July 9, 2011 |
The last time Galaxy forward Landon Donovan and midfielder David Beckham played a full 90 minutes together was May 14, when the two combined to score three goals. But since then, Donovan has left for, and since returned from, a month of international duty in the Gold Cup while Beckham is now battling a back injury. In those eight weeks, the Galaxy has won four games and drawn four games, extending its unbeaten streak to 11. "If you put together the number of games that the key players have missed," Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said, "and at the end of all of this we're still the team with the most points in the league, it isn't that bad. " Even with Donovan back in the starting lineup Monday in a scoreless draw against the Seattle Sounders, the Galaxy lacked the spark and cohesiveness that were once its trademarks.
August 15, 2010 |
Kevin Guppy has spent the majority of his time as an MLS League Pool goalkeeper with Chivas USA. In coming weeks, he may get his first shot in the net for the team. With the recent torn long head biceps injury to Dan Kennedy, Chivas USA is down to one goalkeeper. Zach Thornton was set to start at 8 p.m. Saturday against the Seattle Sounders but still nursed an ankle injury. With Thornton still recovering and Kennedy out for the season, odds are Guppy will see some playing time during the remainder of the MLS season.
October 27, 2012 |
Landon Donovan doesn't know how many minutes he'll be able to play for the Galaxy on Sunday at the Home Depot Center. But he does know every one he does play will be excruciating. "It is what it is," Donovan said of the bone bruise and torn posterior cruciate ligament that has left his left knee aching. "A lot of guys are dealing with a lot of pain right now. " But a lot of guys aren't as important to their teams as Donovan is to the Galaxy, which plays host to the Seattle Sounders at 6 p.m. in the regular-season finale for both teams.
July 23, 2011 |
After Manchester United's 7-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders in an exhibition game Wednesday night in Seattle, perhaps expectations should be lowered for the Galaxy's match against Manchester City on Sunday. Then again, perhaps they should have been lowered before the European clubs came stateside. "Teams come over here and look for fitness and they want to win these games," Galaxy midfielder David Beckham said. "And that's what they do. That's what their managers expect of them. " Going into Saturday, the two Manchesters, along with Real Madrid, had trounced MLS squads four times in the past few weeks by a combined score of 17-3, including Real Madrid's 4-1 win over the Galaxy on July 16. The exhibitions include a few variations from usual match rules — most notably the use of 22 players instead of the usual 14. "It's worse when an elite club can play more players," Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said upon learning of the Sounders' score Wednesday.
May 27, 2012 |
Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser will gladly take his turnarounds wherever he can get them. So although some may look at Saturday's 1-1 tie with the Seattle Sounders as a disappointment, Fraser said he was happy to at least escape with a point. After all, when you're coaching a team that has lost 38 times in less than 21/2 seasons, a tie can look pretty good. "It is what it is. At the end of the day, we got a point," Fraser said. "We certainly could have had three points out of it. Look at it however you want.
March 27, 2010 |
A week has passed since Major League Soccer and its players reached accord on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement, ending months of sometimes acrimonious debate. With MLS labor peace seemingly assured for the next half a decade, are the players pleased with the deal they struck? "On the whole, I think we're very satisfied with what we achieved," midfielder Chris Klein, one of three Galaxy players involved in the negotiations, along with Landon Donovan and Todd Dunivant, said Saturday evening.
October 27, 2013 |
The Galaxy will open the MLS playoffs against Real Salt Lake after the Galaxy finished its regular season with a 1-1 tie with the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night. Seeking its third consecutive Major League Soccer championship, the Galaxy will open the two-leg Western Conference semifinals Sunday at StubHub Center. The second semifinal game would be the following weekend in Utah. The Galaxy was 2-1-0 against Real Salt Lake during the regular season. The Galaxy overall finished the regular season in third place in the conference with a record of 15-11-8 and 53 points, four points behind the first-place Portland Timbers (14-5-15)
August 25, 2012 |
Chivas USA's postseason chances may have gone from longshot to no shot Saturday at the Home Depot Center, and not simply because their loss to the Seattle Sounders left them at them 10 points out of the final playoff berth with 11 games to play. It was more how they lost: by giving up a franchise-record six goals in a 6-2 pummeling. And just to make sure everyone got the message, Chivas scored Seattle's final goal itself, with veteran defender Ante Jazic redirecting a pass around keeper Dan Kennedy in stoppage time.
May 26, 2012 |
One team's roster features three of the most recognizable soccer players in the world. The other team's starting lineup might as well be in the witness protection program. But while the star-studded Galaxy has spent most of the Major Soccer League season in a free fall, going five weeks without a win, its co-inhabitant at the Home Depot Center is headed in the other direction. Chivas USA went into Saturday night's match with the visiting Seattle Sounders having earned points in three consecutive games, the latest being Wednesday's 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls at Red Bulls Arena.