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Los Angeles Galaxy 2016 News and Updates
The Los Angeles Galaxy are not on the top of the MLS power rankings this week, and that’s because they suffered a loss to the Portland Timbers while on the road last weekend. The Galaxy were able to score two goals, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Timbers on the October 18 matchup. Portland ultimately took home the victory, defeating the Galaxy 5 – 2. Los Angeles will be looking to regroup this week as they prepare for matchups with the Comunicaciones in the CONCACAF Champions League Group on October 21 and the Sporting KC in the MLS on October 25. If necessary, they will play at home in the Knockout Round on October 28.
10/15/15 - As the Los Angeles Galaxy are preparing to make their run for the MLS cup, the team must also contend with the news of Todd Dunivant’s retirement. After a couple of seasons that were plagued by injuries, he will play his last regular season home game this Sunday, Oct. 18, against the Portland Timbers. Despite the life-changing news, Todd is remaining focused on helping his team earn top honors in the world of professional soccer. Thankfully, he is feeling well and is probable to play in the game, which will begin at 4:00 PM at the StubHub Center. “He’s just a good guy that’s prepared for life after soccer,” said head coach Bruce Arena. Tickets for that game are on sale now for $38 and up.
10/7/15 - The LA Times newspaper will be hosting its annual Latinos de Hoy Awards show this Sunday, October 11, and they will be honoring soccer player Giovani dos Santos. He excels at his spot as forward with the Los Angeles Galaxy, but is also known for his commitment to the community and the wellbeing of other Latinos. Giovani is a relative newcomer to the LA team; he only signed his contract in July after playing in Spain and England for a couple of seasons. The Galaxy have their next game scheduled for Sunday, October 18, at their home field at the StubHub Center. Purchase tickets today for the starting price of $41.
9/29/15 - When the Los Angeles Galaxy stepped onto the grass last weekend to face Dallas, they had spent the previous 279 minutes of play scoreless. Anxious to end the drought, Giovani dos Santos and Robbie Keane each scored within the first 15 minutes. After a third goal from Steven Gerrard in the second half, the team clinched a 3-2 victory. The night was also important because it was Bruce Arena’s 113th win, making him the most successful coach in MLS history. The Galaxy will play one final home game against the Portland Timbers on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the StubHub Center. Tickets are for sale now for just $41 and up.
9/23/15 - There are only three games remaining for the Los Angeles Galaxy, but luckily, two of them are home games. Hopefully that will be enough for the Galaxy to pull themselves out of their current rut. Out of their last four games, two of them ended with a draw, and the other two ended with a loss for Los Angeles. However, most of those games were away matches, so that may be the cause of their recent shortcomings. In fact, their last win was by an impressive four points, so the Galaxy may actually be in for some dominating games as the season winds down. Be sure to get your tickets for the final few games and come out to support. You can attend the last two games for $40 and $38 respectively.
9/15/15 - The Los Angeles Galaxy are going to have to turn on the heat if they expect to compete in the upcoming playoffs. With just two games to go, they looked less than formidable at this Saturday’s match against the Montreal Impact. In fact, the game ended in a boring 0 – 0 draw with neither team looking particularly strong. The Galaxy insist that they will be OK, however, reminding concerned fans that they still have one of the most impressive resumes and point tallies in the league. There are only two home games to go, so be sure to come cheer on the Galaxy as the head into the postseason. They’ll take on the FC Dallas on September 27 followed by the Portland Timbers on October 18.
9/9/15 - The Los Angeles Galaxy are just five games away from wrapping up the season, but not before facing three great teams at home. This Saturday, they’ll take on the Montreal Impact at StubHub Center. Although the game is tomorrow, you can still get tickets to the match for as little as $43. Next, they’ll face the FC Dallas at home in Carson on Sunday, September 27. Tickets to the penultimate home game are available for $60 and up. Finally, the Galaxy will play against the Portland Timbers on Sunday, October 18 in what will be their final game of the regular season. Tickets to the last home match start at just $30. Don’t miss your chance to catch the Galaxy as they wrap up the season!
9/2/15 - The Los Angeles Galaxy is returning to Carson, California on September 12th. The Galaxy has been struggling slightly in their away games recently, but they have managed to win 100% of their home games over the past few months, so you can be sure this will be an exciting game. In fact, most of their home games have seen the Galaxy take a victory by three or more points, even shutting out the Toronto FC. In next week's game, they will be taking on the Montreal Impact. Tickets start at just $41. This will be the first of the Galaxy's final three home games, so you will not want to miss it. Secure your spot and cheer them on to their most recent strong win.
8/27/15 - The Los Angeles Galaxy are on a roll. They were able to win their last four games, most recently against the NYC FC. It became clear very quickly that the Galaxy was dominating the field. In fact, none of their last four opponents were able to score more than a single point. Following their recent success, the Los Angeles Galaxy is first in the MLS Western Conference. Coming up, the Galaxy will be facing the SJ Earthquakes on August 28th in an away game, then they will return on September 12th to host the Montreal Impact. Tickets are still available starting as low as just $37. The Galaxy will be alternating between home and away games for the next couple weeks, so you have plenty of opportunities to catch them live.
8/9/15 - It's a thrilling MLS weekend in LA as rival Seattle comes to town. With Mexican footballer Giovani dos Santos joining legendary Liverpool midfielder Stevan Gerrard and the already talented ranks of the LA Galaxy, the remaining home games at the StubHub Center are sure to be electrifying. And we have the lowest prices on LA Galaxy tickets for all remaining home games, even in StubHub's house. Get excited, get rowdy. Grab some tickets see the most exciting soccer team in the MLS play for the lowest prices... in the Galaxy.
7/8/15 - The Los Angeles Galaxy professional soccer team has always been extremely popular, especially when David Beckham was playing for them. This team continues to shine, with another one of their players being named the Player of the Week by North American Soccer Reporters for week 18. Robbie Keane, the Galaxy’s forward was awarded this honor due to his third career hat trick against the Toronto FC. Keane is close behind his teammate, Cobi Jones, for the highest amount of career hat tricks in the history of club soccer. Watch Keane and the entire Galaxy team live when they take on Club America on July 11. Tickets for that game are still available and are a great way to liven up your weekend. They range in price from $57-$152.
6/11/15 - The Los Angeles Galaxy are off to an average start this season, currently placed in the middle of the pack in the western conference. On June 6 the Galaxy hit their home field to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps with hopes to continue their 29 home game winning streak. Unfortunately the game didn’t end in their favor and the Whitecaps left the victors with a 1-0 score. The Galaxy did have some factors that played against them, mostly the absence of many players due to international duty and three major players suffering from injuries. When the Galaxy faces off against the Columbus Crew on June 13 they need to play with more consistency and adjust to the absence of players more successfully. See if they can pull it off when you purchase tickets starting at $24.
4/6/15 - Still looking for their first road win of the season, L.A. Galaxy found themselves on the short end of things in a 2-0 loss to Vancouver at B.C. Place Stadium in the western Canada city. The Galaxy were unable to create many scoring opportunities until sub Edson Buddle came on in the second half, being completely without a shot on frame in the first half of play.
3/30/15 - On a chilly night in the nation’s capital, the defending MLS Cup holders, Los Angeles Galaxy, were done in by a late defensive lapse leading to a second-half stoppage time goal, falling 1-0 to D.C. United over the weekend. The Galaxy had a few opportunities, including a shot off the post by Stefan Ishizaki, but were unable to capitalize.
3/23/15 - With three games under their belt, the L.A. Galaxy have taken five points, with a pair of draws coming after their season opening win. The Galaxy’s latest outing was a 1-1 draw with Houston, who returned to the Western Conference this season after several years in the East. Robbie Keane was once again the man in the spotlight for the Galaxy; the Irishman staked the team to an early lead – and ultimately its lone tally – in the third minute. Jaime Penedo finally started in goal for the Galaxy and conceded just one score to the Dynamo.
3/9/15 - The defending MLS Cup holders, the L.A. Galaxy, kicked off the 2015 Major League Soccer regular season in style last week. Goals by Jose Villarreal and stalwart Robbie Keane being the only tallies in a 2-0 home shutout over Chicago, while the clean sheet went to surprise starter Brian Rowe, who filled in admirably for Jaime Penedo, who was held out by boss Bruce Arena due to nagging minor injuries.
12/8/14 - In a game that was followed even in soccer-mad Britain, the L.A. Galaxy claimed their historic fifth MLS Cup with a 2-1 victory after extra time over New England. The victory was sealed in the 111th minute by Ireland international striker Robbie Keane, who earlier in the week had been named MLS’s Most Valuable Player.
12/5/14 - 90 minutes away from history. That’s where league MVP Robbie Keane, the departing Landon Donovan, and the rest of the Los Angeles Galaxy find themselves going into Sunday’s MLS Cup final against New England. Should the Galaxy prevail, it would be their fifth league title since its founding in 1996, and could secure yet another berth in the CONCACAF Champions League.
12/1/14 - The Hollywood story continues for Landon Donovan and the L.A. Galaxy, as the Galaxy collected a road goal in the second leg at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field to advance to the MLS Cup Final. The Galaxy will face a familiar Final foe in New England; the two sides faced off in the 2005 and 2007 Finals, with L.A. winning both.
11/25/14 - It’s 90 minutes down, and 90 minutes to go for the L.A. Galaxy, who notched a 1-0 win over Seattle this past weekend in the first leg of a two-game aggregate goals series in the Western Conference Championship. The Galaxy goal was scored by Marcelo Sarvas, while the defense has yet to allow a goal in the postseason – 270 minutes and counting.
11/17/14 - This weekend, the battle begins, when the L.A. Galaxy take on Seattle with a berth in the MLS Cup final at stake in the two-game series. This isn’t the first time the Galaxy and Sounders have met in a conference final; the two teams did so in 2012, with the Galaxy advancing on a 4-2 aggregate.
11/10/14 - After a scoreless draw on the road in Utah, the Los Angeles Galaxy – and especially the retiring Landon Donovan – stamped their ticket to MLS’s Western Conference finals with an emphatic 5-0 second-leg victory over Real Salt Lake. Donovan extended his league postseason scoring mark with a hat trick, while also assisting Robbie Keane on another goal, while Marcelo Sarvas also scored for the victors.
11/3/14 - In a two-leg playoff series, the Los Angeles Galaxy – and especially goalkeeper Jaime Penedo – earned a critical clean sheet over the weekend, shutting out Real Salt Lake in Utah. The return leg this week will decide who moves on to the Western Conference finals against either Seattle or Dallas.
10/27/14 - It wasn’t the kind of ending you want to finish a season. The Los Angeles Galaxy came up short in the final game of the season against Seattle, losing 2-0 to Sounders F.C. to miss out on the top overall seed in the upcoming MLS Cup playoffs, as well as the MLS Supporters’ Shield.
10/23/14 - They still have a shot at the Supporters’ Shield, given to the team with the most points, and top seed in the Western Conference. But in order to get it, the Los Angeles Galaxy’s road to victory heads through Seattle, who are tied on points with the Galaxy.
9/29/14 - It was a historic night for the Los Angeles Galaxy at Red Bull Arena in suburban New Jersey last weekend, as Landon Donovan – retiring at the end of the season – broke the Major League Soccer career record for assists as part of a 4-0 thrashing of the New York Red Bulls. Donovan figured in all four of L.A.’s goals, with a goal and three assists for the night; his goal came five minutes into the second half, after winning the ball away from New York’s Chris Duvall for an easy score. Robbie Keane scored twice off feeds from Donovan, scoring once in each half, while Gyasi Zardes contributed the other Galaxy goal. This weekend the Galaxy, who remain level with Seattle in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, play host to Toronto F.C.
9/22/14 - With their 2-1 win this past weekend over visiting F.C. Dallas, the Los Angeles Galaxy not only punched their ticket to the Major League Soccer playoffs, they also drew level with Western Conference rival Seattle in the race for the MLS Supporters’ Shield, given to the team with the most points (three for a win, one for a draw) at the end of the regular season, regardless of conference. Dallas opened the scoring in the 62nd minute, but Robbie Keane pulled the Galaxy even just eight minutes on; then it was substitute Alan Gordon’s turn, as he headed home a cross from Keane for the game winner. The goal was Gordon’s fourth for the galaxy this year after coming back in a midseason trade with San Jose. The Galaxy welcome the New York Red Bulls to StubHub Center this weekend; the Red Bulls will be just two days removed from a visit to El Salvador for the CONCACAF Champions League.
9/15/14 - The unbeaten string now stands at seven games for the Los Angeles Galaxy, who had to settle for a 1-1 draw against their northern California rivals from San Jose this past weekend. The Galaxy have 51 points through 28 games, three points behind Seattle (who has a game in hand) for the MLS Supporters’ Shield, given to the team who has the most points at the end of the season – which is just a few games away now. The Galaxy got their goal from Omar Gonzalez, who headed home a corner kick from Stefan Ishizaki in the 28th minute; the Galaxy should have doubled their lead just a few minutes later, however Robbie Keane was unable to convert a penalty kick awarded when a San Jose defender was whistled for a hand ball in the area. Unfortunately the Galaxy were unable to maintain the whitewash, as an in-form Chris Wondolowski found the back of the net in the 66th minute for the equalizer. The Galaxy will host F.C. Dallas, currently in fourth place in the Western Conference, this weekend.
9/8/14 - Six to nothing. That was the final result of the Los Angeles Galaxy’s match with hapless Colorado last weekend, beginning with a dubious record set by the Rapids. Just 33 seconds into the match, the Rapids goalkeeper was shown a straight red card for grabbing the ankles of recent (re-)acquisition Alan Gordon in the penalty area close to the goal; the play also earned the Galaxy the first of two spot kicks, both converted by Landon Donovan. Donovan also collected a pair of assists, one each on goals by Gyasi Zardes and Baggio Husidic, each of whom joined Donovan with a brace. The schedule coming up for the Galaxy will get a little busy this week, with a midweek trip to Montreal coming before a weekend contest in the California Clasico against San Jose this weekend.
9/3/14 - In what has been called “the final SuperClasico” between the Los Angeles Galaxy and ground-mates C.D. Chivas USA – who are expected to be sold and rebranded after the season – the Galaxy placed an emphatic stamp on the meeting, with a 3-0 victory over the weekend. All totaled, the Galaxy only lost four times to the Goats over the course of 10 seasons, and losing the overall derby rivalry just once, in 2007. Gyasi Zardes scored twice for the Galaxy, and Irish international Robbie Keane added a further insurance goal. Zardes started the scoring in the 41st minute, then in the second half at the 71st minute; Keane sending his home in the 65th minute. The Galaxy will next face Colorado, again at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
8/25/14 - Bouncing back from a shockingly bad loss to Columbus the weekend before, the Los Angeles Galaxy got a pair of wins last week, first on the road against Colorado, 4-3, followed by a weekend victory at home over Vancouver. Against Colorado, the Galaxy dug an early hole, but goals from Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez, the recently reacquired Alan Gordon, and Landon Donovan to send the Rapids to their fifth straight loss. Against the Whitecaps, the Galaxy got their first goal from Donovan just five minutes in, and a further score from Marcelo Sarvas 27 minutes later, to give the Galaxy a solid 2-1 win, to move the Galaxy just two points back of West rivals Real Salt Lake and F.C. Dallas. The Galaxy wrap up their August schedule this weekend, with a Sunday SuperClasico clash with ground-mates C.D. Chivas USA.
8/19/14 - The game started simply enough, with the host Columbus Crew honoring Los Angeles Galaxy and U.S. national team stalwart Landon Donovan, who is retiring from pro soccer at the end of the season, for his service to the game. After that? The Galaxy found themselves on the short end of a track meet, as the hosts roared to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Galaxy. The lone tally for the Galaxy came shortly after the beginning of the second half, when midfielder Dan Gargan sent a perfectly placed cross into the middle of the pitch, where Gyasi Zardes executed a slide volley of the cross into the back of the net. Otherwise it was a Massive effort all around for the Crew, who had their highest goal-scoring tally of the season. The Galaxy hope to bounce back from the defeat with a mid-week visit to Colorado, which is followed by a home contest against Vancouver this weekend.
8/11/14 - Though on the surface, the contest appeared to be between two sides heading in opposite directions, the Los Angeles Galaxy, riding high recently with multiple big wins, could manage just a 2-2 draw with their northern rivals from San Jose, who were visiting the StubHub Center this past weekend. The match also was the start of Galaxy superstar Landon Donovan’s farewell to MLS tour; but in a SoCal-NorCal derby match, these things go out the window. The Galaxy were led once again by Gyasi Zardes, who scored his ninth goal of the season in the first half to give L.A. their first equalizer, while defender Omar Gonzalez came up from his back line to nod home a corner kick shortly after the start of the second half. While the Galaxy dominated possession, though, San Jose were able to convert two shots in the first half into scores. This weekend, the Galaxy head to the Buckeye State for their next match, a contest against Columbus.
8/4/14 - Another game, another three goals, another win. Robbie Keane had a brace (two goals) and Gyasi Zardes found the back of the net again as well, as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated visiting Portland, 3-1 this past weekend. The Galaxy, who have lost just once since a mid-May loss to Houston, notched just their first win over Portland coach Caleb Porter, who is set to lead the MLS All-Stars against a very strong Bayern Munich side in the midweek classic. Zardes nodded home a header during stoppage time in the first half for L.A.’s first goal, after Portland opened the scoring. It wouldn’t be until the 73rd minute, though, that Keane would find the back of the net for the go-ahead tally, a header off a chip from Landon Donovan. Keane’s second goal of the game would be from the penalty spot, awarded in the 85th minute when a Portland defender tripped the Galaxy’s Juninho at the top of the area. San Jose come calling this weekend as the Galaxy’s next opponent, in a continuation of the California Clasico rivalry.
7/29/14 - The Los Angeles Galaxy went into CenturyLink Field in Seattle this past weekend, and laid a rare smackdown on the Western Conference’s leaders, dropping three goals on Sounders F.C. in the first half en route to a 3-0 victory. Gyasi Zardes opened the offensive onslaught for the Galaxy, taking a perfect pass laid back from Landon Donovan and rifling his shot home in the eighth minute. Just 10 minutes later, Donovan would notch his own tally, putting back a rebound off Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Stefan Ishizaki rounded out the Galaxy scoring, putting his shot away near halftime. In a testy moment, during first-half stoppage time, Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez saw himself assessed a yellow card after a shoving match with former U.S. national teammate DeAndre Yedlin, which also saw the involvement of yet another national-teamer, Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, before cooler heads prevailed. The Galaxy host Portland this weekend, before next week’s MLS All-Star Game against Bayern Munich.
7/21/14 - After unloading on visiting New England 5-1 in a midweek game last week, the Los Angeles Galaxy dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Sporting Kansas City. Still, the Galaxy sit tied for fourth place with Colorado and Vancouver, with two games in hand on the Rapids and Whitecaps. In the New England goal-fest, much of the scoring was done by Robbie Keane, who scored a brace and notched a pair of assists, both leading to Gyasi Zardes goals; Stefan Ishizaki being responsible for the Galaxy’s fifth goal, the most in one game since October of 2013. However, a few days later Sporting KC sent the Galaxy to their first outright loss since May, as only Keane could find the back of the net for L.A., and that only after SKC had collected their two tallies. The Galaxy head to the Rose Bowl this week to take on English power Manchester United in a friendly; their next league contest will see them head to Seattle on the 28th.
7/14/14 - The Los Angeles Galaxy started a stretch of three games in eight days, with a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake at home in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy moved to within a point of fifth-place Vancouver with the win, in a tightly bunched Western Conference where five points separates second place RSL from seventh place Chivas USA. The lone goal of the game was notched by Gyasi Zardes, who took a feed from Marcelo Sarvas in the 20th minute to score his fifth goal in his last six apparances for the Galaxy first team. U.S. national team defender Omar Gonzalez was unavailable to play due to an ankle injury suffered during the U.S.’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Belgium in the World Cup. The next of the Galaxy’s games is another home contest in which New England come for a visit, followed by a trip to the heartland to take on Sporting Kansas City in suburban Kansas.
7/8/14 - The Los Angeles Galaxy extended their unbeaten streak to six games this past weekend, when a Portland own goal in the 86th minute gave LA a 2-2 draw at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Marcelo Sarvas opened the scoring in the 65th minute, taking a short pass from Landon Donovan just outside the penalty area, then beating three Portland defenders and a screened goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts with a far post shot. Portland would score twice in a matter of minutes, first by Diego Valeri, then by Jorge Villafana, before the home side would receive the gifted own goal, when a retreating Timbers defender accidentally redirected the ball into his own net. The Galaxy are tied for sixth with the Timbers, both teams receiving one point from the draw; and just a single point behind Vancouver for fifth place. Next up for Los Angeles is a home match with Eastern contender New England.
7/1/14 - With league play starting again after the conclusion of the World Cup’s group stage, the Los Angeles Galaxy got off to a good start, recording a 1-0 win over San Jose in a game held at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. The affair was a typically loce-played California Clasico affair, with both teams missing on opportunities in the first half. The Galaxy got the break they needed in the second half, shortly after the 60-minute mark, when Gyasi Zardes sent home a pass from Marcelo Sarvas that found Zardes near the 12-yard penalty spot. The Galaxy are unbeaten (three wins and a pair of draws) in their last five league contests, and have moved into a sixth place tie with Portland in the Western Conference table, just a pair of points behind Vancouver. Portland, incidentally, is the next opponent for the Galaxy, this Independence Day at the StubHub Center.
6/9/14 - In their last game before the World Cup break, the Los Angeles Galaxy could manage just a draw with their ground-mates Chivas USA, 1-1 last weekend in the second SuperClasico at StubHub Center. Despite allowing a goal in the 20th minute, Gyasi Zardes bring the Galaxy level in the 35th minute, and from that point, the Galaxy tried mightily but failed to break down the Goats’ defense. The draw extends the Galaxy’s 2014 unbeaten streak to four games, and the string against Chivas USA to seven consecutive games, going back to the 2012 season. Though Chivas USA scored first, the Galaxy dominated possession – some 65.5 percent – but could not convert their late chances into tallies. The Galaxy are now off until a visit to USL PRO side Arizona United in the U.S. Open Cup on the 18th; their next MLS match is on June 28 at San Jose.
6/3/14 - Landon Donovan does it again. Left off the final U.S. national team 23-man roster for the World Cup, Donovan scored his third goal in two games in the second half, allowing the Los Angeles Galaxy to claim a key point against the Chicago Fire, 1-1. Donovan scored on a cross from defender Robbie Rogers, who gained possession of the ball deep in the Galaxy’s defensive end of the pitch and kept it deep into the Chicago end. The 74th minute goal was in answer to a 66th minute penalty kick awarded to the Fire when Galaxy midfielder Juninho brought down forward Quincy Amarikwa; although it appeared that the foul occurred outside the penalty area, the PK was awarded. The Galaxy take on C.D. Chivas USA this weekend in their final game before the start of the World Cup; the squad will be off until June 28th.
5/27/14 - Even though he is still stinging somewhat from being left off the final 23-man World Cup roster of the U.S. men’s national team, the longtime face of the Los Angeles Galaxy finally claimed one of the top career records in Major League Soccer: that of most goals scored in a career. Donovan bagged a brace – two goals, both in the second half – as part of a 4-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Union. Donovan’s first tally came in the 49th minute, which moved him past Jeff Cunningham (who left MLS after the 2011 campaign). Donovan worked a sequence with Robbie Keane, who was credited with the assist, then would score a second time, in the 81st minute, which put him a goal clear of Cunningham. The Galaxy have now won two in a row since losing to Houston in the middle of May, and head to Chicago to start the month of June.
5/19/14 - Last place. Bottom of the table. Unfamiliar territory. With their winless string now stretching through four games, the Los Angeles Galaxy find themselves at a record of two wins, three draws and three losses, and just nine points from eight games played, a point behind San Jose, Portland, and (yes) Chivas USA. The Galaxy have managed a single goal scored in the month of May, that being the stoppage-time equalizer by Robbie Keane against Portland. Last weekend it was Houston who defeated the Galaxy, 1-0, on a second half throw-in misplayed by Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, which was taken advantage of by the Dynamo. The Galaxy have one more chance at a win this month when Philadelphia Union come to the StubHub Center on June 25, a Sunday match.
5/14/14 - The Los Angeles Galaxy have done themselves no favors the past couple of weekends in May. After falling 1-0 on May 3 when they traveled to Colorado, the Galaxy got a point a weekend later in a 1-1 draw with Portland on Mother’s Day, in which neither team could find the back of the nets until stoppage time very late in the second half. The Galaxy thought they had a game-winner when Robbie Keane headed one home in the 92nd minute of play, only to have the Timbers’ Diego Valeri strike just as the match ended. The Galaxy took 21 shots to Portland’s 10, though L.A. only had a 5-4 shots-on-goal advantage. Landon Donovan is still looking for his 136th goal, which would place him at the top of the MLS all-time goal-scorers’ table, but it appears that won’t happen until after he returns from the World Cup finals in Brazil. The Galaxy’s next game is another road match, this time in Houston, this coming weekend.
5/6/14 - Taking a 1-0 loss away to the Colorado Rapids, the Los Angeles Galaxy found themselves a bit out of sorts after midfielder Marcelo Sarvas went down during midweek training with a sprained medial collateral ligament; the injury will keep Sarvas out of training for at least two months, according to Galaxy officials. The Galaxy struggled to find some form to cover Sarvas’s absence on the pitch, but were unable to find an answer; with forward Robbie Keane saying in an interview, “We just looked kind of lackadaisical.” The loss was just the Galaxy’s second failure to secure a point in league play this season; because of their remaining appearance in CONCACAF Champions League at the beginning of the season, the Galaxy have played just six games so far to avoid schedule congestion – leaving them with three games in hand on most of the Western Conference, including the current top five in points. The next opponent for the Galaxy will be Portland, who is one of the more disappointing squads of this young season.
4/28/14 - Idle this past weekend, the Los Angeles Galaxy will head to Colorado this coming weekend to take on the Rapids, on May 3 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. As well, at least two more games have been added to the schedule – an international friendly match against traditional English Premier League power Manchester United, at the historic Rose Bowl on July 23; and their opening match in the 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which will be played in the to-be-determined date range of June 10-18. The Galaxy have won a pair of Open Cups in their history, the first coming in 2001, the other as part of a domestic cup double (with MLS Cup) in 2005. (Interestingly enough, both USOC victories were followed up the next year by second-place finishes.) More recent results have seen the Galaxy fail to get past Carolina RailHawks of the second-division North American Soccer League the last two tournaments, which are open to all U.S. Soccer Federation affiliated clubs in the country, across every level of the pyramid from amateur to MLS.
4/21/14 - Even though they’ve only lost once in five matches, the Los Angeles Galaxy find themselves in sixth place in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, a point behind Vancouver and a full eight points in arrears of conference leader F.C. Dallas. Irish international Robbie Keane is having a good season, currently with four goals scored on the young season, two behind U.S. international Clint Dempsey, and C.D. Chivas USA’s Erick Torres, and tied with four other players. The Galaxy most recently drew 2-2 with Whitecaps F.C., at B.C. Place in Vancouver; Keane notched his fourth, while teammate Stefan Ishizaki opened the Galaxy scoring. Unfortunately the Los Angeles defense could not hold the lead given to them by the Irishman, allowing the Whitecaps to draw level in the 86th minute. The Galaxy are off until May 3, when they travel to Colorado to take on the Rapids.
It’s been seven years since the Los Angeles Galaxy made one of the largest splashes by an American side on the international footballing pond, since the old New York Cosmos landing Pele in the 1970s, with their signing of David Beckham. Becks has moved on, but his legacy remains – the Galaxy are now the powers of MLS, having won back to back MLS Cups in 2011-12, and visiting the final three times in four years. Coach Bruce Arena still has a powerful squad, led by the strike duo of American Landon Donovan and Irishman Robbie Keane; Brazilian midfielder Juninho; and defender Omar Gonzalez, who will also likely see time at the World Cup in Brazil for the U.S. The Galaxy will be hitting the ground running in 2014 as well, with an interesting CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal draw against the Xolos of Club Tijuana.
10/22/13 - The Galaxy are returning to the MLS Cup Playoffs for a fifth consecutive year and currently sit in third place in the West with one game left in the regular season. Although LA is no longer in contention for the Supporters' Shield, the Galaxy will play in their fifteenth postseason, an MLS record. Another upside, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez are back in the lineup after dealing with injuries.
6/1/13 - The Home Depot Center was renamed the StubHub Center.
2/28/13 - David Beckham may be gone, but the Los Angeles Galaxy have high hopes, as they aim for a yet another Major League Soccer first in 2013 — becoming the first MLS side to three-peat. Last year saw the Galaxy become just the third squad, after D.C. United (1996-97) and Houston Dynamo (2006-07), to win back-to-back championships. Among the returnees are Ireland international Robbie Keane, and U.S. international Landon Donovan, both of whom found the back of the net in significant quantities (16 goals for Keane, nine for Donovan), as well as forward Mike Magee; Brazilian midfielder Juninho, and defenders Omar Gonzalez and Sean Franklin. Stepping in as goalkeeper is Italian Carlo Cudicini, best known as one of the top keepers in the Barclays Premier League while with Chelsea F.C. Not only have the Galaxy kept the MLS Cup, they also qualified for another year of international club competition, their fourth consecutive in CONCACAF Champions League facing the top club teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean. Can Bruce Arena’s club score another MLS Cup trophy? Can they become the first MLS side to win CONCACAF honors since an earlier Galaxy squad claimed the CONCACAF Champions Cup in 2000? Supporters at the Home Depot Center are certainly hoping so!
Despite success in the recent years, LA Galaxy tickets are fifth cheapest in MLS. The average Galaxy ticket is $43 at the Home Depot Center, a field the team shares with rival Chivas USA. When the two crosstown rivals meet in the LA Derby on March 17, cheap Galaxy tickets are available for just $8. The get-in price for the October 6 matchup is $18. The LA Derby is the only intra-city rivalry in the League. The LA Galaxy schedule also includes two matchups against chief rival the San Jose Earthquakes (8/31, 10/20). The average ticket to watch the California Clásico is $47.
2012 MLS Cup tickets at the Home Depot Center averaged $215. After winning the MLS Cup Final, the LA Galaxy joined DC United as American soccer's most decorated professional clubs.