GALAXY: Saunders OK'd for White House

Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who is away from the team while in Major League Soccer's substance-abuse program, has been given permission to join his teammates for Tuesday's visit to the White House, the club said in a statement Monday.

Saunders, 31, went into MLS's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program April 27 and has missed the Galaxy's last four games. The club on Sunday confirmed that he was in the program and would be out indefinitely.

The Galaxy's statement Monday reads: “With the approval of the club, MLS and the medical professionals who are in charge of the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program, Josh will be in attendance, along with a representative from the program, for the club’s White House visit on Tuesday before returning to the program that night.”

President Obama will celebrate the Galaxy's MLS Cup title, earned last November, with an assembly on the White House's South Lawn, and the team will then join first lady Michelle Obama for a children's clinic.