LA Galaxy allotted not-so-sweet 16th spot in Major League Soccer Dispersal Draft for Chivas USA players

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There goes any chance of the Galaxy snagging former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, as some fans who have messaged me lately had hoped (unless the club attempts to trade up, I guess).

The Galaxy will pick 16th out of the 20 MLS clubs when the draft is held Wednesday.

FC Dallas is first, and NYCFC second, BTW.

Also, MLS has announced a special pre-sale for its noon Dec. 7 title game, set for either Carson or Seattle, depending on whether the Galaxy or Sounders prevail in the Western Conference semifinal. The code is CUP5. Details here.

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LA Galaxy update: Robbie Rogers signs multiyear MLS contract extension, Robbie Keane expected to play Friday for Ireland against Scotland

*Robbie Rogers’ stumbling soccer career was revitalized when Galaxy coach Bruce Arena switched the midfielder to a left back role and now Rogers has received a multiyear contract extension as a just reward for sterling play this season.

From the Galaxy press release:

Rogers, 27, has made 15 appearances for the Galaxy this season in addition to recording two assists. After making the move to defense full-time with a start against Chivas USA on June 8, the Galaxy have gone 10-2-7 in all MLS competitions in which Rogers appeared, including the MLS Cup Playoffs.

*Meanwhile, despite his hamstring issue Robbie Keane seems likely to play for his beloved Ireland against Scotland Friday in a Euro 2016 qualifier (live at 11;30 a.m. on ESPN3).

*Former Galaxy defender Ezra Hendrickson was today named coach of the Seattle Sounders’ USL Pro affiliate, by former Galaxy and current Seattle coach Sigi Schmid.

From the Sounders press release:

Hendrickson was announced as a Sounders FC Assistant Coach on January 20, 2009, after a 14-year professional career, including 12 seasons in Major League Soccer. As a player, he spent parts of eight seasons alongside Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid, including three campaigns with the Columbus Crew prior to his retirement. He was a member of three MLS Cup championship teams, winning two with Schmid.

Apparently, Seattle doesn’t want to use the G-word in print ahead of their Western Conference final against the Galaxy.

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Weekly Soccer Column: The legend of Landon Donovan grows; Harbor Area, San Fernando Valley vie for LAFC

LDKeanoDynamic Duo: Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane celebrate yet another goal Sunday against Real Salt Lake (Photo by Staff Photographer Stephen Carr).

Read this week’s column about Landon Donovan and why the San Fernando Valley and Harbor Area are vying to be the home of the new LAFC stadium.

Read the text of the full letter:
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Check out the 12-acre waterfront site in San Pedro:
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Finally, check out the highlights of the Western Conference Semifinal last night between FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders:

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Monday morning Major League Soccer Playoffs Video Rewind: LA Galaxy dismantle Real Salt Lake 5-0 as Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane run rampant

Landonlegend Landon the Legend: Landon Donovan added another inspired performance to his glittering career Sunday night in Carson in leading the Galaxy to a rout of Real Salt Lake in the MLS playoffs (Photos by Staff Photographer Stephen Carr).

This was a game those who attended will tell their grandchildren about.

Los Angeles News Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin has the game story, but in all honesty this was a Western Conference semifinal that must be watched to be fully appreciated:

Meanwhile, the Galaxy find out their Western Conference final opponent tonight when Seattle plays Dallas at 7:30 live on NBCSN.

Quotable:

“One of the things that was in my control was how I played,” Donovan said. “So I wanted to make sure that when I went home tonight and looked in the mirror that I knew I gave everything regardless of the result. Fortunately the team played well too, and made for a really fun night. I had fun, and I wanted to have fun tonight. If this was going to be the last game, I told my girlfriend today that I wanted to have fun and I want to enjoy it. If we lose, we lose, but I want to make sure I enjoy it. More often than not, when I enjoy the game, I play well.”

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I will have more in Tuesday’s column.

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Major League Soccer Western Conference Semifinal Preview: LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan to play against Real Salt Lake like it’s his last game

Hear more from Landon Donovan in the game preview from LANG MLS beat writer Phil Collin.

For more:

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Major League Soccer sets Nov. 19 dispersal draft date for former Chivas USA players

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The draft is set for 1 p.m. that day to be conducted with all 20 MLS clubs in a teleconference.

Here’s more from the MLS press release:

MLS, in participation with all 20 clubs, will conduct a weighted draw on Friday, Nov. 14 to determine the draft ranking. Using an envelope method, the MLS clubs that qualified for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs will receive one envelope, while all non-playoff teams, along with 2015 expansion teams New York City FC and Orlando City SC, will be given two envelopes

Incidentally, more on the MLS future — or not — of former Chivas USA striker “Cubo” Torres is here.

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English Premier League Weekly Preview: Liverpool-Chelsea at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN is the game of the weekend

Here’s the weekly interactive run-down on all the stats and Barclays Premier League games this weekend.

The game of the weekend is undoubtedly the Liverpool-Chelsea contest at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN.

Programming note: The first MLS Eastern Conference semifinal second leg between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls is on at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on NBC, right after the Queens Park Rangers-Manchester City game that kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on NBCSN.

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Major League Soccer Video Playoff Preview: LA Galaxy hosts Real Salt Lake in Western Conference Semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Sunday live on ESPN2

With the away goals rule in effect for the MLS playoffs for the first time, Real Salt Lake knows an early goal would put pressure on the Galaxy — who would then have to score twice to advance — on Sunday in Carson.

The winner will meet Seattle or Dallas in the conference final; the two teams are tied 1-1 ahead of the sold-out clash the Sounders will host at 7:30 p.m. Monday:

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Major League Soccer Playoff Preview: Is Southern California’s Luis Gil Real Salt Lake’s key to beating the LA Galaxy Sunday in Carson?

Read more about Luis Gil in this profile from our sister newspaper The Salt Lake Tribune.

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