An artists’s conception of the proposed City of Industry NFL stadium that could now also host soccer games (AP Photos).
*Had to smile when I saw this item today:
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The developers planning an NFL stadium near Los Angeles are tweaking their design to lure World Cup soccer matches.
Architect Dan Meis told The Associated Press that he adjusted his plans for the stadium in the city of Industry to incorporate field measurements and bleacher configurations based on guidelines from World Cup organizer FIFA.
“Because we’re building a new stadium, we could incorporate anything FIFA could want,” said Meis, who has designed sports arenas in North America, Europe and Asia.
Los Angeles is among the 12 host cities that would vie for matches if FIFA’s executive committee votes in December to give the 2018 or 2022 games to the United States.
Developer Majestic Realty has permission to build a planned 75,000-seat stadium about 15 miles east of Los Angeles, but has yet to secure a team.
Despite this graphic, I’ll be amazed if the U.S. gets the tournament in 2018 (2022 is more likely) and even more amazed if Landon Donovan (if that’s what the name on the back of the player’s jersey above is inferring) is still playing for the USMNT.
Staples Center-owner AEG has said it’s considering a separate proposal for an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles.
Frankly, given the decrepit Coliseum and aging and inconvenient Rose Bowl it’s surprising developers had only belatedly thought this could be a good idea.
Of course, politically AEG will always have the inside track given their worldwide and lengthy involvement in the sport, but a little competition never hurts.
*The U.S. Men’s National Team plays its second game in four days Tuesday in Philadelphia against Colombia (5 p.m. ESPN2 and Galavision).
Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo returned to their clubs in France and Germany respectively following Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Poland. The FC Dallas duo of Heath Pearce and Brek Shea are their replacements.
Jermaine Jones, perhaps the biggest reason to watch Saturday’s generally tepid game and the best U.S. player on the night in my opinion, has stuck around to perhaps make a second appearance with the USMNT.
Midfielder Michael Bradley is expected to collect his 50th cap Tuesday at the age of just 23.
*Sunday’s college scores:
The UCLA women lost 2-0 to top-ranked Stanford falling to 8-4-1 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10.
*The Loyola Marymount men (8-3-1, 4-0-0 WCC) scored three first-half goals then hung on for a 3-2 victory No. 25-ranked Portland in a meeting between the top two West Coast Conference team at Sullivan Field.
*Three second half goals in the span of 13 minutes gave the Cal State Dominguez Hills men (8-2-2) a 3-0 win over visiting Cal State East Bay at Home Depot Center.
*Junior Jessica Murphy (West Torrance High) had her second two-goal game of the year as the Cal State Dominguez Hills women (8-3-1) beat Cal State East Bay, 3-1, in Carson.