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October 1, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
For six years, Josh Saunders prepared himself every day for a chance he was never sure he'd get. Such is the life of a backup goalkeeper in the MLS. But any thoughts he had that it all might have been a waste of time were dispelled this season when Saunders stepped in for regular goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and posted seven shutouts and 10 wins in 16 starts, leaving the Galaxy poised to finish with the league's best regular-season record for the...
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March 3, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Carlo Cudicini has been in Southern California less than six weeks, but he's already mastered the freeways, learned to tailgate in his rented Dodge Avenger and developed a taste for the menu at In-N-Out. "The burger was excellent," he confesses. The Galaxy would love to see his adjustment to life in Major League Soccer go just as smoothly. Because when the team kicks off its MLS schedule Sunday at the Home Depot Center, Cudicini will most likely be the man standing in goal, making him the third goalkeeper to start the opener in as many seasons.
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October 4, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Josh Saunders wants to talk about soccer. So go ahead, ask him about goals and saves and his chances of playing one day for the U.S. national team. The only thing Saunders, 31, would prefer you not ask about is where he was during a monthlong absence from the Galaxy early this season, one that very nearly cost Major League Soccer's defending champions a trip back to the playoffs. "It's my personal life," he says firmly. "I went away for a purpose. I chose that purpose and what I wanted to do. " Saunders, the Galaxy's starting goalkeeper, left the team less than 48 hours before a game in late April, enrolling in Major League Soccer's substance abuse and behavioral health program.
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January 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Less than two months after winning its second consecutive Major League Soccer title, the Galaxy begins preparations for a run at a third championship Monday when the team opens preseason training camp at the Home Depot Center. But as of Sunday night, it was uncertain whether captain Landon Donovan would be joining them. Donovan, who played 49 games in 48 weeks last year, complained of physical and mental fatigue during much of last season and has spent the last seven weeks contemplating retirement at age 30. He met Sunday with Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena, who is hopeful of coaxing Donovan back for the final season of his four-year deal with the team, one that earned him $2.4 million last season.
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June 18, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
Josh Saunders was back at work for the first time in two months Sunday. And even though he's never publicly explained where he's been or why exactly he went there, the Galaxy were clearly glad to have their starting goalkeeper back. The team hadn't won since late April, when Saunders enrolled in Major League Soccer's substance abuse and behavioral health program to be treated for an undisclosed condition at an undisclosed location. And the team hadn't shut out an opponent since Saunders blanked the Houston Dynamo in last November's MLS Cup final.
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April 28, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
The strange thing about turning points is you don't often know they've taken place until weeks, sometimes months, later. Just don't say that too loudly around the players on the Galaxy, though, because they're trying to convince themselves they've already experienced the moment when their luck began to change for the better. It came last week in Colorado, a minute into stoppage time, when a controversial foul call gave the Rapids' Omar Cummings a chance to extend the Galaxy's winless streak on the road with a penalty kick.
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October 22, 2011
GALAXY TONIGHT At Houston When: 4 PDT. Where: Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas. On the air: TV: Fox Sports West, Galavision; Radio 1220 (Spanish), 1150. Records: Galaxy 19-4-10, Houston 11-9-13. Record vs. Houston (2011): 1-0-0. Update: The Galaxy is expected to be without stars David Beckham, Landon Donovan and a few others (Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Josh Saunders and Mike Magee) in its regular-season finale, a wise move since the team has nothing to gain with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs already in hand.
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July 15, 2012 | Wire reports
- Spoiling the Portland Timbers' hopes of a quick start in a new era, the Galaxy turned back the clock with a strong performance from their veteran stars in a 5-3 victory Saturday night. Midfielder David Beckham recorded two goals in the first half - two vintage, curling strikes from distance - forward Robbie Keane put in two goals of his own, and Landon Donovan notched a goal and assist for good measure. The Timbers were playing their first game since interim Coach Gavin Wilkinson replaced the fired John Spencer last week.
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September 13, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones
at Kansas City, 2 p.m. PDT, HDNet, FSN Prime Ticket Site -- Arrowhead Stadium. Radio -- 1150, 1330 (Spanish). Records -- Galaxy 6-9-8; Wizards 6-9-8. Record vs. Wizards -- 1-0-0. Update -- With seven games left in the regular season, the playoff scenario is coming into focus for the Galaxy, which is 0-5-6 in its last 11 games. Los Angeles probably will have to win at least four games to avoid missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year. If the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United each win at least three of their remaining games, the Galaxy's wild-card chances are all but over.
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April 28, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
When: 7:30. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: KDOC, KWHY; Radio: 1150, 1330. Records: Galaxy 3-3, FC Dallas 3-3-2. Record vs. Dallas (2011): 1-1. Update: Josh Saunders' diving stop of a penalty kick last week in Colorado not only preserved a 2-1 win, but it gave the Galaxy a two-game winning streak, evened its season record at 3-3 and gave the team some valuable momentum heading into Saturday's match with a tired FC Dallas.
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January 8, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy announced Tuesday that it has signed midfielders Mike Magee and Colin Clark and goalkeeper Brian Perk for the 2013 season. The signing of Magee, who played a key role in the team's successive MLS Cup victories, was a big one given the team's uncertain status in the midfield. With David Beckham retiring from MLS play and the return of captain Landon Donovan and Juninho uncertain, the Galaxy could enter preseason camp later this month without three midfield starters from last season.
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December 31, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Boise State has backed out on a commitment to join the Big East Conference and will remain a member of the Mountain West. The school and the conference announced they had come to an agreement to keep the Broncos playing in the league they have been a part of the last two seasons. Boise State was scheduled to join the Big East next season for football only. It was going to put its other sports in the Big West. But more recent Big East defections made Boise State reconsider. Boise State says that as part of its agreement with the Mountain West, TV rights to its home football games will not be part of the conference's future media contracts.
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December 20, 2012 | Kevin Baxter
It's been less than three weeks since the Galaxy won its second consecutive Major League Soccer title, but the team's front office has taken little time off to celebrate. Thursday it announced its second deal with a homegrown player in 10 days, signing forward Gyasi Zardes of Hawthorne and Cal State Bakersfield. The team, which has already worked out two trades this offseason, is said to be close to a transfer deal with Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League for goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.
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December 14, 2012 | Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy lost a veteran forward Friday when it traded Edson Buddle to the Colorado Rapids. But it also gained a veteran midfielder and a solid goalkeeper, selecting Houston's Colin Clark and Columbus' Will Hesmer with its first two picks in Major League Soccer's reentry draft. Under the rules of the reentry draft teams are allowed to select players who are out-of-contract or have had their options declined by their current teams. Teams pick in reverse order of their finish in the most recent season.
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December 2, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy celebrated Saturday's MLS Cup victory deep into Sunday morning. But when Coach Bruce Arena and Tim Leiweke, the team's chief executive, awoke later that day, the countless champagne toasts weren't the only things that had their heads spinning. Because after winning consecutive league titles with David Beckham and Landon Donovan, the team must now figure out a way to win without one and possibly both players. "There's little doubt in my mind that we're going to have some transition here," said Leiweke, president of AEG, the global sports and entertainment company that owns the Galaxy.
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December 1, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Few teams had more reason - or opportunity - to pack it in and play for next season than the Galaxy did this year. Nearly halfway through the Major Soccer League season, the team, missing four of its starters, was buried in the conference cellar. The Galaxy climbed out to finish fourth in the Western Conference, then had to win a wild-card game just to get into the playoffs. And once there it found itself trailing time and again. Yet the Galaxy never quit and Saturday that resilience was rewarded one more time when the team rallied from a one-goal halftime deficit to beat the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, and win its second consecutive MLS Cup before a record crowd of 30,510 at the Home Depot Center.
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December 20, 2012 | Kevin Baxter
It's been less than three weeks since the Galaxy won its second consecutive Major League Soccer title, but the team's front office has taken little time off to celebrate. Thursday it announced its second deal with a homegrown player in 10 days, signing forward Gyasi Zardes of Hawthorne and Cal State Bakersfield. The team, which has already worked out two trades this offseason, is said to be close to a transfer deal with Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League for goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.
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December 1, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
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...
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November 27, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
The season was only three months old when Major League Soccer paused for its international break in June. Yet for the defending-champion Galaxy, the season appeared all but over. The team was last in the Western Conference standings, had gone five weeks without a win and played its final match before the break without its starting goalkeeper, its best defender and its top two scoring threats in Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan. But rather than throwing up his hands, Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena rolled up his sleeves.
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