*New as in new and improved rather than newly-created, but given that players from throughout Southern California come to play at North Torrance’s Columbia Park the five figure donation from two soccer organizations will benefit thousands of people. Full details here.
*The Galaxy scored seven goals in a scrimmage Friday afternoon.
*A contrite sounding MLS will finally get around to releasing the schedule for the season on Thursday.
“We recognize that the timing of [the schedule's] release has caused some inconvenience and we appreciate our fans’ continued patience,” the league said in a statement Friday.
The season opener – set for Tuesday, March 15, when the Galaxy visit Seattle – is just over a month away.
*The UCLA women’s program has unveiled a “monumental” recruiting class of 11 players including 10 with appearances for various U.S. national teams.
The stand-out: midfielder Samantha Mewis of Hanson, Mass., the national high school player of the year.
Locals include defender Ally Courtnall of Westlake Village (Oaks Christian High), defender Torey Markowitz of Mission Viejo (Tesoro High), forward Kylie McCarthy of Rancho Santa Fe (Torrey Pines High) and forward Courtney Proctor of Santa Clarita who was home schooled and plays for Slammers FC.
Complete details here.
*Finally, the Chelsea-Liverpool game is tied 0-0 at the half as I write this. How Liverpool managed to avoid taking the lead is um, super amazing. The game is on Fox Soccer Channel.