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.
December 1, 2012 |
Landon Donovan hasn't decided yet whether the Major League Soccer Cup final on Saturday will be his last game with the Galaxy. But if that proves to be the case, he picked up a nice parting gift on his way out the door while giving the team and a record Home Depot Center crowd of 30,510 something by which to remember him. Because it was Donovan's penalty-kick goal in the 65th minute that snapped a tie and sent the Galaxy on the way to its second consecutive...
November 18, 2011 |
Clark Hunt's business card is a little crowded given that he's chief executive of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and owner of Major League Soccer teams in Dallas and Columbus, Ohio. "I probably most frequently introduce myself as someone who's involved with both professional football and professional football," he says with a grin. Hunt is also smiling because with attendance, TV revenue, franchise values and expansion fees all at record highs, this is a very good time to be involved with futbol.
December 5, 2012 |
In the year of his greatest triumphs, the most powerful man in Los Angeles sports was perhaps never stronger than when he took the hand of a child. It was Saturday afternoon at the Home Depot Center, shortly before his Galaxy would defend its MLS championship against the Houston Dynamo. After a pregame ceremony involving local children, Tim Leiweke was leading David Beckham's kids off the field and up to his suite when another kid, age 4, fell in line and followed the group. When the child realized he was lost, he stood in the door of the suite, hysterically crying and refusing any stranger's offer to help.
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.
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.
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 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.