July 20, 2011 |
After more than a dozen failed corner kicks, it was a blocked free kick that brought the Galaxy a 1-0 victory Wednesday night against the Columbus Crew. Galaxy midfielder David Beckham had attempted 14 corner kicks, all falling harmlessly, and a handful of free kicks before he was fouled in the 68th minute. From about 25 yards out, Beckham blasted the ensuing free kick off the wall of Columbus defenders in front of him. The ricochet bounced directly to Galaxy defender Sean Franklin, a few yards to Beckham's left.
April 9, 2011 |
Up in the Home Depot Center press box Saturday night, someone from the stadium's catering staff was intently watching the Ducks and the Kings on television. Why? Because down on the field, Chivas USA and the Columbus Crew were playing a game of such crashing boredom that even hockey seemed preferable to the soccer on offer. For 45 agonizing minutes, absolutely nothing happened. The ball and 22 players moved around the field, but even the patterns they created were dull.
September 19, 2010 |
Dema Kovalenko's cubicle in the Galaxy locker room is right next to David Beckham's. Apart from that, the two midfielders have little in common. Beckham, 35, earns $6.5 million a year from the Galaxy; Kovalenko, 33, earns $144,118. Beckham is from England and his previous club was Real Madrid. Kovalenko is from Ukraine and his previous club was Real Salt Lake. Beckham was sidelined for six months this season after suffering a torn left Achilles' tendon in March. Kovalenko was sidelined for three months this season after suffering a right hamstring strain in April.
September 11, 2010
GALAXY TONIGHT VS. COLUMBUS When: 7:30. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: FSW (delayed, 9:30 p.m.); Radio: 1150, 1220. Records: Galaxy 13-5-5, Crew 13-5-5. Record vs. Crew: 1-0. Update: Saturday's game pits the two best teams in MLS, according to Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena. "Over the past two years, L.A. and Columbus have been a step above everyone else in the league," Arena said, "so we're facing the best team in the league.
September 9, 2010 |
David Beckham is back — a little longer of hair and a little shorter of breath, but back nonetheless. The Galaxy midfielder, sidelined for almost six months after surgery in March to repair a torn left Achilles' tendon suffered while playing on loan for AC Milan in Italy, has been taken off the disabled list and said Thursday that he is ready and eager to return to the fray. Whether that return will come Saturday night when the Galaxy plays host to the Columbus Crew in Carson remains up in the air, sort of like the wandering Englishman's latest hairstyle.
August 1, 2010 |
Despite his team being stuck in last place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, Martin Vasquez continues to exude confidence. Chivas USA's first-year coach thinks that with just under half the MLS season still to go, and with a trio of new players in the mix, he and his squad can turn things around and still make a run at the playoffs. "We were in a hole, we hit rock bottom, but little by little we've been trying to get out of that hole," Vasquez said Saturday evening before Chivas' game against the Columbus Crew at Home Depot Center.