Sometimes items from Soccer America can be a total miss but check out today's MLS Confidential
on the Galaxy. For anyone out there that couldn't get how the LA Galaxy was able to squeeze in
Edson Buddle to their salary cap, check this article out.
By bringing backÂ Edson BuddleÂ into the fold, even if he costs slightly more
than the $178,488 salary he earned in 2010 before leaving for Germany, the Galaxy probably hasn't
crunched its salary cap to any great extent, because of player departures as well as amassing
And I'm not talking about Beckham's 2-year $15 million contract.
I'm talking about Omar Gonzalez. Last month Omar pulled out of the national team training camp
for a very exciting loan move to Nurnberg. His very first day there he suffered a season ending
injury at the hands well, feet of his USMNT teammate Timmy Chandler.
EDITORIAL NOTE: I will be in LA beginning tomorrow afternoon to personally witness MLS Cup 2011, so
the illustrious King of the Plains People Graham Fox will helm the du Nord company truck on Friday,
and the Jester-Midwester Exemplar of Salisbury Paul Demko will enlighten you all on Monday. I will
be back to entertain you on Tuesday of next short week.
What was essentially a Galaxy reserves team - seldom used players who saw action Sunday in the
meaningless 3-1 loss to Houston included the likes of Dan Keat, Hector Jiminez, Jovan Kirovski,
Gregg Berhalter and 16-year-old Jack McBean - rounded out the season with a game that won't linger
long in the memories of most observers.
Let's hope the Galaxy enjoyed their long 10-day layoff because as you can see by the schedule
with one exception from Oct. 5-15 the club will play the rest of the regular season with a game
every three or four days.
Getting things started is a rare (rescheduled) Labor Day match (live at 3 p.
Euphoria from last night's performance, let alone victory, has yet to disappear. The monkey for
the Seattle Sounders is possibly off their back after the 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy. In
reading through the quotes from last night Landon Donovan sums up the match best;
It was a good atmosphere, it was a good environment.
This post didn't go up on Friday like it was supposed to due to problem with Wordpress.
I know this is Friday morning, a time for looking ahead to the next game, not looking back at
the previous one, but we never got a review of the FC Dallas match up due to a combination of lame
amateur blogging and really heinous back-end problems with the blogging software.
Dominic Oduro -- Getty ImagesBRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy was without its star power
Sunday, but the struggling Chicago Fire could not withstand the rest of L.A.'s depleted roster as
Chicago dropped its third straight, 2-1, in front of 18,203 at Toyota Park.
Former Fire forward Chad Barrett and Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez provided the Galaxy's scoring as
The LA Galaxy will be without Landon Donovan yet again.
Donovan won't play in Sunday's match against the Chicago Fire due to knee inflammation, which
will be his third straight match out of the line up for the Galaxy. Donovan's missing the match
with the Fire causes particular trouble for the Galaxy, which will also be missing midfielders
David Beckham, Jovan Kirovski and Juninho due to suspension.
Blogger Ben (@fivecantonas on twitter) alerted me to a post he put up with a little background
on Jovan Kirovski and the world sensation he was supposed to be. I knew he played for ManU, but
wasn't aware of all the details. It is hard to fathom how a player can fall from that height to a
much maligned journeyman who was released by the Galaxy last year only to be picked up again on a
presumably less lucrative contract.
Apparently Brek Shea has a mess of foreign suitors; they go by the names Chelsea, Liverpool,
Manchester United, and Manchester City.* I once had foreign suitors, English women with names like
Lucy and Karen. Now? It's just the Pakistani woman from the credit card call center who calls to
tell me my payment is late.
My standard game review is coming tomorrow, but i wanted to get my comments on what happened to
Steve Zakuani down before MLS makes its ruling. This is a long post, so settle in. Anyone who
watched the game or any other MLS game this weekend has heard (or seen) what happened. In the 3rd
minute Brian Mullan went in two-footed on Steve Zakuani and got his leg, breaking the tibia and
fibula (both lower leg bones).
By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition of the 5
Questions, Tony wonders what connects Freddy Adu and Moneyball's Billy Beane and Brad Friedel's
status in England. What two Americans are interviewed by Simon Kuper for his engaging new book,
Soccer Men? Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, right?
The Galaxy celebrates Mike Magee's 12th minute gol against DC United
Okay, let's just get this out of the way at the top: Charlie Davies dove like a
scuba professional searching for treasure in the Caribbean. He dove like the snout of a pig into
the muck of the forest on the search for truffles.
Seven years later.... (DCU Reserves vs. Metrostars Reserves, 10/09/2005)
In a move that TSG has pined for, for some time, Michael Bradley climbs through four different
leagues with a detour at Aston Villa and comes out smelling pretty at Serie A side, and Champion's
League hopeful, Roma.