May 25, 2008 |
If you can't beat them, cheat them. That appears to be the Galaxy's modus operandi in 2008, and never was it made more clear than Saturday night, when Landon Donovan was the culprit. The incident occurred in the 54th minute of what eventually became a 3-1 Galaxy victory over the Kansas City Wizards at the Home Depot Center.
May 24, 2008 |
That two-wheeled jalopy that has wheezed and coughed and clunked its way through more than a quarter of the Major League Soccer season is about to get a tune-up -- and not a moment too soon. Through eight MLS games, during which the Galaxy has compiled a less-than-impressive 3-3-2 record, it has relied pretty much on David Beckham and Landon Donovan to provide the locomotion.
May 11, 2008 |
It was one brief moment of class in a dull and lackluster game. One good run, one good pass, one good goal. It came in the 78th minute at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night and it gave the New York Red Bulls a 2-1 Major League Soccer victory over a strangely out-of-sorts Galaxy team. Dane Richards made the run and the pass, moving unchallenged through the Galaxy midfield before sending a finely weighted pass through the Galaxy defense. Juan Pablo Angel did the rest.
April 27, 2008 |
The Great One came out to see the Galloping One on Saturday night. But even the first meeting between hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and soccer legend David Beckham failed to overshadow what actually happened on the Home Depot Center field. As far as Major League Soccer matches go, this one goes straight into the vault, to be taken out whenever an argument needs to be made for just how passionate and engrossing MLS games can be when both teams get serious. Well, at least for the first hour or so.
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.
April 19, 2008 |
It was somewhere in Texas that the guagua broke down, the bus giving up the ghost on the outskirts of San Antonio. For Jose Manuel Miranda, Yenier Bermudez and Yordany Alvarez, it was just another incident in their surreal journey toward freedom. The three were among seven Cuban soccer players who defected to the U.S. in Tampa, Fla., last month during regional qualifying for the Beijing Olympics. Their hope was to establish a career in Major League Soccer.
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 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 4, 2008 |
It's possible that Kobe Bryant was already comfortably seated and watching by the time David Beckham scored the Galaxy's first goal of the season Thursday night. Then again, the goal came a mere 7 minutes 58 seconds into the team's Major League Soccer home opener against the new and not-yet-quite-improved San Jose Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center.
April 3, 2008 |
It has been five months since Frank Yallop and the Galaxy parted company after the most trying and turbulent of Major League Soccer seasons. The dark circles under his eyes have disappeared. The fatigue that showed in every line on his face has vanished. The smile is back. The quips have returned. Yallop is a happy man again. Regrets? There are none.