Landon Donovan: I will be playing soccer in 2017

Former Galaxy great Landon Donovan isn’t ready to head into retirement just yet. Or is he?

On the United States of Soccer show with Jason Davis, Donovan Landonlegendsaid he will be playing in 2017, he’s just not sure yet.

“I will be playing soccer in 2017,” Donovan told Davis. “I don’t know if it will be in a rec league on Sundays or on a big national field in front of a lot of people.”

Recently, Donovan has been linked with a move to Real Salt Lake.

Donovan, 34, ended his brief retirement following the 2014 MLS Cup in September, joining the Galaxy for the end of the season.

 

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100 Percent Soccer column: Galaxy finally signs Jermaine Jones, while Bruce Arena makes play for USMNT stability after turmoil

jones Galaxy guy: Jermaine Jones, seen here avoiding the media at the USMNT camp at StubHub Center, officially signed Wednesday with LA.

Read more about Jones signing with the Galaxy and Bruce Arena taking control of the USMNT program in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

Staff Writer Damian Calhoun has more on the Jones signing here.

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Former Galaxy player Herculez Gomez retires from MLS

Herculez Gomez, who led lead the Galaxy to the 2005 MLS and U.S. Open Cup, announced his retirement Tuesday.

Landover, MD - May 30, 2012 - FedExField: Herculez Gomez (9) of the US Men's National Soccer Team during an international friendly match (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Landover, MD – May 30, 2012 – FedExField: Herculez Gomez (9) of the US Men’s National Soccer Team during an international friendly match
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Gomez was with the Seattle Sounders last year, receiving his third MLS Cup title. His future will lead him to ESPN as a soccer studio analyst.

Gomez was also with the Galaxy for the 2002 MLS Cup.

Gomez will work on ESPN FC as well as studio analyst for the network’s coverage of MLS,U.S. Men’s National Team, and other international soccer competitions. On ESPN Deportes, he will appear on signature soccer studio programs Fuera de Juego and Futbol Picante.

He will debut today on ESPN FC.

Gomez played with five MLS teams: Galaxy (2002-06), Colorado (2007-08), Kansas City Wizards (2008-09), Toronto FC (2015) and the Sounders (2016). He also played with Puebla, Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos, Santos Laguna and Tijuana in Liga MX.

 

 

 

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Long-serving LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza traded to Houston Dynamo

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And with the above image used in a Galaxy tweet Friday, one of the longest-serving LA players ever — highly-regarded and popular defender AJ DeLaGarza — was gone, heading for the Houston Dynamo for a combined $175,000 in allocation money.

“This decision was extremely difficult to make,” Galaxy General Manager Peter Vagenas said. “A.J. is a champion and will always mean so much to this club, this city and our fans. We thank him for his many contributions to the Galaxy and know he will forever be a part of our family. With that said, we feel that this will give us flexibility to strengthen our roster going forward with the use of additional allocation money.”

From the Galaxy press release:

DeLaGarza was drafted by the Galaxy in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and has been with the club for eight seasons, making 204 appearances and 196 starts in MLS Regular Season matches and 16 appearances and 13 starts in the MLS Cup Playoffs. He will join the Dynamo as a three-time MLS Cup winner as a member of the Galaxy (2011, 2012, 2014).

The defender is one of just five players to make over 200 appearances for the Galaxy, alongside Cobi Jones, Landon Donovan, Kevin Hartman, and Mauricio Cienfuegos.

The trade must have come as quite a shock to DeLaGarza; he hasn’t Tweeted in reaction to the trade.

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Watch the Major Soccer League draft live beginning at noon from the Los Angeles Convention Center here

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Read Staff Writer Damian Calhoun’s take on the Southern California hopefuls who could be drafted today.

Read more here about Thursday’s the National Womens Soccer League draft, which was held Thursday in Los Angeles.

Here’s a list of draft prospects.

Finally, according to MLS the No. 1 rule of the draft is follow your local team. Apparently, no-one told the Galaxy that; they have no picks.

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Galaxy in damage control mode as soccer fans protest San Diego Chargers move to Carson and MLS schedule released

chargersstubhub Imagine: How the Chargers’ fightforla website imagines an NFL game would look like at StubHub Center in Carson.

Galaxy fans are not reacting well to the news that lumbering pointy-ball players will rip up their pristine soccer field that will now be marred by ten yard lines all over the place:

Here are the dates the Chargers WON’T be playing in Carson:

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MLS Combine: Nick DePuy ready to take next step in professional career

Nick DePuy started his soccer playing in Southern California, as a resident of Irvine.

This week, he’s back, paving the way to the first big professional step on his journey.

DePuy, who attended Mater Dei HS for one year before moving to Colorado, mls_logo-svgis one of participants in this week’s MLS Player Combine. The ultimate goal is to have his named called during Friday’s MLS SuperDraft.

He played four years at UC Santa Barbara.

“It was a great experience,” DePuy said of his time at UC Santa Barbara. “I worked really hard. Coming into my freshman year, I was a high recruit, but I wasn’t guaranteed any minutes.”

It also wasn’t any guarantee that DePuy would end up with the career that he eventually had for the Gauchos.

DePuy arrived at UCSB as a defender and it took a bit of being at the right place at the right time for him to move up the field.

“I ended up starting three games in,” he said. “My second year, I started out as a defender again, at center back, and then one of our strikers went down with an injury.

“My coach, halfway through the season, put me up top. I scored a bunch of goals my sophomore (10) year, had a really good junior year (15 goals).”

After his junior year, DePuy said he started receiving interest from professional teams, but decided to return for his senior year, where he scored just six goals and he added that his last year “was kind of disappointing.”

“We lost a lot of guys that I didn’t think we were going to lose,” he said. “My junior year, we went to the Sweet 16 and we only had three seniors that we knew we were losing.  By the start of summer, we had five or six starters that were either injured of transferred. We had a bunch of new players and a lot young guys as well and I believe that the connection and chemistry wasn’t as good as it was the other years.

DePuy went on trial with clubs in Europe recently. He said that he learned a lot. Now, he’s trying to put everything to use to catch the eye of the MLS Scouts that will result in his name being called during Friday’s SuperDraft.

“It has always been a dream of mine to go professional,” he said. “This has always been a hobby for my, but once my sophomore and junior year hit, I was like this could really happen and my dream is really going to come true.”

 

 

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MLS: Recap of first day of MLS Player Combine

The first day of doubleheaders for the MLS Player Combine kicked off Sunday at StubHub Center.

In the opening game, Team Control defeated Team Chaos, 3-1. Zeiko Lewis, mls_logo-svgGuillermo Delgado and UCLA’s Jackson Yueill scored for Team Control.  Jorge Gomez-Sanchez scored for Team Chaos.

In the second game, Team Tango defeated Team Copa 3-0. David Goldsmith and Jonathan Lewis scored from the penalty spot and Goldsmith added another goal.

The players will be in nterviews Monday with MLS clubs before returning to the field Tuesday. Here is the schedule: Team Chaos v. Team Copa, 1:15 p.m., followed by Team Control v. Team Tango 3 p.m.

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What you need to know for the MLS Player Combine

The annual MLS Player Combine is in California this year, taking place at the StubHub Center, Jan. 8-12. All games are free.

The invitees will be split into four teams (Team Chaos, Team Control, Team Copa and Team Nemeziz). They will compete over three days. All of the mls_logo-svgplayers will be eligible for Friday’s MLS SuperDraft.

There will be doubleheaders Jan. 8, 10 and 12.

Here is the schedule

Sunday, Jan. 8

Team Chaos v. Team Control, 1:15 p.m.

Team Copa v. Team Nemeziz, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Team Chaos v. Team Copa, 1:15 p.m.

Team Control v. Team Nemeziz, 3 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Team Copa v. Team Control, 10 a.m.

Team Chaos v. Team Nemeziz, 11:30 a.m.

Player will also participate in interviews and various physical testing, January 7.

 

 

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2017 soccer calendar kicks off with busy Southern California January

2017 has arrived and we’re just a couple of months away from another Major League Soccer season.

The month of January will be extremely busy around Southern California with various soccer events. Here is a look:

Jan. 8-12 – MLS Player Combine; StubHub Center

Jan. 10 – U.S. men’s national team opens – StubHub Center

Jan. 12 – NWSL Draft – NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles

Jan. 13 – MLS SuperDraft –  NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles

 

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