By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Not too long ago, the question facing the LA Galaxy’s preseason MLS Cup chances centered on their opponents. It was the common question. Is there anyone as strong as the Galaxy who will contend for MLS Cup? With four MLS Cup appearances in a six-year span, it was also a legitimate one. In the post-Bruce Arena era, though, that . . .
By Luis Bueno – CARSON, CA (Feb 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - In a game that meant nothing, the Galaxy moved everything forward. The Galaxy played the first match in the post-Bruce Arena era on Tuesday, hosting Liga MX side Tijuana in a friendly at StubHub Center. While the result itself was forgettable, a 1-1 draw, the Galaxy showed that there will indeed be life after Arena. The Galaxy will have . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - For years the LA Galaxy focused on building its brand. Name-player signings, subsequent jersey sales, and overseas trips helped push their brand, so much so that at times it seemed that took precedence over on-the-field success. Re-establishing a winning tradition though only helped to increase the brand and bring some legitimacy to . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 25, 2016) US Soccer Players - Change struck the Galaxy like a hammer. Never has the club undergone such a massive change from the end of one season to the start of the next. That start, of course, is still more than one month away. To get from now to then will require quite a bit of work. The Galaxy kicked off its preseason this week with a slew of questions, . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 18, 2016) US Soccer Players - With the StubHub Center field as its background, Los Angeles’ newest sports entity spoke about winning games and capturing the hearts of Angelinos everywhere. It all sounded nice but we have seen this movie before, and it did not end well. The Chargers and StubHub Center will be as effective a partnership as former tenant Chivas USA . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 11, 2016) US Soccer Players - Until the early 1990s, the United States and Mexico were rivals in name only. Meetings were not regular. Mexico dominated the times they played. That began to change when the USMNT beat Mexico in the inaugural Gold Cup, in 1991. In 1997, the U.S. famously stole a point from Estadio Azteca with a scoreless draw in World Cup . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 4, 2016) US Soccer Players - It seems like just yesterday Tigres beat Club America in the Clausura 2016 final. Tigres’ dramatic equalizer at the death. America’s hatchet job during the penalty-kick shootout. Tigres’ Nahuel Guzman’s not-so-subtle role with that. It might not have been yesterday, but it was Christmas. That series was pushed back due to Club . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 28, 2016) US Soccer Players - On any given day, soccer fans can enjoy soccer from anywhere in the world. With a few remote control clicks or a few swipes and icon taps, fans can take in a match from most time zones. While that is all well and good, there is something about enjoying soccer in your own backyard. Fortunately for Southern Californians, there will be . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - Typically at this time of the year, Liga MX is in mild hibernation mode. Clubs are preparing for the following year’s Clausura season. This isn't the time to play any meaningful games. 2016 is different. In the next four days, Liga MX will see a new champion crowned. All eyes will be on the Apertura final between Club America and . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 14, 2016) US Soccer Players - Since the start of the franchise, big-name players have been as much a part of the Galaxy as the “LA” in the logo. No matter where you looked, there they were. That may still be the case to some extent. Gio dos Santos is a name player who figures to punch his time card at StubHub Center for the next couple of seasons at least. In . . .