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Debut is 14 months away, but LAFC already working on being 'the best'

The last time John Thorrington put together a soccer team, he was choosing sides with some junior high school friends in a Palos Verdes schoolyard. So in his current job as executive vice president of soccer operations for the fledgling Los Angeles Football Club, he’s not shy about asking for help....

  • 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,...

  • Bruce Arena's first national team roster marks break from the Jurgen Klinsmann era

    Bruce Arena's first national team roster marks break from the Jurgen Klinsmann era

    Bruce Arena called 32 MLS players into winter camp with the U.S. national team Thursday, among them Galaxy attackers Sebastian Lletget and Gyasi Zardes. The three-week camp, the first of Arena’s second term as national team coach, will begin Tuesday at StubHub Center and conclude with frendlies...

  • 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...

  • Steven Gerrard retires while Wayne Rooney is now Manchester United's all-time scoring leader

    Steven Gerrard retires while Wayne Rooney is now Manchester United's all-time scoring leader

    After an illustrious playing career full of remarkable comebacks alongside jarring Premier League lows, Steven Gerrard is done.  The 36-year-old Gerrard, who won every major club honor with Liverpool apart from the English title, said Thursday he was retiring from soccer after an 18-year professional...

  • 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 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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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’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

    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

    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

    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

    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’

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

  • Giovani dos Santos' goal lifts Galaxy over Rapids in first game of Western Conference semifinal

    Landon Donovan has been with the Galaxy just seven weeks, so his point of reference may be a bit skewed. But the team, he said Sunday, may finally have found the personality it’s been looking for all season. “We have a way we play now. It’s just a mentality,” he said after the Galaxy’s 1-0 win...

  • MLS math doesn't always add up

    Major League Soccer says it drew more than 7.37 million spectators this season, breaking its attendance record for the third straight season. What MLS won’t say publicly, however, is how many paid to get in — or how many even bothered to show up at all. And that could be a problem for a league...

  • Galaxy come of age behind newly mature Giovani dos Santos

    When the Galaxy landed midfielder Giovani dos Santos 15 months ago, there was no doubt they were getting a player with uncommon talent. What they weren’t so sure about was his focus and drive. During his short time with Tottenham, Dos Santos reportedly spent more time in the pubs than on the training...

  • Former track star Ema Boateng scores two goals to help Galaxy advance in MLS playoffs

    Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena’s busy off-season netted him two World Cup veterans and a former MLS player of the year, a collection he augmented last month by luring Landon Donovan out of retirement to join a team anchored by Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos. The result was arguably...

  • It's win or be done for the Galaxy in playoff opener

    Twenty-two months ago, after winning their third MLS Cup in four seasons, the Galaxy appeared unstoppable. Just one other team had won as many as two titles in the past 13 years. The Galaxy had five. In a league built for parity, they were a powerhouse. “That’s a bit of a dynasty at this point,”...

  • For Landon Donovan, coming back meant taking a new path

    When Landon Donovan decided in September to end his 21-month retirement from soccer and rejoin the Galaxy, he had a vision of how his return would unfold. He imagined he’d step back into his old midfield position and play like the man who retired as owner of Major League Soccer’s records for regular-season...

  • Galaxy and Dallas end regular season with a scoreless tie

    The Galaxy played a game Sunday only because the MLS schedule makers forced them to. But the league couldn’t make them take the game seriously, so Coach Bruce Arena rested his regulars, tested some bench players and basically used it as little more than a scrimmage in preparation for Wednesday’s...

  • Galaxy will play Sunday with their eyes on the scoreboard

    The Galaxy head into Sunday’s finale with FC Dallas (1 p.m., FS1, Fox Deportes) at StubHub Center having finished most of their heavy lifting for the regular season: No matter what happens on the field Sunday, the Galaxy will finish third in the Western Conference and open the postseason at home...

  • FC Dallas goalkeeper Seitz is heroic in the net and as a bone marrow donor

    A year ago Chris Seitz was FC Dallas’ third-string goalkeeper, a status he owed partly to the fact FC Dallas didn’t have four goalkeepers. Now he’s the best in the league at his position. And the change, says his coach, started with Seitz’s desire to make a difference. “Last year was just a big...

  • Neymar signs extension with Barecelona that includes $217 million buyout

    Barcelona forward Neymar signed a three-year contract extension on Friday, tying him to the Spanish champion until 2021.  Barcelona announced Neymar's agreement to the terms of a new deal in July.  The new deal includes a buyout clause that increases from 200 million euros ($217 million) in its...

  • Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt quickly makes moves after purchasing Marseille

    Marseille's new American owner, Frank McCourt, is moving quickly to make the ailing club competitive again.  Three days after officially taking over, he hired highly-rated coach Rudi Garcia in time for Sunday's match against bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain.  When he completed his takeover on Monday,...

  • U.S., Mexico both tumble in FIFA world rankings

    Mexico and the U.S. both fell two spots in the current FIFA world soccer rankings, dropping to 17th and 24th respectively, as they prepare for the final round of World Cup qualifying, which begins next month with the two nations meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Argentina retained its spot atop the monthly rankings,...

  • Galaxy clinch home playoff game with 1-0 win over Dynamo

    Alan Gordon scored in the 72nd minute and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Sunday to clinch a home game in the knockout round of the MLS Cup playoffs.  The Galaxy (12-6-15) are locked into the No. 3 seed in the West a week ahead of the regular-season finale. Houston (7-14-12)...

  • Galaxy need to step up, or it's time to step aside

    Landon Donovan wasn’t even with the Galaxy until the middle of last month. Yet, four games after coming out of retirement, he may already have put his finger on why the best MLS team on paper has suddenly folded like origami. “When we’re at our best, we’re as good as anybody. So we don’t have issues...

  • Houston proves relegation argument isn't worth promoting in MLS

    Whatever fleeting hopes the Houston Dynamo had of making the MLS playoffs were dashed two months into the season, after the team won just one of its first eight games. Less than three weeks later the Dynamo effectively waved the white flag, dumping Coach Owen Coyle and assigning longtime assistant...

  • Los Angeles Galaxy hobbling toward MLS playoffs without Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard

    The Galaxy put playoff tickets on sale Thursday, but given the state of the team’s injury-riddled roster there’s no guarantee that those buying tickets will get to see a game. The team trained Thursday without forward Robbie Keane, who has sat out practice this week because of an undisclosed injury,...

  • U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe on her national anthem protests: 'I cannot stand idly by'

    U.S. women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who plays for the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League, wrote about her protesting during the playing of the national anthem before NWSL games. I am kneeling because I have to do something. Anything. We all do. I am the same...

  • Playoff-bound Galaxy saddled with more problems than solutions

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