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

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

  • Women's college soccer showcase set for Norco complex

    Women's college soccer showcase set for Norco complex

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jurgen Klinsmann's firing was a long time coming

    Jurgen Klinsmann's firing was a long time coming

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

  • Bruce Arena faces a major makeover wherever he goes

    Bruce Arena faces a major makeover wherever he goes

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

  • Robbie Keane latest star to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy

    Robbie Keane latest star to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy

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

  • Galaxy assistant coach Dave Sarachan is stepping down

    Galaxy assistant coach Dave Sarachan is stepping down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Steven Gerrard will not be back with Galaxy in 2017

    Steven Gerrard will not be back with Galaxy in 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Galaxy faces long winter after short playoff run

    Galaxy faces long winter after short playoff run

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

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

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

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

  • Colorado Rapids eliminate Galaxy from MLS playoffs in a shootout

    Colorado Rapids eliminate Galaxy from MLS playoffs in a shootout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jelle Van Damme has Galaxy on edge of playoff breakthrough

    Jelle Van Damme has Galaxy on edge of playoff breakthrough

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

  • L.A. Football Club's stadium is under construction and ticket deposits are being taken

    L.A. Football Club's stadium is under construction and ticket deposits are being taken

    The Los Angeles Football Club’s new home is a pit. But just give it time. Because in 16 months, the massive hole next to the L.A. Coliseum will be the site of Major League Soccer’s most expensive and luxurious soccer-specific venue. The 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium will be the centerpiece...

  • Irving Arvizu shows that playing soccer in high school remains a path to success

    Irving Arvizu shows that playing soccer in high school remains a path to success

    Watching Irving Arvizu move his feet back and forth during a soccer drill offers a little peek into the elite qualities he possesses. He’s a sturdy 6-feet-1, 170 pounds but quickly picks up speed like pushing the pedal to the metal of a sports car. “He’s a thoroughbred,” L.A. Cathedral Coach Arturo...

  • Galaxy's winning combination hasn't included captain Robbie Keane

    Galaxy's winning combination hasn't included captain Robbie Keane

    Over the last five MLS seasons, no player has scored more often than Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. Yet with the team’s title hopes on the line, Keane found himself on the bench twice in the last six days. “I can promise you Robbie is not happy with that,” Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said after Sunday’s...

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