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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...

  • Galaxy beginning a new chapter without A.J. DeLaGarza

    Galaxy beginning a new chapter without A.J. DeLaGarza

    The first sign something was wrong, A.J. DeLaGarza said, was the missed call on his cellphone. The Galaxy defender, the last remaining link to Bruce Arena’s first MLS Cup championship club in Carson, had been assured he wouldn’t be traded in the off-season. Now he had an urgent message to call...

  • Shallow MLS player pool continues to hamper national team

    Shallow MLS player pool continues to hamper national team

    When the United States won the right to play host to the 1994 World Cup, one condition was the country had to form a competitive, first-tier professional soccer league. Twenty-one years after its founding, Major League Soccer has delivered on only part of its promise. Yes, the league has grown...

  • Jordan Morris helps lift U.S. to 1-0 win over Jamaica

    Jordan Morris helps lift U.S. to 1-0 win over Jamaica

    Jordan Morris scored in the 59th minute to help lift the United States to a 1-0 victory over Jamaica on Friday night, giving Bruce Arena the first win of his second stint as national team coach.  With the U.S. scoreless streak at 280 minutes, Benny Feilhaber took a 20-yard pass from Dax McCarty...

  • U.S. national team can't escape real-world politics in wake of Trump's executive order

    U.S. national team can't escape real-world politics in wake of Trump's executive order

    Sports are supposed to offer a relief from politics, except, of course, if the sport in question is soccer. In that case, the sport is impossible to separate from the outside world, as U.S. national team midfielder Sacha Kljestan was reminded Sunday. The U.S. played against Serbia, his father’s...

  • Bruce Arena is pleased with U.S. team despite 0-0 tie with Serbia

    Bruce Arena is pleased with U.S. team despite 0-0 tie with Serbia

    During his last 8 1/2 seasons as coach of the Galaxy, Bruce Arena prowled the sideline like a caged animal, gesticulating at his players and growling at officials. But in his return to the national team Sunday, he stood calmly at the end of his team’s dugout, one foot on the end of the bench, quietly...

  • Galaxy agrees to deal for French midfielder Romain Alessandrini

    Galaxy agrees to deal for French midfielder Romain Alessandrini

    The Galaxy finally got its man Sunday, completing a deal to acquire midfielder Romain Alessandrini from French club Marseille. Although the Galaxy declined to comment on the transfer Sunday, the team is expected to call a news conference for the middle of this week to introduce Alessandrini, who...

  • Bruce Arena's return brings a timeless element to U.S. national team

    Bruce Arena's return brings a timeless element to U.S. national team

    It’s been a while since Bruce Arena coached a game with the U.S. national team. “We’re on our third president now,” said Arena, whose first stint with the national team ended when the 2006 World Cup did.  “Things have changed.” Changed a lot. Consider that Twitter was launched the month Arena was...

  • Galaxy's Sebastian Lletget and Jermaine Jones survive national team cut for Sunday friendly

    Galaxy's Sebastian Lletget and Jermaine Jones survive national team cut for Sunday friendly

    Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe and forward Gyasi Zardes will not accompany former Coach Bruce Arena to San Diego for the U.S. national team’s first game of the year Sunday against Serbia after Arena trimmed the training camp roster to 23 players Friday. Two other Galaxy players — midfielders Sebastian...

  • Galaxy's new midfielder Joao Pedro is fitting in already

    Galaxy's new midfielder Joao Pedro is fitting in already

    Joao Pedro had never set foot in the U.S. before Saturday. But he had already seen so much of the country on TV, when he got off the plane everything seemed familiar. “I see a lot of movies. All kinds of movies,” said Pedro, a Portuguese midfielder who joined the Galaxy this week. “I like comedy...

  • Galaxy opens training camp with a new boss and a new outlook

    Galaxy opens training camp with a new boss and a new outlook

    Plastic sheeting covered the floor and furniture in the players’ lounge adjacent to the Galaxy locker room on Friday and the smell of fresh paint wafted into the hallways. A new landlord had taken over the property and he was not shy about redecorating. “It’s a new team,” said Curt Onalfo, who...

  • Diversity, talent on the rise in U.S. women's soccer

    Diversity, talent on the rise in U.S. women's soccer

    Growing up in a bedroom community across the East River from Manhattan, Crystal Dunn was often the only African American on her school and club soccer teams. Casey Short, who was raised two years and 800 miles away in suburban Chicago, had the same experience. So did Lynn Williams, who is from...

  • Steven Gerrard returns to Liverpool academy as coach

    Steven Gerrard returns to Liverpool academy as coach

    Former Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard has returned to where his soccer career began, joining Liverpool as a coach at the club’s Kirkby academy. Gerrard, who served as captain for Liverpool and the English national team, joined the Liverpool academy as a 9-year-old and went on to play 17 Premier...

  • Galaxy sign Portuguese midfielder while making flexible plans for the summer

    Galaxy sign Portuguese midfielder while making flexible plans for the summer

    The Galaxy signed Portuguese midfielder Joao Pedro on Thursday, likely ending the team’s pursuit of Aruban international Gregor Breinburg and Villarreal’s Jonathan dos Santos. For now. According to a report on the team website, the Galaxy is preparing to sign defender Jelle Van Damme to a multiyear...

  • Galaxy sign Jermaine Jones, other deals in works

    Galaxy sign Jermaine Jones, other deals in works

    The Galaxy signed national team midfielder Jermaine Jones on Wednesday, completing their first major acquisition of the winter. More could be the way though. The Galaxy is expected to announce Thursday that it has signed João Pedro, a 23-year-old Portuguese midfielder. And rumors of a deal with...

  • Bruce Arena gets U.S. national team soccer camp off to good start

    Bruce Arena gets U.S. national team soccer camp off to good start

    Michael Bradley has played for three coaches with the U.S. national team, one of whom was his father, Bob Bradley. But family ties notwithstanding, Bradley made little effort Wednesday to hide his enthusiasm over Bruce Arena’s return as manager. “I’m very excited to be back playing for Bruce,”...

  • Galaxy fills out its coaching staff

    Galaxy fills out its coaching staff

    Galaxy Coach Curt Onalfo filled out his first-team coaching staff Tuesday, naming former Seattle Sounders Coach Ante Razov and LA Galaxy II assistant Rob Becerra to the squad and promoting Daniel Gonzalez from Galaxy II to the first team as goalkeeper coach. The three men replace associate head...

  • World Cup expands to 48 teams for 2026 and U.S. is a likely host

    World Cup expands to 48 teams for 2026 and U.S. is a likely host

    The World Cup is getting bigger. And it may be coming back to the U.S. too. On Tuesday the FIFA Council, the ruling body for world soccer’s governing organization, unanimously approved a plan to expand the quadrennial tournament from 32 to 48 teams by 2026. The field will be divided into 16 three-team...

  • Galaxy quiet on pursuit of Jonathan dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini

    Galaxy quiet on pursuit of Jonathan dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini

    The Galaxy refused to comment Monday on reports the team was pursuing midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, the younger brother of current Galaxy designated player Gio dos Santos. “It’s our policy not to comment on players who aren’t under contract,” team spokesman Brendan Hannan said. The Galaxy’s interest...

  • FIFA awards: Carli Lloyd, Cristiano Ronaldo repeat as world's best

    FIFA awards: Carli Lloyd, Cristiano Ronaldo repeat as world's best

    Carli Lloyd of the United States has won her second straight FIFA's best woman player award.  Lloyd beat Olympic gold medalist Melanie Behringer of Germany and five-time winner Marta of Brazil.  Lloyd says “I honestly was not expecting this.”  Germany did win the women's coaching awards as Silvia...

  • Bruce Arena embraces challenge of national team job

    Bruce Arena embraces challenge of national team job

    Each morning, Bruce Arena makes the same 15-minute drive from Manhattan Beach to StubHub Center that he has made for the last eight years. He parks in the same lot, walks the same hallways and sits behind a desk in a new office nearly identical to the old one, which is only 10 paces away. Yet,...

  • Omar Gonzalez enjoying life — and success — after leaving Galaxy

    Omar Gonzalez enjoying life — and success — after leaving Galaxy

    Omar Gonzalez never wanted to leave his team. Or his home. The Galaxy drafted him out of college, turned him into an MLS rookie of the year and helped him become the league’s top defender, a four-time Best XI selection and a World Cup starter. Southern California is where he bought his first house,...

  • NASL exploring expansion to San Diego, Orange County

    NASL exploring expansion to San Diego, Orange County

    The financially troubled North American Soccer League could be adding teams in San Diego and Orange County as early as this summer. Peter Wilt — who led the Chicago Fire to an MLS Cup title as team president and general manager, then helped put an NASL team in Indianapolis — said Wednesday that...

  • Former USA coach Bob Bradley fired by Swansea after less than three months

    Former USA coach Bob Bradley fired by Swansea after less than three months

    American coach Bob Bradley was fired as Swansea manager on Tuesday, less than three months after taking charge at the English Premier League club.  Swansea announced Bradley's departure a day after the team's 4-1 home loss to West Ham.  Bradley won two of his 11 games in charge after replacing...

  • Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashed after running out of fuel, investigation finds

    Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashed after running out of fuel, investigation finds

    Colombian aviation authorities said Monday that an airliner that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel before it could land. Seventy-one people died in the Nov. 28 accident.  A statement by the Civil Aeronautics agency said the conclusion was based on the plane's black...

  • Antonio Conte has given Chelsea a season worth celebrating

    Antonio Conte has given Chelsea a season worth celebrating

    Under normal circumstances, attending the holiday office party isn’t considered a particularly noble act. But when you’re the head coach of the Chelsea Football Club, there are no such things as “normal circumstances.” So when Antonio Conte became the first manager in six years to show up and share...

  • U.S. women finish 2016 atop FIFA rankings

    U.S. women finish 2016 atop FIFA rankings

    The women’s national team probably won’t have a collecting bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer heading into the new year, but it will have another No. 1 world ranking, beating out Olympic champion Germany for the top spot in the new poll. The U.S. won all six of its games since the last FIFA...

  • Argentina finishes 2016 No. 1 in FIFA poll

    Argentina finishes 2016 No. 1 in FIFA poll

    Argentina will finish 2016 ranked No. 1 in the FIFA world soccer rankings, one spot ahead of Brazil and two places ahead of reigning World Cup champion Germany. Chile, which won its second consecutive Copa America title over Argentina this summer, remains fourth followed by Belgium, Colombia, France...

  • New Galaxy coach making the most of his chances

    New Galaxy coach making the most of his chances

    All Curt Onalfo wanted was another chance. He had coached the Kansas City Wizards to the conference semifinals in his first two years, only to get fired halfway into his third. Hired by D.C. United, he lasted just halfway into the next season before getting sacked again, leaving him with an MLS...

  • Soccer star Neymar explains how Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi saved his career

    Soccer star Neymar explains how Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi saved his career

    Barcelona superstar Neymar has a lot of admiration for teammate Lionel Messi. “Not long after I arrived [at Barcelona], I wasn’t in a great moment in my career and he was a person who helped me,” Neymar told CNN. “He saw that I was sad, with my head down, that things weren’t going right for me.”...

  • Having a new coach won't make the Galaxy more attractive to soccer fans

    Having a new coach won't make the Galaxy more attractive to soccer fans

    The Galaxy have always been bold. When every other franchise in Major League Soccer was a tenant, the Galaxy built a stadium. When the league had a shortage of high-profile players, the team signed David Beckham. This was the club of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, of Cobi Jones and Jorge Campos....

  • Galaxy select Curt Onalfo as new coach to replace Bruce Arena

    Galaxy select Curt Onalfo as new coach to replace Bruce Arena

    When Curt Onalfo joined Bruce Arena on the Galaxy coaching staff five years ago, the goal was to learn as much as possible from the man many considered to be the best coach in U.S. Soccer. Turns out he got a lot more than that, with the Galaxy choosing Onalfo to succeed Arena as head coach of Major...

  • Christiano Ronaldo wins again

    Christiano Ronaldo wins again

    After giving a European Championship title to Portugal and another Champions League trophy to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo ends 2016 with something just for himself: his fourth world player of the year award.  Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or award, which this year is being handed out by France...

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