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L.A. Law

The Galaxy is atop the Western Conference, albeit with a mediocre 4-3-2 record. David Beckham is as much substance as style. Landon Donovan is an early MVP candidate. No team has scored more goals. And a no-name group of young players has nicely complemented the big-ticket stars.

But if you assume AEG executive Tim Leiweke is content, think again.

From what I am hearing from my West Coast contacts, Leiweke met with the players during a tense meeting at Home Depot Center recently and had a separate discussion with Prez/GM Alexi Lalas and Coach Ruud Gullit. The message: The Galaxy needs to become MLS's super club this season and win MLS Cup at home at HDC in November. Anything less will be unacceptable and no one should feel secure in their jobs, especially the redhead and the Dutchman. Leiweke also told Lalas and Gullit that they will have the flexibility to improve the squad as needed this summer, though the club's salary cap situation could become a major hurdle. (Insert your snarky MLS-Galaxy joke here.)

What do Insider loyalists think? Does the Galaxy have the star quality and proper guidance to win its bland conference and, with Beckham as the centerpiece, transcend MLS and become an international icon? Or, amid MLS's salary conrestraints and the Galaxy's questionable decision-making, has AEG set its sights too high?

Speak, my friends.....

By Steve Goff  |  May 30, 2008; 6:36 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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defense wins championship. LA may have a worse defense (except for Cannon) than DCU.

Posted by: JSF | May 30, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I think the Galaxy can do it -- but it's going to require a couple of guys, named Applegate and Hardy, to do it...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | May 30, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Center of midfield has been Galaxy's problem ever since Cienfuegos retired. The idiots in charge have not figuered that out yet. Donovan hasn't been able to do it and Becks never will.

Posted by: gaLAxy4ever | May 30, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

They can do it, if....and only if Beckham and Donavan are healthy. The way they are playing now, is the way they need to play come playoff time. If one of them is in a slump at that time or injured then LA is in trouble.

Posted by: Alex | May 30, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

The Galaxy spent too much money on their second tier players like Xavier (156k), Vagenas (144k), Jazic (126k), Pires (111k) who are killing what's left of their cap space. Unless they can find a sucker out their who will trade allocation $$ for these guys I don't know where they'll find the cap space.

Lost in this are all the games that Donovan and Beckham will miss for national team duties. And Carlos Ruiz is weeks away from returning to form.

I see the Galaxy finishing 3rd or 4th in the West and not making the MLS Cup.

Super Clubs are a combination of W's with flair and named players. Granted, the Galaxy are the most exciting team in the MLS but outside of Donovan and Beckham they lack the name recognition.

Posted by: Craig | May 30, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

With the squad they have zero chance of winning a championship. ZERO. They have the slowest clumbsiest centerbacks in MLS, a rookie keeper, no central midfielder to control games, and no ability to add players. On top of all that Donovan's outstanding year will be cut in half by world cup qualifying and so will Ruiz. It will be Beckham by himself for a few weeks. The only way it could happen would for a miracle to occur in the playoffs. The eastern conference team would eat them alive

Posted by: DigzTFC | May 30, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I think the best thing that could happen to this league would be for Beckham and the Galaxy to advance to the MLS Cup Finals, but lose in a great game to a talented team from the East (DC or Chicago). That game would be seen across the globe, and Europeans would realize that the MLS is a league to be taken seriously (although that's probably not quite true).

Posted by: DCUMD | May 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Give Leiweke Sports Executive of the year and he starts making unrealistic demands. Maybe Leiweke's head is on the block if AEG doesn't win any silverware.

Craig and DigzTFC: How many games will Donovan miss for WCQ ? Aren't those matches on the international calendar? It's not like he's off to Copa America or the Gold Cup.

tri-village: The blog has been out-sourced, but not to Nova Scotia (too expensive), Puerto Rico.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 30, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

hat game would be seen across the globe, and Europeans would realize that the MLS is a league to be taken seriously (although that's probably not quite true).

Posted by: DCUMD | May 30, 2008 7:41 PM
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And after that MLS will be taken seriously by Americans.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 30, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Unless they can pry Riquelme from Boca, pretty unlikely.

Posted by: Hmmm | May 30, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

AEG has set their sights too high and Lalas is a joke of a manager. Until Lalas is fired and a competant person with solid worldwide football connections is brought in, the Galacticos aren't going to win any silverwar. Once their front office is sorted out, then AEG can apply the pressure and start setting stern goals.

Posted by: Phil | May 30, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

You can't turn a Ford Pinto into an Escalade just because you've put on 18 inch rims and a sun roof.

A team that can not consistently win doesn't stand a chance of being a Super Club. Over the past 4 years, The Gals have finished 5th, 5th, 4th, and 4th in the Western Conference. If we had a single table, they'd have finished in the bottom half.

Spin the crapshoot of an MLS Cup victory all you want, but around the world Super Clubs win consistently during the season.

Posted by: delantero | May 30, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I think LA is actually a solid squad. Not spectacular but solid. I like Pires and some of their younger players are doing alright. Now that doesn't mean they'll win MLS Cup or even get to it, but there not a bad team. don't think they'll have that much flexibility due to cap issue to make any major improvements in the summer. The reality is the team will go as far as Beckham and Donovan take them.

Posted by: owendylan | May 30, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Phil | May 30, 2008 8:24 PM
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It is after 8 in Nova Scotia, I suppose. Are the timestamps on this blog going haywire again?

Posted by: tri-village | May 30, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Certainly every team should set winning MLS Cup as their goal. I would guess by the end of the year Guillit will be fed up with the whole thing.

The interesting thing to me has been their ability to start getting some goals from others. Can Buddle stay on a tear? Will Gordon keep scoring some goals with all of that great service he gets? For as shaky as their defense and goalkeeper are they haven't given up all that many goals lately. Can they keep it up?

It's a long season, plenty of time for them to fall apart.

Posted by: Glenn | May 30, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

defense wins championship. LA may have a worse defense (except for Cannon) than DCU.

Posted by: JSF | May 30, 2008 6:58 PM
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Yo, Dude. Cannon is in San Jose wrong CA team, moron.

Posted by: JSF | May 30, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The game in the U.S. doesn't need "super clubs." It needs to raise the overall level of competition and to plow whatever money it can get into player development. The European model allowing leagues to dominated by two to four clubs is economically stupid and will not attract new fans to MLS.

Posted by: Reed | May 30, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

some amusing posts here...

defense wins championships? you mean like the time one of the worst galaxy teams to put foot on the pitch won the 2005 mls cup and us open cup.

lose to a talented team - like DC? i know this is a washington blog, but you're wearing some very rose tinted glasses if you consider DC a talented team this season.

the galaxy continue to improve as each week goes by. the defense is starting to get ruud's system. not quite at the shut out level, over the month of may LA has given up fewer goals than DC, NY, RSL, FCD and only CHI, TFC, CLB, NE and CO have given up fewer goals. clearly not a stellar defense, but not the black hole that many people seem to think it is.

Posted by: dashiel | May 30, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I think the best thing that could happen to this league would be for Beckham and the Galaxy to advance to the MLS Cup Finals, but lose in a great game to a talented team from the East (DC or Chicago). That game would be seen across the globe, and Europeans would realize that the MLS is a league to be taken seriously (although that's probably not quite true).

Posted by: DCUMD | May 30, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I think that the Galaxy can win as currently constituted.
They appear ready to take over the crummy West already just based on their ability to score.
That said, I think it's hard to argue with Chicago, particularly a Chicago that adds Brian McBride.

I imagine MLS execs fall to sleep at night dreaming of a Galaxy-Fire MLS Cup that would be watched by people in Mexico because of Blanco and in many parts of the world because of Beckham.

PS: Ignore this whole "super-club" thing. The term is meaningless and all LA's talk about it is meaningless too unless they convince MLS to abandon salary caps altogether.

Posted by: scott47a | May 30, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

The Galaxy are certainly playing well now... but by November... who knows?

Posted by: andrew | May 30, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I see this as, the owners trying to keep the team motivated. Yeah they're starting to play better defense, Gullit has made some astute coaching decisions, and the offense is kicking in. But it's no time to start getting complacent. I think the message is that there's a lot more work to do and a lot they still have to improve on. No one at the HDC should start feeling too good about themselves just because they're in first in the mediocre west.

Posted by: Eric K | May 30, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"How many games will Donovan miss for WCQ ? Aren't those matches on the international calendar? It's not like he's off to Copa America or the Gold Cup."

But the MLS' schedule does not adhere to that schedule.

Posted by: Craig | May 30, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Dear Messrs. Nascimento, Chinaglia, Beckenbauer, and Messing:

Your presence is requested in Carson, Calif. as we would like to create the next all-world football club. We offer generous terms and benefits.

I await your response.

Sincerely,

A. Lalas

Posted by: Twice in a Lifetime? | May 30, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I-270, keep in mind MLS plays during the international calandar.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | May 30, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

A team cannot become a superclub in one year. Certainly not in MLS. Given the salary cap, parity is both encouraged and inevitable. (LA's exemptions from certain league rules nonwithstanding.) Beckham is in MLS because of Leiweke. Leiweke has nothing but my respect, but this is simply too much. It's a team game and this league is not designed for a super team. But keep setting your sights high LA. It's fun to watch you fall short.

Posted by: Leopold Stotch | May 30, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

As a Galaxy fan I saw WTF!!! We could use a player or two on defense, unload Vanney and Vagenas to make some room, but that's about it. Messing with the team throughout the season like Lalas did last year will destroy their chemistry and make them the laughing stock of the league again. Don't try to fix what isn't broken.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | May 30, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

AEG is doing this backwards. If they want LA to win the cup, they need to dump Lalas first, and then build a contending team. You can't just yell at a mixed bag of players.

Anyway, I'm watching USL on Fox Soccer, and I have goalkeeper envy: Portland's keeper (Ray Burse) actually came off his line with confidence to pick off a well taken corner. Turns out he had 6 starts last season for FC Dallas (not known for competent defending), and he averaged 1.00 goal allowed and making 23 saves on 29 shots. Wells, in 10 games, has 25 saves on 43 shots. Those are mannequin-type numbers. Can't our front office save money on all the airfare to Buenos Aires, and find a better keeper in somewhere in norteamerica?

Posted by: black shirt | May 30, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I-270,

AEG owns the Dynamo. They've won championships. What they need is to have their teams swap cities.

Posted by: chris | May 30, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing short of what any manager, coach, team, or fan should hope for. So I see nothing wrong.

Especially a "superclub."

Posted by: Warren | May 30, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Sean Franklin and Brandon McDonald will finish 1-2 in ROTY

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Sure, they can do it. Once MLS decides to allow them to exceed the cap by about $50 million.

Posted by: Hoost | May 30, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. I meant to type LA, but it came out as AEG. Late night at work.

At most, Donovan misses 4 Galaxy regular season games due to MNT duties, I'm including Barbados. Does that hurt their chances to make the playoffs in the West? Doubt it.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 30, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I-270 I refreshed my screen and it seems that at least on your edge of the beltway you are LIVING in the future!
My clock says 1040 right now and I live in Arlington on route 50...
Beckham and Donovan are tearing it up right now. Like to see what happens this weekend. Woulda been even crazier(less productive?) if Ruiz hadn't gotten hurt.
I can't wait till August. I wonder how many of us will sitting around picking the crow out of our teeth with our shoes
Chicago seems to me the strongest canidate for the SS. If their actual strikers start scoring consistently i think it'll be lights out for everyone.
Is this time machine in the food court at the mall I-270?

Posted by: Dadryan | May 30, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

"The Galaxy spent too much money on their second tier players like Xavier (156k), Vagenas (144k), Jazic (126k), Pires (111k) who are killing what's left of their cap space."

Right on target, the Gals have a ton of deadweight in the $80 - $150k range that you really expect production out of. They're getting bailed out by the great play of McDonald and Franklin, and Franchino has really stabilized things.

I dunno, I wouldn't count them out, who'd really want them in a series or championship game if their offense was hot. If the midfield stays together and the Beckham/Donovan duo stays healthy, they are much more dangerous than the '05 team that stole a title.

Posted by: eric | May 31, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Defense wins championships, blah, blah, blah.

How about, "The best defense is a good offense"? LA is coming into it's own and I don't see too many teams out there that can put the kabosh on them. Chicago definitely seems to be one but other than that... Still, they could use a better keeper. They should grab Seitz from RSL.

Posted by: Gary B. | May 31, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I like the idea of LA advancing to MLS Cup at HDC, only to lose 3-2 to the Fire or DCU (preferably DCU).

Slightly OT, but I just got back from the ultimately scoreless Guatemala-El Salvador game at RFK. Guatemala was sluggish the first 20 minutes or so, and had at least two great chances inside the six-yard box in the first period, and another two in the second period, but couldn't poke the ball through to save their lives. Salvador had a couple shots on goal, but Guate played better for the whole game, IMHO.

That place was LOUD. Attendance had to have been around 40,000, if not really close to it (at the very least, more than MLS Cup last November). Tix were $35 general admission, with Mezzanine seats going for $50. Crowd was probably two-thirds pro-Salvador and one-third pro-Guatemala. By the time I got into the stadium about 20 minutes before the start, the whole lower bowl was full.

I originally thought it was going to be something like Celtic-Rangers with riot police keeping the fans apart, but the two factions intermingled fairly peacefully and good-naturedly from what I could tell.

The PA announcer who does the Spanish-language announcing at DCU games did it all tonight, introducing the national anthems (Guatemala, El Salvador and U.S.) and starting lineups in English, but once the game started switched solely to Spanish.

Aside from the handful of idiots who tried to run on the field before the game (and who probably got the biggest cheers before being tackled by security and led away), all in all it was a good time.

Posted by: Juan-John | May 31, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

ps: I was born in Guatemala but have a US passport, so three guesses where my bias lies... :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | May 31, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps someone should let Marc Fisher know about all the people (38, 759 officially) who would not turn up for a game that wouldn't be played at Poplar Point (it doesn't fit his maximum of 35 days that the new stadium would be used) between two teams not named DC United. I guess it wouldn't count to Fisher anyway since that would only sell out the proposed stadium by 43%....

Posted by: Throwin | May 31, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

LA is just as good as anyone else in the league and is capable of beating (or losing) to anyone on any given day .. .. They have more than enough offense and JOE FRANCHINO actually proved to be a godsend! Thank God for SEAN FRANKLIN - The best young centreback to come into MLS since EDDIE POPE .. .. And, he can play anywhere along the back line, even left-back .. .. Once JAZIC comes back and goes in the middle, LA will be okay .. .. not great .. .. but, good enough to win the Cup!!

Posted by: Sammy Nishi | May 31, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Anyway, I'm watching USL on Fox Soccer, and I have goalkeeper envy: Portland's keeper (Ray Burse) actually came off his line with confidence to pick off a well taken corner. Turns out he had 6 starts last season for FC Dallas (not known for competent defending), and he averaged 1.00 goal allowed and making 23 saves on 29 shots.

Posted by: black shirt | May 30, 2008 9:36 PM

Ray Burse is still on Dallas' roster. He was on the bench Wednesday for the 2-2 draw with Houston. It's a loan deal.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | May 31, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Anyone read the "Field of Schemes" editorial in today's Post?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/30/AR2008053002841.html

I know 99% of the citizens of Insider Nation just want their stadium, and are gonna hate every bit of the editorial.

The main points the editorial raises are (1) secrecy and backroom dealing, (2) justification for the idea that the stadium will benefit neighborhoods, and (3) the importance of soccer vs baseball.

That last point is the one that pisses me off the most. I love this line: "We supported the use of public money for the Washington Nationals because we became convinced it was a $611 million investment that would pay off for the city with the much-desired return of baseball and in the revitalization of neighborhoods in desperate need. Proponents of using public money for a soccer stadium should have to make their case, too."

Emphasis mine. What a stupid thing to say, "much-desired." I like the Nationals Stadium, and I like baseball, and even drawing poor crowds, the revenue and number of tickets sold by all those games are a bit more compelling than soccer figures... BUT the only people who give a damn about baseball are pols and lobbyists and staffers and some middle-class folks from NW, G-town, and suburbs. It's hardly a compelling case for baseball vs soccer, which I would argue draws from a greater cross-section of people in DC/VA/MD, ethnically and economically.

That part really got under my skin.

As for the community justification: it's a harder case to make, but not by any means impossible. There isn't room for two baseball teams in DC (there probably isn't room for one, yuk yuk), and the Caps and Wizards are set, so if a sports team were to go into SE it would either have to be NFL (huge crowds, lots of serious interest among people who live there, but few games and there's no way would Snyder settle for Anacostia when he has his eye on E Capitol Street), OR MLS. And United being there has its drawbacks-- less interest among the residents of SE (though let's hope that changes for MLS' sake), more games than football but fewer than MLB/NBA/NHL. One thing it doesn't need to be is another backscratching nightmare involving Marion Barry, but I'm afraid that's where it's going. But for the people of SE it's probably a reasonable way to attract interest in a neglected community-- as long as it doesn't drive longtime residents out, and people who go to games actually spend money in the community, I think it's a good idea and justifiable.

That brings up the backroom deals, which I detest. Believe me, I've lived in corrupt places (NJ!) but the lack of openness and scrutiny are ugly and not the way to run a city. If all you care about is getting that stadium, I understand why you don't care about how potentially corrupt this is, or how there isn't community input besides a few council members, one of which is a clown and grandstander who doesn't care about anything but his own power. But it's an awful way to govern. I'd rather see a convincing public debate. But I didn't grow up here and probably won't be here forever-- you guys have to live with this.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | May 31, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Alexi Lalas deserves the situation that he is in. I know which team I will be rooting for to lose this season.

Posted by: You Reap What You Sow. | May 31, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

We could use a player or two on defense, unload Vanney and Vagenas to make some room, but that's about it. Messing with the team throughout the season like Lalas did last year will destroy their chemistry and make them the laughing stock of the league again. Don't try to fix what isn't broken.
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My sentiments exactly. Add a defender or two and we'll make the playoffs. Then it's just a matter of making a run. But don't start making panicky moves.

Posted by: Baysider | May 31, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Here is the Post's report on last night's RFK event:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/30/AR2008053003528.html

I'm not familiar with the reporter, Steve Yanda.

Posted by: tri-village | May 31, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I-270 I refreshed my screen and it seems that at least on your edge of the beltway you are LIVING in the future!
My clock says 1040 right now and I live in Arlington on route 50...

Posted by: Dadryan | May 30, 2008 11:47 PM
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Ya know, if my departed friend UVA-United made that comment, I'd have to needle him by saying it's only one way that MD is ahead of VA :-) But it's a time stamp problem with the blog. Which is a pain because when I reply to a comment after the time stamp is fixed, my reply is posted ahead of the original comment.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 31, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I wonder why DCU can't draw the crowed that Guatemala-El Salvador drew last night!
Posted by: td | May 31, 2008 11:16 AM
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DC can do that and has done it. All the FO needs to do is get a talented and popular El Savadoran player. That will increase attendance by a few hundred. However, after DC trades him, 10,000 Salvadoren~os will show up to root for him when he visits.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 31, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Damn, Juan, what happened to our much reviled "friend" Mastodon? One of the best posts I've seen here in a while. My kudos for a very articulate and well thought out piece.

Posted by: Throwin | May 31, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

fyi if you want to follow dcu u17 in the clubs world cup the website is below

http://www.m17.es/

Posted by: mac | May 31, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I wonder why DCU can't draw the crowed that Guatemala-El Salvador drew last night! If United could get some very good players from both countries, is it likely they will come to the game more often?
LA could win the MLS but perhaps not. As for becoming a super club, I think it is every club's dream. I certainly want United to be the one but again as every one pointed out and we all know, unfotunate thing called SALARY CAP will prevent all the clubs to officially become a global brand.

Posted by: td | May 31, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Two posts come in that same time. Mine is stamped 10:16 a.m.; td's is stamped 11:16 a.m. Interesting.

Posted by: tri-village | May 31, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

indeed, it's interesting.

Posted by: td | May 31, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure if Beckham can continue to make "spectacular" goals by simply booting a ball into a wide-open net that doesn't have a defender or keeper within 30 yards of the net, LA will have no problem winning the MLS cup. Unfortunately, most clubs actually keep players near their goals.....

Sorry, just a little bitter over how much praise he got for that shot last week.

LA actually looks to be a real contender for the title this year, but I don't think Galaxy or any club in this league can become a "super-team" this year. Thats part of what is good about the sport and this league. If MLS was a top tier soccer league then it might be possible since the most talanted players would stick around. But as it is now, alot of the players with superstar-potential end up moving on to europe or elsewhere after some good years in MLS. Even if LA could keep players from leaving, it takes a year or 2 at least to build a consistent juggernaut, not 2/3 if a season.

Here's hoping LA makes it, then gets upset in the MLS-club by a resurgent DCU team in a late-season tear. I can dream right?

Posted by: Nashville DCU fan | May 31, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Who wrote the editorial in the Post?
Like some of the worst garbage thrown up on here no one takes credit?...

Posted by: Dadryan | May 31, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

By any means necessary when it comes to the Stadium MJ. Corruption in Government in Washington?... Noooo,,,
As long as the long time residents are given an opportunity to stay and enjoy the benefits of their new neighborhood it's all good.
This is washington and if you let your moral convictions come into play you have already lost. Soccer doesn't yet fit into the good ol' boy back scratching game, and is why this keeps meeting so much resistance. Things are changing though and they won't in our favor unless we get the stadium built in DC.
Where's the editorial on how UNFAIR it is that DC residents pay for the MPD to do all the Federal Motorcades? I think the Washington Post is irresponsible publishing something so one sided. You've got the best soccer journalist in this Hemisphere on your payroll and you have the balls to print that crap?
As for corruption, we are surrounded by it in DC and it isn't going away even if Obama gets elected. It's not going away, so get on the bandwagon and play dumb, it's the only way.

Posted by: Dadryan | May 31, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

MLS Cup is tournament soccer. Those of us involved in local soccer know strange things happen in tournament soccer.

Can they make the playoffs? Seems like it. Then who knows what happens when the playoffs start.

BTW, while there are somesimilarities between DC and the Galaxy (give up goals, superb DP in MF), the differnce, IMHO is this:

Galaxy is getting great on field leadership (through Becks), and seems to play with purpose even with comical defending.

Galaxy, through Donovan, has great attacking speed.

DCU not currently showing either.

Posted by: JkR | May 31, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

David Beckham was chosen as England captain against T&T game on Sunday - BBC reports.

How about MLS has won the professional sports league of the year or something award, nocking down MLB boring ball with steriods stink, NFL vick's nice job on ruthless act and NBA who knows. Bravo!

Posted by: td | May 31, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

LA Galaxy need a better GM than Lalas to meet those lofty goals.

Posted by: Joe Doc | May 31, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Not a realistic goal for Galaxy. Sure their coach is doing a wonderful job. Great attacking team. but poor defending.

You gotta give Guullit credit for taking a mediocre bunch and turn them into loosers. But are the championship quality team? maybe yes in MLS. But outside to the rest of the world, definitely not.

1st, Galaxy only have a couple of good players. and a bunch of role players. For them to start raising the prospect of beating any team any time anywhere, they are going to have to do better by first raising their salary cap and getting quality players to match that expectation.

2nd, if you want to manage a top-tier worldclass team, you need a top-class GM. Send carrot-top back to the comedy circle and hire a good GM.

Finally, Guullit i give the benefit of the doubt because he has done an outstanding job with what the cards he has been handed. Give him the players he needs, especially to fill in the gaps when one of his top stars go for international duty or get injured. then you can judge him properly.

Posted by: justsayin' | May 31, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

LA is a pretty good team for all the negative comments tossed about. They have also been fun to watch unlike a couple of supposedly much better teams.

I would love to see MLS move the salary cap up 1 million per team this summer. It would be interesting to see how team would change.

That increase would have minimal impact on profitability given all these naming deals coming through but would have a significant impact on the field and provide a little bench strength for teams outside their first 11.

Posted by: Nick | May 31, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Separate out two things here: wining an MLS Cup and becoming a "Super Club". The Gals can do the first, but have no chance at the 2nd.

Not only is there no way that Alexi could mastermind a Super Club, but I don't think current MLS salary structure allows for deep enough clubs to win both MLS and the other competitions that a Super Club would have to win (US, CONCACAF Champion's, Super Liga).

If I was a fan, I would be afraid of a major Lalas shakeup in the summer, just when they're actually playing well together. I could totally see him trading Franklin and McDonald for an underperforming veteran.

Posted by: eric | May 31, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The Galaxy will never win another MLS Cup as long as Lie-weke and Lalas are in charge. It was these two bozos who crafted the current roster. It was these two bozos who allowed three players to consume half of the salary cap. It was these two bozos who have created such an excessively pressurized environment that people on the field cannot afford to make mistakes (Why else do you think Lalas made all those trades since coming on board as GM?).

If I were Gullit, I'd tell Lie-weke and Lalas where to put their "ultimatum" and resign. I'm sure that Gullit has made a good living for himself and can always go back to TV commentary. He doesn't need this excrement from rank amateurs in the front office.

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | May 31, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

LA will make the playoffs because the West is very weak. However, let's look at their record against the East:

L Toronto, 3-2
L New York, 2-1
W Kansas City, 3-1
L @ Toronto, 2-0

It's not a very good sample, but losing 2 of your 3 home games against the East, having not played any of the current front runners, is hardly convincing. LA's strengths thus far are defending from midfield, creating chances, and (to a lesser extent) finishing. Their actual back line is poor; you can't argue that Xavier and Vanney would start for an MLS Cup contender, and there's also no depth behind them. Klein is doing ok at right back, and Franklin has looked quite good, but that's half of a back four. And Cronin reminds me of Wells: just not confidence-inspiring.

In the regular season, this won't really matter. LA will continue to score and concede at an obscene rate. In the playoffs, however, LA will find out the hard way that scoring gets much harder, while giving away goals gets much easier. LA, as they are now, will get knocked out before MLS Cup. If they can cut loose some of their overpaid dead wood and bring in another reliable defender and a keeper, they've got a shot. Their midfield is tough to get through, and they're obviously stacked offensively. These don't have to be all-star quality players, just respectable role players. At this point, though, I don't see them having players they're willing to deal that anyone would want.

Verdict: Western Conference final loss to Houston. Leiweke can fantasize about world domination all he wants, but this team is not realistically good enough to win MLS Cup or the Supporters Shield. The Open Cup seems to be their best chance of a trophy this year.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | June 1, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I am a huge Galaxy fan, but the Galaxy will never come close to winning a championship as long as Lalas and Leiweke are involved. Just ask the LA Kings hockey team how many championships they've won since AEG has owned the Kings.

Posted by: David A. | June 1, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Why would anybody, ANYBODY, set an expectation that they are going to become a "Super Club" when you have a hard salary cap and draft where "worst goes first"?

They deserve whatever they get. MLS is not a league that is going to produce "Super Clubs" with it's current set of rules. Some may end up better than others but "Super Clubs"? - those guys have bought into the Alexi Lalas hype.

Posted by: Why? | June 1, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

uhhh...they should have fired Lalas long ago so I don't know why Leiweke is threatening him now. He should already be gone.
Threats to Gullitt are ABSURD. He has polished the turd that was the Galaxy and has them winning despite their shortcomings. Prior to the TFC game they did lead their conference afterall.
If they want to raise their level, they need to try to get Conde in a 3 way deal with TFC and Chicago so Chicago can get McBride and TFC can get something in return (allocations, Calen Carr, Picks, combo?)
First fire Lalas and dump players like Vagenas who don't even play and sap up cap space for no good reason.
Ultimately, you are still a year away from superclubdom, Timmy. Chicago look stacked and ready to roll over everyone this year.

Posted by: papa bear | June 1, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Look at LA without Beckham and Donovan, the rest of the team is well what can I say?

Posted by: td | June 1, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

well what do you want lalas to do? Tim their is a salary cap that pretty much prevents any team from getting what they want. In a perfect world mls will raise the cap significantly but right now its not happening and this is why mls hasnt broken into the big time. Its a shame, let these teams do what they want it will be great for the league to keep making positive strides

Posted by: rocky | June 1, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

66 comments and two days later, I think someone needs to tell SportzNut21 that they got his "Damn Yankees" reference. Galaxy fans, be careful if you meet an attractive woman named Lola who has a proposition for you.

Posted by: JJH | June 1, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The Galaxy lost to Toronto FC this weekend. That speaks volumes. A "super club" means super depth, and right now, the Galaxy's "depth" is maybe two players. Additionally, while I think Landon Donovan is having an exceptional year, his taunts after some of his goals may be a sign that he has an exceptional ego as well. This doesn't bode well in a sport that mandates team play throughout.

Posted by: Jerry | June 2, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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