Tuesday Kicks: Gold Cup, Galaxy & more

If you could do with a soccer update after the long holiday weekend, you came to the right place.

Here’s what you need to know to get caught up: The U.S. (and presumably Landon Donovan) opens Gold Cup play tonight against Belize (8 p.m. Fox Soccer) hoping to avoid the same fate as Mexico and Canada, which both went down to defeat in their tournament openers Sunday at the Rose Bowl.

Donovan scored twice Friday for the U.S. in a Gold Cup tuneup in San Diego that turned into a rout of Guatemala.

On the same day, the resurgent Galaxy were celebrating both a victory and their ascent up the MLS standings, while Chivas USA were ruing yet another game that got away from them to extend their misery.

Meanwhile, the county Saturday opened its first-ever futsal fields in Lennox.

And, no, since I took a little vacation myself this weekend, no column today, although it will return next week.

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!