July 4, 2010
Galaxy tonight VS. SEATTLE When: 7:30. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes; Radio: 570 (English), 1330 (Spanish). Records: Galaxy 10-1-3, Sounders 4-7-3. Update: The Galaxy came back from Major League Soccer's three-week break with a 0-0 tie against Toronto; the return of forwards Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle may provide an offensive spark for a team that hasn't scored a goal in regular-season play since June 5. Originally scheduled for local television, this game was picked up nationally as interest in Donovan grew during the World Cup. — Laura Myers
January 19, 2011 |
The Galaxy signed Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel to a multiyear contract Wednesday, gambling that the 35-year-old will be able to accomplish as much as Edson Buddle did in 2010. Buddle scored a team-high 17 goals last season, second-best in Major League Soccer, before leaving to join FC Ingolstadt in Germany. Angel, a former Colombia national team player, is the third forward acquired this month by the Galaxy, which has also added Chad Barrett and Adam Cristman to its front line.
September 11, 2010 |
The Galaxy took back the top position in Major League Soccer's overall table with a convincing 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night. Real Salt Lake briefly held the top spot after tying both Columbus and L.A. with points after a win over Seattle on Thursday, but now the Galaxy (14-5-5) is ahead by three points with all three having played 24 games. Columbus (13-6-5) looked out of sorts from the opening whistle, and dropped to 0-4-4 on the road vs, Western Conference teams this season.
October 7, 2010 |
If the Galaxy is to go far in the MLS playoffs again this fall, it will have to dominate the matches it is supposed to win, play well against teams that pose a challenge and get lucky when those first two options don't work out. The Galaxy got a chance to work on some of that Thursday in a 1-0 win over a game Philadelphia Union before a record crowd of 18,779 at PPL Park on the banks of the Delaware River. First came the dealing-with-a-challenge part. For nearly a third of the match, the patient Galaxy seemed content to let Philadelphia be in control.
May 1, 2010 |
Less than a minute before the start of Saturday night's Galaxy game, Cobi Jones wandered over to the Philadelphia bench and exchanged hugs and pleasantries with Union Coach Peter Nowak. Less than a minute into the game, which Los Angeles won, 3-1, the Galaxy's assistant coach was smiling even wider and Nowak wasn't smiling at all. It was easy to see why. A pass from Los Angeles rookie Michael Stephens sprang Edson Buddle free down the left. Buddle sent a perfect cross to the far post, where overlapping fullback A.J. DeLaGarza sprinted in and hammered the ball into the roof of the net. The goal took all of 53 seconds — hardly enough time for Jones and Nowak to have retaken their seats.
May 19, 2010
GALAXY TONIGHT AT DALLAS When: 5:30 PDT. Where: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas. On the air: TV: FS West (tape delayed, 8:30 p.m.). Radio: 1330. Records: Galaxy 7-0-2; Dallas 2-1-5. Record vs. Dallas (2009): 0-1-1 Update: The unbeaten but twice-tied Galaxy travels to Texas for its first game this season without its top scorer, Edson Buddle, and leading assist provider, Landon Donovan. Both are in camp with the U.S. national team, preparing for the World Cup. Coach Bruce Arena will fly to Spain after the match to provide analysis for Fox Sports' coverage of the European Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in Madrid.
July 27, 2010 |
It fell somewhere between a yawn and a chasm. Call it a yawning chasm and you'd be on the money, and the Galaxy fell right into it Tuesday night. The final score at the Home Depot Center? Puerto Rico Islanders 4, Galaxy 1. Yes, Major League Soccer's top team, a team playing at home, a team featuring two current and two former World Cup players, a team that was unbeaten in Carson since September, a team captained by Landon Donovan and powered by Edson Buddle, lost to a minor league outfit.
May 8, 2010 |
— The Seattle Sounders' game plan Saturday was simple: Don't let Edson Buddle score. And in that they were successful, becoming only the third MLS team this season to shut out the league's scoring leader. But they didn't do so well against the rest of the Galaxy. Because with everybody in a Seattle uniform shadowing Buddle, the rest of the team was left to run free, and four of them — Jovan Kirovski, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant and Landon Donovan — scored their first goals of the season in a 4-0 rout in front of a record crowd of 36,273 at Qwest Field.
November 7, 2010 |
By the time the final whistle blew on Sunday's MLS playoff game at the Home Depot Center, it's likely few people were more familiar with the Galaxy than Seattle Coach Sigi Schmid. Not only did the Sounders played the Galaxy twice in the last eight days, but Schmid spent countless hours watching the team on film. So when the Galaxy ended Seattle's season with a 2-1 win in a Western Conference semifinal match-up, Schmid's opinion clearly carried some weight. "A lot of their players are very committed to 'this is the year,' " he said.