Weekly Soccer Column: Donovan and Peneda are LA Galaxy Gold**


Will Landon Donovan stay in MLS or go?

What does the future hold for deposed Galaxy starting goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini?

And are the Galaxy poised yet again too peak at exactly the right time of the MLS season?

All that and more in this week’s column.

*As if on cue, Sports Illustrated is reporting this morning we now have the answers to those questions and the Galaxy are reportedly set to announce a new contract for Donovan on Wednesday.

That’s a little sooner than I anticipated, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a relatively short-term deal through next year’s World Cup that still allows Donovan to keep his post-tournament options open.

What do you think of the new Donovan deal and its implications for the national team?

**The Galaxy confirmed this morning that the club will “make a major announcement regarding the future of forward Landon Donovan” at a noon Wednesday press conference.



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Weekly Soccer Column: Galaxy struggle for traction in crowded LA sports market

It figures in a column about the Galaxy’s visibility among general sports fans in Southern California, the piece would go AWOL — on our own web sites (and we’re still awaiting the return of the dedicated soccer page on our websites since a radical redesign last week, in case you were wondering, BTW).

Still, you can belatedly read the column online as the Galaxy embarks on their final 10-game MLS stretch as well as the start of the CONCACAF Champions League tonight in Carson here.

Incidentally, regular Galaxy sellouts at home may be a thing of the past in Carson, but not elsewhere.

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced today that fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s game against the Galaxy.


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Weekly Soccer Column: Galaxy and Gold Cup

MLS parity is forgiving.

While the inconsistent Galaxy currently occupy the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot, they are also only three points out of second spot.

Still, given their current form, explored in today’s column, who knows what their chances are of seeing those heights again.

Read more in today’s column, which also includes a brief preview of today’s U.S. Gold Cup game.

Our sister newspaper The Denver Post has more on Mexico’s Gold Cup campaign.

Also: will this former Chivas USA import catch on with the Galaxy?

One clarification to the column about who the U.S. will face in the quarterfinals, according to U.S. Soccer:

The United States needs only a draw to secure a first-place finish in the group, which would mean a match against the third-place team from either Group A or Group B in the quarterfinal.
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Weekly Soccer Column: StuporClasico, U-20 World Cup & more

0624_SPO_LDN-L-CHIVAS-GALAXY-MBBowled over? Only hapless Chivas USA  in the latest installment Sunday of the SuperClasico it seems (Photo by Staff Photographer Michael Owen Baker).

Read the column here.

Rumor central update: A Spanish sports daily claims relegated La Liga team Mallorca has publicly acknowledged and rejected a Galaxy offer for a certain Mexican star.

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Weekly Soccer Column: ESPN scores with tonight’s World Cup Qualifying Doubleheader

seattleposterWhich, along with a short piece on the Galaxy’s goalkeeping issues, is the subject of my column today.

Incidentally, the cool poster above, produced for tonight’s game in Seattle, is available for purchase. More details here.

A game preview is here.

Is Seattle the best soccer town in the country? This story would suggest it is.

Incidentally, guess who the top performing U.S. player is, according to this measurement (hint, it’s not Clint Dempsey)? Answer here.

Meanwhile, Rancho Cucamonga’s Carlos Bocanegra is not in the U.S. squad for the game, but will be inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame later this year.

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy Designated Player Rumors & More

A slightly different column format debuts today intended to touch on a few more local soccer-related items each week rather than featuring a longer essay on a single topic.

Read it here and let me know what you think.

By the way, is it just me or aside from the Galaxy’s two entertaining CONCACAF Champions League games have we seen some poor games so far this year at Home Depot Center (and I blame the two local clubs’ quality of MLS opponents rather than them for the most part)?

In other Galaxy news, it appears a new international tournament will debut this summer that reportedly will include MLS’ flagship franchise, although whether this is any different from the usual procession of summer friendlies featuring out of shape stars and young prospects remains to be seen.

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