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April 19, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones and Jaime Cardenas, Times Staff Writers
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.
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April 14, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
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.
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April 13, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
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.
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April 4, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
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.
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April 3, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
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.
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March 30, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
DENVER -- When the third Colorado goal rolled into the back of the net Saturday night, Galaxy Coach Ruud Gullit turned away in disgust, slumped to the bench and, literally, threw in the towel, tossing it out toward the field. In a victory as surprising as it was comprehensive, the injury-riddled Rapids, missing half a dozen, toyed with and ultimately embarrassed Los Angeles, 4-0, in the opening match of the Major League Soccer season for both teams.
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March 29, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
The last of the original Galaxy players now sits on the bench. Cobi Jones hung up his boots at the end of last season, swapping them for a seat alongside Galaxy Coach Ruud Gullit, as one of his three assistants. But even Jones, for all his dozen years in Major League Soccer, can't tell what 2008 will bring.
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February 19, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Steve Cronin is about to experience a few deer-in-the-headlights moments. The Galaxy goalkeeper, who has played only half a dozen Major League Soccer games in his first three seasons, suddenly finds himself as the starter. On a team that boasts such vastly experienced international players as David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Abel Xavier, Celestine Babayaro and Carlos Ruiz, the last line of defense is a relatively wet-behind-the-ears 24-year-old.
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February 8, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Major League Soccer released its schedule for the 2008 season Thursday and it brought a sigh of relief from the Galaxy and David Beckham. Unlike last season when the Galaxy had to pack 19 MLS games, including 12 on the road, into 12 weeks in order to showcase its English midfield star after his mid-July arrival, this year will provide much smoother sailing on the Beckham Tour Part II. Beckham said earlier this week that he expects 2008 to be much less hectic.
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February 5, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
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.
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