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July 29, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Galaxy superstar Landon Donovan listed his compound in Manhattan Beach for $4.295 million and in two weeks had an offer in hand. Built in 2007 and 2008, the compound is made up of two houses with a swimming pool. The main house features 11-foot ceilings, antique terra-cotta floor tiles, wide plank wood floors, custom wrought ironwork and coffered and vaulted ceilings. There are five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 5,715 square feet of living space. The smaller house includes a gym, sauna, home theater and 300-bottle wine cellar.
March 8, 2014 | By James Barragan
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando spoiled the night for a sold-out crowd of 25,364 at StubHub Center on Saturday night, blocking a Robbie Keane penalty kick in the 92nd minute to maintain a 1-0 lead that handed the Galaxy a loss in its season opener. Although Real Salt Lake walked off with the 1-0 victory, the conversation of the game will center on questionable calls made by replacement referees who were calling the game after the league's officiating union could not settle a labor dispute before the start of the season.
October 9, 2012 | Kevin Baxter
Galaxy captain Landon Donovan will not play in the U.S. national team's World Cup qualifiers with Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala because of a knee injury sustained in last Saturday's Major League Soccer game with Real Salt Lake. Donovan was carried from the field on a stretcher in the 81st minute following a hard challenge from RSL's Jamison Olave. But Donovan later walked to the locker room without assistance and he felt so good the next day that he canceled a scheduled MRI and flew to Miami on Monday for the national team's camp.
March 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy opens its season Saturday night facing the rival that knocked them out of the playoffs last year: Real Salt Lake. But the Galaxy will field a markedly different team at the StubHub Center after bolstering its ranks with several experienced players during the off-season. The moves were to correct the team's uneven play in 2013. "If there was a weakness last year, it's that we were inconsistent," said Coach Bruce Arena, who last month signed a multiyear contract extension.
November 18, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
April 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Despite being eliminated in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, the Galaxy at least knows Landon Donovan, the team's all-time scoring leader, is back to playing a complete game. For the first time since he reported late to the Galaxy after a self-imposed hiatus for mental and physical exhaustion, Donovan played a full 90 minutes in the Galaxy's 1-0 loss to the Monterrey Rayados on Wednesday night in Mexico. Monterrey won the two-leg CONCACAF tournament with a 3-1 aggregate score.
May 15, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The question of whether the Galaxy's Landon Donovan will rejoin the U.S. national team continues to drag on. Donovan, the U.S. team's all-time leading scorer, "is set" to be left off U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's team for the World Cup qualifying matches next month, reported Tuesday. But later in the day, Donovan said in a podcast on the Galaxy's website that "Jurgen has not told me that it was definitive" he wouldn't selected and "that I wouldn't be there. You never know.
April 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Galaxy forward Landon Donovan said it's questionable whether he'll start Saturday night's game against Real Salt Lake because of a sore right leg. The Galaxy's all-time leading scorer said he was "hopeful that I'll be ready" for the Major League Soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium near Salt Lake City, "but we'll see. " Donovan, 31, scored one goal and had an assist in the Galaxy's 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City last weekend. During that game, Donovan said, he strained his leg after he "sprinted and then reached for a ball.
April 17, 2010 | Patt Morrison
I've read that some people call Landon Donovan the Kobe Bryant of soccer; I wonder if the day will come when people call Bryant the Landon Donovan of basketball? Arguably the best player that soccer-lukewarm America has ever produced has taken his world-class game from casual kids' matches in the backyards of Redlands, to the massive professional arenas of Europe, and back to Southern California, to the L.A. Galaxy in Carson. Come June, Donovan is expected to anchor the U.S. team in the World Cup. You've heard of it?
November 16, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
February 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Michael Parkhurst was still playing in the German Bundesliga in December when the pairings for this summer's World Cup were announced. And he remembers few of his teammates at FC Augsburg felt the need to hide their feelings about a draw that placed powerful Germany in the same group as the U.S. "Guys on the team were talking about the group and I just got the feeling that, basically, they still don't think that we can get a victory against a...
January 31, 2014 | By David Wharton
If you're looking for a different -- and slightly skewed -- perspective on the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a pair of American sliders might have just the thing. Skeleton racer John Daly and bobsledder Steve "Nitro" Langton have been posting short clips on YouTube as they prepare to compete in Russia. The roommates began their semi-regular video blog in May and have been using it to answer fan mail and riff on everything from fashion to the Louisiana Purchase. Daly plays the comic role.
January 30, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy on Thursday signed attacking midfielder Stefan Ishizaki, who has spent the last eight years playing for the Swedish soccer team IF Elfsborg. "Stefan is an excellent addition to our team," Galaxy head Coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. "He is an experienced player, an exceptional passer and a proven winner. " Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ishizaki, the son of a Japanese father and Swedish mother, was born in Stockholm and played with teams in Sweden, Italy and Norway as well as with the Swedish national team.
January 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
A year ago, with Landon Donovan in the middle of a three-month self-exile from soccer, his future with the U.S. national team was very much in doubt. But now, after a spectacular summer, his place on the U.S. roster for this summer's World Cup seems pretty much assured. Still to be decided, however, is whether he will start and where he'll play once he gets to Brazil. U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann prefers to line up with a heavy midfield behind a solitary striker, which figures to leave Donovan part of a crowded field competing for a job on the wings.
January 30, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Denver police are investigating an incident in which an SUV linked to welterweight boxer Mike Alvarado crashed off a snowy bank into Colorado's Sloan's Lake on Tuesday.  “Mike's fine, he told me he has nothing to do with it, and that's good enough for me,” Alvarado's manager-trainer Henry Delgado told The Times on Thursday. “I believe him.” A police spokesman told Denver's CBS 4 that authorities are seeking a man and a woman who walked away from the green Cadillac Escalade before it rolled into the lake with a smashed hood.
January 21, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
First of all, let's state the obvious: It was weird watching “The Bachelor” on Monday. If I didn't already have mixed feelings about Juan Pablo -- which, uh, I definitely did -- it certainly didn't help to learn his feelings about gay people this week. If you're just catching up, on Friday JuanPabs told a reporter that he couldn't envision a season of “The Bach” featuring a gay individual. Because they are “more pervert.” *Face palm.* On Saturday, ABC responded , calling his comments “thoughtless and insensitive.” JuanPabs then apologized and blamed a lot of the misunderstanding on his language barrier.
January 23, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said Landon Donovan will be part of the team this season, but he's letting his captain work out the timetable for his return from a self-imposed break designed to rekindle his passion for soccer. However, Juergen Klinsmann, manager of the U.S. national team, doesn't sound quite as forgiving. In an extended interview with Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal, Klinsmann appeared a bit frustrated with Donovan, who complained of physical and mental exhaustion last year.
January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The first time Mike Magee was invited to train with the U.S. soccer national team, he was young and cocky and admits he didn't appreciate the honor. So it's probably no surprise that it took nine years before he was asked back. "When you're young you feel like it's just a normal thing and you take it for granted," said Magee, who is at StubHub Center in Carson for Coach Juergen Klinsmann's final extended camp before this summer's World Cup. "I won't make that mistake again. " It took a 21-goal season that ended with Magee hoisting Major League Soccer's most-valuable-player award to change the way the national team looked at the Chicago Fire forward.
January 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Galaxy officials said Tuesday the team has acquired Brazilian forward Samuel Rosa Goncalves, known simply as Samuel, on loan from the Fluminense FC team of Brazil's Serie A. Samuel, 22, had 15 goals in 72 appearances over the last two seasons with Fluminense, across all competitions for the club based in Rio de Janeiro. Terms of the loan agreement were not disclosed. "We are pleased to add Samuel to our roster," Galaxy General Manager and Coach Bruce Arena said in a statement.
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