— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 31, 2014
SuperClasico: the end.
It’s a match made for MLS: the prolific American starring for his local MLS club that plays in Carson a short South Bay skip from his Hawthorne hometown verses the all-time top Mexican scorer in MLS facing off in one of the biggest soccer markets in the country.
The face-off isn’t perfect.
Both players have cooled off of late.
And Torres, who should be pulling in capacity crowds, plays for a uniquely unpopular club fumbling toward oblivion and is virtually unknown compared to revered Mexican stars he has surpassed such as Carlos Hermosillo, Luis Hernandez and Cuauhtémoc Blanco.
Yet players like these represent the future of MLS.
— Barclays Football (@BarclaysFooty) August 29, 2014
— Transfer Rumours (@Footy_Rumours1) August 29, 2014
The NBC TV schedule of games is here. (Sadly though, no Labor Day game).
Can United beat newly-promoted Burnley and get back on track? Set that DVR!
A comprehensive, interactive, stats-laden preview is here.
Read the story here.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 28, 2014
The Galaxy’s game Wednesday night in Carson was all but over by half time as a dominant Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead during the opening 45 minutes of a game against Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United they would go on to win 4-1 ahead of Sunday’s final SuperClasico over Chivas USA.
Defender A.J.DeLaGarza started for the Galaxy in their latest victory, but the real fight for his family begins today with the birth of his first-born son who has a life-threatening congenital heart condition.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 28, 2014
“I was very happy to get my first MLS goal with my feet instead of my head,” DeLaGarza’s fellow central defender, Maryland graduate and good friend Omar Gonzalez said. “I was pretty surprised that it went in and I just ran over to A.J. to lift my shirt with “Luca Knows Heart.” Tomorrow’s a very important day for him and we’re all going to be here for him. I’m happy to get the win for him tonight so he can focus on what he has to focus on tomorrow.”
Finally, it was a good night for returning striker Alan Gordon, too:
— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) August 28, 2014
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 27, 2014
There’s a doubleheader of sorts today:
— LA Galaxy II (@LAGalaxyII) August 27, 2014
*MLS beat writer Phil Collin has the capsule preview.
*Here’s the (Landon Donovan perspective) from The Washington Post
*In case you missed it, my weekly soccer column is here.
Another month, another MLS stadium proposal in Sin City (or so it seems).
The latest would require more than $120 million in public financing, although that would supposedly come from tourists rather than Vegas residents.
And how much would you pay to sit in sweltering heat in August anyway to watch the visiting Galaxy?
We’ll know more after Labor Day when the City Council is scheduled to take a vote on the proposal.
Full details of what the stadium might look like here.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) August 26, 2014
The game in Hartford, Conn., is a friendly against Ecuador and will air live on ESPN.
“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”
There was no quote from Jurgen Klinsmann in the press release, BTW.
Oh, and for the actual column on the upcoming SuperClasico, click here.
This was a more comfortable victory for the Galaxy than the 2-0 scoreline reflected over a Vancouver team seemingly without the self-belief to try for a win in Southern California where the visitors have traditionally performed poorly. Reporter Phil Collin filed the game story.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 23, 2014
— LA56 TV (@LA56TV) August 23, 2014
The Galaxy are leaking goals all of a sudden, while Vancouver is having trouble scoring. The Whitecaps have switched out Torrance for Long Beach in an attempt to change their fortunes in Southern California.
Phil Collin has the game basics.