November 10, 2013 |
The Galaxy expected to spend the coming week preparing for the second leg of Major League Soccer's Western Conference final. Instead, the team will spend it preparing for next year. Thursday's 2-0 overtime loss to Real Salt Lake in the conference semifinals not only spoiled the Galaxy's quest for an unprecedented third consecutive MLS title, but it also marked the team's earliest playoff exit since 2008. As for why that happened, there are many ideas and several theories but no sure answers.
November 8, 2013 |
The Galaxy's high-octane offense sputtered to a stop at the worst possible time Thursday, running out of gas just outside Salt Lake City to halt the team's chances for an unprecedented third consecutive Major League Soccer championship. Outplayed and outworked over 120 minutes by a determined Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy was ultimately outscored as well, dropping a 2-0 decision and losing the two-leg Western Conference semifinal, 2-1, on aggregate goals at a frigid Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
November 6, 2013 |
The Galaxy is chasing history in the Major League Soccer playoffs. No team has won three consecutive MLS titles, a feat the two-time defending champions can take a big step toward claiming Thursday when the Galaxy meets Real Salt Lake in the second game of a two-leg Western Conference semifinal series in Sandy, Utah (TV: ESPN2, 6 p.m.). History, however, can be fickle. For proof the Galaxy need look no further than its goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, whose own date with destiny ended in disappointment just three weeks ago. Penedo's Panamanian national team went to stoppage time in its final World Cup qualifier needing only to protect a 2-1 lead over the U.S. to keep alive its chances of reaching soccer's biggest stage for the first time.
November 6, 2013 |
When the Galaxy sent recently retired defender Gregg Berhalter to Sweden to coach at Hammarby IF in 2011, the idea was Berhalter would serve a short apprenticeship there before returning to coach in Major League Soccer. But when Berhalter returned to the U.S. on Wednesday, it didn't happen quite the way they had planned, with the former Galaxy player-coach accepting the top job with the MLS rival Columbus Crew. Berhalter succeeds interim manager Brian Bliss as the Crew coach and will also serve as the team's sporting director, leaving him in charge of all player personnel decisions.
November 5, 2013 |
To some, being a pro soccer player doesn't look like the most strenuous job in the world. You run a little, kick the ball, walk around and wait for the ball to come back to you, run and kick it again. If that's your take on soccer, then you'll want to watch a new series that will change your mind. The Galaxy has launched its first-ever original Web series, "Be A Pro," which it hopes will help change the culture around fitness, nutrition and soccer. You can view the series on the Galaxy website or the Galaxy Facebook page.
November 2, 2013 |
Seeking its third consecutive Major League Soccer title, the Galaxy opens its playoff season Sunday against a familiar nemesis: Real Salt Lake. After the Galaxy won two of the teams' three regular-season games, the clubs will square off in the first match of the two-leg Western Conference semifinals. The first game is Sunday at 6 p.m. at StubHub Center and the second is Thursday at Sandy, Utah. The winner will be decided by the aggregate number of goals scored over the two games and will advance to a two-game conference final in hopes of qualifying for the MLS Cup championship game Dec. 7. The aggregate-goals format means "if you prevail in the first 90 [minutes]
November 1, 2013 |
Is it time for an intervention of galactic proportions? Astronomers say they've caught the Milky Way popping pills - giant capsules of gas clouds encapsulated in magnetic fields that are hovering around the fringes of our galaxy. The findings, described in Astrophysical Journal, could help explain how the galaxy has been fueling new star growth. The Smith Cloud is a cloud of hydrogen gas discovered by and named after Gail Bieger (née Smith) that's hurtling toward our galaxy at roughly 73 kilometers per second.
October 29, 2013 |
Major League Soccer's playoffs start this week with 10 teams vying for the MLS championship. In the Western Conference, the postseason opens Wednesday with the Seattle Sounders playing host to the Colorado Rapids in a one-game "knockout round. " The winner advances to the semifinals to meet the first-place Portland Timbers on Saturday in the first match of their two-game conference semifinal - one game is played at home, one away. In the other Western Conference semifinal pairing, the Galaxy - seeking its third consecutive MLS championship - will play Real Salt Lake on Sunday at StubHub Center.
October 27, 2013 |
The Galaxy will open the MLS playoffs against Real Salt Lake after the Galaxy finished its regular season with a 1-1 tie with the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night. Seeking its third consecutive Major League Soccer championship, the Galaxy will open the two-leg Western Conference semifinals Sunday at StubHub Center. The second semifinal game would be the following weekend in Utah. The Galaxy was 2-1-0 against Real Salt Lake during the regular season. The Galaxy overall finished the regular season in third place in the conference with a record of 15-11-8 and 53 points, four points behind the first-place Portland Timbers (14-5-15)
October 26, 2013 |
Robbie Keane has been playing professional soccer half his life. Playing well, too, having scored more than 250 times for club and country while serving as captain for Ireland in World Cup qualifying, winning a league cup in the United Kingdom and capturing two Major League Soccer titles with the Galaxy. So if anyone has earned the right to knock off work a little early, it's Keane. Instead, he was the last one off the field after training last week, outlasting even the coaching staff.