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LAFC signs rising Uruguayan star Diego Rossi

Age may be just a number, but Los Angeles soccer fans will have a chance to see a rising Uruguayan star play in a new stadium for a new team. The Los Angeles Football Club today announced the signing of 19-year-old Uruguayan striker Diego Rossi. LAFC, just removed from acquiring five players in...

  • Busy week ahead for building LAFC, rebuilding Galaxy

    Busy week ahead for building LAFC, rebuilding Galaxy

    John Thorrington marked his second anniversary as Los Angeles Football Club’s executive vice president of soccer operations last week, but for the most part there’s been very little soccer to operate during that time. Although the MLS expansion team has set up a training academy, reached a development...

  • Hope Solo announces she's running for U.S. Soccer Federation president

    Hope Solo announces she's running for U.S. Soccer Federation president

    The crowded field of candidates running to succeed Sunil Gulati as president of the U.S. Soccer Federation just got a bit more crowded with former national team goalkeeper Hope Solo announcing she is joining the race. ”I know exactly what U.S. Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and...

  • Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

    Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

    A pair of bitter and historic English Premier League rivalries highlight the weekend calendar of televised games from Europe, while teams in Spain and Italy will continue to jockey for position atop their respective league tables. EPL: When crosstown teams clash in any sport, the standings are...

  • Survey shows FC Barcelona's popularity strong among women, young fans

    Survey shows FC Barcelona's popularity strong among women, young fans

    A September survey of approximately 12,400 online interviews with sports fans in 10 strategic markets found that Spanish soccer club FC Barcelona is among the most popular sports brands in the world, though it has room for growth in important emerging soccer markets in the U.S., China and Japan....

  • Stanford beats UCLA to win women's soccer title

    Stanford beats UCLA to win women's soccer title

    Until Sunday, the UCLA women’s soccer team had gone 14 months and 33 games without losing a match in which it scored multiple goals. And UCLA hadn’t allowed three goals in a regulation-length game in more than two years. All of which means the Bruins picked a bad time to revisit history because...

  • U.S. absence from World Cup draw shines a light on missed opportunities

    U.S. absence from World Cup draw shines a light on missed opportunities

    Herculez Gomez wasn’t invited to play in any World Cup qualifiers for the U.S. in the run-up to the 2010 tournament. But six months later, in the shape of his life, he scored in the final game before the World Cup roster was chosen and found himself on the team that played in South Africa. Who...

  • UCLA upsets Duke to advance to NCAA women's soccer championship game

    UCLA upsets Duke to advance to NCAA women's soccer championship game

    UCLA wouldn’t beat Duke goalkeeper E.J. Procter in regulation or overtime, but the Bruins got four shots past her in a penalty-kick shootout to upset the Blue Devils and advance to Sunday’s NCAA women’s soccer championship in Orlando, Fla. The game ended in a scoreless tie after 90 minutes of regulation...

  • World Cup draw: Mexico faces tough road; rivals Portugal, Spain to meet in group opener

    World Cup draw: Mexico faces tough road; rivals Portugal, Spain to meet in group opener

    Mexico’s preparation for next summer’s World Cup couldn’t have gone much better. It lost just once in 16 qualifiers, winning the regional tournament for the first time in a generation. In the last five months it has held its own in games against Belgium, Portugal and Poland, all ranked among the...

  • Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

    Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

    An unstoppable force meets an immovable object in Portugal’s top division, while bitter rivals will renew their feuds in Italy and England in three of the top televised soccer matches from Europe this weekend. Portuguese Primeira Liga: Benfica’s Jonas has been unstoppable this season, scoring 15...

  • UCLA women's soccer team chasing its second NCAA title in 4 years

    UCLA women's soccer team chasing its second NCAA title in 4 years

    When Amanda Cromwell came to UCLA as the women’s soccer coach in 2013, she was asked to do something that had never been done before: lead the Bruins to a national championship. That took less than a year. Doing it a second time has proven to be a bit more of a challenge, although she can accomplish...

  • Fan survey shows Bayern Munich brand growing in the U.S.

    Fan survey shows Bayern Munich brand growing in the U.S.

    A few years ago German superclub Bayern Munich came to the rather obvious conclusion that if it hoped to continue competing with European powers funded by deep-pocketed Middle Eastern owners and Russian oligarchs, it was going to have to find new streams of revenue outside Germany. The club has...

  • Galaxy begin another offseason makeover by declining 13 contract options

    Galaxy begin another offseason makeover by declining 13 contract options

    It was less than a year ago that the Galaxy cut ties with more than a half-dozen productive veterans to chart a new, revolutionary path forward, one paved heavily with young players the team developed internally. Never mind. Monday, five weeks after completing the worst season in franchise history,...

  • Early end to playing career gives Dan Kennedy an early start on what's next

    Early end to playing career gives Dan Kennedy an early start on what's next

    Dan Kennedy’s retirement from soccer in March was so unexpected, it caught a lot of people by surprise. Including Dan Kennedy. “They came to me,” he said of the Galaxy, who ushered the goalkeeper into a rocking chair at age 34. “It was a dollars-and-cents deal. I became a drag on the salary cap,...

  • Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

    Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

    In three of Europe’s top five leagues the leading goal scorer plays for the team that is also leading the table. This weekend’s schedule features three games in which a league’s top two scorers will face off — and not surprisingly, each will impact positions near the top of the standings as well....

  • U.S. rises in FIFA rankings despite failing to qualify for the World Cup

    U.S. rises in FIFA rankings despite failing to qualify for the World Cup

    Nine teams that didn’t qualify for the 32-team field for next summer’s World Cup will have to be content with spots in the top 32 in the latest FIFA world rankings, which were announced Thursday. The U.S., which failed to make the cut in soccer’s quadrennial championship for the first time since...

  • LAFC signing of Egyptian defender reunites Bob Bradley with an old friend

    LAFC signing of Egyptian defender reunites Bob Bradley with an old friend

    It took an atrocity and a mutual acquaintance to bring Bob Bradley and Omar Gaber together for the first time five years ago. And it took no small measure of patience and persistence to reunite them Tuesday when Bradley, coach of the expansion Los Angeles Football Club, announced a deal to acquire...

  • Pep Guardiola's focus on the little things paying off big for Manchester City

    Pep Guardiola's focus on the little things paying off big for Manchester City

    John Stones thinks he knows why Manchester City is off to the best start in Premier League history. And it’s not just the unprecedented $290-million spending spree in the summer transfer window, the payroll of $321 million or a lineup so deep Raheem Sterling, whose seven goals are third most in...

  • What to watch in international soccer this weekend

    What to watch in international soccer this weekend

    With the last of the 32 spots in next summer’s World Cup having been handed out earlier this week during the last FIFA international break of 2017, the focus in international soccer this weekend returns to Europe’s five major leagues. Here are some matches worth checking out: EPL: Manchester United,...

  • Soccer allowed Afghan refugee to strike a powerful blow against the Taliban

    Soccer allowed Afghan refugee to strike a powerful blow against the Taliban

    Refugee centers are often squalid, desperate places, timeless purgatories for people stuck between a horrific past and an uncertain future. For a lucky few, however, they can be life-changing places, where hope pushes out despair and light breaks through the darkness. At least that’s how it was...

  • UCLA women's soccer tunes up for NCAA Tournament, knocks off defending champion USC in overtime

    UCLA women's soccer tunes up for NCAA Tournament, knocks off defending champion USC in overtime

    On their final road trip of the regular season last month, the USC and UCLA women’s soccer teams shared an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle. “Happens from time to time,” USC coach Keidane McAlpine said of the flight which, not unexpectedly, was rocked by turbulence. Friday the teams shared a field...

  • USC, UCLA women have a lot to play for in regular-season soccer finale

    USC, UCLA women have a lot to play for in regular-season soccer finale

    Before USC opened defense of the NCAA women’s soccer title it won last season, coach Keidane McAlpine had his players visit with Peter Smith, who led the Trojans to four consecutive national tennis championships. “He just made sure that we understood we have to go out there and take what we want,”...

  • Shuffling the pieces after a disastrous season won't give Galaxy a winning hand

    Shuffling the pieces after a disastrous season won't give Galaxy a winning hand

    Failure has consequences, right? Didn’t we all learn that as kids? Mess up a math test and you have to study more. Blow off your household chores and you get grounded. The Galaxy failed this year. Failed in magnificent, mind-numbing fashion, finishing at the bottom of the MLS table for the first...

  • Soccer on TV this weekend: Man U takes on Tottenham

    Soccer on TV this weekend: Man U takes on Tottenham

    Although there will be top-flight soccer on TV all weekend, Saturday morning may be the best time to tune in with defending league champion Bayern Munich and Juventus will be in action, as will the top four teams in the English Premier League: Serie A: Juventus, winner of the last six Italian titles,...

  • After disastrous season, Galaxy start rearranging the deck chairs

    After disastrous season, Galaxy start rearranging the deck chairs

    Less than 48 hours after finishing the worst season in franchise history, the Galaxy began the process of rebuilding. But anyone hoping for a dramatic makeover is likely to be disappointed since the team said Tuesday it intends to rebuild with many of the same parts. Team President Chris Klein...

  • Dave Sarachan, former Bruce Arena assistant, is named interim coach for the U.S. national team

    Dave Sarachan, former Bruce Arena assistant, is named interim coach for the U.S. national team

    Dave Sarachan, Bruce Arena’s top assistant with the Galaxy and in two stints with the national team, was named Tuesday to succeed Arena as interim coach for the U.S. ahead of next month’s friendly in Portugal. Arena stepped down earlier this month after the U.S. failed to advance to next summer’s...

  • Galaxy demote GM Vagenas after last-place finish

    Galaxy demote GM Vagenas after last-place finish

    Less than two days after finishing the worst season in franchise history, the Galaxy fired general manager Pete Vagenas, the club announced Tuesday. Sigi Schmid, who was hired as coach in July, will oversee all player personnel decisions for the club in addition to his on-field responsibilities...

  • Galaxy fall 5-1 in finale at FC Dallas

    Galaxy fall 5-1 in finale at FC Dallas

    Roland Lamah scored twice, Mauro Diaz had a goal and two assists, and FC Dallas beat the 10-man Los Angeles Galaxy 5-1 on Sunday. FC Dallas (11-10-13) needed at least a tie and some help to make the playoffs, but the San Jose Earthquakes' win over Minnesota United eliminated the defending Supporter's...

  • Ashley Cole's quiet excellence deserves to be appreciated — and rewarded

    Ashley Cole's quiet excellence deserves to be appreciated — and rewarded

    Mercifully, the Galaxy’s disaster of a season will come to an end Sunday when the league’s worst team staggers to the finish line at FC Dallas (SpecSN, Spectrum Deportes, 1 p.m. PT). For defender Ashley Cole, however, it’s an end that’s coming perhaps a bit too soon. Because when Sunday’s game...

  • Soccer on TV this weekend: Showdowns set in France and Portugal

    Soccer on TV this weekend: Showdowns set in France and Portugal

    A number of unbeaten teams will continue to try separating themselves from the pack while others, off to surprisingly sluggish starts, will rally to catch up during a full slate of games in Europe’s top soccer leagues this weekend. Here are a few of the more compelling matches on TV: Portuguese...

  • Galaxy defeat Minnesota, avoid tying MLS record of fewest home wins in a season

    Galaxy defeat Minnesota, avoid tying MLS record of fewest home wins in a season

    The Galaxy held their annual fan appreciation day Sunday at StubHub Center, giving away prizes to thank their supporters for sticking with the team through what has been a dismal year. But the most welcome gift may have been the final whistle from referee Alex Chilowicz. Because even with a 3-0...

  • Galaxy need win in home finale to avoid an unwanted record

    Galaxy need win in home finale to avoid an unwanted record

    Although the Galaxy fell out of playoff contention long ago, the team still has a lot to play for Sunday in its final StubHub Center game of the season (4:30 p.m. Pacific, SSN, Spectrum Deportes). With a franchise-worst record of 2-9-5 at home, the Galaxy, who have won just once since June 21,...

  • It's time for Sunil Gulati to give someone else a chance to run U.S. Soccer

    It's time for Sunil Gulati to give someone else a chance to run U.S. Soccer

    It’s been a bad week for U.S. Soccer. Six days ago, the men’s national team had a coach and a wide-open path to the World Cup. By Friday morning, it had neither. And there seems to be little in the way of ideas from the sport’s stakeholders on how to revive U.S. Soccer after its first failed World...

  • Bruce Arena resigns as U.S. soccer coach

    Bruce Arena resigns as U.S. soccer coach

    Moments after his U.S. national team was knocked out of the World Cup earlier this week, coach Bruce Arena was asked about his future. “I think I have a good future,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to be doing, but whatever I’m doing, I think it’s going to be good.” On Friday, Arena became...

  • What's next for U.S. soccer after not qualifying for World Cup?

    What's next for U.S. soccer after not qualifying for World Cup?

    The analysis and second-guessing began before the U.S. national team had even left the tiny stadium in central Trinidad that forever will be linked to one of the most epic failures in American soccer history. The U.S. entered the final day of World Cup qualifying Tuesday in control of its destiny,...

  • For U.S. team, road to World Cup will get a lot easier with victory over Panama

    It may not look that way on a map, but the most direct route for the U.S. national team to reach Russia for next summer’s World Cup is to go through Panama. In fact, it may be the only way. Because if the U.S. doesn’t beat Panama in Friday’s qualifier at Orlando City Stadium (4:35 p.m. PDT, ESPN2,...

  • Soccer on TV this weekend: World Cup qualifiers take center stage

    With most of the world’s top leagues pausing for the FIFA international break, the attention turns to the final qualifying matches for next summer’s World Cup. Here are some of the best offerings on TV this weekend: CONCACAF: The U.S. needs wins in its final two qualifiers to assure itself of a...

  • World Cup team 'changed the game forever' for U.S.

    Brian Bliss remembers coming off the field after the game that changed everything, believing nothing really was different. Perhaps it was the fatigue of playing 90 minutes on a stiflingly humid day in Trinidad. Or the shock of the 1-0 win that had qualified the U.S. soccer team for a World Cup...

  • Los Angeles makes list of potential 2026 World Cup venues

    Los Angeles was among 25 U.S. cities selected Wednesday as possible host sites for the 2026 World Cup. The soccer federations of the U.S., Mexico and Canada have joined forces to present a united bid to stage soccer’s world championship in the three North American countries, the first time a three-nation...

  • Alex Morgan among group of soccer players kicked out of Disney World

    A group of Orlando City Soccer Club players, including U.S. women's national team star Alex Morgan, were kicked out of a Disney World park during the weekend. Morgan and Orlando City players Donny Toia and Giles Barnes were among six people listed on an Orange County Sheriff’s Office incident report...

  • Lakers telecast pushes Galaxy to the side for a night

    Every time it seems the Galaxy’s dismal season couldn’t get any worse, it does. The latest indignity was delivered by the team’s broadcast partner, Charter Communications, which moved Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. home game with Real Salt Lake off Spectrum SportsNet’s main channel to a series of alternate...

  • What to watch this weekend: international soccer

    Six weeks into the European season, more than a dozen teams in the continent’s top five leagues remain unbeaten and a number of them have interesting games on tap this weekend. Here are a few worth watching: English Premier League: It’s been a tough start to the EPL season for winless Crystal Palace,...

  • LAFC's Carlos Vela, Galaxy's Dos Santos brothers called up by Mexican national team

    Carlos Vela of the Los Angeles Football Club and brothers Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos of the Galaxy were among 25 players called up to the Mexican national team for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras. The three will join the national team in Mexico after...

  • Galaxy eliminated from playoff contention after 3-3 draw with Dynamo

    Alberth Elis scored two late goals and the slumping Houston Dynamo rallied for a 3-3 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night. The Dynamo (10-10-10), who are one point below the playoff line after going 0-3-3 since topping the Western Conference standings on Aug. 12, trailed 3-1 entering...

  • Even mathematical possibilities are running out for Galaxy

    Galaxy goalkeeper Jon Kempin is either the world’s most optimistic person, or he’s really bad at math. Even as his team was slogging through a three-month span that saw it win once in 15 games, Kempin continued to insist the team had a shot at the playoffs. “I keep saying playoffs and people keep...

  • Galaxy drop another road game, 2-1 to Sporting Kansas City

    Daniel Salloi and Diego Rubio each scored in the first half to lead Sporting Kansas City to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday and move to within one point of first-place Vancouver in the Western Conference. Kansas City (12-6-11), which won the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, extended...

  • Players alone aren't responsible for Galaxy's disastrous season

    After the Galaxy’s last home game, an uninspired 4-0 loss to Toronto FC, coach Sigi Schmid closed the locker room doors and addressed his players. “The main message was that guys are playing for their jobs,” goalkeeper Jon Kempin said. “Play for some pride.” Given the way the team responded, it...

  • Galaxy no match to Atlanta United, lose 4-0

    Yamil Asad scored twice, Josef Martinez had his 17th goal, and Atlanta United cruised past the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-0 on Wednesday night. Atlanta (13-8-7) scored three goals in seven minutes for a 3-0 lead midway through the first half and cruised in the second half to extend its home unbeaten...

  • Galaxy injury list continues to grow ahead of Atlanta United match

    Think it’s hard to get an appointment with your family doctor? Try getting in to see one of the Galaxy’s team physicians. The training room has been so busy this season, it’s best to leave a number and hope someone calls you back. The injured list added another name Tuesday when the team announced...

  • Jon Kempin can't rescue Galaxy in 4-0 loss to Toronto

    When the final whistle mercifully ended the Galaxy’s lackluster 4-0 loss to Toronto FC on Saturday, what was left of the announced crowd of 19,650 sent the players off with a chorus of boos. But that was nothing compared to the message they received when they got to the locker room. More than 45...

  • Infighting threatens Bayern Munich's long Bundesliga dominance

    For the last five years Bayern Munich has viewed its competition the same way Joey Chestnut views a hot dog: as something to be devoured as quickly and completely as possible. Over that time Bayern has lost just 12 of 170 Bundesliga games, outscoring opponents by more than 52 goals a season. It...

  • Toronto FC's rise to MLS dominance follows Tim Leiweke's Galaxy blueprint

    You don’t have to look too hard to see Tim Leiweke’s fingerprints on Toronto FC’s climb from MLS disaster to league dominance. Nor do you need a degree in sports management to understand how it happened. But it would be helpful to know a little bit about history — specifically Galaxy history —...

  • England fears possible hacks at Russian World Cup

    The English Football Association is concerned about its players and coaches being hacked at the World Cup in Russia and has written to FIFA expressing concerns about information already being accessed in a cyberattack. England has told players, coaches and technical staff to avoid using public...

  • Gyasi Zardes gives L.A. a lead it can’t hold

    Lamar Neagle scored in the 85th minute, just two minutes after subbing into the game, to give the Seattle Sounders 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night. A long through ball by Osvaldo Alonso found Roman Torres down the right wing side, and Torres crossed it high into the penalty...

  • Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid returns to Seattle, where he helped build a soccer club

    Two days after Sigi Schmid was fired as coach of the Seattle Sounders last summer, dozens of the team’s most fervent supporters packed a sports bar a few blocks from the Sounders’ stadium to thank him for putting the city on the MLS map. A couple of hours into the emotional evening, the fans asked...

  • Top weekend soccer matches to watch on TV

    After a brief pause for the FIFA international break, Europe’s top leagues return to action this weekend with a number of interesting early season matchups. Here are a few worth watching Saturday in place of college football: English Premier League: Both Manchester teams will be in action with...

  • Coliseum, Rose Bowl and Inglewood NFL stadium apply to stage World Cup games

    Three Southern California stadiums have submitted paperwork to stage World Cup games in 2026 should the united bid of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to host the tournament win approval from FIFA. The Coliseum, the new NFL stadium set at Hollywood Park and Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, site of the 1994 World...

  • U.S. hopes bonds formed in Honduras will pave way to Russia

    When the final whistle sounded on Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier, U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez dropped to his knees in the center circle, unable to move. Around him exhausted teammates bent over at the waist, grasping for air and begging for relief. The Americans had battled Honduras to a 1-1 draw...

  • Los Angeles Football Club signs forward Rodrigo Pacheco

    The Los Angeles Football Club has signed 21-year-old forward Rodrigo Pacheco on loan from Club Atletico Lanus of the Argentine Primera Division. Pacheco will finish the 2017 season playing with Orange County SC, LAFC’s USL affiliate. “We are incredibly excited to announce the arrival of Rodrigo...

  • Bobby Wood's late goal gives U.S. tie with Honduras, keeps World Cup hopes alive

    Bobby Wood has played 34 games for the U.S. national soccer team, nearly half of them as a substitute. So he knew what was expected of him when came off the bench Tuesday. “Coming on as a sub, you always want to change the game in some way,” he said. “That’s my job.” But on this steamy afternoon...

  • U.S. soccer team faces another crucial test against Honduras

    Things are heating up for the U.S. in soccer World Cup qualifying. And we’re not talking about the Americans’ suddenly precarious position in the six-team CONCACAF tournament, although we’ll get to that in a bit. First let’s talk about the weather. It was 91 degrees with 67% humidity when the U.S....

  • Galaxy enjoy a feast of goals against Rapids

    Three years ago, the Galaxy had the makings of an MLS dynasty. They had won their third MLS Cup in four seasons. Alas, that was then. On a hot, humid night in Carson on Saturday, the Galaxy and Colorado Rapids met, owners of the two worst records in the league. The Galaxy, who were riding a 10-game...

  • After loss to Costa Rica, it's a harsh World Cup qualifying reality for the U.S.

    When U.S. Soccer lured Bruce Arena away from the Galaxy to coach the national team last fall, it gave him just one objective. “My goal is very clear,” Arena said at the time. “It’s to qualify our team for Russia 2018.” Friday’s dismal 2-0 loss to Costa Rica has put that goal in peril. But if the...

  • U.S. loses to Costa Rica, 2-0, in danger of not qualifying for World Cup

    When it comes to World Cup qualifying, Costa Rica has found a way to bring out the worst in the U.S. With Marco Urena scoring two goals and goalkeeper Keylor Navas making two splendid saves, Costa Rica dealt the U.S. a loss of historic proportions Friday, winning 2-0 before a sellout crowd of more...

  • Galaxy using the end of a lost season to prepare for next year

    It’s been 10 years since the Galaxy played a game that had no bearing on the MLS playoff races. But it will happen Saturday when they play host to the Colorado Rapids, the only team in the league with a worse record (Spectrum SN, Spectrum Deportes, 8 p.m. PT). Although the Galaxy, 6-14-5 and 14...

  • Police charge soccer star Wayne Rooney with drunk driving

    Wayne Rooney has been charged with drunk driving and was released on bail ahead of a court appearance later this month, Cheshire police said Friday. The 31-year-old Everton striker was reportedly stopped by police near his home outside Manchester early Friday. He is due to appear in court on Sept....

  • U.S. playing crucial World Cup qualifier in a city it once avoided. Will it have home-field advantage?

    The men’s national team has played World Cup qualifiers in blinding blizzards and stifling humidity. It has played on tiny junior college fields and in massive NFL stadiums. And it has played in 26 cities, 17 states and the District of Columbia. But Friday it will do something it has never done...

  • Michael Bradley's leadership and play has keyed turnaround for U.S. men's soccer team

    If last fall wasn’t the lowest point of Michael Bradley’s soccer career, he could certainly see the bottom from where he stood. His club team, Toronto FC, had just become the first to lose an MLS Cup final despite not giving up a shot on goal. A month earlier, the U.S. national team had become...

  • Hurricane worries and unites players on U.S. national team

    Houston was still dry when DaMarcus Beasley got on a plane for New Jersey, where he would join the U.S. men’s national team. By the time he landed, many of his neighbors were packing their belongings and beginning to plot their escapes before Hurricane Harvey dumped the worst of its deadly wrath...

  • Hurricane worries and unites players on U.S. national team

    Houston was still dry when DaMarcus Beasley got on a plane for New Jersey where he would join the U.S. national team. By the time he landed, many of his neighbors were packing their belongings and beginning to plot their escapes before Hurricane Harvey dumped the worst of its deadly wrath on the...

  • Galaxy's playoff hopes all but extinguished after 3-0 loss

    The Galaxy have nine games left on their schedule but after Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, there’s probably no reason to play them all. The season is already over. Mathematically the Galaxy still have a chance at the postseason. Realistically, however, they’re done, buried one spot...

  • U.S. coach Bruce Arena calls up deep, experienced roster for World Cup qualifiers

    The time for Bruce Arena to experiment with his national team roster is over, so the team the U.S. coach called up Sunday for the resumption of World Cup qualifying is older, deeper and more experienced than the one he used in July’s Gold Cup. A dozen of the 26 players Arena summoned have made...

  • Zardes' struggles magnified by Galaxy's lost season

    Gyasi Zardes returns to the scene of the crime again on Sunday, this time a year to the day after the robbery took place. Actually, it was more of an accident than a robbery. But when Zardes broke a bone in his foot at the StubHub Center last Aug. 27, something very valuable was stolen from the...

  • Dos Santos brothers to join Mexican team for World Cup qualifiers

    Gio and Jonathan dos Santos, brothers and teammates with the Galaxy, have both been called up to the Mexican national team for next month’s World Cup qualifiers with Panama and Costa Rica. Both are expected to play in Sunday’s MLS game against San Jose at the StubHub Center before heading to Mexico...

  • What to watch in soccer this weekend

    A capsule look at some of the weekend’s best TV offerings from Europe’s top soccer leagues: Ligue 1: Neymar is off to a good start in France, with three goals and three assists in his first two games for unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain. On Friday, he faces another unbeaten team in St.-Etienne and...

  • Galaxy's struggles continue with 2-0 loss to Columbus

    Ola Kamara scored in the 45th minute and Justin Meram iced it in the 90th minute in the Columbus Crew’s 2-0 victory over the Galaxy on Wednesday night. Pedro Santos threaded a pass through four defenders and Kamara redirected the ball from the center of the box past Jon Kempin. Kamara leads the...

  • Jelle Van Damme is gone but not forgotten by Galaxy

    Jelle Van Damme may be gone, but the legacy of his signing last season will live on with the Galaxy, who resume their long-shot quest for an MLS playoff berth Wednesday against the Columbus Crew (Spectrum SN, Spectrum Deportes, 4:30 PT). The Galaxy (6-12-5), winless in their last eight games, trail...

  • For much of Europe, soccer season is again a battle for second place

    European soccer’s top leagues have been ruled by super clubs for much of the past decade. Bayern Munich has won the past five Bundesliga titles in Germany, Juventus has captured the past six crowns in Italy’s Serie A, and Barcelona and Real Madrid have combined to win 12 of the past 13 championships...

  • Galaxy send team captain Jelle Van Damme home to Belgium

    The Galaxy’s fading hopes of making the MLS playoffs grew dimmer Friday when the team sold captain Jelle Van Damme to Royal Antwerp in Belgium’s top domestic league. Van Damme, 33, a two-time MLS all-star, recently separated from his wife, former tennis professional Elke Clijsters, and told the...

  • Struggling Galaxy likely to make final playoff push without captain Jelle Van Damme

    It’s been more than a decade since Sigi Schmid coached a team to the end of an MLS season without reaching the playoffs. It’s been nearly as long since the Galaxy missed the postseason. Yet both those streaks are in danger of ending this year as the Galaxy and their new coach limp toward the regular-season...

  • Galaxy, Angels keep their fans the happiest, survey says

    The Galaxy and the Angels do the best job of local professional teams in satisfying their fans, according to a survey released Wednesday. The Lakers ranked third, followed in order by the Ducks, Kings, Clippers, Dodgers and Rams. The survey, conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, asked more than...

  • Galaxy find no solace at home in 2-0 loss to New York City

    If the Galaxy are going to make a playoff run this season, they are going to have to win at home. “The only way you ultimately get that confidence is to go out and get a win,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “It’s just a matter of reestablishing that fortress at home.” They better get started on that soon,...

  • Home field is no advantage for Galaxy

    The Galaxy have gone through 28 players, two coaches and 22 games in the first 5 1/2 months of the MLS season. Yet they entered Saturday night’s game against New York City FC with only one home win to show for all that trouble. “That’s unacceptable,” said defender Dave Romney, who admitted he had...

  • Upon further review, MLS embraces use of video replay

    Howard Webb is widely recognized as one of the top soccer referees of all-time. But even he remains haunted by a call he got wrong. After Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands flattened Spain’s Xabi Alonso early in the 2010 World Cup final, Webb gave De Jong a yellow card — though replays clearly showed...

  • Galaxy's Jonathan dos Santos may get starting nod in his home debut

    Jonathan dos Santos is just 26 minutes into his MLS career. But in that short time he said he’s already experienced both surprise and comfort in his new league. “I was really surprised by the ambience in the stadium,” Dos Santos said of his brief appearance off the bench for the Galaxy in last...

  • Carlos Vela happy — but lonely — as LAFC's first designated player

    The Los Angeles Football Club introduced its first designated player Friday morning during a raucous event at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. But when co-owner Will Ferrell was asked to present forward Carlos Vela with his team jersey, the comedian approached the stage empty-handed....

  • Morocco challenges North America with 2026 World Cup bid

    North America has a late challenge from North Africa in the contest to host the 2026 World Cup. Morocco also will bid for the tournament, with its announcement coming on FIFA’s deadline day on Friday. The last-minute move takes on the joint bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Morocco...

  • Galaxy bank $500,000 in allocation funds for Arriola

    The Galaxy received $500,000 in MLS allocation money from DC United on Thursday in exchange for the rights to midfielder Paul Arriola. Arriola, a former Galaxy academy player, returns to MLS from Tijuana of Mexico’s Liga MX. The Galaxy held Arriola’s MLS rights because they offered him a contract...

  • Brazil takes No. 1, U.S. moves up nine spots in latest FIFA rankings

    The United States climbed nine spots to 26th in the FIFA rankings after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. had dropped 12 places to 35th in the July rankings, one above the Americans' low in July and August 2012. Much of that drop was attributable to a devaluation of points from last year's...

  • Players from Mexican national team ignore their coach, join MLS

    Juan Carlos Osorio pulled a chair up to the breakfast table, pointed a fork at his inquisitor and cleared up a misunderstanding before cleaning up his eggs. “I was misquoted as saying I don’t like the MLS,” the Mexican national team coach said this spring. “No. I never said that. I said it’s a...

  • LAFC makes Mexico's Carlos Vela the team's first designated player

    Los Angeles Football Club is still seven months from its Major League Soccer debut, but the franchise laid the cornerstone of its foundation Tuesday when it agreed to contract terms with Mexican national team forward Carlos Vela. Vela, 28, has played the last six seasons for Real Sociedad of Spain’s...

  • Bayern Munich launches U.S. fan survey

    Bayern Munich would like to ask you a question. Several questions, in fact. The German soccer powerhouse, which claims 27 million supporters in the U.S., has launched a survey to find out when its American fans became part of the Bayern family, how long they’ve followed the team, how they consume...

  • Galaxy lose 3-1 to Timbers after having goal disallowed following video review

    Diego Valeri scored a spectacular 30-yard goal in the 33rd minute to lead the Portland Timbers to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday. Valeri, who played Saturday in the MLS All-Star game against Real Madrid, created space for himself when receiving a pass from Roy Miller. After...

  • Arsenal defeats Chelsea in new shootout format to win Community Shield

    Arsenal will start the Premier League season on a high note after mastering the experimental ABBA penalty shootout pattern to beat Chelsea for the Community Shield. Wembley Stadium provided the biggest stage yet for global trials with the format that mixes up the order of penalties rather than...

  • Galaxy's Jelle Van Damme mulls his MLS future in wake of suspension

    With his transfer paperwork completed and his immigration documents in order, Jonathan dos Santos, the newest addition to the Galaxy roster, will be in uniform for Sunday morning’s crucial Western Conference showdown with the Portland Timbers (11 a.m., ESPN, ESPN Deportes). The same can’t be said...

  • Bob Bradley to tackle assignment of melding fantasy with reality for LAFC

    In retrospect, the plan was borderline genius. Before the Los Angeles Football Club had any players, it started to sell its brand. What it was really selling was an idea, specifically the idea that this franchise would be different from any other franchise in Major League Soccer. The blank roster...

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