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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Weekly Soccer Column: “Next Goal Wins”

An independently-produced documentary called “Next Goal Wins” opens Friday in Los Angeles.

Ostensibly, it is about a ragtag team of lovable losers seeking to attain their collective dream of actually winning a game after a decade of losses including a world record 31-0 World Cup qualifying loss four years earlier.

But there is a larger story in play here in this sweet modest movie as I write in this week’s column.

Also, local soccer clubs and other groups can organize fundraising screenings of the movie. For more information, click here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy-Club Tijuana CONCACAF Champions League Preview and more

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So, it was pretty mild, but did the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez just diss U.S. Men’s National Team teammate Herculez Gomez in the above video?

The San Jose Earthquakes play tonight in the CCL, while the Galaxy’s encounter with Club Tijuana in Carson Wednesday is the subject of today’s column, which also looks at who Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling dedicated his winning goal to Sunday in the 3-2 defeat of the Chicago Fire.
More on all the CONCACAF Champions League games is here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: How Will the next MLS team in Los Angeles Succeed Where Chivas USA Failed?

1.30.14 Training-17(Photo courtesy Chivas USA).

Chivas USA is embarking on one final MLS season before dissolving even as new coach Wilmer Cabrera, above, has the team firmly set on course for a solid pre-season.

What will it take for Chivas USA’s successor to win over fans? Read today’s column here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Does New Coach, New Season Equal Different Results for Chivas USA?

1.31.14 Training-15The way forward: New Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera is under no illusions about the magnitude of the task he faces (Photo courtesy Chivas USA).

Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera has enough to worry about on the field, but he is also cognizant of the on-going debate surrounding the club and its fan base given recent clumsy efforts to emphasize its Mexican heritage:

“Chivas USA is not exclusively for Mexican Americans,” he said Monday. “Chivas USA is an American team in MLS, which is an American league and it is open to everyone.

 

“No one wants to support a really bad team, that’s normal,” he added. “The only way is to try and change the mentality and little by little we’re going to reach out, but were not going to reach out to one small group of people, we want everyone.”

For more from Cabrera and his plans at Chivas USA, read this week’s column.

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