Friday Football Relegation Roadtrip

Regular readers will have noticed I’ve cut back on the blogging this week with the beginning of a two-week-long driving vacation looming Sunday that is little more than an excuse to tour West Coast microbreweries to visit some friends (ahem).

That will include blogging trips to Salt Lake City and Seattle for the Galaxy games in those cities this Wednesday and the following Sunday. Before and after are quick visits to the likes of Vegas, Eugene, Ore., and Yosemite National Park.

So with another busy day ahead at work as I get ready for the trip I’ll keep this weekend preview short.

But frankly, I’m more concerned Sunday with events in England where my hometown Norwich City faces relegation to the third tier of English football for the first time in more than 50 years. For those two of you wondering what I’m blathering about: City must win at Charlton on Sunday and Barnsley must lose at Plymouth.

More on the unfolding disaster.

MLS-leading Chivas USA (5-1-1), who play in the Bay Area Saturday against the Earthquakes (1-3-2), will no doubt be hoping former Norwich (and current San Jose) striker Darren Huckerby is similarly distracted. The undefeated Sol are also on the road this weekend, facing the Breakers in Boston.

The winless Galaxy (0-1-4) take on the (1-4-2) Red Bulls Saturday at Home Depot Center. Against my better judgment (considering the records of these two teams so far) I will blog from the game. At least there will be fish and chips.

Also this weekend the fourth division of U.S. soccer – the Premier Development League – cranks up with the Hollywood United Hitmen replacing the now defunct San Fernando Valley Quakes locally.

BTW, fans in Ventura can see this Everton prospect in action.

And here’s an update on former Chivas USA and Hollywood United player Matt Taylor.

Lastly, did you know Norwich City’s anthem is the oldest football song in the world? You do now.

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes 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!
  • http://www.ericpz.com ericpz.myopenid.com

    My Name is Edward Ebenezer Jeremiah Brown,
    I’m a Football Supporter of…

    Sorry, it’s your blog, I’ll be nice.

    Honestly, I hope your boys can find the miracle they need (btw, check your link to the Pink’un) as having our only derby match vs. Posh just isn’t the same.

    You are a glutton for punishment though…as if Delia’s boys aren’t bad enough but traveling around to follow LA right now? At least Vegas and Yosemite should be fun. Drive save.

    Nick replies: Thanks, PZ. Your words are appreciated (especially coming from an Ipswich Town fan). Had this trip in the works long before the Galaxy’s stumbling start. One of the main goals was to see the new stadiums in Sandy and Seattle; I’m likely to try and look past what is happening on the field. The link to the Pink ‘Un works for me, BTW.

  • Studs Up

    Sick minds think alike. I had just about the same trip planned (LA-Salt Lake-SEA-LA) but had to cancel because of a family emergency. Ticketmaster actually refunded all my tickets. Enjoy it for both of us. Make sure you write about the “march to the stadium” experience in Seattle.

    Will you dare to wear a Galaxy shirt or will you be hiding behind the press badge?

    Nick replies: Too bad. Would have been fun to share a beer somewhere along the way. And, yes, the march from Pioneer Square to the nearby stadium is on my list of things to experience. And yeah, no Galaxy shirt for me as I blog from the press box; a Norwich City one, maybe.

  • CP Fan

    Congratulations to Anton Peterlin, Cal Poly SLO Captain, for signing with Everton! I am so excited for him. Good luck, Anton!!

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Nick, do you have any idea when that picture was taken? I’m guessing between 1905-1914. It’s an excellent example of what the crowds had to experience: standing on terraces, no all-seater stadia. I assume the fans in the first deck had seats? I’m also assuming that the picture is Norwich City’s home ground?

    Nick replies: Yes, that was Norwich City’s first ever-stadium known as The Nest; the Wikipedia entry for it notes it was in use “for 27 years between 1908 and 1935.” It was a former quarry and was infamous for the crowds that used to cram into it.

  • PocketKings

    Nick…
    Give a report of the microbreweries.

    I will be making a similar trip later.

    Nick replies: You can count on it. Cheers!