Friday Football: Bruins, Klinsmann and Chivas USA

The top-seeded UCLA women (18-1-2) and fourth-seeded Virginia (13-3-6) meet at 6 o’clock tonight at Drake Stadium to battle for a spot in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

A preview is here.

Tickets for the game are $10 for adults and $8 for youths and students.

Meanwhile, Franz Beckenbauer is talking up Orange County resident and one-time Galaxy advisor Jurgen Klinsmann for the now-vacant England coaching job.

Finally, Chivas USA has announced a Dec. 2 benefit game in Orange County for victims of the devastating floods in Mexico against a team that includes former Galaxy stars Carlos Hermosillo and Luis Hernandez.

From the (edited) Chivas USA press release:

After finishing atop Major League Soccers Western Conference with a 15-7-8 regular-season record, Chivas USA will close out 2007 in style, as it plays for the very first time in the city of Santa Ana, Calif., against a team of Mexican Soccer Legends featuring Carlos Hermosillo, Luis Hernndez, Alberto Garca Aspe, Jose Manuel Chepo de la Torre and many other Mexican futbol stars in a special benefit match at Santa Ana Stadium next Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets, costing $20 for adults and $15 for kids go on sale at noon Monday via Ticketmaster or by calling 1-877-CHIVAS-1.

All proceeds from next Sundays Chivas USA vs. Mexican Soccer Legends match will go to victims of recent flooding in the southeastern Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas, which has destroyed countless homes and prompted the evacuation of over a million inhabitants. In turn, Banamexs disaster relief fund will match dollar-for-dollar all monies collected by Chivas USA during the match.

This will be Chivas USAs second benefit match in two weeks dedicated to the residents of Tabasco and Chiapas, but the first in the United States; on Nov. 17, Chivas USA faced parent club Chivas de Guadalajara in an historic Tabasco and Chiapas relief match at Guadalajaras Estadio Jalisco.

Chivas USAs opponent, an all-star team of Mexican Soccer Legends, includes key stars from the Mexican National Team and the Mexican First Division during the last 10 years.

Confirmed particpants include Carlos Hermosillo, Luis Hernndez, Manuel Negrete, Jose Manuel Chepo de la Torre, Adolfo Ros, Adrin Chvez, Alberto Garca Aspe, Alfredo Tena, Martn Ziga, Daniel Osorno, Jess Ramrez, Jos Luis Salgado and Joaqun del Olmo.

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