February 12, 2014 |
David Beckham knows what he's doing. This is a guy who has used his enormous popularity as a soccer player to become an international brand. So the former Galaxy star should trust his every instinct as he starts a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami sometime between now and 2020, right? Uh, maybe not if his gut is telling him to name and fashion the team after a cheesy cop show from nearly three decades ago, remembered mainly for star Don Johnson's brightly colored fashion statements and an unmistakably '80s soundtrack.
February 7, 2014 |
Former U.S. team captain Thomas Dooley was named coach of the Philippines national soccer team, the Associated Press reported Friday, making him the sixth American since 2002 to coach a national team outside the United States. Dooley, of Laguna Niguel, had 81 caps with the U.S., playing in the 1994 World Cup and captaining the team in the 1998 tournament. The defender spent much of his career in Germany, playing for four clubs before joining Major League Soccer, where he played with Columbus and the New York Metro Stars.
February 6, 2014 |
The Galaxy on Thursday confirmed that Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena signed a multiyear contract extension with the Major League Soccer club. Terms of the deal, first reported Wednesday by The Times, were not disclosed. Arena's "commitment to the L.A. Galaxy, the club's winning tradition and continued excellence on and off the field is unrivaled," Dan Beckerman, chief executive of Galaxy owner AEG, said in a statement. Arena also issued a statement, saying "I'm honored to remain in this role with the preeminent soccer club in the United States.
February 5, 2014 |
The Galaxy was set to announce a multiyear contract extension for Bruce Arena, the soccer team's head coach and general manager, the Los Angeles Times has learned. The announcement could come as early as Thursday, according to people familiar with the situation who were not authorized to discuss it publicly. Arena, 62, is entering his seventh season with the Galaxy, having led the team to Major League Soccer championships in 2011 and 2012. His overall record with the Galaxy is 82-46-44.
January 31, 2014 |
When Mike Magee walked into StubHub Center on Friday morning, the return inspired memories and goose bumps. "This stadium [is] a place that had a pretty special place in my heart," said Magee, a fan favorite during his five seasons with the Galaxy. It could become even more special if Magee gets an opportunity to play Saturday afternoon before a sold-out crowd in the U.S. national team's exhibition with South Korea. Major League Soccer's reigning most valuable player, Magee went nine years between call-ups to a national team camp.
January 19, 2014 |
The Galaxy's busy off-season is about to land it another player after the team reached agreement on a deal with attacking midfielder Stefan Ishizaki, who has spent the last eight years with Sweden's IF Elfsborg. According to a club official not authorized to speak about the negotiations on the record, the team has a copy of a signed contract with Ishizaki but there is still some paperwork to be completed before the deal becomes official. Ishizaki is expected to be in Southern California on Thursday to tie up those details.
January 18, 2014 |
Juergen Klinsmann is nothing if not flexible. So when most of the players in the U.S. national team pool ignored his suggestion to play in Europe to prep for this summer's World Cup, Klinsmann turned the slight into a compliment for Major League Soccer. At least that's how it sounded. "It's exciting," Klinsmann said last week in an interview with the Associated Press in Brazil, where the national team is holding part of its winter training camp. "The players who are in Europe, many of them big players, are now back in MLS. "MLS is getting better every year.
January 16, 2014 |
Former national team stars Brian McBride, Clint Mathis, Briana Scurry and Kristine Lilly and Galaxy President Chris Klein, a 13-year Major League Soccer veteran, are among the 27 players on the ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame's class of 2014. To be eligible for induction on the players' ballot, nominees must be retired for at least three years but no more than 10. They also must have played in 20 international games for the U.S. or played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league, making at least one all-league or all-star team.
January 15, 2014 |
For the first time since 2002, a U.S. official will work the World Cup this summer. Mark Geiger, a 39-year-old high school math teacher from Beachwood, N.J., was one of 25 referees selected by FIFA to officiate the tournament. Geiger, who worked the 2012 Olympics, has refereed Major League Soccer matches since 2004 and handled the final of the 2011 U-20 World Cup. He was named MLS Referee of the Year in 2011. Geiger will be joined by his regular assistants, American Sean Hurd and Canadian Joe Fletcher.
January 4, 2014 |
It was just before 8 o'clock Saturday morning when Alex Morgan, teetering on crutches and wearing a protective left boot over her left ankle, hobbled onto the synthetic field at Veterans Park in Pomona to the sound of 120 grade-school girls gasping and giggling with excitement. "It's like the Beatles," one parent whispered. No, it's more than that. Among the preteen soccer set, Morgan, star of the women's national team, is much bigger than a mere rock star. Just ask 10-year-old Kira Cafferty, who turned down tickets to see the heartthrob boy band One Direction and instead flew from New Jersey to spend the weekend at Morgan's first soccer camp.