May 27, 2013 |
As historic moments go, Robbie Rogers' debut with the Galaxy on Sunday featured surprisingly little drama. With 13 minutes left in a 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders, official Alejandro Mariscal quietly called Brazilian midfielder Juninho to the sideline and sent Rogers in to take his place. And with that Major League Soccer -- and perhaps the U.S. sports landscape in general -- changed forever. Because when Rogers stepped on the field he became the first openly gay athlete to play for a professional men's team in one of the country's five major leagues.
May 26, 2013 |
The next time Robbie Rogers takes the field, he will become the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major U.S. professional sport. That opportunity could come as early as Sunday night when the Galaxy hosts the Seattle Sounders. "As an athlete when you step on the field, you step on the field and don't think about other stuff," Rogers said at his introductory news conference Saturday. "So I think it will be quite natural and normal. But after, when I have time to take everything in, then I will say this has been quite a journey for me. " The Galaxy signed Rogers to a multiyear contract after acquiring him from the Chicago Fire in exchange for leading scorer and fan favorite Mike Magee, who wanted to return home to Chicago for personal reasons.
May 25, 2013 |
The Galaxy has scheduled a Saturday news conference to announce it has acquired the rights to former U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers from the Chicago Fire in exchange for midfielder Mike Magee. Rogers, a 26-year-old winger from Rancho Palos Verdes, briefly walked away from soccer last winter after being released by second-division English club Leeds United. In February, shortly after his retirement, he published a personal and powerful Internet blog in which he revealed he was gay. Rogers' return to the field for the Galaxy will make him the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer history.
May 3, 2013 |
The Galaxy on Sunday night gets its first look at this year's version of the Houston Dynamo, the club the Galaxy defeated in the MLS Cup the last two years to win consecutive Major League Soccer championships. "Obviously they have a little chip on their shoulder ... from the last two Cups so they're going to play us hard," Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee said after the Galaxy practiced Friday at Home Depot Center, site of Sunday's game. The game also is Landon Donovan bobblehead night, and Donovan along with three other Galaxy starters -- forward Robbie Keane, defender Todd Dunivant and goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini -- likely will return after missing last Saturday's game with minor injuries.
April 28, 2013
SANDY, Utah — Mike Magee and Charlie Rugg scored early in the first half, and the Galaxy coasted to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. Brian Rowe became the first goalkeeper to earn a shutout in his MLS debut for the Galaxy (4-1-2) since Brian Perk in a 0-0 draw against Seattle on July 4, 2011. Magee scored on a header in the sixth minute. Juninho fed him a cross off a free kick into the center of the box and Magee put a perfect touch on the pass as he headed it inside the right post.
April 3, 2013 |
Mike Magee was named the MLS player of the month after the Galaxy forward scored a league-best five goals in March. It's the first time Magee, 28, has won the monthly award in his 11-year career in Major League Soccer. "I have had a successful start to the season and, more importantly, so has our team," Magee said in a statement. The Galaxy's record is 2-0-2. Magee scored three goals in the Galaxy's season-opening 4-0 win over the Chicago Fire on March 3, then scored the game-winning goal in the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on March 23. He also scored a goal in the Galaxy's 2-2 tie with Toronto FC last Saturday.
March 31, 2013 |
Jose Villarreal, one of the Galaxy's bright young soccer stars, has joined an illustrious group with his bicycle-kick goal Saturday in stoppage time. Did you see the play that made all the highlight shows? Including No. 1 on a certain sports juggernaut? Move over Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and the recently departed David Beckham. Villarreal, the 19-year-old from Inglewood, came in as a substitute against Toronto FC and netted the equalizer in the 92nd minute of a 2-2 draw on Saturday.
March 24, 2013 |
Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, who have combined to score 111 goals for the Galaxy, weren't available for Los Angeles on Saturday night. But the team's leading scorer for 2013 was. Mike Magee scored his fourth goal of the season on a penalty kick less than four minutes into the second half, and it was all the Galaxy needed for a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. Magee actually had a relatively quiet night, allowing the team's two homegrown starters at the top of the formation, Jose Villarreal, 19, and Jack McBean, 18, to set an aggressive pace for the team, particularly in the first half.
March 22, 2013
When: 7:30. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 1150, 1220. Records: Galaxy 1-0-1; Rapids 0-2-1. Record vs. Rapids (2012): 2-0-1. Update: Galaxy forward Robbie Keane (Ireland) and defender Omar Gonzalez (USA) will be absent after being called up to their national teams for World Cup qualifiers. Mike Magee could get the start for Keane, with defenders Leonardo or Sean Franklin as options for Gonzalez.
March 4, 2013
David Beckham is now playing for a club team in France and Landon Donovan is in the midst of a self-imposed sabbatical from soccer. So the Galaxy's star power was muted going into its Major League Soccer opener. But veteran Mike Magee filled the void Sunday, scoring three goals in the Galaxy's 4-0 victory over the Chicago Fire at the Home Depot Center. It was the first hat trick of his career for Magee, in his 11th MLS season, and put an exclamation point on a day when the two-time defending champion Galaxy received its rings in a pregame ceremony that featured parachutists and fireworks.