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Galaxy's A.J. DeLaGarza is a model of strength, on and off the field
Galaxy's A.J. DeLaGarza is a model of strength, on and off the field

Soccer is a little less important to A.J. DeLaGarza than it was just three months ago. Back then, there were seasons and games and even individual plays that felt like life or death to the Galaxy defender. Then he got to know death and soccer became just a sport again. On Sept. 4, DeLaGarza's son Luca died of a rare heart condition just six days after being born. The infant endured one complicated surgery and was being taken off life support in preparation for a second when he succumbed. The family was devastated. "You never expect to only have a week with your child," DeLaGarza, standing in a hallway outside the Galaxy locker room Tuesday, says quietly. "And to...

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