June 11, 2011 |
Already missing forward Landon Donovan and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, the Galaxy had to go without midfielder Juninho against Toronto FC on Saturday night. While Donovan and Ricketts are off competing with their countries in the Gold Cup — the United States and Jamaica, respectively — Juninho will be absent for a different reason: his wedding. "That's what they tell me," Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said with a smirk. "[He'll] probably [be gone] the rest of his life now. " Actually, the Brazilian should be back with the team next week, Arena said.
September 17, 2011 |
The Galaxy doubled the number of fit goalkeepers on its roster from one to two a little more than a week ago when Donovan Ricketts returned from his long spell on the shelf because of a broken arm. Two would be better than one. Ricketts missed more than two months, and the game in which he was injured, on June 25 at San Jose, certainly qualifies as the most memorable for the Galaxy this interesting season. This was because the replacement for Ricketts, Josh Saunders, was red-carded in the 43rd minute.
October 1, 2011 |
For six years, Josh Saunders prepared himself every day for a chance he was never sure he'd get. Such is the life of a backup goalkeeper in the MLS. But any thoughts he had that it all might have been a waste of time were dispelled this season when Saunders stepped in for regular goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and posted seven shutouts and 10 wins in 16 starts, leaving the Galaxy poised to finish with the league's best regular-season record for the...
June 17, 2011 |
The last two Gold Cup soccer tournaments both ended the same way: with the U.S. playing Mexico. And very few people figured this month's revival would be any different. Significant among the doubters, though, was U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan, a three-time Gold Cup champion who warned that the rest of the region was catching up to the CONCACAF's two titans. Well, he was half right. Because while Mexico has remained dominant, outscoring its three opponents 14-1 in romping through group play, the U.S. lost to Panama and needed a 1-0 win over Guadeloupe to reach the second round.
December 3, 2013 |
Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and forward Robbie Keane were both named to Major League Soccer's First XI, soccer's equivalent of a postseason all-star team. They were joined by two former Galaxy players, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who helped the Portland Timbers to the best record in the Western Conference, and forward Mike Magee, who was traded to the Chicago Fire in May and finished the season with 21 goals. The postseason selection was the third for Gonzalez and the second for Keane, who led the Galaxy with 16 goals and 11 assists.
December 20, 2012 |
It's been less than three weeks since the Galaxy won its second consecutive Major League Soccer title, but the team's front office has taken little time off to celebrate. Thursday it announced its second deal with a homegrown player in 10 days, signing forward Gyasi Zardes of Hawthorne and Cal State Bakersfield. The team, which has already worked out two trades this offseason, is said to be close to a transfer deal with Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League for goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.