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Reigning MLS Champion LA Galaxy Visit President Obama at the White House

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 26:  U.S. President Barack Obama (C) bounces a soccer ball on his head while hosting a ceremony honoring players and coaches from the National Hockey League Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings and the Major League Soccer champions Los Angeles Galaxy in the East Room of the White House March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. After the White House honors both California teams, players will participate in a question-and-answer panel with Sam Kass, Assistant White House Chef and Executive Director of first lady Michelle Obama's health program 'Let's Move!'  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2013

President Obama may be best known to sports fans for his love of basketball—and for, you know, being the President of the United States—but he showed off his soccer skills on Tuesday when the MLS Cup-winning LA Galaxy visited the White House.

As Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times tweeted, the President wasn't afraid to use his head at the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse tweeted this photo the President awaiting a ball heading his way.

He's totally going to trap that sucker. 

And political blogger Jeff Gauvin snapped the President sharing a laugh with the Galaxy and posing for a photograph with Landon Donovan and David Beckham.

The Galaxy made the trip to the White House for the second straight season after once again defeating the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup. It was the Galaxy's fourth MLS championship.

The Associated Press (via USA Todayposted a video of President Obama's header, which also included the President noting, "That's a lucky number," when presented with a  No. 44 jersey from the Los Angeles Kings, who were also visiting the White House after winning this year's Stanley Cup.

The United States travels to Estadio Azteca to face Mexico City on Tuesday night in a crucial World Cup qualifying game for both countries. Given the President's heading skills, perhaps he can make the trip to Mexico City.

 

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