MLS Weekend TV Preview: LA Galaxy visits Sporting Kansas City at 5 p.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1

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Galaxy rout Real Salt Lake

Mike Magee (center) celebrates his goal with Emmanuel Boateng in the Galaxy's 5-2 win over Real Salt Lake. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Mike Magee (center) celebrates his goal with Emmanuel Boateng in the Galaxy’s 5-2 win over Real Salt Lake. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Galaxy came back from another early goal to put up a five-spot on previously undefeated Real Salt Lake on Saturday, winning 5-2. L.A. extended its unbeaten streak to five games, and has scored nine combined goals in the past two games.

Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng was one of the many standouts on Saturday, scoring once and adding two assists. He was making his second MLS start and not only showed his speed, which is unmatched on this team, but some good quality. He sent in a sensational cross on Mike Magee‘s goal in the 26th minute and also assisted Giovani dos Santos‘ brilliant chip shot in the 45th minute.

“He’s got energy, he’s got pace, and he’s got quality in the wide areas as you see from his assist,” midfielder Steven Gerrard said. “And he got off the mark today with a cheeky little finish. Certainly up for man of the match, the little fella’.” Continue reading

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Galaxy ‘keep heads above water’ despite injuries ahead of Salt Lake matchup

(Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

(Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

The Galaxy host the only undefeated team in MLS on Saturday as they face Real Salt Lake on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. If not for a stoppage time goal by Marco Pappa in the final 30 seconds of a 1-0 L.A. loss to Colorado, Saturday’s matchup at StubHub Center could have been between two undefeated teams.

At 3-1-2, the Galaxy’s bad days haven’t ended too badly, even when goalkeeper Dan Kennedy suffers a torn groin on the first goal kick of the season or when Steven Gerrard goes down with a calf strain 30 seconds into a rivalry game at home. Through a rash of injuries that started literally in the first minute of the season, L.A. has “managed to keep our heads above water,” head coach Bruce Arena said. Continue reading

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New stricter MLS security checks start as LA Galaxy hosts Real Salt Lake Saturday in Carson

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If you were planning to take luggage to Saturday’s Galaxy game at StubHub Center you can forget it.

Big bags and other bulky items are out, small is in.

From the (edited) MLS press release:

Beginning Saturday a new minimum standard bag policy and guest screening measures will be instituted at all 20 MLS venues bringing MLS events in line with security measures taken by the other professional sports leagues in North America.

“Public safety is a top priority and the enhanced security measures will ensure that fans are able to continue to enjoy MLS and SUM events in a safe environment,” said MLS president and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott.

Under the new security policy, all guests will be fully screened upon entry into MLS venues. The screenings will be conducted via a full pat down or with the use of a search wand of magnetometers. Each venue will decide which procedures and protocols will be used.

Banned from MLS stadiums are:

  • Large purses
  • Coolers
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Computer bags
  • Camera bags
  • Any bag larger than 14’’x14’’x6’’

In addition, all bags will be subject to search upon entry.

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Everything you wanted to know about the American soccer fan (if only you had asked)

WChermosaBWorld Cup fans gather for a viewing party in Hermosa Beach; one-third of all American soccer fans only pay attention to big events like the tournament, a marketing study found. (Daily Breeze file photo).

One in three American soccer fans say Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United is their favorite team.

The Galaxy? They came in sixth in the top 10 teams cited, while the Seattle Sounders were 10th.

For more insights into the interests of American soccer fans, read today’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Galaxy score first win at Houston since 2010

Giovani dos Santos (right) is expected to return from a left quad strain while Steven Gerrard (left) will be out with a left calf strain.

Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos  starred in the Galaxy’s 4-1 win over Houston on Friday. Photo by Steve McCrank // Daily Breeze

Giovani dos Santos and Steven Gerrard led the L.A. Galaxy to a dominant 4-1 road victory over Houston on Friday with dos Santos notching a brace and Gerrard adding an assist in his first action since injuring his calf almost a month ago. The win is the first in Houston for the Galaxy since 2010.

Highlights from the match:

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MLS suspends Nigel de Jong for three games as the LA Galaxy visit Houston at 4 p.m. on UniMas

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Nigel de Jong delivers physical presence Galaxy wanted, will MLS and American soccer pay the price?

crunch He bites: This is how English tabloid the Daily Mirror reported on Nigel de Jong’s crunching challenge on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe.

So whose at fault in the wake of Nigel de Jong’s obscene challenge on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe?

The player? The club? The coach?

Try the media, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said Wednesday (really).

Guess he’s not going to like this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column then.

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One thing we learned from Sunday’s Galaxy game via Twitter: Nigel de Jong (is still) a violent excuse for a player

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Galaxy salvage tie on Portland own goal

The Galaxy's Nigel de Jong goes up for a header against the Portland Timbers. (Ringo H.W. Chiu - The Associated Press)

The Galaxy’s Nigel de Jong goes up for a header against the Portland Timbers. (Ringo H.W. Chiu – The Associated Press)

The Galaxy escaped StubHub Center with one point Sunday night after Portland’s Nat Borchers headed in an own goal in the 84th minute to give L.A. a 1-1 tie.

With forward and captain Robbie Keane still sidelined due to recent knee surgery, the Galaxy lacked a good finishing touch. L.A. created several chances, but needed an opponent to find the back of the net for them. The Galaxy outshot Portland 13-4 (4-2 in shots on goal).

Highlights:

Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong was the center of a yellow card controversy after he injured Portland’s Darlington Nagbe on a tackle. Nagbe left the field in a wheelchair with an apparent lower leg injury. De Jong said he did not meant to harm Nagbe and that he was only going for a “50-50 ball.”

Galaxy injury report: 

Robbie Rogers left the game early with a hip contusion. He said it “locked up” after he was hit in the side. After the game, he was unsure of his timetable to return, but didn’t suspect it to be serious.

A.J. DeLaGarza sat out with a left foot injury that has been bothering him lately. He said this week he tweaked it during preseason, was playing through it, then re-aggravated it during practice recently. It is the same foot that he injured last year.

Other injuries:

  • Robbie Keane — knee surgery, out for at least three more weeks. Keane was originally scheduled to return in four to six weeks. Bruce Arena seemed optimistic about the captain’s rehab though, and said this week that Keane was ahead of schedule.
  • Steven Gerrard — left calf.
  • Leonardo — knee
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