue to hamstring, hobble and hinder Galaxy this season

    Daniel Steres is used to watching Galaxy home games from the center of the field. But he watched the last one from the grandstand. Same with midfielders Sebastian Lletget and Baggio Husidic. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe and midfielder Jermaine Jones watched from a luxury box. It’s a trend, because over...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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....

  • Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos named to Mexico's Confederations Cup roster

    Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos was selected Thursday to Mexico’s 23-man roster for the Confederations Cup tournament in Russia, which kicks off June 17. Also named to the team was Dos Santos’ brother Jonathan, a midfielder for Spanish club Villarreal; forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Mexico’s...

  • Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos omitted from Mexico's Gold Cup roster

    Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos was not included on the 40-man roster Mexico released Wednesday for July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, meaning if he does play for the national team this summer it will likely be in World Cup qualifiers with Honduras on Thursday and the U.S. on Sunday, followed by the eight-team...

  • Clint Dempsey would rather get a win than a record in World Cup qualifier

    For a soccer player as accomplished as Clint Dempsey, asking him to choose a favorite international goal can be a little like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. The answer you’ll most likely get is “they’re all special in their own way.” Plus Dempsey, who has scored 56 times for the national...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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...

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