Major League Soccer Sunday: Retiring Landon Donovan and LA Galaxy host the Seattle Sounders live at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 with championship on the line.

LDBALast Dance: Galaxy coach Bruce Arena and Galaxy playmaker Landon Donovan, a partnership that began at the international level and blossomed at the club level with two MLS Cup wins in Southern California, begin one last championship quest in earnest today with the regular season championship to be decided over the final two games against Seattle.

Los Angeles News Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin has the game preview, while the Pacific Northwest perspective is here.

We will have coverage throughout the day and before, during and after the game.

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Major League Soccer Video: One on one with LA Galaxy great Landon Donovan


Los Angeles News Group Writer Phil Collin had an exclusive interview with Landon Donovan about growing up in Southern California before the eyes of friends and family with its challenges and benefits.

You may have read a lot about Landon Donovan lately, but this is his story through a local lens.

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Video: “Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy Record Breaker”

This is the fourth in a six-part video documentary series being released each day leading up to Sunday’s final regular season home game in the career of the Southern california native.

Watch the other episodes here.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Friday unveiled a series of events on gameday (others are being kept under wraps) that will honor Donovan including:

    • Encouraging fans to be in their seats by 5 p.m.for a “special on-field celebration” that will incorporate “tributes to Donovan’s historic career.”
    • Having the opportunity to have their photo taken with the MLS Cup trophy from the Galaxy’s MLS Cup victories in 2002, 2005, 2011 and 2012 as part of SoccerFest, located on the South Plaza at StubHub Center.
    • Writing a personal message on a #ThanksLD canvas.
    • A No. 10 card fans will receive as they enter the stadium.
    • A stadium-wide Landon Donovan chant when the game clock reaches 10:00 and thank you videos from fans played before the game and at half time.
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English Premier League Week 7 Preview: Manchester City-Spurs is live at 4 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN

All the upcoming weekend of Barclay’s Premier League action is broken down into a tasty bite-size statspack here.

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Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber slams U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann for “inexcusable” treatment of Landon Donovan, criticism of league

MLS-LogoIn an unprecedented teleconference with journalists today, MLS Commissioner Don Garber publicly nailed U.S. National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann for not only his recent comments about Michael Bradley and MLS, but his treatment of LA Galaxy icon Landon Donovan before the World Cup last summer.

“I believe Landon should have been in Brazil,” said Garber, adding that his recent treatment for cancer prevented him from speaking out before on the issue. “His performance dictated it. … His treatment was inexcusable. I have concerns that his criticism, particularly of Michael, is following that pattern.”

Garber, who was clearly infuriated by Klinsmann’s comments and said as much. didn’t hold back in an unusually candid press conference that gave a peek into the relationships between those who hold the reins of power in MLS and U.S. soccer.

“I’m demanding that he refrain from making comments that are critical of our players and damaging to our league,” Garber said.

“Jurgen’s comments are very, very detrimental to the league, they’re detrimental to the sport of soccer in America,” Garber added. “Not only are they detrimental, they’re wrong.”

“Sending a message to any player and obviously to U.S. players that signing to Major League Soccer is not going to be good to their career or good to their form is detrimental to Major League Soccer.”

Garber said Klinsmann’s comments were “incredibly damaging” to the relationship MLS has with sponsors, fans and the signing of international players. He said he would send a “very strong” letter to U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, but declined to say whether he would take the matter further as a board member of U.S. soccer.

What do you think? Was Klinsmann telling it like it is or was he just flat out wrong?

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