Friday Kicks: Palos Verdes Estates’ Press presses claim for national title, USWNT callup (& more)

*The nation’s leading scorer, South Bay native Christen Press, leads Stanford against Boston College (3:30 p.m. ESPNU), while the other NCAA semifinal, Ohio State-Notre Dame, precedes the game at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. The final is 9 a.m. Sunday on ESPN2.

More on the goal scoring exploits of Press from our sister newspaper the San Jose Mercury News is here.

*Meanwhile, the UCLA men’s team is preparing to face top-ranked and undefeated Louisville Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in a game the Bruins weren’t wasn’t expected to play in anyway in a supposed rebuilding year

*The Galaxy announced today that retired midfielder Chris Klein, 34, has been named the club’s senior director of its Academy Program and Special Projects.

The 12-year MLS veteran “will be responsible for overseeing the long-term financial and technical plan for the Academy, while building a strong presence in the local soccer community. Klein will also be in charge of developing and improving the Academy’s training facilities and programs, coaching staff and recruitment program,” the club said.

It’s an excellent move by the Galaxy, holding onto a classy player and person who sets an example for young players with his work rate and total professionalism.

“I am thankful and honored to be able to remain with the Galaxy and AEG in this new and exciting role,” Klein said. “With the league making great strides in the field of youth development, we all feel that it is essential to have a structure in place to help grow our Academy, not just in the present, but into the future as well. The long term strength of our club will be predicated by the success of our Academy and I am grateful to be able to be a part of that and to be able to help shape the future of this great club.”

*Lastly, plenty of big games this weekend including a U.S. Men’s Under-17 game at 4 p.m. today on Fox Soccer Channel against Brazil (there’s another at 4 p.m. Sunday against Turkey on FSC) and a Saturday morning lineup of Chelsea-Everton (6:55 a.m. ESPN2), Arsenal-Fulham (7 a.m. FSC) and Blackpool-Manchester United (9:30 a.m. FSC).

Click to top right for the complete, exhaustive, detailed, definitive roundup of all the weekend’s games I’m way too lazy to list.

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  • Ben

    simply awesome news and I couldn’t agree more with that.

    “It’s an excellent move by the Galaxy, holding onto a classy player and person who sets an example for young players with his work rate and total professionalism.”