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July 31, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Not even county government can escape David Beckham fever. A crank caller impersonating England's superstar import, the newest member of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, deluged Los Angeles County and Sheriff's Department offices in the last week with offers to host charity events, give away game tickets and autograph jerseys. The fake Beckham called county and sheriff's offices about a dozen times, said county Public Information Officer Judy Hammond.
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March 24, 2013 | Chuck Schilken
Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, who have combined to score 111 goals for the Galaxy, weren't available for Los Angeles on Saturday night. But the team's leading scorer for 2013 was. Mike Magee scored his fourth goal of the season on a penalty kick less than four minutes into the second half, and it was all the Galaxy needed for a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. Magee actually had a relatively quiet night, allowing the team's two homegrown starters at the top of the formation, Jose Villarreal, 19, and Jack McBean, 18, to set an aggressive pace for the team, particularly in the first half.
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November 7, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Jones is a Times staff writer.
Alexi Lalas, surfacing in public for the first time since being fired in August as the Galaxy's president and general manager, took a few shots of his own on Thursday night. Appearing as an ESPN co-host during coverage of the Chicago Fire's 3-0 playoff victory over the New England Revolution, Lalas said David Beckham's connections had shown "disrespect" to the Galaxy by not letting the club know in advance of their talks with AC Milan.
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January 31, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
Home is the player, home from . . . well, just about everywhere, it turns out. Twelve years after he first wandered onto the Rose Bowl field as a Galaxy player in 1998, Clint Mathis is back in town. Back then, he was a rookie, a first-round draft pick from the University of South Carolina with the red soil of Conyers, Ga., still clinging to his boots and the distinct twang in his voice. Now, he is 33 and has traveled the world, playing professionally not only in the U.S. but also in Germany and Greece.
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April 26, 2000 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soccer 1, Cycling 0. That isn't a matchup Galaxy officials wanted splashed across any Southland marquee, and it certainly isn't a scoreline Olympic Velodrome officials wished to see anywhere at any time, but in the very real contest for prime real estate on the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus, that is how it stands. Fighting to preserve the velodrome from the bulldozers that would raze the facility in order to create a 30,000-seat stadium for the Galaxy, the Southern California Velodrome Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the most ambitious project of its kind in city history, Los Angeles parks officials proposed Wednesday a $25-million transformation of the Hansen Dam Recreation Area into a major sports and recreation facility for the region. The plan calls for using 100 acres in Lake View Terrace to build sports fields, an indoor soccer arena, roller hockey rink, bike motocross course, skateboard park, model airplane airport and a recreational vehicle campground.
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June 25, 1996 | GEORGE DOHRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Major League Soccer rewarded the Galaxy for its 11-0 start Monday by selecting five players to the Western Conference all-star team, but, apparently, that was not reward enough. Midfielders Cobi Jones and Mauricio Cienfuegos, forward Eduardo Hurtado, defender Robin Fraser and goalkeeper Jorge Campos were all selected starters for the July 14 game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Galaxy's Lothar Osiander will coach the West squad.
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August 5, 1999 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A second proposal to build a soccer stadium in the San Fernando Valley with no public subsidy was unveiled Wednesday, creating competition between professional and amateur groups for the site in the renovated Hansen Dam Recreation Area. Steve Sampson, the former coach of the U.S. national soccer team who now represents Pueblo Corp.
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September 4, 1999 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eric Wynalda was on the phone, but it was difficult to tell. Where was the brashness that once characterized the U.S. national team's all-time leading goal scorer? Where were the outspoken comments designed to rub Major League Soccer's officialdom the wrong way? Has the move to Florida mellowed the striker from Westlake Village?
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August 29, 2007 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
In a season where so much has gone wrong, it was pleasing to find that at least one player was smiling Tuesday in the Galaxy locker room. Israel "Izzy" Sesay, the 16-year-old forward from Sierra Leone, trained for the first time with his new team and was welcomed by none other than David Beckham. That alone was enough to have the teenager beaming from ear to ear. "Oh, man, he's been great so far," Sesay said. "He's really a nice guy. I went in the locker room and we just talked and stuff.
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January 23, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
If soccer were a game of checking boxes, Omar Gonzalez would be off to a flying start. Just look at his resume: In 2005, play for the U.S. at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Peru. Check. In 2007, play for the U.S. under-20s at the Pan-American Games in Brazil. Check. In 2008, win an NCAA championship with Maryland and pick up first-team All-American honors along the way. Check. In 2009, get selected in the first round of the Major League Soccer draft by the Galaxy and go on to win the MLS rookie-of-the-year award.
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December 17, 2009 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy invited season-ticket holders to a lunch-time news conference Wednesday and many fans expected the team to announce that forward Landon Donovan would be leaving for the English Premier League. Instead, the team announced its captain and leading scorer had signed a four-year contract that would keep him in Los Angeles through 2013. "Thank you, Landon!" one fan shouted at Donovan, who responded with a shy grin. And Donovan had reason to smile -- millions of them -- since the value of his contract more than doubles the $900,000 base salary he got from the Galaxy last season, when he led it to the Major League Soccer championship game and was selected the league's most valuable player.
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November 23, 2009 | By Grahame L. Jones
A cold night, two exhausted teams, overtime inconclusive, penalty kicks underway and a national championship on the line. That was the scenario at Qwest Field on Sunday night when Landon Donovan stepped up to take his penalty. The Galaxy and Real Salt Lake had played each other to a 1-1 standstill after 120 minutes, including a half-hour of overtime, in front of a wind-chilled crowd of 46,011 in Major League Soccer's 2009 title game. It had all come down to spot kicks from 12 yards, kicks that saw the Utah side prevail, 5-4, to win its first MLS title in only its fifth season of existence.
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November 22, 2009 | By Grahame L. Jones
David Beckham was standing at his Galaxy locker, the one with the color photograph of him and his three sons in Real Madrid uniform, and he was being adamant. "It's always nice to prove people wrong," he said. "That never gets old, I must admit. "But it's not over yet. We've won this part of it [Major League Soccer's Western Conference title], but there's still another part to win. As satisfying as it is to quiet a few people, it's not over yet." Sometime this evening, it will be over.
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November 13, 2009 | Grahame L. Jones
David Beckham was ready to leave. Cruz Beckham was not. The scene was the Galaxy locker room in the aftermath of last weekend's Major League Soccer playoff victory over Chivas USA, and 4-year-old Cruz was at the chalkboard, drawing cartoon characters. "Come on, Cruz, it's time to go," Beckham said. "Come on, it's bedtime." Cruz ignored him and kept drawing. Eventually, Beckham came over and, taking the marker from his son, squiggled a line of hair on the cartoon face and added a top hat for good measure.
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November 9, 2009 | GRAHAME L. JONES, ON SOCCER
It was an emotional Sunday evening, with feelings running high in both Major League Soccer locker rooms -- joy in one and despair in the other. Over in the Galaxy's quarters, David Beckham was holding forth on the bumps and bruises he had suffered in a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA that advanced the Galaxy to Friday's Western Conference final, also in Carson, against the Houston Dynamo. "It's sore," Beckham said of his bruised back. "I got a knee in my back and it went into spasm.
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September 29, 1999 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Second-most pressing question regarding tonight's 7:30 Rose Bowl encounter between the Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids: Which of these teams, separated by one point in the standings, will go on to win the MLS Western Conference championship and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs? Most pressing question: Can either of these teams score? The Galaxy and the Rapids come careening down the stretch at something less than peak offensive efficiency.
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February 26, 1997 | GRAHAME L. JONES
The Los Angeles Galaxy today will give four players, including two starters, their unconditional release and announce that leading goal scorer Eduardo "El Tanque" Hurtado will return for a second Major League Soccer season. The four players to be cut are starting midfielder/defender Arash Noamouz, starting forward Jose Vasquez, forward John Garvey and midfielder Felipe Rodriguez.
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November 3, 2009 | Grahame L. Jones
David Beckham is assured of spending the winter and spring playing in Italy after the Galaxy and AC Milan on Monday finalized an agreement that will send him on loan again to the Serie A club. Beckham, 34, spent the first five months of this year with Milan and wanted to repeat the experience to earn a place on England's roster for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. "I need to give myself the best chance possible to make the World Cup squad, and playing for Milan on loan will help me do that," Beckham said in a statement.
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November 2, 2009 | GRAHAME L. JONES, ON SOCCER
Odd, weird, strange, unusual. Or, to put it another way, error, error, error, error. Sunday afternoon's 2-2 Major League Soccer tie between Chivas USA and the Galaxy was not your ordinary MLS playoff game. Not by a long shot. Four goals were scored, and every one of them was the result of a mistake rather than a spectacular play. Chivas took the lead, and the Galaxy tied it. The Galaxy went ahead, and Chivas tied it. The near-sellout crowd of 25,218 at the Home Depot Center was left with mixed feelings.
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