Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy gets Older to get Better

GalaxyThe Galaxy and MLS have focused most recently on improving their youth development systems as competition heats up for potential future professionals (Mexican clubs are increasingly poaching promising U.S. youngsters, for instance) with the latest example being the merger of club teams LA Galaxy South bay (formerly the South Bay Force) and Exiles SC into a Southern California superclub of sorts.

Yet the Galaxy have concentrated so far on experience rather than youth ahead of the 2014 MLS season.

Read this week’s column to find out why.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Galaxy failings, 2014 MLS Schedule and more

MLS-LogoMLS released its 2014 schedule today, the earliest I can recall the league getting organized so we can plan our calendars.

No obvious 2014 vroad trips for Galaxy or Chivas USA fans, however.

The Galaxy schedule is here.

The Chivas USA schedule is here.

And against this backdrop is this week’s column.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Video highlights: SuperClasico Showdown Set after Galaxy Fall to Timbers, Chivas Crumble to ‘Quakes

Southern California’s MLS teams were twin losers last weekend heading into Sunday’s SuperClasico, with the Galaxy dropping valuable road points and Chivas USA all but waving a white flag in the MLS standings.

For more on the upcoming SuperClasico, read this week’s soccer column.

 

 

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Weekly Soccer Column: Season on line as Galaxy face Sounders Saturday in Carson

The likely Southern California debut of Clint Dempsey. A visit by the No. 1 team in the Western Conference coached by a South Bay favorite son. The Galaxy season on the line.

Regular season MLS games don’t get much bigger or more significant.

Read more about this Saturday’s showdown in Carson in this week’s column.

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

Updated**

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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