LAFC President Tom Penn gave 100 Percent Soccer an exclusive interview this week regarding the latest developments surrounding the MLS expansion club. Read this week’s column here.
In a holiday change of pace, the Galaxy scored enough fowls today to partner with nonprofit youth center A Place Called Home to distribute food and provide Thanksgiving dinners to more than 1,200 Los Angeles families.
The free noon to 6 p.m. event includes a showing of the MLS Cup final and sledding in real snow.
After 10 hours, two overtimes and one penalty shootout, four teams remain in the hunt for the MLS Cup.
The MLS Playoffs return in two weeks, after an international break, with the conference finals starting on Nov. 22.
The Galaxy is one of several sports franchises that shared almost $7 million in what was called “Tackling Paid Patriotism” in a Senate Armed Forces Committee report released Thursday.
Galaxy spokesman Brendan Hannan dismissed the criticism in a brief email:
“It was a one-off ticket sales partnership with the Air Force,” he wrote. “Similar to any partnership with any business. … The Air Force is a business. They are in the business of recruiting talent and they pay for advertisements for that exposure.”
It was unclear why Hannan didn’t appear to see the distinction between a private business and a taxpayer-funded government agency. He said the club would not be donating the money to veteran’s groups as McCain suggested.
He declined to add more in an off the record telephone conversation, but did go out of his way to note that:
“We invite a member of the military to attend each home game and provide them with four (4) tickets, a jersey, dinner, goodie bag, and on field recognition for their service. We have never received funds from any outside source for this recognition program.”
The California Science Center and Exposition Park Commission approved revised stadium plans today for the proposed LAFC stadium at Exposition Park.
The stadium plans will next head to the Los Angeles Planning Commission in December 2015 and then go before the City Council.
From the LAFC press release:
This new home for the team would be the first open air stadium in LA since 1962. The project is expected to bring $250 million in private investments to South Los Angeles. Total economic impact over 30 years is projected to be nearly $3 billion and the stadium and soccer club will create 3,000 full time jobs. Many of those jobs will be created in one of the most disadvantaged parts of Los Angeles. There are also plans for job training, youth and educational outreach and a Los Angeles Football Club Foundation that will be active in the community.
Part owner Mia Hamm Garciaparra gushed:
“This site, with its history of sports, is the perfect location to bring the world’s game to the world’s city,” she said. “It’s truly in the center of this city, part of the LA sports corridor, is among some of the best institutions and museums, and in a beautiful Park.”
Steven Gerrard’s first MLS season ended with a flop in a 3-2 loss to Seattle, and since the Galaxy bounced out of the playoffs, the 35-year-old midfielder’s name has been linked to his old club Liverpool.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp denied a potential coaching position for Gerrard with Liverpool, telling the Guardian he has talked with Gerrard, but that only training is on the table.
“He is a legend,” Klopp said. “If he’s in Liverpool and wants to train ahead of next season in L.A. that’s absolutely no problem. Nothing else.” Continue reading