LA begins MLS Cup defense minus Donovan

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Landon Donovan is gone, this time apparently for good. Steven Gerrard is on his way, but won't arrive for four months.

When the LA Galaxy begin defense of their third MLS Cup title in four seasons Friday night, that gap between their former and future scoring stars is just one challenge in a season full of obstacles.

A team with less experience in such high-stakes endeavors would be understandably worried. The star-studded Galaxy have done it all before, and they've emerged with more trophies and rings than any franchise in MLS history.

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