The Week Ahead: CONCACAF Champions League, College Season Opens & More

Too much soccer? Find it difficult to keep track? Me too.

Here’s a cheat sheet:
Tuesday – The preliminary rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League, including Chivas USA playing in Panama, get under way in earnest. I’ll have more in the morning both in my column and here. Four hours of live TV beckon for the hard-core.

Thursday – Cal State Dominguez Hills opens its season with a doubleheader, the women playing Grand Canyon at 4:30 p.m. and the men following at 7 p.m. at the Track & Field Stadium at Home Depot Center.

Friday – The women’s college season got under way last weekend and now the men crank up again as well highlighted by a nationally televised (Fox Soccer Channel) No. 14 UCLA verses No. 8 Maryland encounter from Home Depot Center. (General admission tickets are $10 adults, $5 youth, while parking is free, BTW).

Palos Verdes Estates resident and Bruin playmaker Kyle Nakazawa has agreed to blog for 100 Percent Soccer again this year so hopefully we can coax a column out of him before the game. I plan to blog from the game.

Saturday – New Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena takes a second stab at moving the Galaxy toward the playoffs in a 4:30 p.m. game (live on Prime) in New England. Meanwhile, Toronto visits Chivas USA at 7:30 p.m. in Carson. I’ll blog.

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