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Galaxy unable to clinch playoff berth as they fall, 4-2, to Sounders

Over the last five years no MLS team has finished the schedule as strong as the Galaxy, who have lost less than a quarter of their games in the final two months of the season. That didn’t do them much good last fall though, when they won just one of their final eight games to tumble from the top...

  • Galaxy preaching patience with Donovan's comeback

    Galaxy preaching patience with Donovan's comeback

    Landon Donovan’s comeback got off to a slow start Friday. “I didn’t do much today,” said America’s greatest soccer player, who spent much of his first practice session in 21 months lying on the grass as a trainer stretched out his weary legs. Whether Donovan, 34, will be able to do much more is...

  • Landon Donovan ends retirement and returns to the Los Angeles Galaxy

    Landon Donovan ends retirement and returns to the Los Angeles Galaxy

    A week ago Landon Donovan was a former soccer player, a new husband and father, a part-time TV analyst and a part-owner of an English Premier League team. But he was also restless and felt he still had something left to contribute on the field. So Thursday, after only three days of workouts, Donovan...

  • Megan Rapinoe's plan to kneel foiled as anthem is played with teams still in their locker rooms

    Megan Rapinoe's plan to kneel foiled as anthem is played with teams still in their locker rooms

    Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has stated her intention of kneeling during the national anthem before the Seattle Reign’s games in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and as a means of protesting social injustice. She never got the chance before Wednesday’s game against...

  • Real Salt Lake scores in 94th minute, ties Galaxy, 3-3

    Real Salt Lake scores in 94th minute, ties Galaxy, 3-3

    Joao Plata had two goals, Juan Manuel Martinez scored on a deflection in the 94th minute and Real Salt Lake tied the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-3 on Wednesday night to remain undefeated at home this season.  Manuel Martinez raced up the sideline in transition, took five touches to get to the corner of...

  • Spanish soccer giant Barcelona expands into U.S. market

    Spanish soccer giant Barcelona expands into U.S. market

    FC Barcelona has opened a corporate office in New York, joining Germany’s Bayern Munich as the only European soccer clubs with a permanent, stand-alone presence in the United States. Barcelona officials said the team will use the office, at 250 Park Ave., to build marketing partnerships and strategic...

  • Altidore scores twice, U.S. advances with 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago

    Altidore scores twice, U.S. advances with 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago

    Jozy Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half, Sacha Kljestan and Paul Arriola had goals and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 on Tuesday night to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.  The Americans (4-1-1) finished atop Group C of the...

  • Injury-riddled Galaxy begins playoff push against Real Salt Lake

    Injury-riddled Galaxy begins playoff push against Real Salt Lake

    The Galaxy’s long sprint to what the team hopes will include a postseason begins Wednesday in Sandy, Utah, with the first of six games against playoff contenders (6:30 p.m. PDT, TWC, TWC Deportes). The Galaxy is in control of its destiny, since three of those games are against teams it either trails...

  • Galaxy beats the Columbus Crew, 2-1, with an unlikely lineup

    Galaxy beats the Columbus Crew, 2-1, with an unlikely lineup

    The Galaxy talked a lot last week about the opportunities Saturday’s showdown with the Columbus Crew presented. With five starters unavailable, the game offered a number of lightly-used players a chance to shine. With just one of the three teams ahead of them winning Saturday, the game gave them...

  • Galaxy turns to Emmanuel Boateng with Gyasi Zardes out

    Galaxy turns to Emmanuel Boateng with Gyasi Zardes out

    No one on the Galaxy is fleeter of foot than first-year midfielder Emmanuel Boateng. Yet it has taken a broken foot for Boateng to get a chance at demonstrating what that speed can do to heal a struggling team that has scored six goals in its last six games, none of which it won. The fractured...

  • Christian Pulisic may be the perfect 10 for aging U.S. national team

    Christian Pulisic may be the perfect 10 for aging U.S. national team

    There are few gestures in sports that sag more heavily under the weight of tradition and expectation than pulling on the No. 10 jersey in soccer. That’s the number reserved for a team’s most creative and effective playmaker. It’s the one Pele, Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho wore. It’s the one Lionel...

  • U.S. routs St. Vincent and the Grenadines in World Cup qualifier

    U.S. routs St. Vincent and the Grenadines in World Cup qualifier

    Matt Besler scored his first international goal just hours after the birth of his daughter, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic added two late strikes and the United States routed St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 6-0, on Friday to move into prime position to advance to the final round of World Cup qualifying. ...

  • Struggling Galaxy look to put a bad week — and Nigel de Jong deal — behind them

    Struggling Galaxy look to put a bad week — and Nigel de Jong deal — behind them

    When the Galaxy signed midfielder Nigel de Jong last winter, they welcomed him to Southern California with a well-publicized news conference and videotaped tributes from teammates and club officials. When de Jong left the team Monday, many of those same teammates found out about the move on Twitter....

  • Heather O'Reilly retires from international soccer after 15 years

    Heather O'Reilly retires from international soccer after 15 years

    U.S. women's national team midfielder Heather O'Reilly has announced her retirement from international soccer after a 15-year run with the team. O'Reilly will play her final international match on Sept. 15 against Thailand in Columbus, Ohio.  U.S. women's national team midfielder Heather O'Reilly...

  • U.S. faces clear goal in pair of World Cup qualifiers

    U.S. faces clear goal in pair of World Cup qualifiers

    There are no complicated formulas, stupefying scenarios or difficult math facing the U.S. national team as it returns to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Win on Friday in a cricket stadium in Kingstown (12:30 p.m. PDT, BeIN SPORTS) and again Tuesday over Trinidad...

  • Hope Solo to sit out remainder of NWSL season

    Hope Solo to sit out remainder of NWSL season

    Goalkeeper Hope Solo, suspended by the U.S. national team last week, said Tuesday she would not play again this season for the Seattle Reign, her club team in the National Women’s Soccer League. Solo was allowed to miss last weekend’s Reign game while on “personal leave.” On Tuesday she released...

  • Galaxy in talks to send Nigel de Jong to Turkey

    Galaxy in talks to send Nigel de Jong to Turkey

    The Galaxy and Turkish club Galatasaray were deep in discussions Monday on a transfer deal that would send defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong from Los Angeles to Istanbul. Details of the talks emerged on what was already a dark day for the Galaxy, with center back Jelle van Damme reporting on Twitter...

  • Americans Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey to miss crucial World Cup qualifiers

    Americans Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey to miss crucial World Cup qualifiers

    The U.S. may not have its best players on the field going into a crucial pair of World Cup qualifiers, with the first against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday. With a victory in that game and another win Sept. 6 against Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville, Fla., the U.S. would guarantee itself...

  • Galaxy winless in six straight after 0-0 draw with Vancouver

    Galaxy winless in six straight after 0-0 draw with Vancouver

    It’s all about playoff positioning for the Galaxy as they head into the homestretch of the Major League Soccer season. Entering Saturday night’s contest against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Coach Bruce Arena’s squad sat alone in fourth place in the Western Conference standings and only six points behind...

  • U.S. Soccer contemplates a future without Hope

    U.S. Soccer contemplates a future without Hope

    Hope Solo's days with the women's national soccer team may not be over, but they are certainly numbered. Yet that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve seen the last of her in a U.S. uniform. Solo was given a six-month suspension and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated last week over ill-considered...

  • Hope Solo takes leave of absence from Seattle Reign in wake of U.S. Soccer suspension

    Hope Solo takes leave of absence from Seattle Reign in wake of U.S. Soccer suspension

    Hope Solo has taken an indefinite leave from the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League, less than a week after being suspended for six months by the U.S. national team for disparaging remarks about Sweden.  The move was announced Saturday by the Reign, saying that the Olympic goaltender...

  • Up next for Galaxy: Saturday night vs. Vancouver

    Up next for Galaxy: Saturday night vs. Vancouver

    GALAXY TONIGHT VS. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS When: 7:30 p.m. PDT Saturday On the air: TWCSN, TWCD Records: Galaxy 9-4-12; Whitecaps 5-10-10 Record vs. Whitecaps: 1-0-1 Update: Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe trained Friday and could return to the net after missing two games with a head injury. Clement Diop...

  • Hope Solo suspended from national team for six months

    Hope Solo suspended from national team for six months

    U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended Wednesday for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans' early departure from the Rio Olympics. Solo called the Swedes “a bunch of cowards” for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time...

  • Zardes, dos Santos lift Galaxy to 2-2 tie with Fire

    Zardes, dos Santos lift Galaxy to 2-2 tie with Fire

    Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes scored and the Galaxy tied the Chicago Fire, 2-2, on Wednesday night.  Dos Santos tied it in the 69th minute. Sebastian Lletget dumped it to Alan Gordon on the right side of the box. Gordon fed it to dos Santos, who chipped it in high with the outside of his...

  • Galaxy's unbeaten streak ends at nine with 1-0 loss at New York City FC

    Galaxy's unbeaten streak ends at nine with 1-0 loss at New York City FC

    David Villa scored in the sixth minute and New York City FC stretched its undefeated streak to four games, beating the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0, in their first trip to Yankee Stadium on Saturday.  The Galaxy (9-4-11 had their nine-game unbeaten streak snapped. Eastern Conference leader New York...

  • In European leagues, the more things change, the more they stay the same

    In European leagues, the more things change, the more they stay the same

    Here’s a tip for anyone seeking a coaching job with a major European soccer team: When looking for a place to live, rent, don’t buy. The average stay for a coach in one of Europe’s top five leagues was between nine and 16 months last season, according to a study by the Swedish-based International...

  • Up next for the Galaxy: New York City FC on Saturday

    Up next for the Galaxy: New York City FC on Saturday

    GALAXY ON SATURDAY AT NEW YORK CITY FC When: 12:30 p.m. PDT Where: Yankee Stadium On the air: ESPN Records: Galaxy 9-3-11, New York City FC 10-7-8 Record vs. New York City (2016): 0-0 Update: This is the first meeting of 2016 between the Galaxy and the Eastern Conference’s leading team. Robbie...

  • The Galaxy head to Yankee Stadium, where coach has many fond memories, but not of soccer

    The Galaxy head to Yankee Stadium, where coach has many fond memories, but not of soccer

    Like many kids growing up on Long Island in the 1950s and ‘60s, Bruce Arena dreamed of some day roaming the outfield at Yankee Stadium. So he honed his arm by throwing thousands of pitches against a brick wall across the street from his home and taught himself to switch-hit by emulating his idol,...

  • Galaxy draws with Colorado Rapids, 1-1

    Galaxy draws with Colorado Rapids, 1-1

    This time, the corner kick was the Galaxy’s friend.  Three days after FC Dallas stunned the Galaxy with two corner-kick goals in the last five minutes, the Galaxy used one to tie the Colorado Rapids 1-1 at StubHub Center on Saturday night. After Shkelzen Gashi pushed the Rapids (11-3-9) ahead in...

  • Hope Solo accuses Sweden of 'cowardly' tactics after U.S. soccer team is bounced from Olympics

    Hope Solo accuses Sweden of 'cowardly' tactics after U.S. soccer team is bounced from Olympics

    For the first time in 20 years, the U.S. women’s soccer team is leaving the Olympics without a medal after losing to Sweden in Friday’s quarterfinal on penalty kicks after the game ended in a 1-1 tie. While most of the team took the high road toward the exit, blaming themselves and crediting Sweden,...

  • Up next for the Galaxy: Saturday vs. Colorado

    Up next for the Galaxy: Saturday vs. Colorado

    When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday Where: StubHub Center. On the air: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes. Records: Galaxy 9-3-10, Rapids 11-3-8. Galaxy vs. Rapids: 0-1-1. Update: The Galaxy fell, 2-1, to FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Wednesday, but L.A. hasn’t lost in eight straight MLS contests....

  • U.S. women to face Sweden, and their former coach Pia Sundhage, in soccer quarterfinals

    U.S. women to face Sweden, and their former coach Pia Sundhage, in soccer quarterfinals

    Pia Sundhage is well aware of the U.S. team’s unparalleled success in women’s Olympic soccer.  She’s partly responsible for it: When the Americans won their last two gold medals, in Beijing and London, Sundhage was their coach. She’ll be standing in front of the other bench Friday, coaching Sweden...

  • Dallas responds to Mike Magee’s goal in quick fashion

    Dallas responds to Mike Magee’s goal in quick fashion

    One hundred minutes of play went by without a score in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal game Wednesday night before Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee broke the stalemate on a penalty kick for a 1-0 lead over FC Dallas, then the visitors responded with two goals in the last five minutes to win, 2-1. The matchup...

  • Galaxy need two late goals to earn 2-2 draw with Red Bulls

    Galaxy need two late goals to earn 2-2 draw with Red Bulls

    A scoreless first half plagued with injury stoppages and failed chances gave way to a second half filled with streaking strikers and four goals at StubHub Center on Sunday night.  The New York Red Bulls scored twice in a seven-minute span but the Galaxy responded with goals in the 80th and 89th...

  • EPL teams banking on another season of dollars, not sense

    EPL teams banking on another season of dollars, not sense

    It used to be the most valuable guy on a soccer team wore a uniform and played in the games. Not anymore. At least not in the English Premier League, which kicks off a new season on Aug. 13. Big-money deals have become so prolific, the key person in many EPL organizations may now be the accountant...

  • 'Positive preparation' helps Arsenal end U.S. tour unbeaten

    'Positive preparation' helps Arsenal end U.S. tour unbeaten

    Only champion Leicester City finished the last English Premier League on a hotter streak than Arsenal, which was unbeaten in its last 10 games, a closing sprint allowed the Gunners to rally from fourth to second in the final EPL standings. The momentum is apparently carrying over to the summer,...

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