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 3, 2009 |
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.
September 27, 2009 |
The Columbus Crew extended its MLS-record home unbeaten streak to 24 matches with a 2-0 win over the Galaxy on Saturday night. Eddie Gaven and Steven Lenhart scored goals for Columbus (12-4-10), which leads the MLS with 46 points. Its unbeaten run at Crew Stadium includes 22 regular-season matches and two in the postseason. Los Angeles (10-6-11), which squandered a chance to overtake Houston for the Western Conference lead, has 41 points. The Galaxy played without David Beckham, who did not travel to Columbus with the team and was scratched from the game roster by Coach Bruce Arena on Thursday because of an injured ankle.
August 19, 2009 |
AT CHICAGO Time: 6 PDT. On the air: TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes; Radio: 570 and 1330. Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. Records: Galaxy 7-4-10, Fire 9-4-8. Record vs. Fire (2008): 0-2. Update: Saturday night's 2-0 loss to Seattle dropped the Galaxy to third place in the Western Conference and the red cards issued to David Beckham and Eddie Lewis mean they will miss tonight's match. The shutout loss was the first for the Galaxy since June 13. Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena minced no words in the aftermath.
June 29, 2009 |
The Houston Dynamo, owner of the best record in Major League Soccer, gave Galaxy fans a nervous feeling that wouldn't be put to rest until the very end of Sunday night's game, when they were showered with victory confetti. It was a feeling Galaxy fans have been deprived of for much of a season in which the team has recorded only three victories. But on a night when the home crowd perhaps needed a reason to forget the U.S.