Youri Raffi Djorkaeff is a former French international footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or as a striker. With the French national team, Djorkaeff won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000, he is the son of former player Jean Djorkaeff. He runs the Youri Djorkaeff Foundation. Djorkaeff was born to an Armenian mother Mary Ohanian in Lyon. Djorkaeff started his career in 1984 with French club Grenoble, before moving to RC Strasbourg in 1989, AS Monaco in 1990, Paris Saint-Germain in 1995. In 1994, Djorkaeff led Division 1 in goals with 20, he won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with PSG in 1996. In 1996, he signed with Italian club Inter Milan, where he won the UEFA Cup in 1998. In 1999, he transferred to Germany and Kaiserslautern, helping them to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 2001. Djorkaeff turned many heads when signing with English club Bolton Wanderers in 2002, but added a lot of class to the team during his three seasons there, resulting in the creation of an international "dream-team" alongside the tricky Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha, former Real Madrid midfielder Iván Campo.
He transferred to Blackburn Rovers but left the club after playing in only three games. Djorkaeff signed with the MetroStars of Major League Soccer in February 2005, turning down higher paid offers from other countries, he became the first French player to play in MLS and ended the season as the team's MVP with ten goals and seven assists in league play. Djorkaeff announced from the beginning that he would hang-up his boots at the end of 2006 season, played for the re-branded New York Red Bulls. On 1 July 2006, he was spotted in the crowd with French fans at the FIFA World Cup quarter-final match between France and Brazil after telling Red Bulls officials he left the club to attend to "an unexpected, serious family matter in France." Upon his return, he revealed that the purpose of his departure was to be with his sick mother and downplayed watching the World Cup match. He retired from professional football on 29 October 2006. Djorkaeff accumulated 82 caps and scored 28 goals for France at senior level between 1993 and 2002.
Other than the two major tournaments he won with the national side – the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 – Djorkaeff played for his country in UEFA Euro 1996 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Djorkaeff has a wife and three children: Sacha and Angelica. Djorkaeff released a singing single called "Vivre dans Ta Lumière", translated to "Living in Your Light" from French, his father and younger brother, Micha Djorkaeff, were professional football players. On 15 November 2012 Djorkaeff hosted Phone-a-thon for Armenian charity held in Europe; the Phoneathon benefits the construction of community centers in villages throughout Nagorno Karabakh and comprehensive agricultural development in Armenia's Tavush Region. In addition, a part of the proceeds will be dedicated to providing urgent aid to the Syrian-Armenian community. Djorkaeff runs the Youri Djorkaeff Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing football programs in New York City. Monaco Coupe de France: 1990–91Paris Saint-Germain Trophée des Champions: 1995 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1995–96Inter Milan UEFA Cup: 1997–98Bolton Wanderers Football League Cup runner-up: 2003–04 France FIFA World Cup: 1998 UEFA European Championship: 2000 FIFA Confederations Cup: 2001 Division 1 top scorer 1993–94 UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1996 Pirata d'Oro: 1997 FIFA XI: 1997 Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur: 1998 Youri Djorkaeff – FIFA competition record Youri Djorkaeff at National-Football-Teams.com
San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes are an American professional soccer team based in San Jose, United States, that competes as a member of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The franchise began play as one of the charter clubs of the league; the Earthquakes took part in the first game in MLS history, defeating D. C. United 1–0; the Earthquakes have won two MLS Cup titles, in 2001 and 2003, two Supporters' Shields in 2005 and 2012. In 2002, the team played in its first CONCACAF Champions Cup; the team holds a fierce rivalry with the LA Galaxy known as the California Clásico. In 2005, the owner of the Earthquakes, Anschutz Entertainment Group, announced plans of the team relocating to Houston due to failing efforts to secure a soccer-specific stadium in San Jose; the organization in Houston would be considered an expansion team by the league becoming the Houston Dynamo, who began play in 2006. The Earthquakes returned after a two-year hiatus, resuming play in 2008. Argentinan, Matías Almeyda is the Quakes' current head coach.
The Earthquakes play their home games at Avaya Stadium beginning in 2015. The team played its home games at Buck Shaw Stadium on the Santa Clara University campus in Santa Clara, California from 2008 to 2014. In 2018, the club added the dubious MLS Wooden Spoon to its trophy case for ending up bottom of the MLS league table, finishing the season with 21 points in 34 games; the franchise's roots trace back to 1974, when the North American Soccer League awarded an expansion franchise to San Jose, named the Earthquakes. The name Earthquakes came from a newspaper contest in the San Jose Mercury News, in which fans were encouraged to send in suggestions for the name of the franchise. Earthquakes was chosen by the team's general manager Dick Berg, but was criticized due to San Jose's proximity to the San Andreas Fault; the NASL folded after the 1984 season and the Earthquakes played in the Western Soccer League from 1985–88, under the ownership of Peter Bridgwater who sold the team in 1988. In 1994, Daniel Van Voorhis, former owner of the American Professional Soccer League's San Jose Hawks led a San Jose bidding group, awarded one of Major League Soccer's inaugural teams.
At that time, he handed over all existing Hawks player contracts, front-office resources and the rights to play in San Jose State University's Spartan Stadium to MLS in exchange for Type C stock in the league. He became the franchise's investor/operator until outside concerns forced him to divest himself of these positions prior to the league's launch and accept a buyout from the league, leaving the franchise league-owned for several years. Meanwhile, a direct connection to the earlier Earthquakes came in the person of Peter Bridgwater, named as general manager of the MLS team. Although Bridgwater still owned the rights to the Earthquakes name and logo, the team became known as the Clash at the urging of Nike, a major investor in MLS. On December 7, 1995, Bridgwater hired Laurie Calloway as the team's first coach, providing a second direct connection with the NASL Earthquakes, as well as a connection with the Hawks. On January 23, 1996, the Clash acquired US national team star Eric Wynalda, despite the fact that Wynalda and Calloway did not get along during their time together with the Hawks.
The Clash's connections to the Blackhawks continued when the club made the first trade in MLS history, sending Rhett Harty to the MetroStars for Troy Dayak. San Jose was an integral part of the launching of MLS, hosting the league's inaugural game at Spartan Stadium before a crowd of 31,683 on April 6, 1996; the crowd did not go away disappointed as San Jose won its first game on the first goal in MLS history from Eric Wynalda, defeating D. C. United 1–0. One month the club made history again, as they hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy in a match that drew 31,728 fans to Spartan Stadium, setting the record for attendance at a sporting event in the city of San Jose, but Wynalda and Calloway were soon at each other's throats again leading to a locker room brawl between Wynalda and John Doyle. The skirmish reached memorable proportions when Wynalda hired an airplane to tow a banner demanding Calloway's firing. Although the Clash made the postseason in the inaugural MLS season in 1996, Doyle earned recognition as the best MLS defender, the team floundered in 1997.
By mid-season the team was sinking fast and Bridgwater fired Calloway and replaced him with Brian Quinn. The Clash finished 1997 at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with a 12–20 record. Things were no better in 1998. During the 1999 pre-season, the saga of player-coach antagonism continued when Richard Gough left the team after an argument with Quinn. By the end of 1999, Quinn was done and the team released him to hire Lothar Osiander; the franchise's official name changed from Clash to Earthquakes on October 27, 1999. After missing four consecutive post-seasons with three different coaches, the Earthquakes hired head coach Frank Yallop days before the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. Yallop's personnel changes and deft coaching with the help of assistant coach Dominic Kinnear and goalkeeper coach Tim Hanley, along with the allocation of star forward Landon Donovan on loan from Bayer Leverkusen turned around the Earthquakes' on-field fortunes, spurring the biggest regular season turnaround in league history and leading the team to a 2–1 MLS Cup 2001 overtime victory over the archrival Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Quakes followed with two consecutive runners-up finishes for the MLS Supporters' Shield and a 4–2 ML
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is a men's professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation which represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The league comprises 24 teams—21 in the U. S. and 3 in Canada and constitutes one of the major professional sports leagues in both countries. The regular season runs from March with each team playing 34 games. Fourteen teams compete in the postseason MLS Cup Playoffs through October and November, culminating in the championship game, the MLS Cup. MLS teams play in domestic competitions against teams from other divisions in the U. S. Open in the Canadian Championship. MLS teams compete against continental rivals in the CONCACAF Champions League. Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 as part of the United States' successful bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup; the first season took place in 1996 with ten teams. MLS experienced financial and operational struggles in its first few years: the league lost millions of dollars, teams played in empty American football stadiums, two teams folded in 2002.
Since MLS has expanded to 24 teams, soccer-specific stadiums have proliferated around the league, average attendance exceeds that of the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association, the Designated Player Rule allows teams to sign star players such as David Beckham, MLS secured national TV contracts, the league is now profitable. Instead of operating as an association of independently owned teams, MLS is a single entity in which each team is owned by the league and individually operated by the league's investors; the investor-operators control their teams as owners control teams in other leagues, are referred to as the team's owners. The league has a fixed membership like most sports leagues in the United States and Canada, which makes it one of the world's few soccer leagues that does not use promotion and relegation, a practice, uncommon in the two countries. MLS headquarters is located in New York City. Major League Soccer's regular season runs from March to October. Teams are geographically divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences, playing 34 games in a balanced schedule.
For 2019, with 24 teams, each team plays two games against teams in its conference and one game against each team from the opposite conference. Midway through the season, teams break for the annual All-Star Game, an exhibition game between the league's finest players and a major club from a different league. At the end of the regular season, the team with the highest point total is awarded the Supporters' Shield and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Unlike most major soccer leagues around the world, but similar to other leagues in the Americas, the MLS regular season is followed by a postseason knockout tournament. Fourteen teams participate in the MLS Cup Playoffs in October, which concludes with the MLS Cup championship game in early November. Major League Soccer's spring-to-fall schedule results in scheduling conflicts with the FIFA calendar and with summertime international tournaments such as the World Cup and the Gold Cup, causing several players to miss some MLS matches. While MLS has looked into changing to a fall-to-spring format, there are no current plans to do so.
If the league were to change its schedule, a substantial winter break would still be necessary due to teams being located in harsh winter climates. It would have to compete with the popularity and media presence of the National Football League in the fall and winter as well as the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League, which both run on fall-to-spring schedules. MLS teams play in other international and domestic competitions; every year, five MLS teams — four from the U. S. and one from Canada — play in the CONCACAF Champions League against other clubs from the CONCACAF region. Two U. S.-based MLS teams qualify based on MLS regular-season results: the winner of the Western conference and the winner of the Eastern conference. The third U. S. team to qualify is the winner of the MLS Cup. A fourth U. S.-based MLS team can qualify via the U. S. Open Cup. If a team qualifies through multiple berths, or if any of the MLS berths are taken by a Canada-based MLS team, the berth is reallocated to the best U.
S.-based team in the Supporters' Shield table that has otherwise not qualified. Canadian MLS clubs play against other Canadian clubs in the Canadian Championship for the one CONCACAF Champions League spot allocated to Canada. No MLS club has won the Champions League since it began its current format in 2008, but MLS teams have reached the final three times: Real Salt Lake in 2011, Montreal Impact in 2015, Toronto FC in 2018. Since 2018, the previous year's MLS Cup champion plays in the Campeones Cup, a single game against the Campeón de Campeones from Liga MX, hosted by the MLS team in September; the inaugural edition saw Tigres UANL defeat Toronto FC 3–1 on September 19, 2018, at BMO Field in Toronto. MLS's 24 teams are divided between the Western Conferences; each club is allowed up to 28 players on its first team roster. All 28 players are eligible for selection to each 18-player game-day squad during the regular season and playoffs. MLS has expanded since the 2005 season; the league plans to expand to 27 teams with the addition of Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC in 2020 and Austin FC in 2021, with further plans to expand to 28 teams by 2022.
The league features numerous rivalry cups that are contested by two or more teams geographic rivals. Each trophy is awarded to the team with the better regular-season record in games involving the two teams
Clinton Drew Dempsey is an American retired professional soccer player who played as a forward. During his career, he played in England for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, in Major League Soccer for New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders FC. A native of Nacogdoches, Dempsey spent his youth career with the Dallas Texans before joining Furman University's men's soccer team in 2001. In 2004, Dempsey was drafted by the New England Revolution, where he scored 25 goals in 71 appearances. Between 2007 and 2012, Dempsey played for Fulham in the Premier League becoming the club's leading Premier League goalscorer. Dempsey became the first American player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League during a 5–2 win against Newcastle United in 2012. On August 31, 2012, Tottenham signed Dempsey for a fee of $9.6 million a record signing for an American. Dempsey scored 12 goals in one season with Tottenham, giving him 72 goals across all competitions for Premier League clubs—the most by an American in a top-tier European league.
He was signed by the Seattle Sounders the following year and played 115 matches for the club, scoring 47 goals, leading the club to win the 2014 Supporters' Shield. During the 2016 season, Dempsey was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and missed the team's run to the MLS Cup. Dempsey returned the following season and announced his retirement from professional soccer on August 29, 2018. Dempsey represented the United States at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and made his first appearance with the senior team on November 17, 2004, against Jamaica, he earned more than 140 caps and scored 57 international goals, making him the nation's fourth-most capped player and tying him with Landon Donovan as the top all-time scorer with 57 goals. Dempsey has represented the United States at four CONCACAF Gold Cups, helped them to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, scored in each of the three FIFA World Cups he attended. Both ESPN and FOX Sports have ranked Dempsey as the greatest American footballer in history.
Dempsey is of Irish ancestry on his father's side. For much of his childhood, Dempsey's family lived in a trailer park where he and his siblings grew up playing soccer with the complex's large population of Hispanic immigrants. In his teens, Dempsey maintained these ties playing in a local Mexican-dominated adult league, his older brother, was offered a tryout for the Dallas Texans, an elite youth soccer club, brought Clint, noticed and recruited while passing time juggling a ball on the sidelines. Dempsey became a standout on the team at an early age but had to quit due to financial constraints as his eldest sister Jennifer was becoming a ranked youth tennis player. Several parents of his teammates with the Texans offered to assist the Dempseys with expenses and travel, allowing him to rejoin the club. On November 27, 1995, Dempsey's 16-year-old sister Jennifer died from a brain aneurysm. Dempsey was devastated with the family's loss and explained that this event helped him develop a deeper motivation to pursue soccer in honor of his sister.
He went on to be the captain and high scorer of the Texans and was honored with the MVP of the Tampa Bay Sun Bowl tournament. Dempsey studied the play of Argentina's national team Diego Maradona, was heartbroken when the news came to Nacogdoches that Maradona would not be playing in the 1994 World Cup game played in the Cotton Bowl, he attended Furman University as a health and exercise science major and a key player for Paladins soccer. The New England Revolution selected Clint Dempsey eighth overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. In his rookie season, he started. Dempsey helped the Revolution to the Eastern Conference Finals and earned 2004 MLS Rookie of the Year Honors, he was named the 2004 Man of the Year by the Midnight Riders. In 2005, Dempsey contributed nine assists in 26 games, he scored the game-winning goal in the Eastern Conference Final on his way to an appearance in the MLS Cup Final. In 2006, Dempsey missed significant time in the playoffs due to injury, he came on as a substitute in the MLS Cup Final, but the Revolution lost their second straight final, this time in a penalty shoot-out.
In December 2006, English club Fulham offered MLS $4 million for the transfer of Dempsey the largest amount offered for an MLS player, he became another American addition to a Cottagers' squad which included U. S. internationals Carlos Bocanegra. On January 11, 2007, he was granted a work permit from the Home Office as Fulham announced his signing on a long-term deal; this made Dempsey the most expensive American export to the Premier League in a deal worth a reported £2 million. He made his Fulham debut in a 1–1 home draw against Tottenham Hotspur on January 20, 2007, his FA Cup debut followed seven days in a 3–0 home win over Stoke City. Dempsey scored his first goal for Fulham on May 5 when he struck the only goal of a 1–0 home win over Liverpool; this goal saved Fulham from relegation and guaranteed their place in the top-flight for the following season. Dempsey was not in the starting XI for the first three matches of the 2007–08 season, but after an injury to Brian McBride, he came into the side as a striker and scored in a 2–1 defeat against Aston Villa.
He followed this up by scoring in Fulham's next fixture in a 3–3 home draw against Tottenham on September 1. Two weeks he opened the scoring in Fulham's 1–1 away draw against Wigan Athletic; these goals gave Dempsey three in as many games. On September 29, Dempsey was involved in an aerial collision with John Terry during a 0–0 draw at Stamford Bridge which resulted in Terry being su
Joe Cannon (soccer)
Joseph Cannon is an American former professional soccer player who played on the United States men's national soccer team. Cannon was born January 1975, in Sun Valley, Idaho, to Barbara and Joe Cannon; as a child, he was raised in both Sun Valley and Los Altos Hills, California. He attended Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum, before moving permanently to California at age 12. In California, he played high school soccer for Saint Francis High School. Cannon attended college at the University of California, Santa Barbara for his freshman year and was a student-athlete on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team, he recorded 3 shutouts. He transferred to Santa Clara University where he played for the Broncos from 1995 to 1997, he graduated with a degree in political science. Cannon was not drafted by a Major League Soccer team and instead signed with the San Diego Flash of the A-League in 1998, he appeared in 28 games, posting 11 shutouts, en route to being named the Flash's Most Valuable Player.
After a season with the Flash, he was signed by Major League Soccer team San Jose Earthquakes. After starting goalkeeper David Kramer tore the labrum in his shoulder, Cannon was promoted to the first team for the Quakes, he would remain as the starter until 2002, leading San Jose to victory in MLS Cup 2001 and winning his first MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2002. Cannon's Major League Soccer contract expired following the 2002 season and he attempted to play for a European team. After an unsuccessful trial with Feyenoord, he signed a six-month contract with RC Lens of France's Ligue 1, he was not able to break into the first team. Meanwhile, in MLS, the Earthquakes traded the rights to Cannon to the Colorado Rapids for three draft picks and Cannon returned to play in America. I don't care whether they bring in Joe Cannon or Jeff Bazooka or Jim Tommygun... I don't need anyone to push me. I don't care if it's Scott Salt or Scott Pepper. I'm confident in my abilities. I can compete for the job anywhere, may the best man win.
Cannon was behind incumbent goalkeeper Scott Garlick, but Rapids coach Tim Hankinson controversially promoted Cannon into the starting role for the 2003 playoffs. Although Colorado did not advance, Garlick was traded to the Dallas Burn and Cannon kept his starting position; the following season in 2004, Cannon won his second MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in addition to being named to the MLS Best XI and as a finalist for the MLS Most Valuable Player Award. In December 2006, Cannon was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy for Ugo Ihemelu, he made his Galaxy debut on April 2007, in a 0 -- 0 tie with the Houston Dynamo. He spent one season with the club. Cannon returned to the Earthquakes via trade with the Galaxy for allocation money in January 2008, he would spend 3 seasons with the club. Cannon was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, he re-signed with Vancouver for the 2012 Major League Soccer season. Cannon retired following the 2013 Major League Soccer season. Cannon's grandfather and father are Canadian, which made him eligible for selection by the Canada men's national soccer team.
Cannon has stated. Cannon earned two caps with the United States men's national soccer team, his first coming against New Zealand on June 8, 2003. In March 2014, Cannon was announced as a color commentator for San Jose Earthquakes radio broadcasts on KLIV. Cannon has a twin brother, a minor league baseball pitcher, he has two other brothers and Colt. His father, Joe Cannon Sr. was a country-western singer. MLS Cup: 2001 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year: 2002, 2004 MLS Best XI: 2004 Joe Cannon at Major League Soccer US Soccer Players player profile Joe Cannon on Twitter Joe Cannon – FIFA competition record
Club Deportivo Chivas USA was an American professional soccer club based in Carson, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The club played from 2005 to 2014 in Major League Soccer and was a subsidiary of Mexican club C. D. Guadalajara, sharing common ownership and branding; the club was the eleventh MLS team upon its entry into the league in 2004. Chivas USA was intended to be seen as a "little brother" to its parent club C. D. Guadalajara, one of the most supported and successful teams in Mexico. Chiva is Latin American Spanish for "goat", seen as a tough and resilient animal in Mexico, is the nickname of C. D. Guadalajara. Chivas USA played its home games at the StubHub Center in Carson, which it shared with its rival, the LA Galaxy; the club was owned by Antonio Cue and Jorge Vergara, who owns C. D. Guadalajara. In 2014, MLS purchased the club from Vergara with plans to sell to new owners; the club ceased operations after the 2014 regular season, is the most recent major professional American sports team to fold.
A new expansion franchise in Los Angeles began play in 2018. Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara took ownership of the struggling Chivas de Guadalajara in 2002 and sought to use the rejuvenated club to establish an international brand. In June 2003, the league announced that the 2003 MLS All-Star Game would be played against Chivas and that Vergara was interested in purchasing an expansion team; the team, named "Chivas USA", would be affiliated with Chivas and play in either Los Angeles or San Diego beginning in the 2005 season. On August 2, 2004, Major League Soccer announced that Chivas USA would share The Home Depot Center in Carson with the Galaxy, begin play in 2005 as the league's eleventh team. In 2005, Chivas USA kicked off its inaugural season in Major League Soccer at The Home Depot Center with a 2–0 loss to MLS Cup Champions D. C. United on April 2, 2005, under the guidance of Chivas USA's first head coach Thomas Rongen. After a 1–8–1 start, Thomas Rongen was named Chivas USA's sporting director and assistant coach Javier Ledesma became the club's interim head coach.
On June 3, 2005, Hans Westerhof was named Chivas USA's second head coach. After a disappointing season, Westerhof did not return to coach the team in 2006. On November 23, 2005, former MLS Coach of the Year Bob Bradley became Chivas USA's third head coach, replacing Hans Westerhof. Under Bradley, the 2006 season saw a major turnaround for Chivas USA; the team finished the 2006 season with a 10–9–13 record and earned a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Bradley was named MLS Coach of the Year, becoming the first two-time winner of the award and Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein was named 2006 Gatorade Rookie of the Year. After the season ended, Coach Bradley was named interim head coach of the U. S. men's national soccer team and head coach of the U. S. men's Olympic soccer team by the U. S. Soccer Federation, was replaced by Chivas USA's fourth head coach, Predrag "Preki" Radosavljevic; the team's third season, under Preki, was the most successful. Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan was named MLS's Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2007 season.
On November 7, 2007, Preki was named MLS Coach of the Year for 2007 after the first-year manager led the Red-and-White to a 15–7–8 record and first place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference. In January 2008, Preki signed a multi-year contract with Chivas USA securing his position as head coach for the 2008 season. Chivas finished the 2007 MLS season atop of the Western Conference. However, they lost in the Conference Semifinals of the MLS Cup 2007 playoffs to the Kansas City Wizards, who were the conference's No. 4 seed under new MLS seeding rules despite being in the Eastern Conference. In 2008 Chivas USA competed in their first official international tournament, playing Pachuca in the 2008 SuperLiga. Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan were named to the MLS All-Star team. Goalie Brad Guzan became the first Goat to transfer to a European first division club; the Red-and-White clinched a playoff berth for the third consecutive season, losing to Real Salt Lake in the first round. Kljestan scored the U.
S. Soccer Goal of the Year while playing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he was named to the MLS Best XI, was selected as U. S. Soccer's Young Male Athlete of the Year. Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan competed with the U. S. National Team in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton was named to the 2009 MLS All-Star Team. Chivas USA announced the Team Award Winners. Thornton was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and MLS Comeback Player of the Year, he was nominated to the MLS Best 11. Martín Vásquez was named the team's head coach after serving as an assistant coach from 2005–2007. Kljestan and Bornstein were named co-captains for the 2010 season. During the World Cup break Kljestan signed a deal with Belgian club Anderlecht, leaving Chivas USA after parts of five seasons. Bornstein played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, starting in two matches for the United States as they made it to the Round of 16. On October 27, the team released head coach Martín Vásquez from his contract.
On November 2, president and CEO Shawn Hunter announced. On December 14 the club's vice president of soccer operations, Stephen Hamilton revealed he too, was leaving his post. After Hamilton stepped down, Jose L Domene was named Interim General Manager. On January 4, 2011, Robin Fraser became Head coach of Chivas USA. On August 29, 2012, Vergara and his wife, Angélica Fuentes, became sole owners of the club, buying out former partners Antonio and Lorenzo Cué. On May 29, 2013 two Chivas USA youth coaches, Dan Calichman
The LA Galaxy known as the Los Angeles Galaxy, is an American professional soccer franchise based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, that competes in Major League Soccer, as a member of the Western Conference. The club began play in 1996 as one of the league's eight charter members; the Galaxy is owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group. In their early years, the club played its home games at the Rose Bowl in California. Since 2003, they have played at Dignity Health Sports Park in California; the team holds a rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes in the California Clásico and used to play the SuperClasico against city rivals Chivas USA before that team folded in 2014. A new rival emerged in 2018 in the form of Los Angeles FC in the El Tráfico derby; the franchise is one of Major League Soccer's most successful teams, with a record five MLS Cups and having appeared an additional four time in the final, won the Western Conference regular season title eight times, four Supporters' Shields, two U.
S. Open Cups and one CONCACAF Champions League title. In 2017, the club added the dubious MLS Wooden Spoon to its trophy case for finishing bottom of the MLS league table. In 2007, the club made international headlines with the signing of English player David Beckham from Real Madrid, the most high-profile transaction with Major League Soccer to that point; the club has fielded other high-profile international players including Ashley Cole, Robbie Keane, Luis Hernández, Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos, Jorge Campos, Steven Gerrard, Zlatan Ibrahimović and American Landon Donovan, the all-time leading scorer for both the club and the league. In 2017, Forbes estimated the franchise is the most valuable in the league, worth more than $300 million. LA Galaxy is one of the ten founding teams in Major League Soccer; the name "Galaxy" was derived from Los Angeles being home to the "stars" of Hollywood. The team began competing in the first season of the new league, which took place in 1996. In the inaugural season, Los Angeles finished first in the Western Conference and were one of the two teams that contested in the first MLS Cup.
The Galaxy finished as runners up, losing to D. C. United in the final; the 1997 season started out 1–7 after eight games, but they went 15–9 for the rest of the season to qualify for the playoffs. The Galaxy ended up second in their conference by losing to the Dallas Burn. In 1998, the Galaxy left off on a streak finishing 24–8; the Galaxy defeated 9 -- 3 on aggregate. They lost in the semi-final to 2 -- 1 on aggregate; the Galaxy again finished first in the Western Conference in 1999, with a final record of 20–12, with a win in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, but they lost to D. C. United again 2–0; the 2000 season had the Galaxy in second in the Western Division, at 14–10–8. Despite this, they lost to the Kansas City Wizards after a sudden death game. Los Angeles won the CONCACAF Champions Cup that same year, being one of two American clubs winning the tournament. 2001 was another successful year for Los Angeles, winning the Open Cup and scoring 1,000 all-time points, with Cobi Jones scoring the 300th goal, but again they fell short by being defeated by Landon Donovan and the San Jose Earthquakes.
Again the club clinched first in the Western Conference with a 16–9–3 record, their fifth time being first. Los Angeles were to take part of FIFA's club World cup tournament being Concacaf champions the previous year however, the tournament had cancelled that year. In 2002, the Galaxy won their first MLS Cup in the club's fourth appearance by defeating the New England Revolution 1–0. In 2003, the Galaxy finished fourth playing more away games due to stadium construction, with the possible existing obstacles, the team finished 9–12–9; the Galaxy bounced back by gaining second with an 11–9–10 record. They lost to the Wizards in the final, 0–2. In 2005, the Galaxy acquired Landon Donovan from San Jose; the franchise won the Open Cup again ending with a record of 13–13–6. Having qualified for the playoffs for the 2005 season, The Galaxy has been the only team to appear in the playoffs in all of the league's first ten seasons, they won the 2005 MLS Cup, defeating the New England Revolution in extra time, 1–0.
The 2006 season began on March 16 with the sudden death of Doug Hamilton, the team's 43-year-old general manager, who suffered a heart attack on board a plane carrying the team back from Costa Rica where they had played Saprissa in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. The team finished fifth in the Western Conference, eliminating them from playoff contention for the first time since the league's inception. Midway through the season, replaced by Frank Yallop; the team managed to make a deep run to the U. S. Open Cup lost 3 -- 1 against the Chicago Fire. In March 2007, Herbalife signed a five-year deal with the Galaxy, worth between $4–5 million a year, to be the club's primary shirt sponsor. Four months the club signed David Beckham from Real Madrid, his debut was made at Home Depot Center before a record crowd of nearly 35,000, including many celebrities, coming on in the 78th minute in a 1–0 loss to Chelsea in a match during the World Series of Football tournament. The match brought unprecedented TV coverage from ESPN, who used 19 cameras to cover it, including one trained only on Beckham when he was on the bench.
In that season's SuperLiga, LA reached the final but lost to Mexican side Pachuca on penalties after extra time. LA nearly made the end-of-season play-offs, but were eliminated following a 1–0 loss to the Chicago Fire. In the off-season, Cobi Jones retired and, amidst rumors that he was going to be sacked, Yallop resigned as head coach following a friendly match at Home Depot