Revamped LA Galaxy will be MLS powerhouse in 2016

The last piece of the LA Galaxy’s offseason overhaul fell into place on Wednesday, when the team announced the signing of Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong from AC Milan. De Jong is, most likely, the final move of an offseason in which the Galaxy added and subtracted some twenty players – and the final move of a triumphant two weeks in which LA announced the signings of de Jong...
Via World Soccer Talk
3 days ago  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy adjust balance by signing Nigel De Jong

LA Galaxy spent the final months of last season searching for the right balance. Galaxy manager Bruce Arena landed Giovani dos Santos and Steven Gerrard during the summer transfer window and tried futilely to accommodate them in his team shape. Both players fell well short of their desired impact, while the team as a whole floundered when placed under stern examination. Those frailties...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

More MLS managers under pressure as 2016 gets started

Every MLS team is into preseason camp now, hustling and bustling inside of domes to avoid the snowfall outside, or passing and trapping away in happier, sunnier climes. But it’s not so sunny for all the managers in charge; a bevy of bosses start the year in the weeds, under serious pressure as the league’s 21st season commences. In a way this makes perfect sense; there are more...
Via World Soccer Talk
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Naysayers be damned, Ashley Cole may help the LA Galaxy

Ashley Cole’s move to LA Galaxy has been roundly panned by journalists and fans of Major League Soccer. But several reasons stand out why this might prove to be a good one. Through the years, Major League Soccer has emphasized the signing of high-profile attacking players. In fact, when Toronto FC tried to sign defender Olof Mellberg as a Designated Player, it is perceived that...
Via World Soccer Talk
14 days ago  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy continue overhaul by signing Jelle van Damme

LA Galaxy found a potential replacement for departed center back Omar Gonzalez by completing the signing of former Belgium defender Jelle van Damme on Tuesday.Van Damme joins the Galaxy after spending the past five years with Standard Liège. The 32-year-old accumulated more than 200 appearances for Standard and served as the club captain before opting to move to MLS.It took a few...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruce Arena thinks MLS is expanding too fast

Bruce Arena is one of the most outspoken personalities in American soccer. He has railed against “forces in the league” that prevented potential transfers, potential tweaks to the MLS schedule, and now he has set his sights on MLS’s latest upcoming expansion. The former US National Team coach says the league needs to pump the brakes on future expansion in order to focus on...
Via The Comeback
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Results of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft

If you were able to follow all the twists and turns of the MLS SuperDraft, you really needed to pay attention all day. With so much wheelin’ and dealin’ it was one of the most active and complicated MLS SuperDrafts in the history of the league. First, the Chicago Fire surprised everyone by selecting Jack Harrison with the first pick, then trading him just 40 minutes later...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy sign former MLS MVP Mike Magee and Emmanuel Boateng

The LA Galaxy continues their offseason roster makeover by resigning a former MVP and a relatively unknown forward. Fan favorite Mike Magee returns to LA after three up and down seasons at Chicago Fire. The Galaxy picked up the technical forward as a free agent. “Mike has shown that he is one of the most versatile and effective players in our league,” Bruce Arena said. “He...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLS MVP Mike Magee returns to LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has a well-earned reputation for revitalizing veteran talent, one which was bolstered as Mike Magee transformed from role player to all-star during his four-plus seasons in Casron, Calif. Now, two-and-a-half years after Magee departed Los Angeles, and two years after he claimed an unlikely league Most Valuable Player award, the 31-year-old is returning...
Via World Soccer Talk
27 days ago  |  Discuss

10 predictions for the 2016 MLS season

2015 was a big year in MLS, but if recent trends continue, 2016 will be even bigger. Here are 10 predictions for the new season: 1. More expansion Don Garber began laying the groundwork for another league expansion as early as April 2015, when he announced that MLS would push past its 24-teams-by-2020 goal. He had little choice. With David Beckham’s group moving forward in Miami...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Portland Timbers claim 1st MLS Cup title amid controversy and calamity

The record books will show the Portland Timbers won their first ever MLS Cup title in just their fifth ever season in the league, taking down host Columbus Crew SC 2-1 in what will be a long talked about final. It started off in a howling fashion, as Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark took a back pass and decided he was an outfield player. Only problem was, he was being closed down...
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December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The top five greatest MLS Cup Finals ever

It’s kind of hard to believe, especially if you have been a long time MLS fan, but Major League Soccer will celebrate its 20th MLS Cup Final this Sunday on ESPN at 4 PM ET. Columbus Crew SC host the Portland Timbers in Columbus and if the rest of this years is any indication, this could be one of the most exciting MLS Cup Finals ever. I decided to look back on the top five MLS...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The top five greatest MLS Cup Finals ever

It’s kind of hard to believe, especially if you have been a long time MLS fan, but Major League Soccer will celebrate its 20th MLS Cup Final this Sunday on ESPN at 4 PM ET. Columbus Crew SC host the Portland Timbers in Columbus and if the rest of this years is any indication, this could be one of the most exciting MLS Cup Finals ever. I decided to look back on the top five MLS...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Galaxy are Left to Pick up the Pieces After an Early Exit

Steven Gerrard hangs his head after the Los Angeles Galaxy lose in the first round of the playoffs 3-2 to the Seattle Sounders. (LA Galaxy/Twitter) The Los Angeles Galaxy’s “race to seis” will have to resume next season. The defending MLS Cup champions were unable to earn their sixth MLS Cup after being eliminated by the Seattle Sounders last night. It was an unceremonious...
Via The Sports Journal
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Knockout Round Preview: United host Revs, Sounders tangle with Galaxy

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. --LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena spent much of the past week discarding the importance of form going into the playoffs. There were expedient reasons for him to dismiss his side’s recent struggles, but they also reflected the reality of the situation.Every slog through the regular season fades into something rather different when the playoffs arrive. Some teams...
Via Fox Sports
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Philadelphia bringing in Earnie Stewart will make the rest of MLS take notice

Some figures are obvious big influencers in American soccer. Men like Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan or Alexi Lalas (and, yes, even Jurgen Klinsmann), or women like Mia Hamm or Brandi Chastain, albeit perhaps for different reasons. But we’re going to have to add a name soon who isn’t quite so obvious. It’s Earnie Stewart, who was just named Philadelphia Union’s sporting director...
Via World Soccer Talk
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

After losing 5-2, the L.A. Galaxy Must Rebound Against Sporting Kansas City

(LA Galaxy/Twitter) The Los Angeles Galaxy suffered a rare home defeat Sunday night against the Portland Timbers. Not only was the game a defeat, it was a 5-2 beat down for the defending MLS Cup champions. Bruce Arena expressed that a major reason that the team suffered their worst home defeat this season was due to a lack of heart. “[We were] soundly beaten, if I could tell you...
Via The Sports Journal
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS Five Points: Timbers overwhelm Galaxy

Timbers swarm Galaxy to grab control of playoff futurePortland produced one of the best halves in MLS this season to secure a 5-2 victory at LA Galaxy on Sunday. The five-goal outburst after halftime started with complete dominance in midfield -- the trio of Diego Chara, Darlington Nagbe and Diego Valeri played Steven Gerrard and Juninho off the park after the interval -- and thrust...
Via Fox Sports
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Galaxy Atop the MLS with 50 Points After Beating FC Dallas 3-2

Los Angeles Galaxy players celebrate after scoring a goal during a 3-2 victory over FC Dallas on September 27, 2015 (LA Galaxy Twitter) The Los Angeles Galaxy won a pivotal match up against FC Dallas Sunday. Both Dallas and Los Angeles are currently battling for the top overall seed for the MLS cup, and the Galaxy ended up winning the match 3-2. Los Angeles now stands alone atop...
Via The Sports Journal
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Arena: U.S. Perfect Place For Steven Gerrard To Learn How To Coach

Steven Gerrard should stay put in order to best learn his future trade. Those are the words of Gerrard’s new boss, L.A. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, who told The BBC’s “Football Focus” on Thursday the U.S. is the best place for Gerrard to learn how to become a successful coach. Gerrard has said for years he dreams of managing Liverpool one day. Arena said Gerrard’s in the...
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Final Stretch: The Tight MLS Playoff Race

Three points.Three points are all that separates the first place team in MLS from the eighth place team in the current league standings. This is quite remarkable considering the fact that there are only four weeks left in the regular season. The tight league standings are a testament to the parity of MLS.MLS imposes strict financial regulations, as well as other measures, with...
Via The Sports Quotient
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS power rankings: How do the top six teams in each conference stack up?

Major League Soccer is wrapping up regular season play, with most teams having five games remaining on their schedule. As the only soccer league in the world that has a playoff series, 12 of the 20 teams in MLS will qualify to have a shot at lifting the MLS Cup in December. Let’s take a look at each of these contenders within their conference, since the top six teams from each...
Via The Sports Daily
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Galaxy-Real Salt Lake Preview

Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena insists that his star-studded club's scoring woes will soon end. It may be not be this weekend, judging from how Los Angeles has fared on the road against Real Salt Lake. The Galaxy are winless in their last six visits to Utah heading into Saturday night's matchup. Los Angeles (13-8-8) is the league's highest-scoring team with 49 goals but has...
Via AP on Fox
September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Galaxy Not Worried About Their Two Game Goalless Streak

Los Angeles Galaxy Midfielder, Steven Gerrard dribbles towards goal against the Montreal Impact on September 12, 2015. (LA Galaxy/Twitter) The Los Angeles Galaxy have gone two straight games without scoring a single goal. Their inability to put the ball in the net is a bit shocking for fans of Los Angeles, who have become accustomed to seeing their team score loads of goals. The...
Via The Sports Journal
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The L.A. Galaxy are building a dynasty

With European football leagues at the onset of their season and a break for international competition arriving in two weeks, it’s time to look at a team in Major League Soccer who up until now have flown under the radar in 2015. They have methodically been adding the pieces needed to dominate the rest of the season and win the Supporters’ Shield as well as the MLS Cup. The Galaxy’s...
Via The Sports Daily
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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