Monday Wrap

Tuesday’s column will have a preview of the final World Cup warm-up game for the U.S. women set for Saturday in Carson.

Meanwhile, here’s a (belated) look at some of Monday’s local soccer headlines.

And Then There Were Nine

The Galaxy lost defender Ante Jazic to a right ankle sprain Saturday in the 17th minute of the loss in New York.

That means nine of the 25 players on the clubs roster are on the injury list for Thursday’s SuperClassico against Chivas USA:
Out Chris Albright (R-Hamstring), Kelly Gray (R-Calf), Ante Jazic (R-Ankle).
Questionable David Beckham (L-Ankle), Cobi Jones (R-Hip), Quavas Kirk (L-Foot), Troy Roberts (R-Ankle), Kyle Veris (R-Hip), Abel Xavier (L-Knee).

The Galaxy have lost 140 “man games” to injury in all competitions, with six players missing 10 games or more already this season.

Toros at Sweet 16

The Cal State Dominguez Hills Mens Team, begins the defense of its unprecedented seventh California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) title, with a National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas No. 16 pre-season ranking.

CSUDH won their fifth championship in eight years last season with a 15-7-1 record.

The Toros were the highest-ranking CCAA school chosen in the NSCAA/adidas poll and were joined by Cal State L.A. at No. 17.

CSUDH kicks off its regular season at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Toro Stadium against Concordia.

Tajikistan beats U.S. at U-17 World Cup

Tajikstan twice rallied from one-goal deficits to beat the U.S. 4-3 in the opening Group E game today at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea. The winner came four minutes from time.

It was disappointing for us, because we know we let a lead slip away, said U.S. Coach John Hackworth. We didnt manage the match very well at the end, and I think we played a little bit too defensively and too conservatively. Its not over. There are still six points out there, we still have two more games left to try and advance out of this group.

The U.S. started the match without leading scorer Ellis McLoughlin (strep throat).

Next up: Group E leaders Tunisia at 12:45 a.m. Thursday on ESPN2 and ESPNU.

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group columnist and blogger Nick Green writes about soccer at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!