South Bay native Robbie Rogers was once so in denial about his sexuality he could not admit to himself that he was gay.
That’s changed and now the LA Galaxy defender has found the courage to speak out against the kind of FIFA stupidity illustrated above by the clueless Sepp Blatter. For more, read this week’s
100 Percent Soccer column on the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.
And happy holidays.
MLS Best XI
Goalkeeper – Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
Defender – Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC)
Defender – Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)
Defender – Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
Midfielder – Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
Midfielder – Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Midfielder – Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)
Midfielder – Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Forward – Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
Forward – Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)
Forward – Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC)
The stage is set for the LA Galaxy-New England Revolution MLS Cup Sunday in the South Bay in this week’s column.
Goal scorer Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho celebrate Sunday as the Galaxy take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of the Western Conference Final Sunday in Seattle. (Photo by Staff photographer Will Lester).
Read more about the series with a place at MLS Cup at stake in this week’s column.
Incidentally, the Galaxy expect both A.J. DeLaGarza and Marcelo Sarvas, both subbed out Sunday with injury concerns, to be available for selection this weekend.
The Galaxy will face
Chad Marshall on the Seattle back line; he was named MLS Defender of the Year today, while his Galaxy counterpart DeLaGarza was named MLS Humanitarian of the Year.
Sometimes it’s actually instructive when you don’t get around posting your column until after an event occurs that is included in the column.
Which is how it went today with the
U.S.-Ireland game that sent the Americans scuttling back home across the Atlantic 4-1 losers.
Frankly, we didn’t learn much from a youbng, make-shift team: the U.S. ships goals in the second half and can’t score either, although to be fair they hit the woodwork twice.
Oh, and the Galaxy’s robbie keane, if fully fit, would have ripped apart the U.S. back line of left back Timmy Chandler, right back Fabian Johnson and the due of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron in the middle.
That’s it for this year for the USMNT: their record was 6-5-4.
Dynamic 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:
Check out the 12-acre waterfront site in San Pedro:
Finally, check out the highlights of the
Western Conference Semifinal last night between FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders:
After a less than compelling 0-0 game against Real Salt Lake in Utah last weekend, the Galaxy return home Sunday for the deciding game of the Western Conference Semifinal in Carson.
For more on the match-up
read this week’s soccer column.
Thanks #LD: Galaxy fans pay tribute to retiring No. 10 landon Donovan at Sunday’s game at StubHub Center (Photos by Staff Photographer Stephen Carr).
Read more in this week’s column.
Let’s get this party started: The pre-game smiles from LA coach Bruce Arena didn’t last until the final whistle as the Galaxy and a near-invisible Landon Donovan surrendered a two-goal lead against Seattle Sunday in Carson.
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.
It’s a question worth asking in a week when we’ve seen an outpouring of appreciation for the country’s greatest-ever player before he retires from international duty on Friday against Ecuador.
It wasn’t always like that.
For proof, check out the column after the jump I wrote on that subject back in 2007: