MLS Monday Rewind: USMNT sensation Jordan Morris on U.S. roster for U-23 clash against Mexico Wednesday in Carson, last-gasp Galaxy win and more

morrisMagic Morris: After scoring the winner on his USMNT debut against Mexico, Jordan Morris will attempt to repeat the feat Wednesday in Carson for the U-23 team (AP Photo)

In a move that should add a twist of intrigue to Wednesday’s U-23 pre-Olympic qualifying tune-up in Carson against Mexico, USMNT and Stanford star Jordan Morris was named to the roster Monday along with the Galaxy’s Jose Villarreal and Oscar Sorto.

Morris scored the first goal in the 2-0 U.S. win over Mexico last week of course:

Goalkeepers: Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Jon Kempin (San Antonio Scorpions; Leawood, Kan.); defenders: Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; Lawrenceville, Ga.); midfielders: Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove,), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.); forwards: Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma Shams (Unattached; Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood.)

Tickets are still available; the game is also live at 8 p.m. on UniMas.

Gonzalez shakes a leg

MLS beat writer Phil Collin watched the Galaxy stretch their home unbeaten streak to 25 games Saturday with a lucky last-minute winner by Omar Gonzalez with virtually the last kick of the game.

Next for the Galaxy: at New York Sunday against the Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls, the only remaining undefeated team in MLS this season. The Red Bulls beat the San Jose Earthquakes over the weekend.

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MLS Preview: LA Galaxy (2-2-2) face Sporting Kansas City (2-1-3) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson

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Galaxy beat writer Phil Collin has the gameday preview. Will Robbie Keane returm to lead the LA front line? Read more here.

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Weekend EPL and FA Cup Preview: First-place Chelsea play third-place Manchester United at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN

Reading and Arsenal play at 9 a.m. Saturday on Fox, while Aston Villa and Liverpool clash in the other FA Cup semifinal at 7 a.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1.

A complete guide to all the EPL fixtures this weekend is here.

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Hermosa Beach resident and USWNT star Abby Wambach named to 25th annual Time 100

wambachTimeless Performer: Hermosa Beach resident Abby Wambach was named to the Time magazine list of the world’s 100 most influential people (Associated Press Photo).

See the complete Time 100 here.

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Are the LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City set to test the patience of fans Saturday at StubHub Center?

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It would sure seem that way.

Galaxy coach Bruce arena and his players have sounded more than a bit like a broken record already in this MLS season with comments after games along the lines of “it wasn’t pretty, but….”

On Saturday the Galaxy will welcome Sporting Kansas City to StubHub Center, a visiting team that combined with Real Salt lake last weekend to register just one shot on goal in a 0-0 stalemate.

Ugh!

No wonder the Galaxy are offering half price off tickets to the game.

Check out how Sporting Kansas City fared in their last outing:

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LA Galaxy to participate in International Champions Cup and will reportedly play Barcelona at the Rose Bowl this summer

iccIf you enjoyed watching Manchester United rip the Galaxy apart 7-0 last year then you’re in luck: the next club to victimize LA will reportedly be Barcelona at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 1, according to The Washington Post.

The game would be part of the grandiosely named 2015 International Champions Cup North America, a third annual tournament that this year pits Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Porto, Club América, Fiorentina, the New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes against each other.

Holding the Barcelona game Aug. 1 would force MLS to move the previously scheduled game that day in Colorado against the Rapids, but hey, who cares about the sanctity of the league schedule when you’ve got a meaningless money-spinning friendly to gouge fans with instead?

“This is the most storied and successful club in MLS and competing in this tournament gives our fans an opportunity to see the Galaxy face the most successful clubs from other leagues around the world,” said Galaxy President Chris Klein, apparently with a straight face as he anticipated the cash influx um, game. “We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing global soccer to Southern California this summer.”

All 17 games will be aired on Fox Sports 1 and 2.

How delusional are the organizers of this rubbish?

“Through our tournament and commitment to putting the best product and teams on the pitch, we will continue to grow soccer both domestically and abroad,” said David Tyler, CEO of (Ir)Relevent Sports.”

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