Back from a week-long vacation and not much has changed in the world of soccer.
The Galaxy were turfed from the U.S. Cup (again), likely much to the relief of coach Bruce Arena, who has much bigger issues to deal with considering the team still has holes in the middle of its defense and now Edson Buddle, who wasn’t scoring anyway, is sidelined with injury.
Chivas USA, meanwhile, continue on their winning way raising the possibility that the U.S. Open Cup trophy could find its way to Southern California.
And Euro 2008 looms Friday on one side of the pond while the U.S. begins World Cup qualifying Friday (let’s hope that’s more gripping than a scoreless tie with Canada).
So what did I miss?
*The Galaxy have been drawn into Group 5 of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. They will be joined by Isidro Metapan of El Salvador, the Salvadorian 2011 Apertura Champion, and the third place team from the upcoming Caribbean Football Union Club Championship.
That’s either the the Puerto Rico Islanders, Antigua Barracuda FC, Caledonia AIA of Trinidad & Tobago or W Connection of Trinidad & Tobago. Three of those four teams will qualify for the Group Stage, with the Galaxy taking on the club that finishes in third place.
The group stage begins July 31. More here.
*A new soccer website unveiled this week by the Harbor Gateway-based AYSO aimed at kids. Click here.