Galaxy roll over DCU in Donovan-led team rout

Landon Donovan figured prominently again as the LA Galaxy crushed Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United on Wednesday night.

Evening Ticker: Arsenal advance; Ludogorets win shootout with defender in goal; and more

Arsenal advanced to the club’s 17th consecutive Champions League group stage with a 1-0 victory over Besiktas.

The SBI Show: Episode 160 (Talking Landon Donovan’s USMNT farewell, Jermaine Jones, and more)

The SBI Show: Episode 160 (Talking Landon Donovan’s USMNT farewell, Jermaine Jones, and more)

Galaxy roll over DCU in Donovan-led team rout

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

CARSON, Calif. — If the LA Galaxy set out to send a message to the rest of Major League Soccer, it went something like this: “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

The Galaxy harshly welcomed D.C. United on Wednesday night, crushing the Eastern Conference leaders, 4-1, before 16,044 at the Stub Hub Center. The Galaxy spread the love, with goals coming from Alan Gordon, Omar Gonzalez, Baggio Husidic, and Landon Donovan.

Donovan once again figured prominently in the match, earning assists on both the Gordan and Gonzalez goals, drawing him within eight of Steve Ralston’s career MLS record of 127. Donovan completed his evening — and stamped out any lingering DC United hopes — by converting a penalty kick in the 75th. He was subbed out in the 86th minute to a standing ovation.

“I’m enjoying it –  I realize very clearly there’s only a very few more chances to do this,” Donovan said after the match. “The decision to retire, and playing this way, are intricately linked. That’s given me freedom to relax and enjoy it, and it’s taken all the pressure off. That’s when I play my best.”

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SBI Wednesday Rewind: Las Vegas inches toward MLS ambitions; Revs react to Jones camp debut; and more

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There are plenty of teams gambling on their odds of securing a Major League Soccer expansion slot — and a Las Vegas group is hoping city support will help their cause. A potential ownership group released Wednesday a non-binding agreement to fund a new stadium through both public and private financing to be voted on by the Las Vegas city council.

Meanwhile, Jermaine Jones’ new teammates told SBI that, after doing their part to land the U.S. Men’s National Team star in New England, they are thrilled the Revs made a bold statement by chasing down the deal.

And Bradley Wright-Phillips is on the cusp of setting a new MLS single-season scoring record — but he isn’t worried about it. In fact, even as his teammates teased him about whether he has set a new record, he told SBI he didn’t know what the overall record is.

Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI Wednesday:

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

The SBI Show: Episode 160 (Talking Landon Donovan’s USMNT farewell, Jermaine Jones, and more)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Las Vegas takes next step towards securing soccer stadium

Revs Notes: Players react to Jones signing; Rowe plays winger; and more

With Red Bulls record in the bag, Wright-Phillips has MLS goal mark in range

Crew’s Gall shows promise in pro debut

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Obafemi Martins

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Jon Busch

Galaxy vs. D.C. United: A look ahead

NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE
NWSL to extend season, add World Cup break to weather loss of USWNT stars

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER
Evening Ticker: Arsenal advance; Ludogorets win shootout with defender in goal; and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Alonso ends Spain career; Balotelli set for Liverpool debut; and more

Wednesday Kickoff: AC Milan confirm Torres interest; Real Madrid make final push for Falcao; and more

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

 

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NWSL to extend season, add World Cup break to weather loss of USWNT stars

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The executives at the National Women’s Soccer League have had quite the quagmire on their hands for the 2015 season.

The World Cup will siphon players from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, the three federations that subsidize and allocate players in the league. The U.S. Women’s National team — the league’s biggest stars and drivers of ticket sales — will go into an extended residency camp next year to prepare for the World Cup, as reported by SBI last week.

But the league has some workarounds for that, the NWSL announced Wednesday. The 2015 schedule will be revamped to spread games out and add a World Cup break to minimize the absence of top players, said NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey.

“We’ll take the opportunity to bring players in for the games,” Bailey told reporters Wednesday. “We’ll work with them at the beginning part of the season to do that and we anticipate that it’ll be three games that they’ll have the chance to participate in before they go back into full residency.”

The players will not train with their teams “100 percent of their time,” but will fly in and out for the games under a modified schedule for April, Bailey added.

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Evening Ticker: Arsenal advance; Ludogorets win shootout with defender in goal; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH 

Despite earning the team’s second red card in as many Champions League games, Arsenal survived and advanced to the tournament’s group stage.

Summer signing Alexis Sanchez’s goal in first half stoppage time was enough to earn Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Turkish side Besiktas, despite a second-half red card for Mathieu Debuchy.

After playing to a scoreless draw in the opening leg, Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead late in the first half  on an assist from Jack Wilshere. The Gunners were forced to overcome a fearful second half, with Besiktas forward Demba Ba firing numerous close calls off-target. Debuchy’s second yellow saw the Gunners go down to 10 men, but Arsenal held on just long enough to earn a group stage position for the 17th consecutive season.

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The SBI Show: Episode 160 (Talking Landon Donovan’s USMNT farewell, Jermaine Jones, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Landon Donovan’s U.S. Men’s National Team farewell, and Jermaine Jones’ MLS arrival, headline the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 160 of The SBI Show discusses the recently-announced inclusion of Landon Donovan in the USMNT’s October friendly against Ecuador, which will serve as Donovan’s swan song from the national team. We discuss the significance of the inclusion, and the reaction by many U.S. fans to Donovan being honored.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the Jones move to New England, and the latest questionable maneuvering by Major League Soccer that made the big deal happen. We talk about MLS transparency as well as the single-entity structure and what it might take for the league to start giving teams more freedom to operate on their own.

We also discuss Americans Abroad, the latest from Europe, and we even wrap up the show with some Emmy talk.

Give Episode 160 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Las Vegas takes next step towards securing soccer stadium

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By DAN KARELL

The idea of an MLS expansion franchise in Las Vegas just came one step closer to fruition.

On Tuesday, the city of Las Vegas, Findlay Sports and Entertainment, and the Cordish Companies released a non-binding term sheet that details how and where a stadium for a potential MLS team would be built. The term sheet claims that it will cost an estimated $410 million for the new stadium, interest on bond payments, and the MLS expansion fee, with the public covering 31 percent of that cost.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to bring Major League Soccer to Las Vegas,” Justin Findlay, managing partner of Findlay Sports & Entertainment, said in a statement. “We’ve been working hard with the city of Las Vegas and the MLS to make this a reality. It will be extremely exciting for us and our community to have its first major professional sports team.”

Findlay, a Las Vegas native and an executive at one of the largest car dealerships in Nevada, founded the sports and entertainment group to secure an MLS expansion team.

Cordish is a national real estate developer specializing in casinos, festival spaces, and commercial revitalization projects such as the Power & Light district in Kansas City, Mo.

The open-air stadium, which would be located in Symphony Park and have a capacity of anywhere between 19,000 and 24,000 seats, is expected to cost an estimated $200 million, with the public contributing 41 percent of the costs associated with its construction.

However, the Las Vegas Review-Journal received a document that states the public will be expected to fund 75 percent of the stadium costs, in addition to infrastructure improvements around the land. This contradicts the claim that 59 percent of the stadium costs will be covered through private sources.

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Mid-Day Ticker: Alonso ends Spain career; Balotelli set for Liverpool debut; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When midfielder Xavi announced his international retirement earlier this month, it signaled a new era for the Spanish national team.

La Roja’s midfield will now see the departure of another mainstay from its “Golden Generation,” as Xabi Alonso announced Wednesday that he is retiring from international competition after 114 appearances and an impressive 16 goals.

The Real Madrid star, who often scored from a deep midfield position, was a notable member of Spain’s 2010 World Cup champion side, and won the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

“The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, I think that my time with the national squad has come to an end,” Alonso said in an open letter.

“It has been a glorious period with the Spanish team that started more than 11 years ago,” he added. “I have formed part of an historical generation that has fulfilled the dreams of millions of fans, achieving something as unique as winning a World Cup and two European Championships in a row.”

Here are some more of Wednesday’s news and notes:
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With Red Bulls record in the bag, Wright-Phillips has MLS goal mark in range

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By RYAN TOLMICH

“Hey, Bradley,” yelled New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles after last Saturday’s 4-2 victory over the Montreal Impact. “Did you break a record today, man?”

A few lockers down from Robles sat that night’s game ball, awarded to this season’s breakout star, Bradley Wright-Phillips, in commemoration of a brace that saw the Englishman become the Red Bulls’ top single-season goal scorer with 20 through just 23 games played.

The previous Red Bulls record was 19 goals, set by Juan Pablo Angel in 2007.

It didn’t look like a record-setting day at first, as Wright-Phillips struggled throughout the opening 45 minutes of Saturday’s clash, coming to a head during an early sequence that Wright-Phillips jokingly claimed was a “deflection” and not a miss from point-blank range.

The 29-year-old’s struggles ceased in the second half, though, as he netted pair of goals to break the seven-year-old mark held by Angel.
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