Galaxy announces end-of-the season team awards

Galaxy midfielder Romain Alessandrini was selected the 2017 Galaxy Player of the Year and Ashley Cole earned Defender of the year honors, the club announced Thursday.

In his first year with the Galaxy and MLS, Alessandrini ended up as one of only four players to record at least 10 goals and 10 assists this season. Alessandrini led the Galaxy with 13 goals and added 12 assists.

Cole made 29 starts and was the Galaxy’s most dependable and consistent defender.

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Playoff positions settled in Major League Soccer

The regular season concluded Sunday around Major League Soccer. The knockout-round, single elimination playoff matches are set for Wednesday and Thursday.

Toronto FC, New York City FC have first-round byes in the Eastern Conference. Seattle and Portland have byes in the Western Conference.


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Saturday’s soccer television schedule

Here is Saturday’s TV schedule for the various soccer matches across the world:


6:25 a.m. – Freiburg at Bayern Munich – FS2

6:55 a.m. – Chelsea at Crystal Palace – NBCSN

7 a.m. – Bournemouth at Tottenham – CNBC

7:05 a.m. – Real Madrid at Getafe – beIN

7:20 a.m. – U-17 World Cup: Mexico vs. Chile – KVEA, FSP

9:15 a.m. – Lazio at Juventus – beIN

9:20 a.m. – RB Leipzig at Borussia Dortmund – FS2

9:30 a.m. – Arsenal at Watford – Ch. 4

11:35 a.m. – Barcelona at Atletico Madrid – beIN

12:30 p.m. – U-17 World Cup: England vs. Iraq – FS2

1:30 p.m. – NWSL: North Carolina vs. Portland, championship – Lifetime

2:55 p.m. – America at Cruz Azul – KMEX

4:55 p.m. – Pachuca at Monterrey – Gala

5 p.m.  – Tigres at Leon – KMEX

6:55 p.m. – UNAM at Necaxa – Gala

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Weekend soccer television schedule: MLS, Premier League and how to avoid watching the dreadful LA Galaxy

You’ve been warned:

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Soccer on TV: Saturday’s schedule

Here is the list of games from across the world that can be viewed on TV on Saturday.


6:30 a.m. – Borussia Dortmund at SC Freiburg – FS1

6:30 a.m. – Eintracht Frankfurt at Borussia Monchengladbach – FSP

6:30 a.m. – Bayer Leverkusen at Mainz – FS2

6:55 a.m. – Bournemouth at Arsenal – NBCSN

7 a.m. – Tottenham at Everton – CNBC

7:05 a.m. – Atletico Madrid at Valencia – beIN

9:15 a.m. – Chievo Verona at Juventus – beIN

9:30 a.m. – Manchester United at Stoke City – Ch. 4

9:30 a.m. – Bayern Munich at TSG Hoffenheim – FSP

11:35 a.m. – Espanyol at Barcelona – beIN

12:30 p.m. – NWSL: FC Kansas City Chicago – Lifetime

12:55 p.m. – MLS: New York at Chicago – UniMas

4:55 p.m. – Necaxa at Monterrey – Gala

5 p.m. – Chivas at Pachuca – KMEX, 1220

6:55 p.m. – Veracruz at Club America – KMEX

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French defender Michael Ciani signs with the Galaxy

The Galaxy officially announced the signing of French defender Michael Ciani, Saturday.

Ciani, 33, has spent time in France, Spain and Italy. He will occupy an international roster spot and will begin training with the club this week.

Ciani made more than 100 appearances in France with FC Lorient and FC Bordeaux. He played with Lazio in Serie A, RSC Charleroi in Belgium and Espanyol in Spain.

“We targeted and acquired Michael as a player who can immediately strengthen our backline,” Galaxy General Manager Pete Vagenas said. “He is a valuable signing that will be an important piece of our roster. We are happy to add him to our team and look forward to him joining the squad next week.”

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100 Percent Soccer column: Weekend guide to best World Cup qualifying games on television

Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Dos Santos brothers called into Mexican national team

Both Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos will join the Mexican national team for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The brothers will join El Tri following Sunday’s Galaxy’s game against San Jose. They will miss the Sept. 2 game against Colorado.

Mexico hosts Panama, Sept. 1 and visit Costa Rica, Sept. 5.

Goalkeepers (3): Rodolfo Cota (Guadalajara), Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul)

Defenders (6): Diego Reyes (Porto), Edson Álvarez (Club América), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jair Pereira (Guadalajara), Héctor Moreno (AS Roma),

Midfielders (8): Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Héctor Herrera (Porto FC), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Orbelín Pineda (Guadalajara), Jesús Dueñas (Tigres), Andrés Guardado (Real Betis), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Erick Gutiérrez (Club Pachuca)

Forwards (8): Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jesús Corona (Porto FC), Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven), Javier Hernández (West Ham United), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica), Elías Hernández (Club León)

Head Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio 

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