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30 Dec 12 Frank Lampard to be offered £4million a year by LA Galaxy


LA Galaxy will offer Frank Lampard the same wage packet as David
Beckham
in a bid to lure the Chelsea star to the MLS.

The England midfielder could earn $6.5million a year — equal to £4million —
plus a potential $1million (£619,000) in merchandise sales.

A source said: “The club feel Frank is what they’re missing now David
has left
.

“He has the profile to fill Beckham’s role as the face of the club globally.”

David Beckham

Frank, 34, is mulling over his next move after
being told by London side Chelsea to find another club
.

Despite helping the Blues to the Champions League, three Premier League
titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups, he was told he can go from January
1.

If he accepts a contract with LA Galaxy, it will make him the highest-earning
player in the US league.

Former Spurs ace Robbie Keane, 32, is the Galaxy’s current highest player on
$3.5million dollars (£2.1million).

Ex-Arsenal favourite Thierry Henry, 35, is the second highest-earning player
in the MLS on $5.5million (£3.4million).

A California move could be an exciting new start for Lampard’s fiancee
Christine Bleakley.

The Dancing on Ice host, 33, got engaged to Frank last year. She has told pals
she is confident she could start a new career Stateside.

Article source: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/4718275/Frank-Lampard-to-be-offered-4million-a-year-by-LA-Galaxy.html

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24 Dec 12 Todd Dunivant’s Goal for the Galaxy Defined MLS for 2012


Todd Dunivant’s goal from a header in the 61st minute of the Los Angeles Galaxy’s June 17 match with the Portland Timbers was a defining moment for the MLS in 2012.

You’re probably wondering why I would pick a goal that wasn’t in a playoff game or that wasn’t a long-distance bomb (which I’m a big fan of).

Coming into the match, the Galaxy were 3-8-2 and in ninth place in the Western Conference. They hadn’t won a match since April 14th, a seven-match span in which they went 0-5-2.

How hot did the Galaxy get after this match? Including this match, they went 13-4-4 the rest of the season, 43 of their 54 points coming during that stretch.

It’s not a stretch to say the Galaxy needed something to kick-start their season. They had already gotten knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup and wouldn’t start in the CONCACAF Champions League until late August.

Now, Scott French wrote on MLSsoccer.com that the Galaxy’s “best moment of the year” was probably Omar Gonzalez’s equalizer in the MLS Cup. The thing is, not that I’m totally disagreeing with Scott, but if Dunivant’s goal doesn’t happen, it’s that much harder for the Galaxy to make the playoffs, much less repeat as MLS Cup winners.

You might think I’m wrong and you might not. Would I have picked this goal had the Galaxy not ended up winning the MLS Cup? Probably not. I’m not a fan of the Galaxy and have no reason to say anything nice about them.

Let me know in the comments below what your league-defining goal was. Who knows, I might even change my mind and agree with you.

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1456259-todd-dunivants-goal-for-the-galaxy-defined-mls-for-2012

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16 Dec 12 Galaxy trades Buddle to Rapids


COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) – The LA Galaxy traded forward Edson Buddle to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a first-round supplemental draft pick in 2013 and allocation money.

Buddle is a World Cup veteran with 93 career goals in Major League Soccer. He appeared in two matches for the U.S. at the FIFA World Cup in 2010, when he was the runner-up for the MLS Golden Boot

Buddle started his MLS career in 2001 in Columbus, where he played for five seasons. He also played for the New York Red Bulls in 2006, Toronto FC in 2007 and with the Galaxy from 2007-10 and in 2012. In 2011, he played for FC Ingolstadt of the German second division.

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PST: It’s a very classy and poignant touch from the world’s most watched soccer league.


Wambach scores twice, US women beat China 4-1

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – Abby Wambach scored twice to help the United States close out the season with a 4-1 exhibition victory over China on Saturday night.

Article source: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/50204400/ns/sports-soccer/

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13 Dec 12 Football Manager Handheld 2013 hits Google Play for $9.99


Football Manager is the best desktop program for managing a football (soccer) club. Last year, the franchise made its way to Android for the first time, and now the franchise is back again, this time in the form of Football Manager Handheld 2013. It comes with a fairly high price tag of the $9.99, but for hardcore football fans, the amount of gameplay it offers should counteract the high cost.

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The odd part about the release is the inclusion of in-app purchases, even in spite of the high cost of entry. The in-app purchases are mostly designed to help speed things along. So like real life, you can throw down a little cash and build your team a little quicker. You can get everything out of the game without throwing down an extra money, it’s more just to streamline, which makes the additional purchases easier to stomach.

Of course, there is other new stuff in the game besides the inclusion of in-app purchases. It adds additional leagues such as those of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Obviously, all the rosters have been updated, so your favorite players will be on the correct team, but by the very nature of the game, those rosters will changing as you play.

The update also improves things such as media, player photos, player comparisons and form updates. MLS is not included in the game, so American soccer fans will have to run their team from another place around the world. The new game is available now on Google Play, and it looks like a good one for the hardcore football fans out there.

[via AndroidCentral]

Article source: http://androidcommunity.com/football-manager-handheld-2013-hits-google-play-for-9-99-20121213/

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