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Soccer players never get tired of playing the game.

That’s what this page is all about.

Where your FIRST TOUCH SOCCER book ends, the FREE KICK page begins.

It’s a chance for you to learn more about the Galaxy … and for me to talk about some of the great stories I couldn’t squeeze into the book.

Scroll down to get the latest news … and to learn more about American soccer. And check out some of the cool collectibles I have in my home.

If you have any questions about my work, please EMAIL me and I’ll be happy to answer them.

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Ashley Cole
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What’s up with the Los Angeles Galaxy

May 30, 2017: Eight members of the Galaxy were named to the MLS All-Star Game fan ballot: Brian Rowe, Ashley Cole, Jelle Van Damme, Jermaine Jones, Ema Boateng, Romain Alessandrini, Gyasi Zardes, and Giovani dos Santos.

     
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MLS Cup
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The Galaxy are members of Major League Soccer (MLS), the top soccer league in North America. MLS played its first season in 1996 with 10 teams. In 2017, MLS had 22 teams. Each club plays 34 games in the regular season, followed by the playoffs. The MLS schedule stretches from March to December (including the playoffs). Most pro leagues around he world begin in the fall and end in the spring, leaving time for top players to compete in summer tournaments, such as the World Cup.


Much like other U.S. sports leagues, the MLS clubs with the best records compete in postseason playoffs. The winner of each conference advances to the MLS Cup, the league’s one-game championship final.

 

     
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Cobi Jones
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Alexi Lalas
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More treasures from the author’s collection!


Cobi Jones — Midfielder
1996–2007
Cobi Jones was one of the most talented and recognizable players in American soccer. In 1998, he was second in MLS with 32 points (19 goals+13 assists). He was also named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year that season.


Mauricio Cienfuegos — Midfielder
1996–2003
Mauricio Cienfuegos finished his long career as an international soccer star as a member of the Galaxy. He was one of the top playmakers in MLS, and also scored 35 goals for Los Angeles.


Greg Vanney — Defender
1996–2001 & 2008
Greg Vanney starred on defense for the Galaxy and helped the club reach the MLS Cup final three times. Vanney was also named to the MLS Best XI team twice.


Peter Vagenas — Midfielder
2000–2008
Peter Vagenas was often the smallest player on the field, but he made big plays every game. He was captain of the Galaxy in 2005, when they won the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup. Galaxy fans loved the fact that he grew up nearby, in Pasadena, CA. They called him “Pasadena Pete.”


Alexi Lalas — Defender
2001–2004
Alexi Lalas came out of retirement and finished his playing career with the Galaxy. He helped the club win its first championship, in 2002. Lalas later became the General Manager of the Galaxy.

     
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Landon Donovan
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Did You Know?

• Among the club’s longtime fans are Hollywood stars Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Samuel L. Jackson. Cruise hosted a Welcome to L.A. party for David Beckham when he joined the Galaxy in 2007.

• The Galaxy sold more than 5,000 season tickets in the 48 hours after Beckham joined the club.

• Between the 2009 and 2010 MLS seasons, the Galaxy loaned Landon Donovan to Bayern Munich for seven games.

• Galaxy star Robbie Keane was captain of Northern Ireland’s national team from 2006 to 2016.

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