Wednesday Kicks: Galaxy passes on Chivas USA dispersal draft and more

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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.

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LA Galaxy allotted not-so-sweet 16th spot in Major League Soccer Dispersal Draft for Chivas USA players


There goes any chance of the Galaxy snagging former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, as some fans who have messaged me lately had hoped (unless the club attempts to trade up, I guess).

The Galaxy will pick 16th out of the 20 MLS clubs when the draft is held Wednesday.

FC Dallas is first, and NYCFC second, BTW.

Also, MLS has announced a special pre-sale for its noon Dec. 7 title game, set for either Carson or Seattle, depending on whether the Galaxy or Sounders prevail in the Western Conference semifinal. The code is CUP5. Details here.

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LA Galaxy update: Robbie Rogers signs multiyear MLS contract extension, Robbie Keane expected to play Friday for Ireland against Scotland

*Robbie Rogers’ stumbling soccer career was revitalized when Galaxy coach Bruce Arena switched the midfielder to a left back role and now Rogers has received a multiyear contract extension as a just reward for sterling play this season.

From the Galaxy press release:

Rogers, 27, has made 15 appearances for the Galaxy this season in addition to recording two assists. After making the move to defense full-time with a start against Chivas USA on June 8, the Galaxy have gone 10-2-7 in all MLS competitions in which Rogers appeared, including the MLS Cup Playoffs.

*Meanwhile, despite his hamstring issue Robbie Keane seems likely to play for his beloved Ireland against Scotland Friday in a Euro 2016 qualifier (live at 11;30 a.m. on ESPN3).

*Former Galaxy defender Ezra Hendrickson was today named coach of the Seattle Sounders’ USL Pro affiliate, by former Galaxy and current Seattle coach Sigi Schmid.

From the Sounders press release:

Hendrickson was announced as a Sounders FC Assistant Coach on January 20, 2009, after a 14-year professional career, including 12 seasons in Major League Soccer. As a player, he spent parts of eight seasons alongside Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid, including three campaigns with the Columbus Crew prior to his retirement. He was a member of three MLS Cup championship teams, winning two with Schmid.

Apparently, Seattle doesn’t want to use the G-word in print ahead of their Western Conference final against the Galaxy.

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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:


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

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

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