Prior to Sunday’s Galaxy home opener against the Chicago Fire, the players received their 2012 MLS Cup championship rings. Watch the festivities and hear from Galaxy defenders Sean Franklin and Todd Dunivant after getting their second ring in two years.
2012 MLS Cup Championship Ring Ceremony (by TheLAGalaxy)
On Monday night, @lagalaxy players Landon Donovan, Sean Franklin & Rafael Garcia joined nearly 40 other MLS players and various male and female U.S Soccer legends for#SoccerNightInNewtown to help bring smiles to many families in Newtown, CT, a town ravaged by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December.#soccernightinnewtown
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Three LA Galaxy players took part in “Soccer Night in Newtown” on Monday in an event spearheaded by Houston Dynamo President Chris Canetti as a way to help out those members of the Newton community who were deeply affected by the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementry in December.
LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, right back Sean Franklin and midfielder Rafael Garcia were among the dozens of MLS and former U.S. soccer players who took part in the event which allowed Newton residents to meet the soccer players and participate in small sided soccer games, among other activities.
“To be able to put smiles on the families and kids faces again in Newtown, it’s truly special. This is a community that experienced a terrible tragedy, but for one day we get to help them turn away from that and focus on something fun and positive,” Franklin said in a statement. “It makes me feel honored and privileged to be a part of impacting these lives.”
We’ll have more on their participation in the event after its conclusion.
The tragic school shooting in Newton, Conn. affected the United States and the World, and on Jan. 7, three LA Galaxy players including captain Landon Donovan are joining a group of American soccer stars to do their part to bring some joy to those who have suffered so much.
Landon Donovan, Sean Franklin and Rafael Garcia have joined Houston Dynamo President — and Connecticut native — Chris Canetti’s “Soccer Night in Newtown,” an event open only to the townspeople of Newtown and the Newton Youth Soccer Club. Newton residents will be able to meet the players and play in small sided games with the soccer stars.
Also joining the three representatives of the Galaxy are 27 other MLS players as well as male and female U.S. national team stars.