December 14, 2013 |
After 3 1/2 years of planning and preparation, of training and tribulation, most of the World Cup questions that once vexed the U.S. national team have been answered. The Americans know who they're playing, when they're playing and where they're playing. They even have a pretty good idea who will be playing for them when all that happens six months from now. So now what? Well, turns out there's not much to do but sit and wait. "You have to be patient," said Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena, who coached the U.S. in two World Cups.
December 12, 2013 |
Defender Sean Franklin, who became eligible for Major League Soccer's re-entry draft when his contract option was declined by the Galaxy, was selected first in that process Thursday, going to D.C. United. A former MLS rookie of the year, Franklin played six seasons with the Galaxy, winning two MLS Cups and playing in 160 regular-season games, eighth most in club history. Franklin also has one national team cap. A four-year starter at Cal State Northridge, Franklin was the fourth overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.
December 10, 2013 |
The Galaxy's annual offseason rebuilding process began in earnest this week when the team declined a 2014 contract option on defender Sean Franklin, then announced that former U.S. national team veteran Pablo Mastroeni has decided to retire. Franklin, a 28-year-old defender, is among 69 Major League Soccer players who are either out of contract or who have had their options declined, making them eligible for Thursday's re-entry draft. Franklin played on two MLS championship teams with the Galaxy.
December 5, 2013 |
It's been a good couple of days for soccer players who formerly wore the blue and white of the Galaxy. First Donovan Ricketts, traded by the Galaxy two years ago, Wednesday was named Major League Soccer's goalkeeper of the year. And then Thursday Mike Magee, traded by the Galaxy to the Chicago Fire in May for the rights to Robbie Rogers, was unveiled as the league's MVP. Magee, 29, finished second in goals scored in the MLS with 21 this season, including six in the first 10 games with the Galaxy.
December 4, 2013 |
Entering Friday's draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the United States and 31 other countries in the tournament will be on pins and needles to see how they fare in the selection process. The 2014 World Cup field is arguably the strongest in history. The eight seeded teams - four from Europe (Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium) and four from South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay) - are all capable of advancing deep in the tournament. The draw will produce eight groups of four teams.
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.
November 29, 2013 |
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is available for $0 at Best Buy as part of Black Friday, but the Galaxy S 5 is just around the corner and rumors have begun to swirl. South Korean news website ET News is reporting that the Galaxy S 5 is set to go into production as early as January. That will give Samsung a handful of months to produce devices for a launch sometime in March or April, just as it did this year with the GS4. As for the actual device, Samsung is expected to outfit the gadget with a 64-bit processor, similar to the one introduced by Apple on the iPhone 5s. These new kinds of processors deliver richer graphics and better performance.
November 26, 2013 |
Robbie Keane was named the Galaxy's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday while Omar Gonzalez was selected Defender of the Year and Sean Franklin was given the team's Humanitarian of the Year prize for his tireless work in the community. Keane, one of three finalists for Major League Soccer's MVP award, was named the team's top player for the second year in a row after a season in which he had a team-high 16 goals and 11 assists in 23 games. He is just the third player in franchise history to win consecutive team MVP awards after Landon Donovan (2008-09)
November 25, 2013 |
Major League Soccer released its 2014 regular-season schedule Monday, and it has the Galaxy opening at StubHub Center on March 8 against MLS Cup finalist Real Salt Lake. MLS teams will take a mid-June break during the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil before finishing the regular season in the final week of October. The Galaxy closes out its regular season Oct. 25 at Seattle. The Galaxy won't win the MLS title this year, having been eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals.
November 19, 2013 |
Samsung Electronics said it has sold 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches in two months, making the device the best-selling smartwatch in the world despite lackluster reviews. The South Korean company said Tuesday that Gear sales were better than its own expectations and that it would expand sales promotions for the device during the holidays, according to a Reuters report . "It's the most sold wearable watch available in the marketplace ... and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear," Samsung said in a statement to the news agency.