Of all the places you might have expected to hear effusive praise for David Beckham in light of his impending retirement, the Houston Dynamo training facility was likely pretty far down the list.
Nevertheless, with Becks celebrating the apparent end of his playing career this past week, the Dynamo – who fell to Beckham's Galaxy in each of the last two MLS Cups – weren't shy about their respect for Major League Soccer's international face.
The New York Red Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. Tim Cahill scored the game-winning goal in the 91st minute of the match, heading home a free kick from his midfield teammate Juninho.
Both teams had chances to score in the first half if not for some incredible defensive performances.
Come Sunday afternoon, Red Bull Arena certainly won't be short of star power.
Fresh off a 4-1 win midweek over Philadelphia, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and the Los Angeles Galaxy will try to make it 2-for-2 on their East Coast swing with a win over Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and the New York Red Bulls.
In a press conference prior to Wednesday night's matchup, Philadelphia Union head coach harped on the fact that his team was not getting enough respect this season. With a solid performance against the MLS's best LA Galaxy, they had the chance to prove to the league that their strong early season start was no fluke.
The 16 American-based Major League Soccer teams learned their potential opponents when they all kick off U.S. Open Cup action in the third round of the competition, which is celebrating its 100th year.
The first round of the tournament began on Tuesday, and U.
Walker Zimmerman made his first appearance for FC Dallas Saturday, 113 days after being selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft. The Furman product came on as a late sub in the club's 2-1 victory over DC United.
The centerback had sustained a groin injury in the preseason and his recovery had taken longer than originally expected.
For all the success Sporting Kansas City have had over the past two years, the Houston Dynamo have been the one riddle the club can't solve.
After being ousted come playoff time by Houston two seasons in a row, Kansas City will travel to BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday and attempt to get a result against a Dynamo side that, in addition to riding a 36-game home unbeaten streak, just wrapped a 2-0 road trip.
When Matt Pickens fractured his arm in a mid-March match against Real Salt Lake, no one would have imagined the 31-year-old might lose his starting job while recovering. But his replacement, Clint Irwin, might not relinquish the spot after an exceptional run that has seen him shut out opponents in three of his last five matches.
Editor's note: Each week, the Soccer Perspectives MLS Expert Panel will rank Major League Soccer's 19 teams from best to worst. The Houston Dynamo went on the road and defeated the LA Galaxy. That win was enough to move them [...]
The Houston Dynamo's ability to shut down the Los Angeles Galaxy's dangerous attack not only helped them earn SBI MLS Team of the Week honors, it helped two defenders earn recognition for their part in the unlikely shutout.
The Fire did what they had to do in exposing a suspect Philadelphia back line last week and created numerous opportunities to score over the course of last week's match. They only thing they didn't do was finish their chances. On Wednesday night, the Union actually played a decent first half against the Los Angeles Galaxy only allowing a Zac MacMath own goal in a 1-1 stalemate at the break.
Just so everyone knows, I wrote the recap of the Fire game prior to Wednesday's game against the Galaxy being played. Against the Fire, Zac MacMath was the one on fire. It seemed that every time you turned around, he was there making another save. Jack McInerney got a decent shot off which ended up being the decider, which shot him to the top of the scoring charts in MLS.
Landon Donovan said recently he wasn't quite all the way back to his best, but on Wednesday night it was clear he is heading in that direction.
The Los Angeles Galaxy star scored a goal, assisted on two others, and forced an own goal with a quality corner kick to help lead the Galaxy to a 4-1 mauling of the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night at PPL Park.
The Los Angeles Galaxy are ready for the first leg of a two-leg East Coast swing tonight at PPL Park when they take on the Philadelphia Union (7:30pm, MLS Direct Kick).
The Union enter with some confidence after posting a 1-0 road victory against the Chicago Fire, while the Galaxy look to rebound after a pair of recent losses, including a 3-1 setback against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
[T]hey won't like this but David Beckham's retirement from football this week put me in mind of a bunch more readily associated with the other half of Manchester, Britpoppers Oasis. Both came to prominence in the mid to early 90s; Oasis at Glasgow's King Tut's Wah Wah Hut and Beckham at Preston North End's Deepdale ground.
At last, the crown-prince of English sport, David Beckham has finally decided to call it a day on what has been an incredible career, spanning such mighty clubs as Man Utd, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy, PSG and, of course, Preston North End.
However, as well as possessing a mighty fine right foot, Mr.
David Beckham has announced that he will retire from football at the end of this season. The former LA Galaxy, Man United and Real Madrid star will call it a day after winning the French league title with Paris St Germain.
He said: "I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level.
Notable Statistics Games: 5 Wins: 0 Draws: 1 Losses: 4 Goals For: 3 Goals Against: 7 Goal Difference: -4 Preview Both these sides are coming off victories in their previous MLS matches. The Whitecaps are coming off a 3-1 victory over the LA Galaxy, a game that saw a massive improvement over previous results.
When Vancouver Whitecaps playmaker Daigo Kobayashi was forced to leave Saturday's match vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 14th minute, the Whitecaps looked like their quest to snap a seven-match winless streak was going to be that much tougher.
Little did the Whitecaps or Galaxy know that the player who came on to replace Kobayashi would steal the show and lead the Whitecaps to victory.
Notable Whitecaps Statistics Against LA Games: 6 (One match in 2012 MLS Playoffs) Wins: 0 Draws: 1 Losses: 5 Goals For: 3 Goals Against: 14 Goal Difference: -11 Preview The last time the Caps met the Galaxy was in the first round of the 2012 MLS Playoffs when they lost out 2-1 to LA. Vancouver ... Continue reading »
Landon Donovan didn't hide his disappointment with being left off the latest U.S. Men's National Team roster, but he also isn't keeping him from wanting to make his way back to the team he leads in career goals.
On the day when Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed the early reports that Donovan would be left out, Donovan acknowledged his unhappiness with being left out, but is determined to work his way back into the national team picture eventually.
When a Sports Illustrated report stated on Tuesday that Landon Donovan would be left out of the U.S. Men's National Team's training camp for upcoming World Cup qualifiers in June, the news caught plenty of U.S. fans by surprise.
-Minnesota Thunder 1999 - lost to Mid-Michigan Bucks 1-2 in 2nd Rd 2000 - beat Mexico SC 7-0 in 2nd Rd, lost to Dallas Burn 0-2 in 3rd Rd 2001 - did not qualify 2002 - beat San Diego Gauchos 6-1 in 2nd Rd, lost to Los Angeles Galaxy 0-4 in 3rd Rd 2003 - lost to Seattle Sounders 0-1 in 3rd Rd 2004 - beat Rapids Reserves 2-1 in 3rd Rd, beat Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in 4th Rd, lost to San Jose Earthquakes (tied 2-2) 5-4 in Penalty Kick Shootout in Quarterfinals 2005 - beat Real Salt Lake 6-4 in 3rd Rd, beat Colorado Rapids 4-1 in 4th Rd, beat Kansas City Wizards 1-3 in Quarterfinals, lost to Los Angeles Galaxy 5-2 in Semifinals 2006 - lost to Des Moines Menace 1-0 in 2nd Rd 2007 - beat Indios USA 3-2 in 1st Rd, lost to California Victory 1-0 in 2nd Rd 2008 - beat St Louis Lions 4-1 in 1st Rd, lost to Cleveland City Stars 0-2 in 2nd Rd 2009 - beat 402 FC 3-2 in 1st Rd, beat Chicago Fire Premier 4-0 in 2nd Rd, lost to Kansas City Wizards (tied 3-3) 4-2 in Penalty Kick Shootout in 3rd Rd -NSC Minnesota Stars 2010 - beat KC Athletics 4-2 in 1st Rd, lost to AC St Louis 0-1 in 2nd Rd -Minnesota Stars FC 2011 - ineligible 2012 - beat Des Moines Menace 0-2 in 2nd Rd, beat Real Salt Lake 1-3 in 3rd Rd, lost to San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in 4th Rd
Opponents: Los Angeles Galaxy (3) Des Moines Menace (2) Kansas City Wizards (2) Real Salt Lake (2) San Jose Earthquakes (2) 402 FC AC St Louis California Victory Chicago Fire Premier Cleveland City Stars Colorado Rapids Dallas Burn Indios USA KC Athletics Mexico SC Mid-Michigan Bucks Rapids Reserves San Diego Gauchos Seattle Sounders St Louis Lions
Next Up: -Minnesota United FC 2013 - play Des Moines Menace on Tue May 21 in St Paul MN in 2nd Rd - 7:30pm CT at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
still remember that sunny day in Los Angeles, waiting for David Beckham to enter the stadium suite that had been reserved for the local Galaxy reporters. We were a pretty small bunch, about twelve total. Soon, due to the dying print media industry, there would be even less of us.
This afternoon, the Fire's President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon acknowledged that talks are ongoing with Robbie Rogers and the Los Angeles Galaxy pertaining to the player's future in MLS. While the Fire would prefer to negotiate a deal with Rogers to play in Chicago the club will continue to listen to offers which would facilitate a move to Los Angeles now that the Galaxy has officially expressed interest in pursuing a trade.
The Whitecaps took on the two time reigning MLS Cup champions when the LA Galaxy came to town. To the surprise of many, the Caps came out 3-1 victors thanks to two goals from Russell Teibert and finally one from Darren Mattocks. The Whitecaps U23s also took on the Kitsap Pumas at UBC Thunderbird Stadium .