Category: Los Angeles Galaxy

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21

Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21st week of the MLS season. 1. Pirlo! Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, to even look threateningly at him. Pirlo played just a shade over 30 minutes in his NYCFC debut on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and he was absolutely magnificent. He looked the part and played the part of the international icon he is, starting two-goal sequences with brilliant passes, and lifting his entire team with his mere presence on the ... Read more

Giovani Dos Santos signing reminds everyone the Galaxy are MLS Cup favorites

If the Los Angeles Galaxy weren’t the favourites to win the 2015 MLS Cup, and why wouldn’t they be after winning three in the last four seasons, than they certainly should be now.  Not only did the Galaxy sign Steven Gerrard to a designated player contract last January for a reported $9 million, 18-month contract; but the team have now one-upped themselves with what is being called the “biggest signing of the summer”.  Los Angeles’ only MLS side have now added Mexican star Giovani Dos Santos to their solar system for a cool $7m transfer fee. The Los Angeles Times ... Read more

MLS changes rules to benefit LA Galaxy

You will be hard-pressed to find people involved in soccer in the US (aside from a few of the Owners’ Boxes) who believe that Major League Soccer’s salary structure should remain in it’s current form. But yet again, MLS is getting it all wrong, this time introducing yet another ambiguously yawn-worthy phrase: “Targeted Allocation Money.” But the worst part isn’t all of that – it’s the fact that yet again, MLS is making changes at the behest of one particular team, the Los Angeles Galaxy. The mechanism itself is constructed yet again in the swirling, murky swamp that remains the MLS Salary Cap, and does ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 13

Here are the 10 things we learned from week 13 of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Orlando City is the league’s best show This week started strongly for Orlando City – the club announced last Wednesday that its new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Orlando would be completely privately financed, built on land the club has bought from the city, and will have a capacity 25,000-28,000 instead of the 19,500 it was originally planned to seat. The stadium’s opening has been pushed back to the middle of 2016, meaning Orlando City will open next season at the Citrus Bowl. That ... Read more

Steven Gerrard’s LA Galaxy debut set for International Champions Cup date

Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's debut for new side Los Angeles Galaxy has been pencilled in for July 11. The Reds midfielder signed off a 28-year association with his one professional side in Sunday's 6-1 defeat at Stoke. He is currently on an end-of-season break in Dubai with his team-mates but will soon begin preparations for a new challenge in Major League Soccer, whom he cannot officially play for until the league's summer transfer window opens on July 8. But coach Bruce Arena already has the International Champions Cup at home to Mexico's Club America in mind for Gerrard's first ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 12

Here are the 10 things we learned from gameweek 12 of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Congratulations to Chris Wondolowski The wait for Wondo’s 100th MLS goal wasn’t a long one. Eight days after heading in 99 at Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes striker hit the century mark at Levi’s Stadium by converting a penalty with a mix of aplomb and ferocity that can only be described as admirable. It’s time to move on from Belgium. Wondolowski is a true American original. Wondo’s grit and determination are the heartbeat of MLS – this is a player who played ... Read more

FC Dallas leave it late to defeat LA Galaxy 2-1

LA Galaxy traveled to Frisco to face FC Dallas Saturday night in the first 2015 meeting between the Western Conference foes. Both teams had unbeaten streaks entering the match (LA with five, FC Dallas with three), yet both teams are also dealing with injuries to key players. LA had to do without 2014 MLS MVP Robbie Keane, while Dallas missed their center-back and captain Matt Hegdes as well as his center-back partner Zach Loyd. Remarkably, the reigning MLS Champion Galaxy has not won on the road since August 20, 2014 and that streak continued as FC Dallas defeated LA 2-1. ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 9

Here are the 10 things we learned from gameweek nine of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Sleepwalking in LA  Alan Gordon has, single-handedly netted LA somewhere around five of their 13 points this season. Without Gordon, who hit the 200 appearance landmark against Seattle earlier this year, the Galaxy are bottom of the Western Conference. This is, for the moment, LA’s worst team since 2008 – one look at the Robbie Keane-less lineups of the last month makes that clear. And it’s a shame, because when the Galaxy are good, the league is better for it. Of course, this ... Read more