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President Obama congratulates L.A. Galaxy on MLS championship

November 29, 2011 |  5:32 pm

It has become commonplace for the president to place a congratulatory phone call to professional and college teams when they win a national championship. But apparently it took the first soccer dad in chief a little while longer to get around to calling the Galaxy after the team's 1-0 win over Houston in Major League Soccer's final Nov. 20.

But better later than never.

President Barack Obama spoke Tuesday with Coach Bruce Arena, whose team is on an Asia-Pacific tour, congratulating him on his third MLS title and inviting the team to the White House, according to the president's press secretary. Obama, who played soccer as a boy in Indonesia, also told Arena that the Galaxy's success inspired many young soccer players, including the president's own daughters, Sasha and Malia, who play the sport.


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Photo: Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena celebrates after defeating the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup final on Nov. 20 at the Home Depot Center. Victor Decolongon / Getty Images