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Galaxy first means resisting loan deals in 2018

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy's disastrous 2017 MLS campaign left much destruction in its wake. Coaches and executives lost their jobs or faced demotions. The club showed players the exit. New faces both on and off the field came and will undoubtedly arrive to help right the wrongs in 2018.

Robbie Rogers leaves trailblazing legacy after retiring from soccer

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LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers announced his retirement on Tuesday, ending a career that spanned 11 years and three countries. He had stops atSC Heerenveen in the Netherlands, the Columbus Crew, Leeds United, a loan Stevenage, and, finally, the LA Galaxy.

"It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the game of soccer," said Rogers.

MLS Ticker: Robbie Rogers retires, David Ousted to leave Whitecaps, and more

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Robbie Rogers announced his retirement from professional soccer at the age of 30. He played for 11 seasons in three different countries. He most recently played four years with the LA Galaxy, winning the MLS Cup in 2014. He came out as gay shortly before signing with LA, making him the first openly gay player in one of the major American sports.

Robbie Rogers announces retirement

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LA Galaxy and USMNT midfielder Robbie Rogers announced his retirement on Tuesday. The 30-year-old joined the Galaxy in 2013 after returning from England where he was a member of Leeds United. Rogers was part of the 2008 MLS Cup winning Columbus Crew, lifting the trophy again with the Galaxy in 2014.

How to overhaul an MLS team

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - The MLS Cup Playoffs are in full swing this week as each of the conference semifinal series have completed their first legs. The round before produced some dramatic moments while the coming days promise to have some riveting action as teams try and extend or salvage their respective seasons.

Sigi Schmid steps up with the Galaxy

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 25, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you were to take a wrecking ball and repeatedly slam it into the LA Galaxy's facilities at StubHub Center, the destruction and forced rebuild would be a massive undertaking. Somehow, it would not be near the level of the rebuilding process which the club is now firmly in the midst of.

SBI Question of the Day: Which MLS team was the most disappointing in 2017?

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Before the MLS playoffs begin on Wednesday night, we're taking a look at some of the teams that didn't make the playoffs, and more specifically failed to live up to expectations in 2017.

No team fell harder than FC Dallas, who won two teams after July 22 to finish out of the top six in the Western Conference after previously occupying first place.

TFC ties MLS record for regular season points in home win over Impact

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An early goal from Jozy Altidore was all it took.

After Toronto FC fans lifted the Supporters' Shield before the game, TFC wanted to avenge their only home loss to bitter rivals Montreal Impact. Not only did they avenge their loss, they re-wrote history with a 1-0 win.

Now tied with the 1998 LA Galaxy, TFC are the all-time MLS co-record holders for points in the regular season with a total of 68.

Around The Forest: Five questions with Thorns’ Ashleigh Sykes

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Klopp to Bayern, young guns in LA, Jack Harrison's call-up a big deal and more!

Portland:

Five Questions | Thorns FC's Ashleigh Sykes on support in Providence Park, twin sister and more | Portland Timbers
On the eve of Saturday's 2017 NWSL Playoff Semifinal against the Orlando Pride, presented by Tillamook Yogurt (12:20pm, Lifetime, TICKETS), we sit down with Thorns FC forward Ashleigh Sykes to learn about home support at Providence Park, her twin sister and more.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 30

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While the Supporters' Shield race wrapped up on Saturday, the playoff race tightened thanks to some results across MLS.

Toronto FC sealed the Supporters' Shield by defeating the New York Red Bulls. (READ)

The Columbus Crew locked up a playoff berth with a win over D.C. United. (READ)

FC Dallas' playoff hopes took a hit with a tie in Orlando.

10-men RSL fight back for draw at Galaxy

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The Los Angeles Galaxy have found 2017 to be a very disappointing season, struggling to find any consistency at both the Stubhub Center and away from home. Sigi Schmid's side continued that trend on Saturday, drawing 1-1 at home against 10-men Real Salt Lake.

Around The Forest: Meet Miguel Almiron 2017’s #1 24 under 24

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Check out the top 5 rated players of each MLS team for FIFA 18, how did LA Galaxy fall so far and more!

Portland:

Quick Strikes | Timbers defense holding opponents to average of .67 goals per game over last six matches | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers will play in their final regular-season road match of the year when they travel south to take on the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium Saturday night (7:30pm, KPDX).

Late Alberth Elis brace earns Dynamo draw with Galaxy

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Thanks to a furious Houston Dynamo comeback, the LA Galaxy will officially miss out on the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in nine years.

Alberth Elis scored twice in the final minutes to bring the Dynamo back from down two goals late in the match to earn a 3-3 draw at home against the Galaxy.

LAFC vs LA Galaxy

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy and LAFC will not play an official match until sometime in 2018 but their first competition will begin as soon as this season is over.The Galaxy will miss the playoffs this season, the first time since 2008 that a Galaxy season will finish without a postseason appearance.

Sigi Schmid pleased with Gyasi Zardes's first start at right back

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With a desperate need for a right back over the weekend, LA Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid had to experiment. In the time of need, he turned to Gyasi Zardes and, when all was said and done, he wasn't disappointed.

He threw the wide midfielder/forward in the back line for the first time in his career and was more or less satisfied with how it worked out.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/25/17

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New week, new links.

Philadelphia Union News

Union Notes: Long overdue strategy change pays off vs. Fire
It took months of mediocrity and lack of production from the No. 10 spot for Union manager Jim Curtin to finally move away from Ilsinho and Roland Alberg and try something new.

Atlanta United trounces Galaxy to climb into fourth in East

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The brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta is a beautiful building, looking worth every bit of the $1.5 billion Arthur Blank spent to build it. Atlanta United fans have come to love the place, but opponents are finding it to be a house of horrors.

The LA Galaxy became the latest team to be overwhelmed in Atlanta, with three early goals in a seven-minute span stunning the visitors and setting the tone for an eventual 4-0 Atlanta United victory on Wednesday night.

The Galaxy loses home field advantage

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy has had unparalleled success in MLS, but with that success there has also been heartbreak. The Galaxy's loss in MLS Cup 96 was a gut punch. The loss in the 99 final deflating. The MLS Cup 2001 loss stung.

The club's 4-0 defeat to Toronto FC on the weekend may have been the worst loss in club history.

MLS Midweek Preview: Impact visit TFC, Atlanta faces Galaxy

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There may only be two midweek games on the schedule this midweek in Major League Soccer, but those matches should bring plenty of excitement due to the playoff implications.

Atlanta United continues their lengthy homestand at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, looking for a full 90 minute performance against the lowly LA Galaxy.

Around The Forest: Diego Valeri sets MLS record for consecutive goals

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Playoff probabilities are here, LA Galaxy growing their own food, NASL make last ditch attempt to make D2 and much more!

Portland:

#StatMan Three | Valeri puts his name in MLS record book | Portland Timbers
Playing a third consecutive road match, the Portland Timbers fell to Real Salt Lake, 2-1, Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 28 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 28 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Toronto’s March Continues

Toronto FC’s season for the ages continues to pick up steam.

TFC have now won their last six games by a combined score of 21-3.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 28 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 28 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Toronto’s March Continues

Toronto FC’s season for the ages continues to pick up steam.

TFC have now won their last six games by a combined score of 21-3.

Is Gyasi Zardes sparking a Galaxy revival?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - In their last two games, the LA Galaxy has compiled four points on the strength of a home win and road draw. While that is not exactly a torrid pace, it does account for the longest unbeaten run the Galaxy has had since mid-June.

Part of the Galaxy's success has been Gyasi Zardes.

Late Lamar Neagle strike extends Sounders' unbeaten streak

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SEATTLE The Seattle Sounders struggled to outplay the visiting LA Galaxy for much of Sunday night's match, but a late goal from substitute and hometown favorite Lamar Neagle salvaged a much-needed point in front of 44,697 at CenturyLink Field.

The 1-1 draw extends a club-record 12 match unbeaten streak for the Sounders, but it is also the third straight draw for a team in a tight race for first place in the Western Conference.

Galaxy trounce Rapids to halt 10-game winless slide

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The LA Galaxy were in desperate need of a win after more than two months without one and it took a visit of the last team they beat to halt the slide.

Romain Alessandrini and Gyasi Zardes delivered a goal and assist apiece to lead the Galaxy to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at StubHub Center on Saturday.

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Robbie Rogers retires from football

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major North American sports league, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Rogers, 30, confirmed his retirement in a statement released through the Galaxy, ending a professional career that spanned 11 seasons and included stints in England, the Netherlands and Major League Soccer.

Robbie Rogers retires from football

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major North American sports league, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Rogers, 30, confirmed his retirement in a statement released through the Galaxy, ending a professional career that spanned 11 seasons and included stints in England, the Netherlands and Major League Soccer.

Martino joins race for US soccer top job

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Kyle Martino on Monday joined the crowded field vying for the presidency of the United States Soccer Federation in the wake of the country’s 2018 World Cup debacle.

Martino, best known in the US as an analyst for NBC television, said he had decided to challenge for the USSF presidency after the result of “many conversations” in recent weeks.

Martino joins race for US soccer top job

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Kyle Martino on Monday joined the crowded field vying for the presidency of the United States Soccer Federation in the wake of the country’s 2018 World Cup debacle.

Martino, best known in the US as an analyst for NBC television, said he had decided to challenge for the USSF presidency after the result of “many conversations” in recent weeks.

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FC Dallas thumps Galaxy to close season

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FC Dallas saved one of their best performances for Sunday's season finale, even if it all came too little, too late for a team that finished outside of the playoff picture.

FCD scored five unanswered goals in what turned out to be a 5-1 drubbing of the LA Galaxy. Despite the win, FC Dallas finished up eighth in the Western Conference, finishing outside of the playoff picture while the San Jose Earthquakes sealed the final spot.

Alessandrini's big night for Galaxy proves too much for Minnesota

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Romain Alessandrini's two goals and assist helped the LA Galaxy win their third home match of the season over Minnesota United FC.

The Galaxy newcomer remained dangerous all game long, contributing on each of the goals in the 3-0 victory.

In a year that has been well below the Galaxy standard of recent years, their have been few bright spots as promising as Alessandrini's debut season.

After winning U.S. Open Cup midweek, Sporting KC edge Galaxy in home victory

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It was a heck of a week for Sporting KC.

After claiming the U.S. Open Cup midweek, Sporting KC took down the LA Galaxy, 2-1, on Sunday at Children's Mercy Park. The win moves Sporting KC within one point of the top of the Western Conference while keeping the team unbeaten at home.

In the 18th minute, Daniel Salloi scored his second goal of the week and third of the season, scoring on an assist from Diego Rubio.

Victor Vazquez powers TFC to big win over Galaxy

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With Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco out of the lineup, Victor Vazquez put on a master class against the struggling LA Galaxy as TFC inch towards history week by week.

Vazquez was active all game long, driving the TFC attack, creating high percentage chances, and even calling his own number scoring the third goal of the match.

Houston Dynamo

Pick the Houston Dynamo Starting XI against Minnesota United FC

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In essentially a must win game, who do you want to see in the Dynamo starting XI against MNUFC?

The Houston Dynamo are coming off one of their wildest games of the year during their midweek match against the LA Galaxy that ended in a 3-3 draw. The game opened with a very early own goal committed by DaMarcus Beasley followed by a poor giveaway by Cubo Torres that led to a counter attacking goal by LA.

Houston Dynamo 3, LA Galaxy 3: Rate the Players and Quick Thoughts

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How do you think the Dynamo players performed in their 3-3 draw against the LA Galaxy

At the beginning of the year I introduced a new way for the Dynamo Theory community to be a part of Player Ratings. After matches everyone will get a chance to submit how each player did on a scale of 1 to 10 which will be averaged out in a later article usually on Tuesday mornings depending when the game takes place.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce keen to coach USMNT

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Meanwhile, Brad Friedel will coach the Revs, Neymar is unhapy in Paris, and the paper airplane finally gets the recognition it deserves.

Seattle

Longtime Tacoma-based sports writer and columnist for the News Tribune Larry LaRue has passed away in California at age 68.

After nine years in Seattle, Kurt Schmid made the move to LA Galaxy, joining his father Sigi.

Oka Nikolov signs for LA Galaxy

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Nikolov coached Andre Blake to the 2016 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award

Per a press release, former Philadephia Union goalkeeper turned goalkeeping coach Oka Nikolov has signed with the LA Galaxy. Nikolov started his career with the Union in 2013 after over two decades with Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany's Bundesliga and 2.

Clint Dempsey isn’t the problem

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Sounders forward could certainly be better, but the blaming is starting to get out of hand.

In the scope of a single season, 13 games is a pretty big chunk. In fact, it's nearly 40 percent of the season. So it almost goes without saying that a unbeaten streak that has stretched that long is impressive.

Gio Dos Santos reaches a century with Mexico amid questions

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Mexico played at Costa Rica in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, the match itself was a bit anticlimactic for the visitors. Mexico had already wrapped up a berth in Russia 2018 the match prior and a lopsided result either way would not have made a difference.

Union Academy jogo bonito, Dominic Kinnear joins LA Galaxy, San Lorenzo bid for Urruti and Barrios: Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/30/17

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Good links today.

Philadelphia Union News

Fred, Kleberson return to Union with Academy coaching positions
Philadelphia Union Youth Development is introducing "jogo bonito" (the beautiful game) with the addition of former Union players and celebrated Brazilian professionals Kleberson and Fred da Silva to the full time staff this week.