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October 27, 2007 | Jaime Cardenas, Times Staff Writer
When Chivas USA made the playoffs last year, it was excited just to be there. Its season ended at the hands of Houston in the first round a year ago, but the team took solace in the fact it had made it to the postseason. That won't be the case this year. It's the MLS Cup or bust for Chivas players. "This whole group learned a lot from [last year's] experience," midfielder Jesse Marsch said. "The biggest reason we lost that series, I think, was because our . . .
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August 20, 2011 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Landon Donovan, David Beckham and new teammate Robbie Keane endured a marathon 30-minute news conference Friday, and whether because of exhaustion or boredom, they delivered some answers that were vague or evasive. There was one point, however, that the Galaxy brain trust took care to be perfectly clear about: They know the pressure is on, and they're ready for it. "Let me answer that," Donovan cut in when asked about the pressure to win. "We all play to win. In my opinion, pressure is perceived.
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February 16, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Robbie Rogers stepped away from soccer Friday because the physical and emotional toll of performing on the field while living in the closet had become too much to bear. Landon Donovan stepped away from soccer 21/2 months ago because, he said, the physical and emotional toll of performing at a world-class level every week over the last 12 years had become too much to bear. Rogers may never return. Donovan, the Galaxy says, will be back - exactly when, the team will announce in the next few days.
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November 10, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
The face of U.S. soccer often hides behind a hat and sunglasses. "And a fake nose," the face adds with a smile. Clearly anyone who believes Americans have ignored the world's most popular sport has never gone to the mall with Landon Donovan. "It used to bother me, before the World Cup," Donovan says of being mobbed in public. "If I'm out just like this with no hat on or no glasses, then I have to assume that's going to happen. But it's part of it. " "It" being the fallout from a spectacular World Cup in which Donovan scored three times in four matches, lifting the U.S. into the second round with a stunning extra-time goal that beat Algeria and made him a national star overnight.
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November 17, 2011 | Helene Elliott
Look past David Beckham's glamour, past the scoring exploits of Landon Donovan, and the truth is that the Galaxy has a working-class soul. Beneath their glitz is an outstanding defensive foundation, installed and nursed along by Coach Bruce Arena to the point where the Galaxy is favored to defeat the Houston Dynamo on Sunday at the Home Depot Center and earn its third MLS Cup championship. Beckham might win international headlines but defense wins championships no matter the sport.
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March 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy's David Beckham Era ended in December with a second consecutive Major Soccer League title. So Sunday afternoon a new era will begin when the Galaxy players, after receiving their championship rings, embark on a quest for more jewelry and a league-record third straight championship. Their MLS journey begins at the Home Depot Center against the Chicago Fire. But Beckham won't be the only big name not in uniform. Landon Donovan - who scored the winning goal in each of those MLS Cup finals - may show up to get his ring, but he won't be suiting up, continuing a self-imposed sabbatical that included a recent 10-day trip to Cambodia, where he apparently sought spiritual enlightenment.
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November 17, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
There was just a minute left in an otherwise routine midweek practice, a minute Galaxy forward Chad Barrett had the option of spending on the sideline. Instead, he stayed on the pitch, taking a pass and turning to race upfield. And that's when everything went terribly wrong, with Barrett's cleats catching in the wet grass, twisting his right ankle grotesquely and dumping him to the turf. "I've never seen anything like that in person," teammate Todd Dunivant said. "That's unsettling when you see that.
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November 20, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
Who says Los Angeles can't win a pro football championship? It just did, Sunday night in a poncho-filled bandbox in Carson, so chilly the players' breaths appeared in puffs, so soggy their socks were caked in mud. Folks in this country call it soccer, but, goodness, this was football, powerful and passionate, players fighting through the Home Depot Center muck while thousands serenaded them with streamers and songs, throaty voices rising above...
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March 6, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
The last meaningful game the Galaxy played was last fall's Major League Soccer Cup final, which it won 1-0 to cap its first championship season in six years. But it's been tough sledding since then, with the team winning just two of its eight preseason games against MLS opponents. So the question heading into Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal game with FC Toronto at the Rogers Centre (Fox Soccer, 5 p.m. PST) is which Galaxy team will show up: the world-beater that won a title last year or the one that was outscored nearly 2 to 1 this winter while being shut out three times?
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November 15, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
It began with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding, which, in a way, it was. David Beckham, the most marketable soccer player in the world, exchanged "I do's" with Major League Soccer and the Galaxy five seasons ago, beginning an audacious and expensive experiment designed to make the sport relevant in this country. That trial could end Sunday when Beckham plays in the MLS Cup, the league's championship game, in what may be his final appearance in a Galaxy uniform at the Home Depot Center.
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