Friday Kicks: Earthquakes sign LMU’s Baca & more

*The San Jose Earthquakes announced today they have signed former Loyola Marymount University midfielder Rafael Baca of Lawndale who has trained with the club since mid-February.

The native of Mexico appeared in three games for the club’s reserves, starting two of them.

Baca scored 19 goals for LMU.

Baca attended Amino Leadership High School in Inglewood where he scored 58 goals.

*Real Madrid announced its rosters for the July 16 game against the Galaxy at the Coliseum and the July 20 match in San Diego against CD Guadalajara. Both are pretty much the same as the previously announced roster for the July 23 game against Philadelphia, which I had previously blogged here.

The LA roster also includes left back Fabio Coentrao who signed from Benfica on a six-year contract earlier this week for $43.4 million.

As they did last year, when Real Madrid played at the Rose Bowl, the club will open practices to the public at UCLA next Wednesday through Friday.

Incidentally, the marketing mavens selling the San Diego game said today that ticket sales are “lagging” and that might be a good option for LA fans, too.

Why? One word: Carmageddon.

The Galaxy have a web page of transportation tips, too.

I have a better solution though: The Galaxy announced today the game will be shown live on ESPN (as will the July 24 game against Manchester City at Home Depot Center).

*MLS will announce the XI of all-star team selected by fans at the half of the 1 p.m. Seattle-Sounders-PortlandTimbers game on ESPN

The MLS All-Star First XI, as selected by fans, is set to be announced on ESPN at halftime of this Sunday’s Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC game, which starts at 4 p.m. ET. The MLS All-Star game against Manchester United is set for July 27.


Apparently not content with getting spanked by Mexico in Pasadena in the Gold Cup final, the U.S. will play their regional rivals at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 in Philadelphia live on ESPN@ and Univision, U.S. Soccer announced this afternoon.

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  • Maybe Sunil is hoping the men’s team will ship another four goals to Mexico, providing him with an excuse to fire Skeletor. (Of course, the risk is Skeletor might manage a draw, providing him with a further three years of USSF largesse.)