November 18, 2012 |
SEATTLE - When the final whistle sounded on Major League Soccer's Western Conference final Sunday, it was hard to tell the victors from the vanquished. On one side of the field the Seattle Sounders, 2-1 winners, saw their livid captain Osvaldo Alonso charge the officials, earning a red card. On the other side, Galaxy players embraced, pumped their fists and generally went wild, celebrating a title and collecting a trophy they won despite losing. Welcome to the MLS postseason, where things aren't always what they seem.
November 17, 2012 |
SEATTLE - It's unlikely anyone on the Galaxy roster will go into Sunday's Major League Soccer playoff game under more pressure than goalkeeper Josh Saunders. That's because, for the first time this season, the Galaxy will take the field not with a lead to earn but with one to protect. The Western Conference final is a two-game series decided by total goals, and because the Galaxy beat the Sounders, 3-0, in last week's opener, it will enter Sunday's rematch with a three-goal advantage.
November 4, 2012 |
When the Galaxy played San Jose two weeks ago, the team was angered by calls it felt should have been made but weren't. Sunday, the Galaxy was crying foul over a call it thought shouldn't have been made but was. An infraction whistled on Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas four minutes into stoppage time led to Victor Bernardez's free-kick goal, giving the Earthquakes a 1-0 victory in the first match of the two-leg Western Conference semifinals at...
October 28, 2012 |
A victory wasn't the only thing the Galaxy took away from Sunday's 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders. In fact, with its playoff opener just four days away, the result wasn't even the most important thing. What the Galaxy really needed was to prove its fitness and restore its confidence - and it did both, getting solid performances from a hobbled Landon Donovan and a gimpy David Beckham while winning for the first time in more than a month. "Psychologically, it could play a big part," said striker Robbie Keane, who set up second-half substitute Mike Magee for the game's only goal in the 83rd minute.
October 7, 2012 |
Landon Donovan's availability for key World Cup qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala was thrown in doubt Saturday after the Galaxy captain was carried off the field on a stretcher with a knee injury late in his team's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake at the Home Depot Center. The Galaxy said Donovan would undergo tests "as soon as possible" but that could mean Monday morning, when U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann is scheduled to announce the 23 call-ups for Friday's match in Antigua and the Oct. 16 game with Guatemala in Kansas City, Kansas.
October 4, 2012 |
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.
September 18, 2012 |
At PUERTO RICO ISLANDERS When: 5 p.m. PDT. Where: Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. On the air: TV: Fox Soccer, Univision Deportes Dos. Records: Galaxy 2-0 in CCL, Puerto Rico 0-2. Update: With a win Wednesday in Puerto Rico, the Galaxy would all but guarantee itself a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, which begin next spring. But it will have to do that with a split squad. With the Galaxy also locked in a tight race for a berth in Major League Soccer's playoffs, Coach Bruce Arena elected to leave half his regular lineup home meaning the team will be playing Wednesday without David Beckham, Robbie Keane, keeper Josh Saunders and defenders Omar Gonzalez and Sean Franklin.
September 2, 2012 |
Five times this season the Galaxy had taken the captain's armband from Landon Donovan and handed it to Robbie Keane, and each time Keane rewarded the team with a goal or an assist. So when Donovan's strained left hamstring sidelined him for a third consecutive game Saturday, Keane not only filled in again, he also set up goals by Juninho and David Beckham in a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of 20,168 at the Home Depot Center. The victory was the 10th in 15 games for the Galaxy, which began June in last place in the Western Conference but, two days into September, finds itself in third place, only a victory out of second, heading into a two-week break in their Major League Soccer schedule.
July 15, 2012 |
- 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.
June 18, 2012 |
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.