Magic 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.
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.
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.”
No real surprises. Veteran Shannon Boxx — a long-time Torrance resident and South High alumnus — is not from Redondo Beach where she lived just briefly, but local representation includes Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills Estates.