Weekly Soccer Column: Major League Soccer grows with no end in sight

MLSlogoFIFA, the sport’s world governing body, says the optimal size for a soccer league is 20 teams.

MLS appeared to suggest it would grow no largef than 24 teams.

Now, that number is under review as deep-pocketed investors continue to approach the league seeking expansion teams.

So, just how big will MLS get? Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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MLS Video Highlights: Late-goal Gordon reigns for LA Galaxy yet again in soggy 2-2 Timbers tie in Portland

Game story

Quotable:

“Great goal. What else can you say?” said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

 

Notable:

A week after scoring the game winner in the Galaxy’s opening match, Jose Villarreal notched an assist against Portland in his 14th MLS start, a week after making his first start since Oct. 2013.

 

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Bottom Line:

Next for the Galaxy: 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Houston Dynamo at StubHub Center.

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LA Galaxy sign Spanish SuperDraft pick Ignacio Maganto, former Getafe youth player

Ignacio Maganto had 27 goals and 14 assists during a four-year Iona College career.

“Ignacio had a strong preseason and showed his talent in our games and training sessions,” said head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “We are happy to add him to our roster and look forward to his development going forward.”

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MLS Week 2 TV Schedule: LA Galaxy at Portland Timbers Sunday on Fox Sports 1 and more

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LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane fined for post-goal celebration in MLS season-opening win at StubHub Center

GalaxySharp-eyed lip-reading viewers watching the television reply after the 81st minute goal last Friday in the win over the Chicago Fire will note that Robbie Keane dropped a F-bomb or two during his celebration.

The cuss words were either aimed at the crowd at what was generally a pretty poor game by the defending MLS champions despite the win or a general expression of frustration.

The amount of the fine for “unprofessional conduct” announced today was not disclosed by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

Read more about Keane’s cussing here.

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Video Highlights: Watch three of the best goals from MLS’ opening weekend

Not noted above: the Seattle Sounders, the club many observers believe are the Galaxy’s main rival for the Western Conference crown, decisively beat New England 3-0 in the final MLS game of the weekend.

Here are three of the best goals from MLS week 1:

*While this is Robbie Keane’s goal, it’s the prescient header from Baggio Husidec that creates the opportunity in the Galaxy’s Friday night 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire:

*A lot of big names got on the scoresheet Monday including Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Kaka, but the best goal of the weekend from one of the new stars to join MLS was this carefully placed effort for Mix Diskerud who etched his name in the NYCFC history books:

*Finally, this wasn’t the best goal of the weekend, but it was arguably the most dramatic coming at simply the best moment in the game to seal the win:

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LA Galaxy kick off 20th MLS season tonight at StubHub Center in Carson against the Chicago Fire



Galaxy beat writer Phil Collin has the season preview here and asks five burning questions in the wake of Landon Donovan’s retirement.

Also today:

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