September 24, 2010 |
With $16 million worth of Major League Soccer salary on the field in the shape of only four players on Friday night, it figured that one of the quartet would make the difference. But the Galaxy's David Beckham ($6.5 million) and Landon Donovan ($2.1 million) and the New York Red Bulls' Juan Pablo Angel ($1.9 million) and Rafael Marquez ($5.5 million) did not play a leading role. Instead, it was the fastest man on the Home Depot Center field, New York's Dane Richards ($146,500)
November 11, 2004 |
Talk about your high-voltage games. On a night when the power failed twice at the Home Depot Center, Gregg Berhalter came up with just enough energy to score the winning goal in overtime Friday night to put the Galaxy into Major League Soccer's championship final. The final score read: Galaxy 2, Houston Dynamo 0, but it was Berhalter's name that went up in lights. The long-awaited goal came in the 103rd minute when David Beckham sent a free kick into the penalty area, Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez got a head to it and the ball bounced off defender Eddie Robinson.
October 29, 2011 |
Bruce Arena might be among the smartest coaches U.S. soccer has produced. But innovative? Well, not so much. So it's a credit to Arena, whom the Galaxy hired as its coach in 2008, that as he has gotten older he has not only challenged some of the concepts he once held dear, but also tried things that, years earlier, he probably would have dismissed out of hand. And that, in a roundabout way, brings us to Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter. As Arena and the Galaxy were licking their wounds after a disappointing end to last season, Arena approached Berhalter and asked if he would like to come back as a player-coach, a concept as rare in top-level professional soccer as it is in any other sport.
March 22, 2006 |
When the U.S. takes the field against Germany tonight in its last meaningful soccer friendly before the World Cup, several players' immediate futures will be on the line. Three-quarters of the probable U.S. World Cup starting lineup will be absent -- because of injury or unavailability -- so the game presents a chance for reserve or "bubble" players to show they belong.