The LA Galaxy’s World Cup History
The list of LA Galaxy players and coaches that have participated in a
World Cup is long. Really long.
In all, thirty-two current and former Galaxy players, coaches, assistants
and trainers have either played or coached at the World Cup - or are in South
Africa right now, like Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle
and Alexi Lalas.
Find out who else is on the list.
David Beckham (1998, 2002, 2006 as a
player and 2010 as an assistant with England)— A three-time World Cup veteran who
was England’s captain at the World Cup in 2002 and 2006, joined the Galaxy in
2007. Beckham was part of last year’s squad that reached MLS Cup in Seattle. In three seasons
with the club (2007-2009), he’s accounted for 13 assists and seven goals.
Beckham is currently in South Africa
as a member of Fabio Capello’s staff on England’s National Team.
Landon Donovan (2002, 2006, 2010
with U.S.)— Following an impressive loan stint
with Everton and a great start to the 2010 MLS season, Donovan enters his third
World Cup appearance in the best form of his career. Since joining the club in
2005, Donovan has led the Galaxy to two MLS Cup appearances, helping the club
win its second title his first season in LA. Currently in his sixth season with
the Galaxy (2005-2010), Donovan has scored 61 goals and added 55 assists while
with the club. In December, the U.S.
midfielder agreed to a four-year contract with the Galaxy.
Edson Buddle (2010 with U.S.)—
eye-opening start to the 2010 MLS season, in which he scored nine goals and
added two assists in nine games played, Buddle earned a spot on the U.S.
National Team’s World Cup roster for South Africa— fulfilling a
life-long dream to play in the World Cup at the age of 29. In four seasons with
the Galaxy (2007-2010), Buddle has scored 34 goals and added five assists.
Gregg Berhalter (2002 and 2006 with U.S.)— The two-time World Cup veteran
joined the Galaxy last season to help shore up a defense that had given up 62
goals year prior. Mission
accomplished. Currently the Galaxy’s captain while Landon is in South Africa,
Berhalter is of the anchors on a defense that has given up only four goals so
far in 2010. In last year’s Western Conference Championship Game, the starting
center back scored the first of two overtime goals the club had to reach MLS
Cup in Seattle.
Chris Birchall (2006 with Trinidad
and Tobago)— A
starter on the Trinidad and Tobago World Cup team in 2006, Birchall is in his
second season with the Galaxy, having signed with the club in July of last
year. The English-born midfielder was part of last year’s squad that reached
MLS Cup in Seattle.
In 22 games with the Galaxy, Birchall has produced two assists 1,597 minutes
Eddie Lewis (2002 and 2006 with the U.S.)— The two-time World Cup veteran
joined the Galaxy in the Galaxy halfway through the 2008 season. Lewis, who has
one assist in five World Cup games, was part of last year’s squad that reached
MLS Cup in Seattle.
In three season with the Galaxy, Lewis has scored three goals and added six
assists in 32 games played.
Clint Mathis (2002 with the U.S.)— The 2002 World Cup veteran is in
his second go-around with the Galaxy. Mathis, who scored a goal and added an
assist during the 2002 World Cup, was acquired by the Galaxy in a trade with Real Salt
Lake during the 2010 MLS
SuperDraft. In four seasons with the Galaxy (1998-2000, 2010), Mathis has
scored 15 goals and added 17 assists. He also helped the club reached MLS Cup
Donovan Ricketts (1998 with Jamaica)— The current MLS leader in shutouts (8)
and goal’s against average (.33) was a member of Jamaica’s 1998 World Cup team
in France. Even though he did not play a game in that tournament, it was good
start to a great career. Ricketts, who signed with the Galaxy during the 2009
offseason, was part of last year’s squad that reached MLS Cup in Seattle. In 38 games with
the Galaxy, Ricketts has a 20-6-11 record with 17 shutouts.
Chris Albright (2006 with U.S.)— The former Galaxy defender
(2002-2007) was a member of the of the 2006 World Cup team that played in Germany, but
did not play in a game.
DaMarcus Beasley (2002, 2006, 2010
with U.S.)— Beasley, currently taking part in
his third World Cup team with the U.S. National Team in South Africa, was
assigned to the Galaxy by MLS as a Project-40 player— but the 17-year-old never
felt quite at home in L.A. and was traded to the Chicago Fire in exchanged for
two first round draft picks in Feb. 6, 2000. In six World Cup games, Beasley
has registered 228 minutes and one assist.
Paul Caligiuri (1990, 1994 with U.S.)— Elected to the U.S. National Soccer
Hall of Fame in 2004, Caliguri played for five years with the Galaxy
(1997-2001), helping the club reach MLS Cup in 1999 and 2001. One of 17 players
to have scored a goal a World Cup for the U.S.,
Caliguri played and started in all seven World Cup games the U.S. had in 1990 and 1994.
Brian Ching (2006 with U.S.)— The 2006 World Cup veteran played
one season with the Galaxy (2001). Drafted by the Galaxy in the second round of
the 2001 MLS SuperDraft, Ching was waived by on Feb. 13, 2002. While
with the Galaxy, Ching played in eight games, started one, and
scored one goal and had one assist.
Curt Onalfo (2002, 2006 assistant
coach with U.S)— An
assistant coach on both of Bruce Arena’s
World Cup staffs, Onalfo played one season with the Galaxy in 1996, helping the
club reach the inaugural MLS Cup by appearing in three playoff games, including
one as a starter. Onalfo played 13 games, seven as a starter, and had one
Tony Sanneh (2002 with U.S.)— The 2002 World Cup veteran played
one season with the Galaxy (2009). While with the Galaxy, Sanneh played in 13
games, started five, and helped the club reach MLS Cup in Seattle.
Alexi Lalas (1994, 1998 with U.S.)— The two-time World Cup veteran
played three season with the Galaxy (2001-2003), helping the club win its first
MLS Cup championship in 2002. Lalas, who scored seven goals in 59 games with
the Galaxy, was also the club’s President and General Manager (2006-2008). He’s
currently in South Africa
serving as a studio analyst on ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup.
Jorge Campos (1994, 1998, 2002 as a
player and 2006 as an assistant coach with Mexico)— The three-time World Cup veteran
was the Galaxy’s first player in club history. The Mexican National Team
goalkeeper played two seasons with the Galaxy (1996-1997), helping the club
reach MLS Cup in the inaugural season of 1996. Campos
is currently in South Africa
serving as a studio analyst for a network in Mexico.
Carlos Hermosillo (1986, 1994 with
two-time World Cup veteran played for two seasons with the Galaxy (1998 and 1999),
scoring 14 goals and adding 15 assists. Hermosillo
also scored five goals in the postseason and helped the club reach MLS Cup in
1999. He was Mexico’s
all-time leading goal scorer when he retired.
Luis Hernandez (1998, 2002 with Mexico)—
The two-time World
Cup veteran played two seasons with the Galaxy (2001 and 2002). He scored 12
goals and added nine assists and helped the Galaxy reach the 2001 MLS Cup.
Hong Myung-Bo (1990, 1994, 1998,
2002 and 2006 as an assistant coach with South Korea)— The four-time World Cup veteran played
two season with club (2003-2004), logging 3,154 minutes in 38 games played.
Hong, who was also an assistant on South Korea’s
staff in 2006, was signed by Galaxy following South Korea’s memorable
semifinals-run in the 2002 World Cup on Nov. 4, 2002.
Cornell Glenn (2006 with Trinidad
and Tobago)— Glenn,
who played in all three of Trinidad and Tobago’s games in the 2006 World Cup,
had the briefest Galaxy career of any one on this list (only four games). But
his debut made quite an impression— two-goal effort against Chivas USA in 2006
that earned him Player of the Week honors.
Andreas Herzog (1990, 1998 with Austria)— The two-time World Cup veteran
played one season with the Galaxy (2004). In 27 games, 25 as a starter, Herzog
scored four goals and added seven assists in 2, 048.
Roy Myers (1990 with Costa Rica)— The 1990 World Cup veteran played
two seasons with the Galaxy (1999 and 2000), helping the club reach MLS Cup in
1999. Myers scored four goals and added seven assists in 27 games played, 25 as
a starter. In the 1999 playoffs, Myers played and started in all six postseason
games and had four assists.
Simon Elliott (2010 with New
helping New Zealand reach the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Elliot
is in South Africa taking part in his first career World Cup. Elliot played
five seasons with the Galaxy (1999-2003), helping the club reach MLS Cup three
times during that span. The 2002 MLS Cup winner played finished his Galaxy
career with 10 goals and 23 assists in 122 games played.
Carlos Pavon (2010 with Honduras)— After helping Honduras reach the
World Cup for the first time since 1982, Pavon is in South Africa taking part
in his first career World Cup. Pavon played one season with the Galaxy (2007).
He scored three goals in 18 games played, 10 of them as a starter.
Bruce Arena (as a coach in 2002 and 2006)— The current Galaxy Head Coach led the U.S. National Team to
two World Cups—South Korea/Japan in 2002 and Germany in 2006. In eight years as
the head coach, Arena compiled a winning record of 71-30-29 (.658).
Dave Sarachan (as a coach in 2002)— The current Galaxy Associate Head
Coach was an assistant with the U.S. National Team’s in 2002 when the squad
reached the quarterfinals.
Cobi Jones (as a player in 1994, 1998 and 2002)— After bursting onto the scene during the 1994 World
Cup, Jones went onto play in 11 World Cup games, most in U.S. Soccer History. A
Galaxy legend following 15-year career with the club, Jones is currently an
assistant coach on Bruce Arena’s coaching staff.
Jürgen Klinsmann (as a player in
1990, 1994 and 1998; as a coach in 2006)— Before taking over as coach of Germany for the 2006
World Cup, Klinsmann was a Technical Advisor for the Galaxy from 2004 until
Ruud Gullit (as a player in 1990)— The former Dutch National Team
captain and current ESPN analyst was the Galaxy’s Head Coach for the first half
of the 2008 season.
Zak Abdel (as a coach in 2010)— The U.S. National Team’s Current
Goalkeeper Coach was the Galaxy’s Goalkeeper Coach for seven years, including
the team’s championship run in 2002.
Ivan Pierra (as a trainer in 2010)— The U.S. National Team’s Current Head
Athletic Trainer was the Galaxy’s Head Athletic Trainer for the club’s first 12
Ralph Perez (as a coach in 1990)— The former Galaxy assistant coach
(1998-2003) was also an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in 1990.