Landon Donovan Snub Watch at StubHub: LA Galaxy (3-3-3) host Philadelphia Union (2-6-5) today in Carson

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Take a snubbed Landon Donovan with a point to prove, a vulnerable Philadelphia Union and a home stage with an empathetic crowd willing on the best player the nation has ever produced and you have the perfect combination of elements to suggest MLS history will be made this afternoon in Carson.

Landon Donovan, need we say yet again, needs just one goal to become the all time MLS goal scorer. Who would bet against him today?

Beat writer Phil Collin will be on hand to follow the action this afternoon for what is actually a triple-header (details in the Twitter stream to the right or bottom of the page on an iPad) in Carson.

*Capsule preview is here.

*All the stats are here.

And, yes, you want to get to the game early:

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Video highlights: LA Galaxy dominate Dallas at home, move off Western Conference basement

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Bottom line for the Galaxy: Lively. Dangerous. Minimal dumb errors.

The Galaxy dominated a Dallas team that never looked competitive Wednesday, moving off the Western Conference basement with a much needed win.

Better yet, it was an entertaining game in Carson after some tedious road moments in recent outings that tested the patience of the many fans.

And, the score shouldn’t have been that close, said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena:

“It was a little unfortunate that the linesman missed the offside, which resulted in the Dallas goal, but that’s all part of it. I give our backline credit. They did what they are supposed to do on a play like that. It’s unfortunate that the linesman missed it and we had to scramble over the last 15 minutes.”

Midfielder Kenny Walker, playing his second MLS game two years after playing his first, was solid and the central defensive combination of Tommy Meyers and Kofi Opare received better reviews from some than the error prone Leonardo and substandard Omar Gonzalez.

Stefan Ishizaki was subbed after two bad giveaways that are threatening to become a hallmark of the Galaxy season, but overall it was a more solid, livelier outing than we have seen in recent performances.

Beat writer Phil Collin has the game story.

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Major League Soccer Preview: LA Galaxy (2-3-3) host FC Dallas (5-5-2) tonight in Carson

The sluggish Galaxy meet a busy, but blunted Dallas tonight at StubHub Center with the home team seeking to jump start a campaign already in danger of tailing off as I wrote in this week’s column.

Notable: Only one Galaxy player  — Robbie Keane — has scored more than two goals this season, which pretty much sums up the club’s problem.

All the facts and figures associated with the game are here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Are all but invisible LA Galaxy seeing MLS season end before it truly begins?

GalaxyFinding it difficult to get in the swing of the Galaxy season?

First it seems as if the club has barely played in Southern California this year at all.

Wednesday’s rare midweek home game is up against a Kings playoff game so many general sports fans will be preoccupied.

And Sunday’s home game takes place on the long Memorial Day weekend, when LA typically empties out (and the Galaxy has traditionally had trouble drawing crowds on holiday weekends).

Which all means, given that the Galaxy are now stuck at the wrong end of the Western Conference, there may well be no reason to watch when folks belatedly get around to seeing that MLS is under way.

Read more in today’s column.

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Major League Soccer Texas Two-step: Defensive errors condemn Galaxy to Houston loss, division basement and Chivas USA to road tie in Dallas

Anther ghastly Galaxy defensive screw-up condemned LA to a road loss in Houston against the Dynamo and the bottom of the Western Conference, while plucky Chivas USA grabbed a point in their local television debut this season against Dallas, but really should have had a road win.

We’ll let the blunt Robbie Keane lay it on the line an explain what the sputtering Galaxy need to do to stop losing and start winning in a season threatening to go nowhere before it has really started:

“Just stop making mistakes, that’s how you lose games, you make mistakes and then you lose games. We just can’t make mistakes, the mistakes we’ve made are ones that can’t be made, and it’s fairly simple. If you we keep making mistakes like that we can forget about even making the playoffs.”

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Chivas USA gets local TV contract beginning with Saturday’s game in Dallas. Now, will anyone watch?

chivasdallasChivas USA announced today that KDOC will televise 10 of the club’s remaining MLS games this season beginning with the 5:30 p.m. Saturday game against FC Dallas.

Given how many spectators are showing up to Chivas USA’s sparsely attended home games in Carson this season, it will be interesting to see what the ratings are.

The club is hosting a viewing party in Long Beach, however:

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For more on the game itself, check out the MLS preview:

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Thursday Kicks: LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan shares World Cup memories, CD Guadalajara in Carson, MLS in Las Vegas and more

With Landon Donovan pretty much the senior member of the U.S. Men’s National Team these days and perhaps on the brink of international retirement after the World Cup, who better to look back on his long history of World Cup participation and reminisce.

Also:

  • Two goals by Travis Bowen and strikes from former Cal State Dominguez Hills midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias, Bradley Diallo, Jack McBean and Aleksandar Đoković gave the LA Galaxy II an easy 6-1 U.S. Open Cup victory Wednesday over Thousand Oaks-based amateur team Cal FC at the StubHub Center track and field stadium before a crowd of just over 400. The Galaxy’s reserve squad advances to the third round of the knockout tournament May 28 in Carson against PSA Elite, which progressed when the San Diego Flash forfeited its game.
  • Also USL Pro side Sacramento Republic defeated the Ventura County Fusion 2-1 Wednesday and will meet Fresno Fuego in the next round.
  • CD Guadalajara and Cruz Azul play a preseason Liga MX game at 8 p.m. July 9 at StubHub Center, it was announced today. Tickets go on sale May 22.
  • Vegas remains a long-shot MLS expansion market.
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Veteran Mexican star “Bofo” Bautista is latest player out Chivas USA revolving door

chivasusaAfter just 148 minutes on the field in MLS over seven games with just one assist, Mexican striker Adolfo Bautista has become the latest player to wash out at Chivas USA, which is picking up and discarding players at a seemingly increasing rate.

Bautista, 34, who played for El Tri during the 2010 World Cup made his Chivas USA debut March 9, but barely lasted two months before the club and player mutually agreed to part ways.

“We want to thank Adolfo Bautista for his dedication, commitment and professionalism during his time with our club,” said coach Wilmer Cabrera. “He is a respected leader on and off the field, and we wish him the best of luck in all his endeavors moving forward.”

Was that sarcasm, do you think?

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Move over Portland: LA Galaxy viewing party Sunday at Torrance’s Smog City Brewing Company

smogcitylogoPortland may have the reputation as having more craft beer breweries and brewpubs per capita than any other city on the face of the planet, but Torrance and the South Bay are closing in fast.

So it’s apt that the Galaxy’s nationally televised game at 11:30 a.m. Sunday against the Timbers in Portland will be shown at Torrance’s Smog City Brewing Co., where fan group Angel City Brigade will host a viewing party.

Smog City is one of Torrance’s most inventive and creative breweries with lots of styles of beer including a special “Brigade Brew” that will be served Sunday.

The Galaxy could do with a little of that creativity against a Timbers team that is not the emerging force it once seemed. With the World Cup looming, U.S. International central defender Omar Gonzalez is out up to two weeks, according to coach Bruce Arena.

Consider this a training session of sorts for you armchair soccer fans ahead of the viewing parties that will pop up all over Southern California during the World Cup.

So bring mom along, bend an elbow and come cheer on the home team. See you there.

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