July 3, 2012 |
The Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez, Major League Soccer's defender of the year in 2011, was activated Tuesday and could make his season debut Wednesday, less than seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. At the same time the team announced that forward Adam Cristman, limited to two games this season because of concussion-related issues, is retiring after six MLS seasons. Gonzalez sustained his ACL injury during a winter training camp with FC Nuremberg of the German Bundesliga and returned to Southern California for surgery in mid-January.
April 21, 2012 |
A very stoppable force met an immovable object Saturday at the Home Depot Center. And not surprisingly the immovable object won, with Philadelphia running Chivas USA's shutout streak to four games in a row at home in a 1-0 victory the Union finished with only eight players on the field after losing defenders Sheanon Williams and Gabriel Farfan to red cards. Freddy Adu's goal in the 40th minute accounted for the only score. But if Chivas still has nothing to show on the scoreboard at home, at least it's getting closer.
April 20, 2012 |
When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket, KWHY. Records: Chivas 3-3, Philadelphia 1-3-1. Record vs. Philadelphia: 0-1-1 (2011). Update: Not only is Chivas USA winless at home this season, in its three matches at the Home Depot Center it hasn't even scored. And the Union hasn't allowed a goal in its last 242 minutes. Something will have to give because Philadelphia is winless on the road. Chivas is riding a two-match winning streak, victories Coach Robin Fraser says have resulted in renewed confidence.
March 21, 2012 |
There might be more at stake than simply a summer trip to London when the U.S. team opens play in the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament Thursday in Nashville. Because with 14 of the 20 players on the American soccer squad coming from Major League Soccer teams, the eight-nation tournament can rightly be seen as a referendum on the progress of MLS as well. "It's a strong statement about our league and the development of young players that the Olympic tournament — a reflection of the strongest young players in each country — includes so many that are on our clubs," MLS spokesman Will Kuhn said.
March 20, 2012 |
Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens and defender Jorge Villafana of Chivas USA both made the final cut for the U-23 U.S. soccer squad Tuesday, two days before the team opens play in the CONCACAF Olympic Trials in Nashville. The U.S. is grouped in a four-team pool with Cuba, Canada and El Salvador. It must finish in the top two in group play to advance to next week's semifinals, where a berth in this summer's London Games will be at stake. Competition in the other four-team pool will be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, beginning Friday.
March 20, 2012 |
He's a real-life action hero to the Occupy protest crowd -- a gray-haired, mustachioed retired police captain who happens to love the Occupy movement, especially in Philadelphia. Ray Lewis, 60, who served for 24 years as one of Philly's finest, has appeared in public to support Occupy protests in the city -- while wearing his old police uniform and cap. That hasn't sat well with current Philly cops who wear the uniform, or with the local police union. The Philadelphia police department and the union have demanded that Lewis stop wearing his old captain's uniform to Occupy protests.