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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...

  • 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,...

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

    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

    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

    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,...

  • Schweinsteiger aims to make Fire hot again in Chicago

    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

    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

    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 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?

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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 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

    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., 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

    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

    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

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • U.S. Soccer's new policy on national anthem will test players' convictions

    Maybe the protesters will be fined. Or suspended. Or exiled for the remainder of their careers. The next time a U.S. national soccer team player refuses to “stand respectfully” for the anthem, there will be consequences. Good. It’s not that athletes shouldn’t be allowed to take political stands....

  • 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 put up a fight before falling to Dallas in season opener

    The Galaxy took version 2.0 out of the box Saturday at the StubHub Center. And though there are still a few bugs in the software, the program worked better than many expected in a season-opening 2-1 loss to FC Dallas. “Very, very good starting point,” Coach Curt Onalfo said. “A lot of optimism....

  • 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...

  • Galaxy roster and schedule

    The Galaxy roster for opening day by position (*injured): Player | Ht. | Wt. | Age | Country GOALKEEPERS Clement Diop | 6-1 | 165 | 23 | France Jon Kempin | 6-1 | 170 | 23 | USA Brian Rowe | 6-1 | 185 | 28 | USA DEFENDERS Hugo Arellano | 5-11 | 166 | 18 | USA Ashley Cole* | 5-9 | 146 | 36...

  • 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...

  • Galaxy's Aguilar unsure of his place on the team — and in the country

    Miguel Aguilar never wanted to leave Mexico. “All I could think of was all my friends are here, all my cousins are here. I want to stay here,” he said of the day his mother bundled him and his brother Andres into a pickup pointed toward the U.S. border. It was Aguilar’s 11th birthday. Twelve years...

  • Injury woes mount for Galaxy; Ashley Cole could sit out a month

    The Galaxy headed into the off-season with several holes to fill in their midfield but with one of the strongest defenses in MLS. Yet now, a week before the regular-season opener, the back line has been decimated by injury while the midfield has been strengthened by three winter signings. The latest...

  • Wayne Shaw, the 'roly-poly goalie,' resigns from Sutton United amid sideline pie investigation

    Wayne Shaw was hungry, so he ate a meat pie. The problem with that is he did so while serving as a backup goalie for Sutton United during a Football Assn. Cup match against Arsenal — and with the knowledge that a betting company had 8-1 odds that he would grab a snack on the sideline during that...

  • Rise of MLS-affiliated 'lower league' is a win-win for players, teams

    Dom Dwyer is a 26-year-old forward with national team aspirations and a Western Conference-best 50 goals over the last three MLS seasons. Yet he says his career in the U.S. may have ended after a brief four-minute appearance if not for a league many casual soccer fans know little about. “I might...

  • Nerve problems put Rogers' Galaxy career on hold

    Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers said he considered retiring this winter after complications from a December operation left him without feeling in his left foot, a condition that continues to keep him off the field. “I definitely thought about it,” he said. “I thought, ‘What does this mean to my foot...

  • The Galaxy might start the season without Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Rogers

    The Galaxy appear likely to start the Major League Soccer season without two of their most important players as forward Gyasi Zardes and right back Robbie Rogers continue to rehab stubborn injuries less than three weeks before the team’s March 4 opener. Zardes, 25, underwent arthroscopic surgery...

  • Loyal assistant Dave Sarachan is the secret to Bruce Arena's success in soccer

    There are certain things that just go together. Hamburgers and fries, rice and beans, Batman and Robin. Any of them could have had a successful solo career. But they were so much better together. To that list you can add Bruce Arena and Dave Sarachan, the most successful coaching pairing in U.S....

  • At least 17 dead after stampede at Angola stadium

    A crowd stampeded at a football stadium in Angola on Friday, leaving at least 17 people dead and dozens injured.  The accident happened in the northwestern town of Uige when hundreds of people rushed toward one of the stadium gates, causing some to fall and be trampled underfoot, according to Angolan...

  • Galaxy escape with a 1-1 draw in a preseason exhibition

    A second-half goal from second-half substitute Jose Villarreal allowed the Galaxy to escape with a 1-1 draw in a preseason exhibition with Tijuana of Mexico’s Liga MX played in a steady mist at the StubHub Center. The Galaxy, who have undergone an extensive winter remake, were without regulars...

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