David Beckham is coming back to MLS -- as an owner.
On Wednesday, the former LA Galaxy midfielder and MLS announced that Beckham had exercised his option to become an own an MLS expansion team and has selected the city of Miami to place the new franchise. With Beckham's announcement, MLS will return to Miami for the first time since 2001 when the league was forced to fold the Miami Fusion who played between 1997-2001.
According to the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade County has already begun negotiations with Beckham's ownership group about the team's potential sites for the team's soccer stadium. During his press conference on Wednesday, Beckham was adamant that the ownership group does not want to use public funds to finance the stadium.
“From the beginning of my career in England to today in Miami, my journey has always been driven by my incredible passion for the game,” said Beckham in a statement. “Miami is a vibrant, diverse community that thrives on the same type of energy that fuels the international appeal of soccer, and I look forward to a dedicated, long-term partnership with this dynamic city and Major League Soccer. My experience with the Galaxy is what convinced me that I wanted to one day own an MLS team and it is thrilling to now see that dream coming true.”
“We appreciate all that David has done as a player, an ambassador and as a global icon to help grow Major League Soccer,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. “We are thrilled that he will be an owner, and we look forward to him helping us achieve our goal of being one of the top soccer leagues in the world.”
Is MLS on the way to Miami?
Former LA Galaxy midfielder and world soccer legend David Beckham is set to deliver a special announcement on Wednesday on the state of a potential new expansion club in Miami, Florida.
Watch the announcement in the video below and feel free to comment on the proceedings.
It's been a week of firsts for LA Galaxy II.
First the team came into existance on Jan. 29, then on Monday, their first game was scheduled, and on Wednesday, Galaxy II held their first training session. LAGalaxy.com was there for the first training session and spoke to Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo on how his team is progressing.
Check it out below.
A new season means new uniforms and new merchandise, and on Tuesday, I obtained the first look at the LA Galaxy's training tops for 2014.
The training kits come in two colors: a dark blue with blue-green and gold trim on the shoulders and a gold version with blue and black shoulder trim. These tops will be available for sale at the Team LA store at StubHub Center starting Friday.
Now that the training kits have been released, I’m hearing that the first tease of the new Galaxy primary kit will take place at Legends Night on Feb. 22 prior to the “Blue and White Game” between the LA first team and LA Galaxy II, with the full unveil taking place on March 3. Although there have been images of the kit floating around online, sources have confirmed to me that the jersey making the rounds on the internet is not what will be released in March.
Thoughts on the new training top? Excited for the unveil of the primary kit?
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Ahead of the all-important 2014 season, LA Galaxy club President Chris Klein took a moment to speak to Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl about the upcoming season, the Galaxy Academy and a number of other topics.
Check out the interview below.
CARSON, Calif. -- Add another right back into the mix for the LA Galaxy.
Veteran right back James Riley has joined training camp and joins trialists Dan Gargan and Matheau Hall who have been with the team since the start of training camp. According to a source, the 31-year-old attack-minded full back received a call from the Galaxy over the weekend and has just begun to train with the club over the past two days.
A nine-year veteran in MLS, Riley has made a total of 211 appearances for a total of five clubs. Riley spent the 2013 season with D.C. United, making 21 appearances in league play while helping the team win the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, but was released by the team through the league's Re-Entry Draft process. The defender has also made stops with the New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, and Chivas USA
Thoughts on Riley?
Last week, myself and the rest of the LAGalaxy.com team had the privilege of receiving a first hand look at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's latest exhibit entitled "Futbol: The Beautiful Game."
The exhibit is currently running now and will be at LACMA until July 20th.
Below are a series of social media highlights for the tour.
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) January 30, 2014
— Adam Serrano (@adamserrano) January 30, 2014
I was also lucky enough to get to chat with the exhibit's curator and a number of the artists which you can check out below. .
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II will play their first ever match on Feb. 13 against the Fresno Fuego at Chukchansi Park at 7:00pm.
The USL PRO team which was announced last week will play the match in tandem with the first team's "Central California Cup" tilt on Feb. 15 against the San Jose Earthquakes. LA Galaxy II will suit up again a week later against the first team in the "Blue and White Game" on Feb. 22 at StubHub Center.
Tickets can be purchased at ticketreturn.com or at the Chukchansi Park Box Office.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy announced on Monday that the LA first team will take on USL PRO side LA Galaxy II in the "Blue and White Game" on Feb. 22 as part of "Legends Night" at StubHub Center.
The match will begin at 7:30pm PT is open to the public with free parking being provided for all attendees. The Blue and White Game will also conclude "Legends Night," which allows fans to meet players, take part in an wine-tasting in the Champions Lounge and observe a discussion with Bruce Arena and Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo on the implications of the USL PRO project for a $50 donation to the LA Galaxy Foundation.
During the game -- which has roots in college football preseason traditions -- the Galaxy will don their white kits while Galaxy II will wear blue uniforms.
Thoughts on the event?
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CARSON, Calif. – Preseason is typically loaded with battles for positions, but no competition will be more closely watched this season than the fight to start up top alongside LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane.
The two top contenders vying for head coach Bruce Arena’s attention are Canadian target man Rob Friend and Brazilian striker Samuel, both of whom were brought in last month to add height and physicality to the Galaxy forward line. Each carries their own traits to the tussle as the 6-foot-5 Friend brings more than a decade of European experience with him while Samuel is considered a highly-touted prospect by LA brass.
Although Friend acknowledges the competition between the two similar players is beneficial for the Galaxy, he believes that two players should push each other over the long season.
“I don’t think that [Samuel] is exactly like me. I’m more of a straight up target man and he roams a little bit as well,” said Friend. “We’re all different players and I think that we can bring something. It’s a long season and it gives Bruce the option to use different players with different qualities up front.”
Who do you think should start alongside Keane?
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