Tuesday Kicks: December Club America exhibition in Carson scheduled & more

*Well, they had to find some way to generate a little cash over the holidays now that InterLiga has gone the way of the dodo, I guess.

It’s being called “a new tradition of playing a holiday friendly at Home Depot Center prior to the start of the Mexican club soccer season” for Club America. Which is a way better title (but a bit less honest) than calling it a “new winter tradition of extracting as much cash from the local soccer public for a meaningless game as we can.”

Tickets starting at $20 go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 for the game against the Guatemalan national team set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. Former Galaxy striker Carlos Ruiz is expected to play for the Central American nation.

It’s the 11th time Club America has played in Carson in just seven years. It’s Guatemala’s sixth match at the HDC. Wow, that’s more games than Chivas USA showed up for this year at the same stadium.

*And here’s something else to look forward to: the inaugural MLS Re-Entry Draft.

*The Galaxy’s Juninho and Donovan Ricketts are up for MLS Goal of the Year and Save of the Year, respectively.

*Meanwhile, eat this up: Food Network show “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills” will prepare an “international themed menu” (and hopefully they’ll get to eat it, too) for Galaxy Assistant Coach Cobi Jones and players Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzlez, Dema Kovalenko, Tristan Bowen, Edson Buddle and Mike Magee on tonight’s episode, which airs at 9 o’clock.

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