January 23, 2010 |
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.
December 17, 2009 |
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.
November 23, 2009 |
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.
November 22, 2009 |
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.
November 13, 2009 |
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.
November 9, 2009 |
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.