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SI.com: Avi Creditor: MLS Week 11 Power Rankings: Big-name trades the talking pointupdated: Mon May 21 2012 17:48:00

The first returns on Thursday's blockbuster trades, a title favorite continuing to underachieve and more from Week 11 in MLS:

SI.com: Avi Creditor: Saturday's landmark day, bad news for D.C. United, more Snapsupdated: Sun May 13 2012 00:42:00

Five thoughts and observations from a special Saturday in MLS ...

SI.com: Avi Creditor: Surprise wins for New York and Montreal, more MLS Snapsupdated: Sun May 06 2012 02:12:00

From stunning results in Los Angeles and Kansas City to what's becoming the norm in Toronto, here are five thoughts from Saturday's MLS action:

SI.com: Avi Creditor: Five thoughts from Saturday's MLS actionupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 00:49:00

From Sporting Kansas City's fifth win to Montreal's first, here are five thoughts from Saturday's MLS action:

David Beckham wants more MLS gloryupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 19:08:00

Soccer superstar David Beckham tells CNN's Paul Vercammen about his desire for more MLS success with LA Galaxy.

Beckham sets sights on champions LA Galaxy dominating Major League Soccer updated: Tue Mar 13 2012 19:08:00

David Beckham turns 37 later this year and wants to cap his stellar career by helping Los Angeles Galaxy become the dominant force in Major League Soccer.

SI.com: Avi Creditor: 2012 preseason MLS Power Rankingsupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 09:15:00

With the 2012 MLS season nearly upon us, it's time to look into our crystal ball and project the next nine months of action. What do we see? Despite plenty of non-playoff teams making vast roster improvements that should lead to as entertaining a season as the league has seen, expect more of the same in terms of final outcome in 2012:

SI.com: Steve Davis: MLS Western Conference previewupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 15:59:00

Just as it was last season, the MLS West appears to be the healthier of the two conferences, containing the past three MLS Cup champions:

Beckham: Out with a bang?updated: Thu Jan 19 2012 04:41:00

David Beckham claims his first MLS Cup to end his landmark five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

David Beckham signs for 2 more years with L.A. Galaxy updated: Thu Jan 19 2012 04:41:00

Soccer superstar David Beckham has re-signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy, extending his stay with the team for another two years, the Major League Soccer team announced Wednesday.

SI.com: Avi Creditor: MLS team needs entering the SuperDraftupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 10:53:00

Even though more and more Major League Soccer teams are going the route of finding young, affordable foreign talent or looking within their own academy systems to address needs and fill out their rosters, the MLS SuperDraft (Jan. 12, Noon ET) is still a tremendous resource for clubs to use to their advantage.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: L.A. Galaxy had always been confident of keeping hold of Beckhamupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 13:07:00

On Oct. 14, a few weeks before the Los Angeles Galaxy marched to the MLS Cup title, I sat down for a chat with Tim Leiweke, the president of AEG, which owns the Galaxy. Leiweke is the man who brought David Beckham to L.A., and the topic soon turned to whether Beckham would extend his expiring Galaxy contract or move on to a team in Europe. Leiweke is known for being a big talker on occasion -- this is a guy who predicted MLS would be a top-four "and hopefully top-two or -three" U.S. league by 2015 -- but even I was surprised by how confident he sounded that day.

Beckham yet to decide on Galaxy future after MLS triumphupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 13:12:00

Former England captain David Beckham insists he has yet to decide on his future after winning the Major League Soccer title for the first time on Sunday in what is expected to be his last game for Los Angeles Galaxy.

LA Galaxy wins MLS Cup in what may be Beckham's last game in U.S. Leagueupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 04:40:00

The Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in the Major League Soccer final Sunday, in what could be David Beckham's last significant game on U.S. soil.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Three postgame thoughts on L.A.-Houstonupdated: Sun Nov 20 2011 23:31:00

LOS ANGELES -- Three thoughts on the Los Angeles Galaxy's 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup final:

SI.com: Avi Creditor: L.A. vs. Houston play-by-play analysisupdated: Sun Nov 20 2011 20:26:00

Will this weekend's MLS Cup final at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. end in glory for David Beckham as his L.A. Galaxy take on massive underdogs, the Houston Dynamo.

Proud Beckham seeking his first MLS title in possible U.S. farewellupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 14:32:00

Five years after arriving in Los Angeles, superstar David Beckham is proud of the part he has played in developing American soccer.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Galaxy looking to establish legacyupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 14:03:00

LOS ANGELES -- It's a question worth posing: If the Los Angeles Galaxy win Sunday's MLS Cup final (9 p.m. ET, ESPN, Galavisión), should L.A. be considered the best team in MLS' 16-year history?

SI.com: Steve Davis: L.A heavily favored against Houston in MLS Cup finalupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 13:29:00

CARSON, Calif. -- David Beckham's potential MLS curtain call could also become the Los Angeles Galaxy's shining moment.

Galaxy beat Salt Lake to reach MLS Cupupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 10:35:00

Los Angeles Galaxy reached Major League Soccer's (MLS) championship match on Sunday after a 3-1 defeat of Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final.

Behind the scenes with David Beckhamupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 10:35:00

English footballer David Beckham talks about giving back and the run up to the London Olympics.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Thoughts on the MLS Cup playoffs ahead of Sunday's semifinalsupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 19:50:00

Five thoughts on the MLS Cup playoffs as we head into Sunday's league semis: Kansas City vs. Houston (5:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer) and Los Angeles-Salt Lake (9 p.m. ET, ESPN):

SI.com: Steve Davis: MLS playoffs first leg reviewupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 11:08:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things we learned from four weekend playoff matches:

SI.com: Grant Wahl: MLS' dream playoff matchup, top award candidates and more notesupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 18:05:00

It was only a year ago that MLS HQ execs rubbed their hands in glee that Los Angeles and New York were the top seeds in the MLS Cup playoffs and on a collision course to meet in a star-studded, TV-ratings-boosted MLS Cup final. Both teams spit the bit, though, failing to make the title game.

SI.com: Steve Davis: 2011 MLS playoffs previewupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 11:29:00

Playoffs begin quickly for teams in Major League Soccer's new wild-card round; the postseason opener is Wednesday. The favorites (Los Angeles foremost, followed closely by Seattle) join this weekend. Every side has Nov. 20 circled on the calendar, date of the MLS Cup final at the Home Depot Center outside Los Angeles. Here, then, is a team-by-team look at the 10 playoff qualifiers. (Listed in order of total points.)

SI.com: Grant Wahl: A committed Beckham enjoying by far his finest MLS season to dateupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 13:50:00

HARRISON, N.J. -- There was a cool moment at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night. In the second half of New York's 2-0 win against Los Angeles, David Beckham readied for a free kick near midfield by tossing the ball forward a couple yards. His old pal Thierry Henry noticed and pushed the ball back a few feet toward Beckham. Then Beckham got one of those sour, competitive looks on his face, the same look he probably flashed when he was eight years old.

SI.com: Steve Davis: MLS West the conference to beat; Rodgers' return saves Red Bullsupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 14:20:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things we learned from Week 27:

SI.com: Steve Davis: MLS Week 26 reviewupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 13:32:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things we learned from Week 26:

SI.com: Grant Wahl: MLS' Red Bulls looking to turn season around with win over Galaxyupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 13:56:00

In the summer of 1999, the editors of Sports Illustrated gave me one of those awkward, but secretly fun assignments: Spend some time with the fans and leaders of "the worst pro team in America," the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, and produce a story about it. Writing about a laughably bad sports franchise is like reading a well-done review of an awful movie. There's a guilty pleasure involved, and the MetroStars fans I spoke to didn't disappoint, showing the gallows humor of the long-suffering supporter who knew that someday all the pain would be worth it.

SI.com: Avi Creditor: Keane's sparkling debut, new life for Angel, more MLS Snap Judgmentsupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 01:22:00

From Robbie Keane's debut to the evolving playoff picture, here are five thoughts from this weekend's MLS action:

SI.com: Grant Wahl: L.A. the team to beat after landing Keane; more Mailbagupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 11:48:00

The 'Bag (soccer version) is back, and we'll start this week with a question from @WillEhrenfeld: "Will Robbie Keane be an effective scorer for L.A.? And does his addition make the Galaxy clear favorites going forward?"

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned in MLS Week 17updated: Mon Jul 11 2011 14:05:00

Five things we learned from Week 17:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Handing out midseason MLS awardsupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 17:06:00

Round 17 in Major League Soccer is under way, which means the league rounds the halfway point this weekend. That's a fine time to start tracking league awards. Clearly, lots can change between now and November, but here's how races are shaping up for now.

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned about MLS Week 15updated: Mon Jun 27 2011 15:49:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things we learned from Week 15:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned about MLS Week 13updated: Tue Jun 14 2011 12:42:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things you should know about Week 13:

SI.com: Avi Creditor: Galaxy extend reign over L.A.; Richards stings Dynamo; more Snapsupdated: Sun May 22 2011 01:56:00

From the highly anticipated SuperClasico to a case of déjà vu in Seattle, here are five thoughts from Saturday's MLS action ...

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned in MLS Week 8updated: Mon May 09 2011 17:26:00

Five things you should know about Week 8 in MLS:

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Los Angeles-New York kicks off MLS rivalry week; more Mailbagupdated: Thu May 05 2011 13:32:00

From a national perspective the next two Saturdays are big for MLS and ESPN television, which are pinning high expectations on a pair of marquee rivalry games: this Saturday's Los Angeles-New York showdown (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes) and the following Saturday's first MLS edition of the Seattle-Portland Flannel Hatefest (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes).

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned in MLS Week 7updated: Mon May 02 2011 15:41:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things you should know about Week 7:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned in MLS Week 4updated: Mon Apr 11 2011 16:17:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things you should know about Week 4:

SI.com: Avi Creditor: The 'flop' heard 'round the nation, Union revival, more MLS Snapsupdated: Sun Apr 10 2011 05:29:00

From Charlie Davies earning a late controversial penalty against Los Angeles to Philadelphia's victory over New York in a battle of Eastern Conference powers, here are five quick thoughts from Saturday's early MLS action:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned in MLS Week 2updated: Mon Mar 28 2011 16:13:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things you should know about Week 2:

SI.com: Steve Davis: MLS Western Conference previewupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 17:01:00

Just as was the case last season, the West in MLS appears to be the stronger of the two conferences. Not only does it contain the presence of the past two MLS Cup champions (Real Salt Lake in 2009 and Colorado in 2010), it also has the past two runner-ups in the Galaxy and FC Dallas. This season's addition of expansion franchises Portland and Vancouver add even more intrigue to the West as their heated Northwest soccer rivalry with Seattle will resume.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Beckham's commitment to MLS; other mailbag topicsupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 13:09:00

With the cancellation of Wednesday's friendly between the U.S. and Egypt in Cairo, it's an unplanned slow day in the world of American soccer. So let's open the mailbag and answer some of your questions:

SI.com: Avi Creditor: Akron's draft class potentially ranks among the all-time greatsupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 17:35:00

BALTIMORE -- The University of Akron's romp to the NCAA men's soccer national championship was just the first chapter in the legacy for coach Caleb Porter's 2010 squad. With a record seven players taken in the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, the 2010 Zips could potentially supply the strongest haul of talent by one college program in a single draft.

SI.com: Steve Davis: Beckham owes L.A. a commitmentupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 12:29:00

David Beckham has started just 16 MLS regular-season games for the Los Angeles Galaxy over the last two years. Chew on that for a bit, remembering that we are discussing Major League Soccer's highest salaried hotshot. Now set it aside; we'll get back to it in a minute.

SI.com: Steve Davis: Los Angeles, New England among winners in MLS re-entry; Portland, Chivas USA struggleupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 13:52:00

You know who plays for your favorite MLS team, right? Not so fast there; you might want to check that roster. And check it again tomorrow, too, because it just might have changed overnight.

SI.com: Avi Creditor: Five thoughts from MLS Re-entry Draft, Stage 2updated: Thu Dec 16 2010 10:02:00

After a rather inactive first stage of the Major League Soccer Re-entry Draft, front-office executives rolled up their sleeves and resumed wheeling-and-dealing season in lightning-quick fashion.

Beckham plays through pain as Galaxy loseupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 09:48:00

Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham suffered a groin injury on a miserable night for Bruce Arena's team, as they were beaten 3-0 by FC Dallas in Major League Soccer's (MLS) Western Conference final on Sunday.

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things to know about MLS Week 25updated: Fri Nov 12 2010 13:59:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things we learned from Week 25:

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Beckham finally delivering for L.A., other mailbag topicsupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 15:35:00

Lots to talk about in this week's 'Bag, so let's get it started ...

SI.com: Steve Davis: Upsets highlight first round of MLS playoffsupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 16:52:00

Five things we learned over two legs of the first round of the MLS playoffs:

SI.com: Tobias Lopez: Second-leg storylines for the MLS playoffsupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 16:55:00

The two-leg, aggregate-goal first round of the MLS playoffs continues this week after a 2-2 split between home-field wins and losses. Here's a look at the storylines for each series entering the second leg:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Defending champion RSL on the ropes; Galaxy impress on the roadupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 12:28:00

Know your MLS -- Five things we learned from the opening legs of the MLS playoff series:

SI.com: Steve Davis: MLS playoffs previewupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 18:27:00

Taking a look at the first round of the MLS playoffs, which begin this week:

Beckham leads Galaxy to Shield gloryupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 12:46:00

David Beckham is focused on reaching the MLS Cup final again after helping the Los Angeles Galaxy to claim the Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield for the third time in the American club's history.

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things to know about MLS Week 26updated: Mon Sep 27 2010 11:57:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things we learned from Week 26:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned in MLS Week 22updated: Mon Aug 30 2010 11:30:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 22:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned in MLS Week 20updated: Mon Aug 30 2010 09:47:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 20:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned in MLS Week 21updated: Mon Aug 23 2010 12:35:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 21:

SI.com: Tobias Lopez: MLS begins to mimic NASL flaws with competitive imbalance, rapid expansionupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 17:05:00

Pele isn't dancing at Studio 54. The Cosmos aren't the night-life kings of New York. But suddenly pro soccer is starting to look a lot like 1977, with Major League Soccer morphing into the NASL.

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned in MLS Week 18updated: Mon Aug 02 2010 10:16:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 18:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things to note about MLS Week 11updated: Mon Jun 07 2010 16:27:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 11:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned in MLS Week 10updated: Thu Jun 03 2010 01:44:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 10:

SI.com: Grant Wahl: New Afterword from The Beckham Experimentupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 15:14:00

When an excerpt from Grant Wahl's book, The Beckham Experiment, appeared in Sports Illustrated last year, it exposed a rift between David Beckham and Los Angeles Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan. In a new afterword for the paperback edition of the book, Wahl examines how Beckham and Donovan moved past the controversy.

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned about MLS Week 8updated: Tue May 18 2010 11:33:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 8:

SI.com: Steve Davis: D.C.'s woes increase in MLS Week 6updated: Mon May 03 2010 12:04:00

Know your MLS -- Five things to take away from Week 6

People.com: Victoria & David Beckham Not Ruling Out a Fourth Childupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 17:11:00

The Beckhams also say they love L.A. and aren't returning to England anytime soon

SI.com: Steve Davis: Buddle stays red-hot, center backs impresses in Week 4 of MLSupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 12:05:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 4:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Five things we learned from MLS Week 3updated: Tue Apr 13 2010 16:52:00

Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 3:

SI.com: Steve Davis: Toronto a good, albeit safe choice for the 2010 MLS Cupupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 12:22:00

The deciders around Major League Soccer started kicking around a bold plan a few months ago. They were in Seattle for the MLS Cup title match and were smitten by the buzz. This wasn't just strong Seattle coffee at work, either. The match and MLS soccer had a real presence in the city.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Rule change could see more stars land in MLSupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 16:30:00

Hoping that Thierry Henry joins the New York Red Bulls? Or that the Los Angeles Galaxy might add a third international star to go next to Landon Donovan and David Beckham? Friday's news in Major League Soccer made those possibilities more likely to happen.

SI.com: Steve Davis: MLS Western Conference previewupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 15:25:00

Don't let the Galaxy's loss of David Beckham to injury and Houston's pair of personnel defections fool you: The MLS West is slightly dented but hardly hobbled by these high-profile losses. In fact, the West may well be the stronger conference. Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles finished 2009 atop the heap. (RSL claimed the title over L.A. last November.) Seattle seems ready to build on its splendid expansion season, with no evidence of a sophomore slump on the radar. Dallas finished 2009 on a big upswing and Colorado appears to have its most solid core of personnel in years. Houston? Yeah, two huge figures are gone, but you short-sell the Dynamo at your own risk. So, who do you like to finish on top? Not so easy, is it?

SI.com: Soccer America: Is it time for MLS to reconsider its entire playoff system?updated: Tue Jan 05 2010 15:57:00

There's plenty on the MLS plate this January, with negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement slogging along and teams preparing for the MLS Player Combine that begins this weekend, and the SuperDraft to be hosted by expansion entry Philadelphia Jan. 14.

SI.com: Soccer America: No move may be best move for Donovan in Januaryupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 11:48:00

During MLS Cup week in Seattle, much off-field buzz swirled about a possible Landon Donovan move to Europe, as if the Los Angeles Galaxy captain heading overseas in January during the next European transfer window was not only a foregone conclusion, but the best thing he could do at this point in his career.

SI.com: Soccer America: Salt Lake full of cast-offs who became championsupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 12:24:00

No team wins an MLS Cup without players cast off, dropped or ignored by other teams, and the 2009 champions are no exception. Several important contributors to Real Salt Lake's MLS Cup title arrived in Utah from other teams, and controversy accompanied a few of them -- most notably captain Kyle Beckerman, who was swapped by Colorado for Mehdi Ballouchy in July '07, not long after Jason Kreis had taken over the coaching duties at RSL from John Ellinger.

Salt Lake beat L.A. Galaxy to MLS titleupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 06:09:00

Real Salt Lake sealed an upset win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night with a 5-4 penalty victory, after extra-time in the Major League Soccer Cup final that ended with the score at 1-1.

No trophy for Beckhamupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 06:09:00

Real Salt Lake win MLS Cup in a penalty shoot-out with Los Angeles Galaxy. CNN's Richard Roth reports

SI.com: Andrea Canales: Hard-working center backs keyed Galaxy turnaroundupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 04:24:00

CARSON, Calif. -- When the Los Angeles Galaxy needed a deciding goal last Friday to send them to a sixth MLS Cup final appearance, neither of the team's biggest stars -- David Beckham nor Landon Donovan -- scored the winner in overtime against Houston.

Chatting with David Beckhamupdated: Sun Nov 22 2009 15:37:00

Patrick Snell goes one-on-one with soccer star David Beckham ahead of the MLS Cup final.

Beckham pledges future to L.A. Galaxyupdated: Sun Nov 22 2009 15:37:00

David Beckham has pledged his future to the Los Angeles Galaxy and says that victory in Sunday's MLS Cup final against Real Salt Lake would rank alongside other career achievements such as winning the Champions League with Manchester United.

SI.com: Jonah Freedman: Plenty of intrigue heading into MLS Cup finalupdated: Sun Nov 22 2009 13:36:00

SEATTLE -- Still dubious David Beckham is making an impact in this country? More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for Sunday's MLS Cup final between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake at Qwest Field (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Galavisión), with another 2,000 made available late in the week. That would mark the biggest crowd for MLS' season-capper in seven years and the third-biggest ever for a game not featuring the local team.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Three burning questions heading into MLS Cup 2009updated: Fri Nov 20 2009 14:45:00

SEATTLE -- As the reborn Los Angeles Galaxy prepare to take on Real Salt Lake in the MLS Cup final on Sunday (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Galavisión), I can't help but think back to a scene in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 13, 2008.

'Controversy' helped Galaxy, says Beckhamupdated: Sun Nov 15 2009 16:49:00

David Beckham believes the furore that followed his return to the LA Galaxy from his loan spell with AC Milan earlier this year has galvanized the team.

Beckham withdraws from England squadupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 05:41:00

David Beckham's commitments with Los Angeles Galaxy have forced him to withdraw from the England squad to face Brazil in a friendly in Qatar.

SI.com: Luis Bueno: Chivas USA has chance for landmark win vs. Galaxyupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 18:29:00

Having ties to a rich and powerful foreign club seemed like a built-in advantage for Chivas USA. The ability to acquire and develop young Mexican talent and having strong financial backing seemed like a great opportunity for the Southern California-based team to build a powerhouse in a relatively short amount of time.

SI.com: Soccer America: Breaking down the Major League Soccer playoffsupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 18:49:00

With one playoff series underway (Houston and Seattle drew 0-0 Thursday night), we break down the remaining three series, all of which kick off this weekend:

SI.com: Luis Bueno: Columbus ready, but Seattle could be playoff surpriseupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 14:39:00

For just the second time in MLS history, a team won the Supporters' Shield while compiling less than 50 points during the regular season. Columbus' 13-7-10 record was good enough to lock down the league's best regular-season record, but such a mark doesn't exactly compare well to previous Supporters' Shield winners.

SI.com: Greg Lalas: MLS needs its Los Angeles derby to become more fierceupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 15:38:00

If you had told me before this past weekend that, of the six teams gunning for the final two MLS playoff spots, Real Salt Lake and New England would emerge as winners, I would've responded, "Yeah, and I have a date lined up with Keira Knightley on Tuesday."

SI.com: Andrea Canales: Playoff-bound Galaxy turn around fortunes as teamupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:50:00

CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy weren't celebrating Friday's big victory too much, perhaps taking a cue from their coach, Bruce Arena.

SI.com: Noah Davis: Every step counts as playoffs nearupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 13:00:00

Our weekly dose of Major League Soccer quick takes, plotlines to watch and Power Rankings.

Beckham hints at early exit from Galaxyupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 07:45:00

David Beckham has hinted for the first time that he may not see out his lucrative five-year contract with American MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: With and without Beckham, Galaxy have become a forceupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 15:01:00

"I would like to think that I can be up there with the best players [in MLS], but who knows? ... That's what I'll be hoping for: not just to be the best player in the league, but to be one of the best teams in the league." -- David Beckham, May 2007

SI.com: Noah Davis: Suddenly, L.A. Galaxy look like an MLS Cup contenderupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 13:28:00

Our weekly dose of Major League Soccer quick takes, plotlines to watch and Power Rankings.

Beckham sent off as Galaxy woes continueupdated: Sun Aug 16 2009 08:23:00

David Beckham's time at the Los Angeles Galaxy continues to grow sour as he was sent off in Saturday's 2-0 Major League Soccer defeat to Seattle Sounders.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: What's next in his Galaxy comeback is up to Beckhamupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 15:00:00

The day was Oct. 23, 2008. Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was sitting across from me as we ate lunch at Petros, a yuppified Greek restaurant in Manhattan Beach, Calif. With the cold-blooded confidence of a man who knew exactly what he was saying, Donovan was in the midst of calmly eviscerating his teammate, David Beckham, for what Donovan saw as Beckham's lack of leadership and commitment at the end of the 2008 MLS season.

Beckham: 'I'm committed to Galaxy and England'updated: Thu Jul 16 2009 14:31:00

David Beckham says he is still fully committed to the Los Angeles Galaxy but will not give up on his dream of playing for England in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

SI.com: Andrea Canales: Can 'The Beckham Experiment' 2.0 actually work?updated: Tue Jul 14 2009 12:13:00

CARSON, Calif. -- Depending on your criteria, this is the second or third attempt to fit David Beckham into a club and league where, for two years, success has eluded everyone involved. The puzzle has proved more complicated than anyone -- perhaps most of all, Beckham himself -- ever expected. Can it finally work?

SI.com: Soccer America: Winning is the only cure for the Galaxy soap operaupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 18:09:00

Monday was the first day David Beckham trained with the Los Angeles Galaxy since leaving on his self-created, long-term loan deal to AC Milan, and already he's playing the victim.

SI.com: Norman Chad: Beckham's time with Galaxy was ultimately a scamupdated: Sun Jul 12 2009 15:48:00

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