November 10, 2010 |
The face of U.S. soccer often hides behind a hat and sunglasses. "And a fake nose," the face adds with a smile. Clearly anyone who believes Americans have ignored the world's most popular sport has never gone to the mall with Landon Donovan. "It used to bother me, before the World Cup," Donovan says of being mobbed in public. "If I'm out just like this with no hat on or no glasses, then I have to assume that's going to happen. But it's part of it. " "It" being the fallout from a spectacular World Cup in which Donovan scored three times in four matches, lifting the U.S. into the second round with a stunning extra-time goal that beat Algeria and made him a national star overnight.
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.
November 3, 2010 |
The Galaxy's Donovan Ricketts was chosen the MLS' top goalkeeper Wednesday in a vote of the league's players, general managers, coaches and the media. Often overshadowed on a team that includes offensive weapons such as David Beckham , Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle , Ricketts was stout in goal, recording a franchise-record 11 shutouts in a regular season in which the Galaxy went a league-best 18-7-5. A two-time MLS all-star, Ricketts also set a regular-season club record with a 0.90 goals-against average, lowering his career mark to 0.96, best in league history among keepers who have played at least 500 minutes.
October 31, 2010
Galaxy tonight AT SEATTLE When: 5 p.m. Where: Qwest Field. On the air: TV: ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes Radio ? AM 1220 (Spanish). Records: Galaxy 18-7-5; Seattle 14-10-6. Regular season record: Galaxy 2-0-0. Update: The Galaxy open the MLS playoffs ? a two-match home-and-home series ? against a team it outscored 7-1 in a pair of regular-season wins. But the Sounders are a changed team since the second of those meetings in July, having lost just twice in its final 15 matches.
October 31, 2010 |
By the time the Galaxy's charter flight from Seattle was scheduled to touch down in Los Angeles early Monday, much of what had happened hours earlier likely would be forgotten. Blame that on the convoluted rules governing the MLS playoffs, which gave the Galaxy little reward for its 1-0 win over the Sounders in the opening match of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday night. Or credit the team's veteran leadership, which has kept the Galaxy focused on the ultimate prize, the MLS Cup, while refusing to celebrate the incremental steps it will take to get it there.
October 30, 2010 |
Edson Buddle became a soccer player the same way Kennedys become politicians or Rockefellers become bankers. He was born into it. His first toy was a soccer ball, left in his crib by a Jamaican-immigrant father who played professionally on two continents. And then there's that name. Edson's father originally wanted to go with Pele but thought that might bring too much pressure. So he settled instead on the Brazilian legend's birth name, Edson. "A positive name brings positive results," says Winston Buddle, now one of New York's most prominent youth soccer coaches.
October 16, 2010 |
Few members of the Galaxy want to get back to the MLS Cup final more than goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts does. That's because few members of the Galaxy have more unfinished business. The second-year keeper went to the sideline because of a hand injury midway through the second half of last year's final, which Real Salt Lake won in the seventh round of a dramatic penalty shootout. Could he have changed the outcome? "They probably would have just blamed me for allowing the goal," Ricketts said with a smile.
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.