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LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy 0, Philadelphia Union 0: Instant recap and player ratings survey

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246 days

Usually a draw in Los Angeles against the LA Galaxy would be considered a good result. While the Union will return from Southern California with a point, they still haven't won since last August.

LA had a very unlucky break in the 20th minute when Joao Pedro rang a shot off of both posts, and Andre Blake made a few breathtaking saves to keep the scoreline even.

Ho hum: Galaxy to play Real Madrid for the third time in three years

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Are we getting spoilt? This is the fourth time since 2005 Real Madrid will have faced the Galaxy in Southern California, something those of you who picked up a free Galaxy poster at the gate Saturday for the Red Bull game apparently already knew. Or is it just that these

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: Galaxy to be torn apart?

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Conference Semis are tomorrow. There are links to read about that if you want to torture yourself and/or still follow the league.


There appears to be a Galactic shift in Southern California, with Mika Varynen not coming back in 2016. LAGConfidential says their fans should welcome the coming roster explosion.

Combine Capers

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So the MLS combine this year took place in sunny Florida - which was good for the players, because it's been wicked cold in Southern California of late. It's warmer today, but I'm sure that at least some of the USMNT players out for January camp have felt like it's a real winter workout.

Anyway, I'm not at the MLS combine, but the photo op pictures some players took at the Seaquarium were emailed to me by the league, so I thought I'd share a few.

Chivas USA: Major League Soccer’s Crisis Club

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In 2004, Major League Soccer decided their eleventh franchise would be placed in the soccer hotbed of Southern California. Rather than move the team to San Diego or another part of the area, the league's brain trust and team owners ... Continue reading →

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Thursday Kick's: South Bay's Rogers on move again & more

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A quick roundup of Southern California soccer news for your reading pleasure: *Rolling Hills Estates' Robbie Rogers is on the move again in England - after playing just one game for Leeds United: LEEDS, England (AP) -- American winger Robbie Rogers has been loaned from English second-tier club Leeds down

Chivas USA's Joseph trains with team today for first time

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Chivas USA fan Yvie Bueno welcomed the club's newest signing - and arguably its biggest ever acquisition - Shalrie Joseph to Southern California today after his first training session with the team Monday morning. I'll have more on Joseph and what his signing means to Chivas USA ahead of this

Flat Robbie meets fat Robbie as the Galaxy host the Union on Independence Day

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Looks uncomfortable doesn't he? Staff Writer Phil Collin takes a brief look at what has become one of Southern California's most enduring July 4 traditions, the annual Galaxy home game and fireworks spectacular in Carson. Here's the Union perspective.

Nowak: Califf deal to Chivas agreed

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Photo by Earl Gardner

Acknowledging that "In this business, it is never easy to say goodbye," Peter Nowak confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday that the Philadelphia Union and Chivas USA have agreed on the terms of a deal that will see Danny Califf traded for an as yet unnamed player.

Nowak: Califf To Chivas USA For A Player And Something Else, Waiting For MLS Approval

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Danny Califf has been traded to Chivas USA, awaiting Major League Soccer approval, Peter Nowak told reporters at his weekly press conference today.

"Soon. There's nothing from us to release the stuff," Nowak said. "That's, as I said, it's the league process of confirming some stuff."

"We are still in the process of concluding this trade, Nowak said.

Roundtable: Surprises, The West, And NBC Sports

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US Soccer Player MLS writers Justin Shaffer, Dario Camacho, and Tony Edwards debate the first month of the season, NBC Sports Channel's coverage of the League, and the situation in Southern California. What has surprised you the most so far this season? Dario Camacho: Toronto. Say what you will about their current problems, but by year's end last year it looked like they had turned the corner.

Thursday Kicks: Looking back on an "expletive" month & more

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Three questions for Southern California soccer fans: *What coach of an MLS club that will play at Home Depot Center Saturday night do you think this quote should be attribued to? "There will come a time in the season when we look back on this month and say, 'My God,

Chivas USA Camp Update in Photos

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I headed out to Chivas USA preseason training at Home Depot Center Monday and was joined by staff photographer Steve McCrank, whose work is seen below Familiar Face: To Galaxy fans, if not in this jersey. Pasadena's Pete Vagenas has returned to Southern California with Chivas USA - even if


Matters of Circumstance

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My brief text exchange with Brian during U14 National Team camp.

Who 'makes it' versus who doesn't is just as much a matter of circumstance as it is a player's quality.

Ben Lederman wasn't some super-human, "Holy Frijoles Batman!", out of this universe player.

But before we proceed, let's get something clear: he was a player of real quality and potential before he left to Spain.

It’s Unbelievably Difficult to Capture What We Do! A Testimonial.

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Coaching is an art!

How do you capture this art?

People have been asking me for 'curriculum' and things detailing what it is we do. How do we produce our end product they say. Here's a quickie from our State Cup final:

If you can't see the video, click here.

They seem to think there's a cookbook to make this happen, a recipe that can be followed.

Don’t Let Your Club Miss This Unique Opportunity!

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The past couple weeks have been crazy!

With the release of our U11 video showcasing unseen before soccer in the States, and the subsequent chronicling of our younger U10s and those U11s competing in Barcelona, I've been bombarded with emails from coaches, DOCs, and parents from across the country (internationally even).

A Phenomenal Soccer Education in 12 Minutes [Video]

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We've been talking on this blog. Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk.

Anyone can talk. And anyone does.
Just look at all the garbage online, and the monkeys on TV (I guess you'd have to be able to identify it as such).

Well, it's time to do some show.

First some things to keep in mind:

  • This video is from our State Cup Semi-final a couple weeks ago.


Former LA Galaxy, Chivas forward Alan Gordon gets belated U.S. Men's National Team Shot

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Gonzo Gordo: The unlikely MLS career of Alan Gordon has taken an unusual turn with the U.S. National Team (Associated Press File Photo). A player who was never respected by fans (or frankly the media) when he played in Southern California now has a chance at World Cup qualifying glory.

Califf: “They were looking to get rid of me”

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Philadelphia Union

At Wednesday's press conference in which Peter Nowak announced that a deal was in place to trade Danny Califf, the spin was that the former Union captain was ready to go "home" to Southern California. Kerith Gabriel reports Califf's reaction when listening to the press conference was, "It made me want to throw up.

English Premier League

EPL Preview: Week 2

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Since the popularity of the EPL in Southern California keeps climbing, in no small part due to the efforts of Los Angeles-based Fox Soccer, I thought I'd begin posting these excellent weekly previews you can see below as well as listings of the games. Let me know what you think.

Former Newcastle Defender Gives Good Advice To Andy Carroll

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Warren Barton played for Newcastle from 1995 through 2002, and he now lives in Southern California and is Fox Sports Chief football analyst in the US, and is featured for all the English Premier League games throughout the season, and he comes across as an excellent  and knowledgeable pundit. Warren Barton in Fox Sports studio in LA He is [.

Galaxy play Spurs in Carson this summer

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The Galaxy will play Robbie Keane's former club Tottenham Hotspur July 24 at Home Depot Center, part of Spurs' U.S. summer tour that also includes a July 31 game against the New York Red Bulls. Single tickets for the club's first-ever visit to Southern California have yet to go


Joseph Had “Rocky Relationship” with Heaps Before Trade

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Jay Heaps and Shalrie Joseph chat during a preseason drill. On Monday, Joseph asserted that he and Heaps had a "rocky relationship" in the weeks leading to his trade to Chivas USA. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

Happy days they were not for Shalrie Joseph as his time in New England came to a close.


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Chelsea fans all over the world it's time to come together and support two of our supporters in their challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to mark it as "Chelsea Territory" and most importantly of all, to raise money for FOUR tremendous charities: Help a Capital Child, Right to Play International, Association for Suicide prevention and Save the Children.


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Chelsea fans all over the world it's time to come together and support two of our supporters in their challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to mark it as "Chelsea Territory" and most importantly of all, to raise money for FOUR tremendous charities: Help a Capital Child, Right to Play International, Association for Suicide prevention and Save the Children.


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Chelsea fans all over the world it's time to come together and support two of our supporters in their challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to mark it as "Chelsea Territory" and most importantly of all, to raise money for FOUR tremendous charities: Help a Capital Child, Right to Play International, Association for Suicide prevention and Save the Children.

US Open Cup

Two Storybook Tales End In USOC Round 4

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The fireworks continued for one or two sides, but sadly the magical pixie dust had officially run out on two darlings of this editions tournament of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Great Lakes and Southern California had their ...

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Cal FC Keeper Derby Carrillo - Unmet Goals

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Wikipedia calls Derby Carrillo's time with the Seattle Sounders a trial. Derby calls it something a bit more. In Friday's phone conversation with Sounder at Heart he said "It's almost exactly like what Bryan Meredith did." His 'trial' with the Sounders was more than a trip to Arizona. He was with the Kitsap Pumas in 2010, practiced with Seattle and even was the backup in some of the ad hoc reserve games on the backfields of Starfire that year.

CD Chivas USA

Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA Match Thread and Preview [7:30 PM]

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As we all know, tonight the Portland Timbers will take on southern California side Chivas USA is round 2 of the Timbers' tournament. Tonight is an important game for both the Timbers and Chivas USA as each will want to prove that Monday's performance was a fluke, not a trend. Not to say the Timbers were terrible, but their performance left something to be desired.

Mexican futbol's biggest losers

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CD Guadalajara are often called Southern California's third biggest sports team (behind the Lakers and Dodgers) and, of course, there's the little matter of the club having a local offshoot in Chivas USA. So no doubt fans of the real Chivas are mortified by the display so far this season

The Rest

S2 put up valiant fight in second half of loss to Orange County SC

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Despite being left with a exceedingly sparse lineup S2 managed to make it a game in Orange County.

The roster Seattle Sounders FC 2 brought to Southern California was unexpectedly limited due to the weekend's USSDA playoffs. Five of S2's best players, Denso Ulysse, Rodrigue Ele, Shandon Hopeau, Sam Rogers and Felix Chenkam, spent the weekend playing for the organization's U18 Academy team.

D.C. United season review: Steve Birnbaum

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We review the year of the young center back who has made the leap to a mainstay on the USMNT.

2016 started out great for D.C. United center back Steve Birnbaum. It began in rainy, cold Southern California wearing the red, white and blue as he was the savior for the United States Men's National Team in their 3-2 January victory against Iceland.

USL Pro Week 9: A Look Back

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Sacramento Republic FC weren't going to allow their rivals from Southern California spoil another sold-out party.

The Sacramento Republic defeated the LA Galaxy II, 2-1, on Saturday night in front of a sell-out crowd of 20,231 at Hughes Stadium.

Thomas Stewart put the Republic on the scoreboard in the seventh minute when his strike from long-range curled into the net, beating goalkeeper Cody Laurendi along the way.

U.S. U-18s head to Spain for Copa Del Atlantico

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While the U.S. Men's National Team trains in southern California ahead of a friendly match, some of the team's future stars are heading to the Canary Islands.

Ahead of their debut at the world-renowned Copa Del Atlantico, U.

Blog Housekeeping

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No column this week, but it will return next Tuesday with a preview of the independent documentary "Gringos at the Gate," which should be required viewing for any Southern California soccer fan, ahead of its LA premiere. Also, readers should know we are shifting the entire blog to a new

Hermosa Beach's Wambach Newcastle "Nightmare" for New Zealand in U.S. Olympics win

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Gymnast tribute: In a nod to Olympic gymnasts, U.S. striker Abby Wambach included a cartwheel in her goal celebration today against New Zealand (AP Photo)./em> Players with Southern California ties led the U.S. Women's National Team to the Olympic semifinals today. Asociated Press Sports Writer Joseph White has the game

At What Point Does Albert Pujols Give the Money Back?

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It's reached the boiling point. If Albert Pujols doesn't hit any better and for power by the end of this week, he is officially in a psychological wreck.

How can any man feel good about stealing money in front of everybody? This power outage has gotten absurd. He's in a funk, but this funk is not any old funk, it's way more serious than that for Los Angeles-Anaheim Angels fans because Pujols was being counted to make a major impact in his first season in Southern California.

Press Touches Down

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The entire roster for the U.S. WNT training camp is complete as forward Christen Press has arrived. Press says there was two feet of snow on the ground when she left Sweden, where she is playing for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. It was closer to 80-degrees when she landed in Florida on Thursday evening for her first-ever full National Team call-up.

O'Brien talks about what's needed to implement 4-3-3

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Few American players have had the career at the international level as John O'Brien. O'Brien became one of the first Amerians to make a name for himself abroad when he signed with Ajax Amsterdam, and scored for the United States versus Portugal in the 2002 World Cup.

Knowing this about his experiences at Ajax, no American probably has better insight into what it takes to be successful playing in the 4-3-3 alignment that Ajax has mastered over the years.

Visualizing Youth Coaching Experience with 3four3 Analytics

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Our mission here is education.
Education so you can make better soccer decisions and have more sophisticated, well-grounded opinions.

I think it boils down to two main components:

  1. The soft skills. Specifically, a continual and unvarnished discussion of soccer philosophy that reflects the values of the greatest teams, players, and managers in the world.