September 23, 2012 |
Athletes frequently use geologic terms in describing their seasons, likening the highs and lows to peaks and valleys. Sure it's a cliche. Which is why you have to give defender Todd Dunivant credit for originality when he picks music as his metaphor for the Galaxy's recent success. "The team's kind of fallen into a natural rhythm," Dunivant, a hard-core Beatles fan, said after Friday's practice. Major League Soccer's defending champions have gone 8-1-2 in their last 11 matches, posting shutouts in their last five victories.
August 27, 2012 |
Remember the Galaxy team that ran roughshod over the rest of Major League Soccer on its way to an MLS Cup title last season? Well, it's back. And after Sunday's methodical 2-0 win over FC Dallas in front of a sun-drenched Home Depot Center crowd of 21,933, an argument could be made that the team is as good as ever. "I've heard that from a lot of people. Which is good to hear," said defender Todd Dunivant, who scored the second goal Sunday. "Obviously, you don't want to be living in the past.
July 4, 2012 |
Michael Farfan's goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time lifted the Philadelphia Union to a 2-1 victory over the Galaxy, a devastating home loss for L.A. in front of a sellout crowd of 27,000 Wednesday night at the Home Depot Center. The Galaxy failed to muster an important point in the standings after what had looked like a game-saving goal by Chad Barrett in the 73rd minute to tie the Union. The reserve forward scored from a few feet in front of the net on a strike from Todd Dunivant.
June 18, 2012 |
Josh Saunders was back at work for the first time in two months Sunday. And even though he's never publicly explained where he's been or why exactly he went there, the Galaxy were clearly glad to have their starting goalkeeper back. The team hadn't won since late April, when Saunders enrolled in Major League Soccer's substance abuse and behavioral health program to be treated for an undisclosed condition at an undisclosed location. And the team hadn't shut out an opponent since Saunders blanked the Houston Dynamo in last November's MLS Cup final.
May 4, 2012 |
The Galaxy goes before a national television audience again Saturday when it plays host to the battered New York Red Bulls on ESPN. But are Major League Soccer's defending champions ready for their latest close-up? "We need to start showing people why we were champions last season," midfielder David Beckham said after training Friday. "At the moment it's not right at all. All the way through the team. " In fact the not-ready-for prime time players, at 3-4-1 after two months, have lost just one fewer game then they did all of last season.
March 31, 2012 |
Edson Buddle was on something of a sabbatical with the German bundesliga last spring so he missed the Galaxy's stumbling start, one in which Coach Bruce Arena's team won only two of its first six games. But he knows how the season ended: with four consecutive victories and a Major League Soccer title. As a result Buddle, a high-scoring striker, and the Galaxy are far from panicking after winning only once in four tries this season. "Bruce said this year we started out better for some reason –possession-wise — than last year.
March 18, 2012 |
Wouldn't you know it? As soon as the stumbling Galaxy figure things out, beating D.C. United, 3-1, Sunday for its first win this season, it gets the next two weeks off. Turns out that's a good thing. Because not only is the Galaxy exhausted after starting the year with four games in 12 days, but some of its players are still trying to learn each other's names. Take striker Robbie Keane and midfielder Marcelo Sarvas, for example. They combined for the Galaxy's three goals Sunday but they didn't meet for the first time until the team gathered at the airport to fly to its opening game, which also marked the first time Keane and striker Edson Buddle played together.
November 19, 2011 |
The MLS Cup at the Home Depot Center on Sunday has a number of compelling story lines, including a straight one that starts with Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear, passes though his captain, Brian Ching, then ends with Galaxy teammates Landon Donovan and Todd Dunivant. That quartet won an MLS Cup together eight years ago in San Jose, after which Donovan and Dunivant headed off to Los Angeles and the entire San Jose franchise later moved to Houston. The foundation for this year's championship game might have been poured back then.
November 17, 2011 |
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.
November 10, 2011 |
When the Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez was named Major League Soccer's rookie of the year two seasons ago, he got the news in a congratulatory phone call from Commissioner Don Garber. When he won the league's defender-of-the-year award this week, he got the news in a phone call from Justin Pearson in the team's communications office. "I don't think it's supposed to work that way," Gonzalez said after becoming, at 23, the youngest top defender in MLS history. "But that's the way it worked.