July 25, 2011 |
Taylor Hoagland hit a two-run home run, Valerie Arioto and Megan Langenfeld had run-scoring singles and the United States beat rival Japan, 6-4, Monday night at Oklahoma City to win its fifth straight World Cup of Softball championship. Jordan Taylor (1-0) retired the first eight batters she faced and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, never letting the Americans fall behind after they grabbed a 2-0 lead without needing a hit in the first inning. The U.S. got even for a 7-0 loss in the title game of the Canada Cup this month in the latest matchup between the sport's two powerhouses.
March 8, 2012 |
By the time the Galaxy hoisted Major League Soccer's championship cup last November, it was recognized by many as the best team in MLS history. Then it got better. So when the defending champions open the league's new season at the Home Depot Center against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, the Galaxy will do so knowing that anything short of a second consecutive title will be a failure. "We need to perform like we did last year. If not better," said midfielder David Beckham, whose team had the best record in the regular season (19-5-10)
August 3, 2013 |
Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, together again for the first time in five weeks, combined for a tie-breaking goal in the 60th minute Saturday, helping the Galaxy to a 3-1 win over Italian champion Juventus at Dodger Stadium in the second game of an International Champions Cup doubleheader. Real Madrid beat Everton, 2-1, in the first match. Keane, who has been nursing a hip injury, came on in the second half and 15 minutes later, after the Galaxy stripped the ball from Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal Pardo, he found himself rushing up the left wing behind the defense.
February 23, 2012 |
Galaxy forwards Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle were called up to the U.S. men's national soccer team Thursday, ahead of its Feb. 29 friendly with Italy in Genoa. The U.S. is on a roll under new coach Juergen Klinsmann, having won its last three Neither Donovan nor Buddle played in any of those matches. "I'm excited about getting everybody together and challenging a world-class team like former World Cup winner Italy on their home soil. I think we have put a very competitive roster together," Klinsmann said. The team the U.S. will take to Italy is heavy with European-based players, with nine leagues from eight countries represented on the 21-man roster.
May 27, 2013 |
As historic moments go, Robbie Rogers' debut with the Galaxy on Sunday featured surprisingly little drama. With 13 minutes left in a 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders, official Alejandro Mariscal quietly called Brazilian midfielder Juninho to the sideline and sent Rogers in to take his place. And with that Major League Soccer -- and perhaps the U.S. sports landscape in general -- changed forever. Because when Rogers stepped on the field he became the first openly gay athlete to play for a professional men's team in one of the country's five major leagues.
December 1, 2012 |
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.
November 1, 2012 |
There have been times this season when the Galaxy has looked like anything but a champion. Good thing appearances aren't nearly as important as results when it comes to the playoffs, which the Galaxy opened Thursday by rallying for a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at the Home Depot Center. Goals from Mike Magee and Landon Donovan during a four-minute span of the second half sent the defending MLS champions on to the Western Conference semifinals against the San Jose Earthquakes.
May 6, 2012 |
Apparently the Angels aren't the only ones who aren't getting what they paid for. Just a few miles down the freeway Major League Soccer's Galaxy has put together the most expensive collection of stars in its sport too. And though that brought them a title last year, the embarrassment of riches has been just that — an embarrassment — so far this season. After Saturday's 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Joel Lindpere's first-half goal, the Galaxy has already lost as many games this year — five — as it did all of last season.
October 7, 2012 |
The Galaxy is going to the Major Soccer League playoffs, that much has been decided. But it will need the rest of the regular season to determine whether it goes as a second-, third- or fourth-place team, which is of no small consequence given the league's unforgiving playoff format. That pre-postseason push got off to bad start Saturday, though, with Fabian Espindola scoring twice in a three-minute span midway through the first half to lift Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 victory over the Galaxy in front of a sellout crowd of 27,000 at the Home Depot Center.
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.