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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!

The LA Galaxy after Landon Donovan and Major League Soccer Expansion Draft Live at 11 a.m. Wednesday


MLS beat writer Phil Collin looks at how the Galaxy will fill the void left by Landon Donovan’s retirement. But before the addition, comes a possible subtraction in the shape of Wednesday’s Expansion Draft. Watch it live here.


The Galaxy didn’t lose a single player in the just completed draft.

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Photos: LA Galaxy Celebrate Record Fifth MLS Cup in Hermosa Beach


A photo gallery of the Galaxy MLS Cup celebration on Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach by staff photographer Steve McCrank is here.

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Five-time MLS Cup Winners LA Galaxy to host rally tonight at Hermosa Beach Pier


Event includes speeches by Galaxy President Chris Klein, coach Bruce Arena, captain and MLS MVP Robbie Keane, defender Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan, who will say a final goodbye to fans before retiring.

Los Angeles Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin has the MLS Cup game story.

Read more about the performance of MLS Cup MVP Robbie Keane.

And Landon Donovan went out a champion.


“I’ve said it before, this is my best year on the field, and my worst year off the field personally,” said defender A.J. DeLaGarza. “At the end of the game, you guys saw I just kind of laid there and sobbed a little bit. Obviously, I wish my son was here, so that was all I thought about.”

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MLS Cup 2014: Los Angeles Galaxy-New England Revolution live from Carson at noon today on ESPN, Univision and UniMas

The stage is set.

The Galaxy eye a dynasty, and perhaps a legacy, with a chance for a third MLS championship trophy in four years today with a win over a rebuilt New England Revolution.

Landon Donovan, the greatest outfield player American soccer has ever seen, is looking at going out in his final game before retirement as a champion.

MLS MVP Robbie Keane is seeking to cap off his fine season with another trophy and more goals.

And homegrown South Bay star Robbie Rogers is desperate to play his part in a championship-winning team.

Los Angeles News Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin breaks down the game with this MLS Cup preview, while all the stats are here.

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MLS Cup Preview: After a lifetime of supressing his sexuality, LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers is “Coming Out To Play”


MLSCUP2014For the first 25 years of his life, Robbie Rogers would not admit — even to himself — that he was gay.

And he confided to no one his fears and hopes during a lifetime of denial:

“Why didn’t I speak to anyone — a therapist or anyone?” he wondered during an interview Thursday. “That just shows how afraid I was.”

But today, Rogers has the support of his family, friends and the extended soccer community who encouraged the only active gay athlete in a major U.S. sport not to quit the game. To complete his journey — and that of Landon Donovan — the Galaxy must win Sunday against the New England Revolution in Carson.

“There’s been a lot of things happening outside of soccer and we’ve all supported each other,” he said. “I think it shows on the field.”

“I feel very blessed,” he added. “Now it’s the perfect way to end a perfect yr.”

Read more about how Rogers is “Coming Out To Play” in this story that ran on the front page page today of Los Angeles News Group newspapers.

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Weekend Soccer TV Preview: MLS Cup, EPL and Women’s World Cup Draw

Saturday’s televised EPL games include Newcastle United-Chelsea at 4:45 a.m. on NBCSN, Liverpool-Sunderland at 7 a.m. on NBCSN and Machester City-Everton at 9:30 a.m. on NBC.

The draw is live at 9 a.m. Saturday on Fox Sports 1

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Tweets of the Day: The career of LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan by the numbers, meet MLS star Kei Kamara Saturday in Lomita and more

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Video: LA Galaxy Great Robbie Keane named Major League Soccer MVP

MLSMVP(Photo courtesy Major League Soccer).

LA Galaxy leading scorer Robbie Keane was selected as MLS MVP today receiving 32 percent of the media votes and 26 perent of the player votes to win the award ahead of New England’s Lee Nguyn and Seattle’s Obafemi Martins.

Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:

The Galaxy Designated Player recorded career highs in both goals and assists during the 2014 MLS Regular Season. Keane finished with the third-most goals in MLS this season with 19 and was tied for second in assists with 14, giving him the highest combination of goals and assists from any player this season and the most of any player during a single season in club history. In addition to his five game-winning goals, he also led MLS with six game-winning assists. In his 29 appearances for the Galaxy this season, the Galaxy lost only five total matches, going 15-5-9.

Keane, a 2013 MLS MVP Finalist, continued his record regular season campaign into the MLS Cup Playoffs, scoring a goal and adding three assists through the Galaxy’s four matches. His three assists against Salt Lake in the Western Conference Semifinal match made him just the fourth player in Galaxy history to record three assists in a playoff game.

Since joining the Galaxy in 2011, the Irish international has scored 53 goals and added 35 assists in 84 MLS appearances, with 15 game-winning goals and assists apiece. In postseason matches, he has scored eight times and added six assists in just 16 appearances while leading the Galaxy to MLS Cup titles in 2011 and 2012. He has been named to the MLS Best XI three consecutive times and an MLS All-Star for two straight seasons.

Keane joins Carlos Ruiz (2002) and Landon Donovan (2009) as the only players in LA Galaxy history to be named MLS MVP.

While we’re at it, check out the MLS Goal of the Year candidates that includes Robbie Keane:

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