March 26, 2000 | ,
To understand just how thorough the Galaxy's 4-0 trouncing of Major League Soccer's defending champion was Saturday afternoon, consider Marco Etcheverry's ignominious exit from the game. The Bolivian playmaker who has led D.C. United to three MLS titles in the league's four seasons, was tossed out by referee Paul Tamberino, but refused to leave. First, he went to the bench and slowly removed his boots. He then just as slowly peeled off his jersey, turned it inside out and put it back on. Why?
March 25, 2000 | ,
All things considered, the Galaxy would just as soon be playing at RFK Stadium on Oct. 15 rather than today. Then, it will mean something. Then, it will be for the championship of Major League Soccer, a goal that has eluded Los Angeles in each of its first four seasons. And then too, it might not be longtime nemesis D.C. United lining up on the other side of the ball, as is the case today. The Galaxy has not fared well against the team in black.
August 4, 2008 |
OAKLAND -- Darren Huckerby scored one goal and had an assist as the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Galaxy, 3-2, on Sunday, ending a winless streak at eight games. Ryan Cochrane scored his first goal of the season in the 90th minute for the Earthquakes (4-9-6). Newly acquired Arturo Alvarez also scored to give San Jose's league-worst offense its first three-goal game of the year.
June 1, 2008 |
TORONTO -- Second-half goals by defender Julius James and forward Jeff Cunningham carried Toronto FC to a 2-0 victory over the Galaxy on Saturday, which played without midfielder David Beckham. Both teams had depleted rosters because of injuries and international callups, most notably England's Beckham. After only one shot on goal in the first half, a Sean Franklin foul on Cunningham set up the game's first goal in the 49th minute.
February 5, 2008 |
The jigsaw puzzle pieces that eventually will coalesce into the 2008 Galaxy gathered for the first time in Carson on Monday. New Coach Ruud Gullit was there, as was new assistant coach Cobi Jones. David Beckham was there, as were Carlos Ruiz and Celestine Babayaro, the team's two major off-season signings.
April 13, 2008 |
American sports fans have an obsession with statistics, Galaxy Coach Ruud Gullit believes, but he argues that numbers have little to do with the reality of what happens on a soccer field. So it does not matter at this point in the Major League Soccer season that the Galaxy is 1-1-0, or that David Beckham and Landon Donovan each have one goal, or that Los Angeles will be trying to win its second in a row, against Toronto FC at the Home Depot Center at noon today.
April 14, 2008 |
As anniversaries go, Sunday's was a bust. Twelve years to the day from the Galaxy's Major League Soccer debut -- a day when Cobi Jones sent a Rose Bowl crowd of 69,255 into a frenzy with the team's first goal on April 13, 1996 -- the Galaxy turned in a strange performance. Yes, Landon Donovan scored twice. Yes, David Beckham was his usual influential self. Yes, the team could have come away with at least a point. But, no, the Galaxy did not win, or even tie.
April 20, 2008 |
Sometimes it's best to simply tear up the game plan, throw all the bits of paper in the air and see where they land. That's what Galaxy Coach Ruud Gullit did Saturday night, when he reshaped the Los Angeles lineup at halftime and turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-2 tie with the Houston Dynamo. Two of the players that Gullit left on the field did all the damage. David Beckham provided the passes. Landon Donovan provided the goals, his fourth and fifth of the season.
October 13, 2008 |
Clinging by its fingernails to the cliff of Major League Soccer, the Galaxy is still hanging on. A 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids at the sold-out Home Depot Center on Sunday evening not only lifted the Galaxy out of last place in the league but kept alive its flickering playoff hopes. "We live for another day," said Coach Bruce Arena, whose team has two games left in the regular season -- on the road at Houston on Saturday and at home against Dallas on Oct. 26.