Weekly Soccer Column: U.S. Men’s National team opens annual camp in Carson ahead of hectic 2015

The U.S. Men’s National Team, already facing a busy year, opened their annual camp in Carson Monday with two young Galaxy players on the roster for the first time, defender Oscar Sorto and striker Gyasi Zardes from Hawthorne.

I was just in awe,” Zardes told reporters Monday after his first training session of the email he received from national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann inviting him to camp. “When I was in Hawthhorne this was a dream. It’s what you dream about.”

Sorto had a similar reaction to his U.S. call-up.

Klinsmann has spoken of the importance of players like Zardes’ attacking partner on the Galaxy, Robbie Keane, and recently-signed EPL veteran Steven Gerrard and their role in grooming up and coming youngsters:

“Theyre doing a tremendous amount of work getting our players to another level. These are the guys we need in the United States to help our guys grow even faster.”

Zardes agreed:

“Robbie Keane is a phenomenal player and I’m a student of the game and I just try to learn as much as I can from the veterans like these guys who are on the national team,” he said, adding that he is looking forward to seeing Keane, who had brief spell at Liverpool, and Gerrard reunited with the Galaxy.

For more, read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers speaks out against FIFA World Cup bigotry and homophobia

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.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Weekly Soccer Column: New England Revolution face uphill battle against history, destiny and LA Galaxy in MLS Cup Sunday in Carson

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.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Weekly Soccer Column: MLS Playoff Shootout in Seattle Sunday for LA Galaxy-Sounders

1124_SPO_LDN_L-GALAXY-WLGoal 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).

MLS2014Read 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.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane sits out national team duty to ready for MLS Western Conference Final Sunday against Seattle Sounders FC

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.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Weekly Soccer Column: The legend of Landon Donovan grows; Harbor Area, San Fernando Valley vie for LAFC

LDKeanoDynamic 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:
letter1

letter2

Check out the 12-acre waterfront site in San Pedro:
portsite

Finally, check out the highlights of the Western Conference Semifinal last night between FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders:

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Weekly Soccer Column: Party over for Landon Donovan and LA Galaxy with crunch game looming Saturday in Seattle

LDNo10Thanks #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.

LDArenaLet’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.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

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.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Was Landon Donovan the most abused American soccer player ever?

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:
Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email