July 12, 2013 |
AT PORTLAND When: 8 p.m. Where: Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, Ore. On the air: TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1150, 1330. Records: Galaxy 9-7-3, Timbers 7-2-9. Record vs. Timbers: 0-0-1. Update: This is a key matchup in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, where the Galaxy and Portland are tied for third place with 30 points each. In the teams' first meeting this season, they played to a 0-0 draw June 19 at StubHub Center. The Galaxy has won three of its last four games, although the club is still without its leading scorer, Landon Donovan, who is away playing for the U.S. national team.
June 2, 1996 |
Paul Bravo was watching an NFL game at his Bay Area home last fall, months before he and the San Jose Clash would begin the Major League Soccer season. After watching Green Bay Packer wide receiver Robert Brooks leap into the stands after scoring a touchdown, Bravo thought to himself: If I ever score a goal, that is what I would do. And he did. Against the Colorado Rapids on May 8, Bravo scored the go-ahead goal in a 3-1 victory.
July 24, 1994 |
Lee Stern can laugh about it now. He can find humor in a little enterprise he once undertook that had its ups and downs. "Obviously, I never was interested in money," Stern said. "Being in soccer prevented me from being one of the major owners of the Chicago Bulls." Stern, a successful Chicago commodities broker, once was a major force in American soccer. He owned the Chicago Sting of the now-defunct North American Soccer League.
November 18, 2011 |
Clark Hunt's business card is a little crowded given that he's chief executive of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and owner of Major League Soccer teams in Dallas and Columbus, Ohio. "I probably most frequently introduce myself as someone who's involved with both professional football and professional football," he says with a grin. Hunt is also smiling because with attendance, TV revenue, franchise values and expansion fees all at record highs, this is a very good time to be involved with futbol.
September 22, 2012
GALAXY SATURDAY VS. TORONTO FC When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: KDOC, KWHY. Radio: 1330. Records: Galaxy 14-11-4, Toronto 5-17-7. Record vs. Toronto: First MLS meeting (0-1-1 in CONCACAF Champions League). Update: The Galaxy can clinch a playoff berth with a win over Toronto, the team with the worst record in Major League Soccer and one that hasn't won since Aug. 1. The Galaxy is on a different kind of streak, having gone 8-1-2 in its last 11 games, giving up only one goal in its last five matches.
September 2, 2012
When: 6 p.m. Where: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara On the air: TV: NBC Sports. Records: Chivas USA 7-10-7, San Jose 15-6-5. Record vs. San Jose: 0-0-1. Update: After scrambling back from a three-goal deficit to tie one of the league's worst teams, New England, Chivas USA goes back on the road Sunday to meet the best team in Major League Soccer. The Earthquakes lead MLS with 52 goals and a goal differential of 19. San Jose's Chris Wondolowski leads the league with 18 goals, two fewer than Chivas has scored as a team.
August 28, 2013 |
The Galaxy formally announced Wednesday that it has re-signed Landon Donovan, with a team official confirming the deal is among the richest in league history. But after listening to Galaxy executives laud Donovan at Wednesday's news conference, it was hard not to wonder if the team got Donovan on the cheap. "Landon's resume speaks for itself," said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of AEG, the Galaxy's parent company, and the man who will sign Donovan's paychecks. "With Landon, we have the greatest American soccer player to ever play the game.
September 5, 2013 |
Landon Donovan is a complicated man who plays a simple game. And that can lead to unexpected consequences. When others celebrate, he broods. When others smile, he scowls. And when others began preparing for the World Cup last winter, he walked away from soccer, saying he needed a break after playing nonstop for nearly 12 years. It was an unprecedented move for a player in the prime of his career, one that Donovan, even 10 months later, still can't define. "I didn't have a specific explanation as to why I needed to get away.