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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  • kingsnake

    Re-entry draft. Internationals. Allocations. Discoveries. Conditionals. Yadda yadda yadda. And all combinations and permutations thereof. seriously, MLS. How about letting clubs sign who they want, and who wants to sign with them as long as it is within that incredibly elastic “salary cap” …


    No word on the standard Team USA January friendly at HDC?

  • Haven’t heard yet. If we remain true to form it will be Finland. Or Russia. Or some other country with a winter break.

  • Studs Up

    I thought Chile was coming over.

  • 73Bruin


    I would expect even a mediocre soccer reporter to be able to read the 2009 MLS table (you can still find it on either Wikipedia or ESPN. Both show the Galaxy with 12 Wins, 6 Losses and 12 Ties for a total of 48 points. By my 3rd grade math they had twice as many wins as losses. Combining this winning record with the fact that they finished ahead of 13 other teams and behind only one pretty much excludes the Galaxy’s 2009 record from reasonably being called medicore.

    I don’t care if Bruce said he was shocked that the Galaxy succeeded in the playoffs, by their record they should have been expected to get exactly as far as they did. If there was a surprise, it was that a truely mediocre Real Salt Lake team, with more losses than wins in 2009, went to the Eastern conference and won that conference’s playoffs and then beat the Galaxy 5-4 in penalties.

  • I, of course, meant to say draws. And I stand by my statement. Any team that has as many ties as wins has a mediocre record. Especially in what was a mediocre league last year. Comparing mediocrity with other mediocrity doesn’t make something good.

    And leaving statistics aside, did you actually watch the Galaxy at all last year before coming to your conclusion?