Another sports writer who would occasionally cover soccer has been ousted in the latest round of media cuts at the LA News Group, the Singleton-owned conglomerate that has been axing so many jobs lately. Paul Oberjuerge didn't come to many games in Los Angeles - he's based out in the Inland Empire. He covered the Galaxy at times, though, mostly for one player in particular. No, not David Beckham. Landon Donovan is an IE native who grew up in Redlands. Paul, writing for the San Bernardino Sun, may have been the first sports reporter who covered Landon regularly. He'd check in on Landon now and again as the soccer star's career progressed.
No one who replaces Paul can hope to replicate the connection he had established through the years with Landon, so even if the paper bothers to send someone to cover a soccer match, the insider perspective Paul was able to get will be gone forever.