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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...

  • Galaxy to open, close MLS season with conference rival FC Dallas

    Galaxy to open, close MLS season with conference rival FC Dallas

    The Galaxy will welcome expansion club Minnesota United to the StubHub Center and will also play home games against New York City FC, Montreal and MLS Cup finalists Seattle and Toronto, according to the 2017 scheduled released by the league Thursday. The Galaxy will open and close against preseason...

  • StubHub Center: It's the Galaxy's world, Chargers will just play in it

    StubHub Center: It's the Galaxy's world, Chargers will just play in it

    Although the Chargers will call the StubHub Center home the next two seasons, Major League Soccer’s Galaxy will remain the stadium’s main tenant. “The Galaxy is the main priority for StubHub Center,” said Brendan Hannan, the director of communication for the facility. “The Chargers’ NFL schedule...

  • 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...

  • U.S. national Coach Bruce Arena raids Galaxy staff for four assistant coaches

    U.S. national Coach Bruce Arena raids Galaxy staff for four assistant coaches

    Bruce Arena is taking his top four Galaxy assistant coaches with him to the U.S. national team, naming former Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan, assistants Pat Noonan and Kenny Arena — the coach’s son — and goalkeeper coach Matt Reis to the U.S. team staff Wednesday, a move that had been expected...

  • Swansea debacle proves Bob Bradley never had a chance

    Swansea debacle proves Bob Bradley never had a chance

    Bob Bradley’s hiring by a struggling Swansea City club last fall was supposed to resolve a vexing question: could an American coach in the English Premier League? His sacking Monday, 11 games and 85 days later, came too quickly to provide an answer. What seems certain, however, is the quick hook...

  • 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...

  • Galaxy taking a new approach to team-building in busy off-season

    Galaxy taking a new approach to team-building in busy off-season

    You couldn’t blame Galaxy President Chris Klein if he felt abandoned as he prepared for the busiest stretch of the MLS off-season this week. Last month, Bruce Arena, the team’s coach and general manager, left for the U.S. national team. Days earlier, the Galaxy parted company with captain Robbie...

  • Sounders win their first MLS Cup by defeating Toronto in shootout

    Sounders win their first MLS Cup by defeating Toronto in shootout

    Roman Torres scored in the sixth round of penalty kicks to give the Seattle Sounders their first MLS Cup title, 5-4 over Toronto FC after 120 scoreless minutes Saturday night.  It was the first MLS Cup final to fail to produce a goal in regulation, setting the stage for a dramatic tiebreaker.  ...

  • Brian Schmetzer's Cinderella season in Seattle ends with a title

    Brian Schmetzer's Cinderella season in Seattle ends with a title

    The clock never struck midnight for Brian Schmetzer and his Seattle Sounders. The coach never turned back into a pumpkin, the glass slipper fit perfectly and so did the crown after a penalty-kicks 5-4 win over Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final Saturday. Do you believe in fairy tales? Because there’s...

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

    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...

  • Landon Donovan retires from Major League Soccer, again

    Landon Donovan retires from Major League Soccer, again

    Landon Donovan is retiring – again – Galaxy President Chris Klein said Tuesday, ending a brief but successful two-month return to Major League Soccer in September. “With Landon, when he came back, it was always going to be a short-term thing,” said Klein, a former teammate of Donovan’s, both with...

  • Galaxy's Dos Santos, Van Damme named to MLS Best XI

    Galaxy's Dos Santos, Van Damme named to MLS Best XI

    Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme and midfielder Giovani dos Santos were named to Major League Soccer’s postseason all-star team Monday after a year in which they led the team to the Western Conference semifinals. Van Damme, 33, came to MLS last winter from Belgian team Standard Liege and went on...

  • USC wins its second women's soccer national title, beating top-ranked West Virginia

    USC wins its second women's soccer national title, beating top-ranked West Virginia

    Mandy Freeman admits she was more than a little skeptical when Keidane McAlpine showed up at USC in 2013 with a plan to take a women’s soccer program that had lost 33 games and a coach in three seasons to an NCAA title within the next three years. “We were in a bad place,” Freeman, then a freshman,...

  • Path to soccer title game came after USC players decided to take a knee

    Path to soccer title game came after USC players decided to take a knee

    Despite all that Keidane McAlpine has accomplished with the USC women’s soccer team this season — winning 18 games and a spot in Sunday’s NCAA championship game for just the second time in school history — he says one of his proudest moments as a coach was a private one that took place in a locker...

  • Brazilian tragedy unites the soccer world in sorrow

    Brazilian tragedy unites the soccer world in sorrow

    There was supposed to be a soccer game in Medellin, Colombia, last Wednesday. Instead Atletico Nacional and thousands of its fans filed into a packed stadium to pay homage to the Brazilian club they were scheduled to play. Before last week, few people outside Brazil knew much about Chapecoense,...

  • USC advances to College Cup final with 1-0 win over Georgetown

    USC advances to College Cup final with 1-0 win over Georgetown

    Katie Johnson’s goal in the 60th minute Friday gave the USC women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Georgetown and put the Trojans in the College Cup final for the second time. USC (18-4-2) will face West Virginia on Sunday at Avaya Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated North Carolina, 1-0, in the...

  • Toronto FC outlasts the Impact to advance to MLS Cup final

    Toronto FC outlasts the Impact to advance to MLS Cup final

    Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts scored two minutes apart in extra time and Toronto FC advanced to the MLS Cup final, outlasting the Montreal Impact, 5-2, in the rain Wednesday night for a 7-5 aggregate victory.  It took extra time and 12 goals to decide the two-leg Eastern Conference final....

  • Injury woes continue for Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany

    Injury woes continue for Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany

    It is estimated that 35 separate injuries have kept Vincent Kompany out for a total of 2 1/2  years since he joined Manchester City in 2008.  Now, the unlucky defender could be facing another six weeks on the sidelines.  Kompany visited a specialist in Barcelona this week after damaging ligaments...

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