March 10, 2012 |
It's probably not a good sign when a team, on the eve of its opening game, decides it would rather cover seats with a tarpaulin than try to fill them with fans. But in the case of Chivas USA, it could be a sign of compassion because, after two years in which it lost more games than any team in its conference, Chivas USA figures to be difficult to watch again this season. In the opener Sunday at the Home Depot Center, Chivas USA will face both the Houston Dynamo and gargantuan banners that will blot out a third of the stadium's 27,000 seats.
May 5, 2013 |
The give-away for fans at the Galaxy game Sunday night was a Landon Donovan bobblehead doll. But for Donovan, what mattered was the penalty kick that got away. Donovan failed to convert his second consecutive penalty kick and the Houston Dynamo defeated the Galaxy, 1-0, in front of 20,071 at a chilly Home Depot Center. BOX SCORE: Houston 1, Galaxy 0 The victory gave Houston some solace after the Galaxy defeated the Dynamo in the MLS Cup to win the league championship the last two years, with the Galaxy winning both titles at home.
September 11, 2006 |
There was an interesting comment made Saturday by Columbus Crew Coach Sigi Schmid, a remark that easily could have been applied to Sunday's Galaxy game at Home Depot Center. "At some point you've got to make history and you've got to change things," Schmid told the Columbus Dispatch after the struggling Crew had given up an early goal and lost, 2-1, at home to the Chicago Fire. "It's not just a Columbus problem. It's a problem in the mentality of all the players in this league.
April 18, 2010 |
The biggest smile on the Galaxy training field these days — and indeed on game days too — is the one that lights up the face of Edson Buddle. The 28-year-old Los Angeles player is off to the fastest start by a Galaxy forward since Guatemalan striker Carlos Ruiz kept the Home Depot Center scoreboard folk busy. Going into Saturday night's game against Real Salt Lake, the defending Major League Soccer champion, Buddle had scored all five goals in the Galaxy's first three matches of 2010.
November 9, 2009 |
It was an emotional Sunday evening, with feelings running high in both Major League Soccer locker rooms -- joy in one and despair in the other. Over in the Galaxy's quarters, David Beckham was holding forth on the bumps and bruises he had suffered in a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA that advanced the Galaxy to Friday's Western Conference final, also in Carson, against the Houston Dynamo. "It's sore," Beckham said of his bruised back. "I got a knee in my back and it went into spasm.
November 30, 2012 |
One is a team of superstars led by David Beckham and Landon Donovan, probably the closest thing soccer has to household names in this country. The other is a team of unsung grinders, probably the closest thing soccer has to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Galaxy is sleek but temperamental, like an expensive sports car. The Houston Dynamo is dull but dependable, like a well-worn pick-up truck. Yet for all their differences, the two teams who will meet in Saturday's MLS Cup final at the Home Depot Center also have a lot in common - starting with ownership.
November 19, 2011 |
The MLS Cup at the Home Depot Center on Sunday has a number of compelling story lines, including a straight one that starts with Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear, passes though his captain, Brian Ching, then ends with Galaxy teammates Landon Donovan and Todd Dunivant. That quartet won an MLS Cup together eight years ago in San Jose, after which Donovan and Dunivant headed off to Los Angeles and the entire San Jose franchise later moved to Houston. The foundation for this year's championship game might have been poured back then.
May 25, 2011 |
David Beckham wasn't there. The Galaxy was without its star midfielder Wednesday night for the third time this season. He was in (old) England. He'll rejoin his teammates in New England this weekend when they face the Revolution. There's a historical pun in there somewhere. But while Beckham stayed in his native land, where Tuesday he played a testimonial match with former teammate Gary Neville, the Galaxy posted a 1-0 win against the Houston Dynamo before 14,458 at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
October 23, 2006 |
Francisco "Paco" Palencia sees himself as a rock star. His long, dark hair is pulled back in a ponytail. He wears tight-fitting leather clothes. His fingernails are painted blue. These are all clues to Palencia's alter ego. And on Sunday afternoon, as one of many high points in Chivas USA's memorable 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the Major League Soccer playoffs, the 33-year-old former Mexican national team star lived his dream to the fullest.