Watch “Landon Donovan: Phenom”

A six-part documentary series documenting Landon Donovan’s career will be released daily through Sunday’s showdown with the Seattle Sounders by MLS and Copper Pot Pictures (makers of “Kei,” the documentary about Sierra Leone refugee Kei Kamara who moved to Lawndale) as told by the likes of Bruce Arena, Tim Cahill, Todd Dunivant, John Ellinger, Julie Foudy, Chris Klein, David Moyes, Richard Motzkin, Paul Pabst, Rob Stone, Taylor Twellman and Grant Wahl.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Take a deep breath as LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders in season-ending battle for Major League Soccer crown

Read the column here — and don’t forget that the Galaxy’s Robbie Keane and Ireland faces Germany at 11:30 a.m. on Fox Sports 2.

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Major League Soccer Sunday: Landon Donovan and LA Galaxy face FC Dallas in Texas at 4 p.m. on ESPN2

Fresh off a triumphant finale to his U.S. career, Landon Donovan and the Galaxy are in Dallas as the run-in to the MLS playoffs continues ahead of two crunch games at Seattle that will shape the playoffs.

Finally, guess who won their second straight game?

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Tickets on sale Tuesday for first LA Galaxy MLS playoff game a month from today

Ticket sales to the general public begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday for the Sunday, Nov. 9 second leg of the Western Conference semifinals at a time to be determined.

Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:

MLS Cup Playoff strips are also currently on sale to all fans and include tickets to all three potential home games that the Galaxy play throughout the entirety of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, including MLS Cup. Purchasing a strip is currently the only way to guarantee a seat for MLS Cup should the Galaxy host the game at StubHub Center on December 7.

Since the start of the 2009 season, the Galaxy have hosted 12 playoff games in Carson, including MLS Cup 2011 and 2012. In those 12 games, the Galaxy are 10-2-0 while they are 26-5-1 all-time in home playoff games.

The Galaxy also announced Wednesday that only a “limited’ number of tickets remain for the Sunday, Oct. 19 game against the Seattle Sounders. It’s the club’s final home game of the season.

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Watch: Monday Major League Soccer rewind, Landon Donovan’s last U.S. game and more


The image above was included by U.S. Soccer this morning as they announced the 21-player roster for Friday’s game against Ecuador that included the LA Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez in addition to Landon Donovan, set to make his 157th and final U.S. appearance in the wake of Saturday’s latest Galaxy victory.

I’ll have more on Donovan in Tuesday’s column, in addition to today’s USWNT roster announcement for the beginning of World Cup qualification, which begins against a backdrop of litigation and other legal action over the turf in Canada and goalkeeper Hope Solo’s alleged domestic violence issues.

Meanwhile, the Goats are almost extinct it appears even as they finally post a win Sunday in Carson

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Reports of a Chivas USA hiatus gather steam

chivasusaReports that Chivas USA could go on hiatus for as long as two years while a stadium is built in the Los Angeles area have gained more credence with ESPNFC expanding upon an earlier Sports Illustrated story that had much the same theme.

The club is certainly weakening the MLS brand overall, while boring most soccer fans to tears year after pathetic year.

Personally, I’m not convinced any club can find a suitable site it will find successful unless that’s in downtown LA, but at least we could all be rid of the perennial embarrassment that is Chivas USA once and for all.

Experienced heads will be needed and I’m not sure if that description fits Alexi Lalas, who almost wrecked the Galaxy when he was in charge of the MLS flagship.

Good luck, guys:

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Weekly Soccer Column: Classy Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy turn on the style in pursuit of final MLS Cup of his career

The Galaxy are cruising and clearly look like the class of MLS at the moment, as this week’s soccer column illustrates.

Indeed, so spectacular are the Galaxy, it’s getting difficult to decide which highlight reel goal is the best:

You decide:

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Major League Soccer Sunday: Record-setting Landon Donovan and rampant Galaxy slaughter New York Red Bulls

Tim Cahill was anonymous. Thierry Henry was exasperated. And the Red Bulls in general were pathetic with a couple of the worst blunders that led to goals we’ve seen all year long at StubHub.

On the other hand, Landon Donovan just seems to get better as retirement approaches with a memorable game offensively and defensively. Robbie Keane is getting more audacious and in complete command of his game as he matures. And Gyasi Zardes is a future USMNT star in the making.

Said NYRB coach Mike Petke: “It’s best team that we faced all year, by a long shot.”

Phil Collin’s game story is here.

Next for the Galaxy: Toronto FC at StubHub Center Saturday

I’ll have more in Tuesday’s column.

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LA Galaxy Major League Soccer rivals Seattle Sounders suddenly look vulnerable, will Chivas USA be the cure?


The Seattle Sounders, tied for the MLS lead with the Galaxy, have collapsed defensively in their last two games, including a loss last night to Dallas, which presumably would give Bruce Arena’s team motivation to pounce when it plays Sunday in Carson against the New York Red Bulls.

But Seattle meets lowly Chivas USA at home the day before, allowing them to take the initiative in the Western Conference against a club that seemingly is incapable of scoring despite having striker “Cubo” Torres called up by Mexico for a second time earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy are trying to figure out how to replace the retiring Landon Donovan and big names — older than him — are cropping up in trade rumors.

Check out the Seattle swoon below:

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