Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Galaxy problems: Stars need rest; keeper suspended
by Ridge Mahoney, May 2nd, 2012 1:22AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  los angeles galaxy, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] What had been billed as a Western Conference showdown between Seattle and defending champion Los Angles won't be quite as epic as advertised. According to a team spokesman, the Galaxy will be without its three Designated Players in addition to starting keeper Josh Saunders for the pairing (10 p.m. ET, Direct Kick) of last year’s MLS Cup winner and the three-time defending U.S. Open Cup titlist.

MLS announced Tuesday that Saunders, who took the starting job from Jamaican international Donovan Ricketts last season and backstopped L.A.’s run to the championship, has entered the league’s substance abuse and behavioral health program. The length of his absence from the team hasn’t been determined but it’s likely he’s been enrolled in a 30-day program similar to those assigned in the past to New England midfielder Shalrie Joseph and former D.C. United attacker Santino Quaranta.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the team was informed by the league Friday that Saunders would be ineligible to play until he completes a treatment program. He didn’t play in a 1-1 tie with FC Dallas Saturday, with “personal reasons” cited for his absence. Bill Gaudette replaced him and will take over as the starter for the short-term at least. The former Crew keeper hadn’t played an MLS game since the 2006 season.

The Times reported that the Galaxy insisted Saunders did not fail a league-administered drug test.

The team spokesman said David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane would not travel north. The coaching staff decided not to risk the players on Seattle’s artificial surface with a home game against New York coming up Saturday and a busy load of games scheduled for May. Donovan and Keane are nursing minor knocks, and Coach Bruce Arena would rather not play Beckham in three games during a seven-game span. Donovan, Beckham and Keane played the full 90 minutes against FCD.

The Sounders returned Sunday from a 2-1 win in Chicago that prompted MLS to mete out fines and one-game suspensions to Chicago coach Frank Klopas and defender Jalil Anibaba, who scuffled with Sounders’ personnel after a vicious challenge by Anibaba. The only disciplinary action taken by the league against Seattle was a fine of undisclosed amount to forward Eddie Johnson for making an obscene gesture to the crowd.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Germany rests trio of stars for U.S. friendly    
Germany's national team coach Joachim Loew named a 20-player squad for the June 10 friendly against ...
Twenty for Canada 2015: France's Louisa Necib    
France's Women's World Cup hopes received a boost on Friday when star Louisa Necib played her ...
USL Weekend: Floods leave Austin stadium under water    
Bad weather that hit the Southwest caused havoc around the USL. The game between the Austin ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos break open spring race    
The New York Cosmos opened up a six-point lead in the NASL's spring standings with a ...
Video Pick: Own goals don't come sadder than this     
Pavel Krmas, a 35-year-old Czech defender playing in his 151st and final game for Freiburg, scored ...
What They're Saying: Christie Rampone    
"I didn't get an email or a phone call. I'm so old that I got a ...
Key games on tap in Europe this week     
The title winners in Europe's major leagues have been decided, but there are still plenty of ...
Europe in a Nutshell: Curtain comes down on 2014-15 season     
The earth as Leo Messi's soccer ball. Clubs say farewell. And a rough week for Lazio. ...
What They're Saying: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez    
"We didn't talk about spirituality. We talked about dollars and cents, and where it could get ...
ICYMI | MLS: Form counts for nothing; Wondo gets 100    
Do not ever think of betting money on MLS games as form counts for nothing as ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives