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.
November 10, 2013 |
The Galaxy expected to spend the coming week preparing for the second leg of Major League Soccer's Western Conference final. Instead, the team will spend it preparing for next year. Thursday's 2-0 overtime loss to Real Salt Lake in the conference semifinals not only spoiled the Galaxy's quest for an unprecedented third consecutive MLS title, but it also marked the team's earliest playoff exit since 2008. As for why that happened, there are many ideas and several theories but no sure answers.
November 16, 2012 |
A balky hamstring has left Landon Donovan's status for the MLS Western Conference final in Seattle uncertain and the Galaxy could be missing as many as two other regulars to injury as well. Donovan, a playmaking and scoring midfielder, missed four games to leg problems during the regular season and came out of the first leg of the conference final last Sunday with what has been described as hamstring tightness. He trained Friday for the first time in five days and was hopeful about his progress.
November 18, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, who has been plagued by injury all season, did not dress for the Western Conference final against the Seattle Sounders on a wet and chilly Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. The scenario the Galaxy faces -- it takes a three-goal lead into the second of two matches in a Major League Soccer playoff series that will be decided on total scores -- might have had something to do with that decision. But the weather conditions and the punishing nature of Seattle's artificial turf might also be a factor.
July 22, 1996
Brazil's place in the soccer world is without question. Its future in the Olympics is up for debate. The country that has produced four World Cup champions saw its 23-and-under Olympic team lose, 1-0, to Japan in an opening-round match before 46,713 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Teruyoshi Ito got the soccer equivalent of a basketball breakaway dunk, scoring in the 72nd minute on a Brazilian mistake. Brazilian defender Aldair was attempting to chest the ball to goalkeeper Dida.
January 20, 2013 |
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.