Arsenal announces preliminary roster California trip

Arsenal will face the MLS All-Stars, July 28 in San Jose and a couple of days later, the arsenal1London club will take on Chivas Guadalajara at StubHub Center (July 30). Arsenal released its 20-man travel roster for the games, Friday.

Chuba Akpom (forward); Hector Bellerin (defender); Krystian Bielik (defender); Joel Campbell (forward); Santi Cazorla (midfielder); Petr Cech (goalkeeper); Calum Chambers (defender); Francis Coquelin (midfielder); Mathieu Debuchy (defender); Mohamed Elneny (midfielder); Gabriel (defender); Kieran Gibbs (defender); Rob Holding (defender); Alex Iwobi (forward); Emiliano Martinez (goalkeeper); Per Mertesacker (defender); Nacho Monreal (defender); David Ospina (goalkeeper); Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Midfielder); Jeff Reine-Adelaide (midfielder); Theo Walcott (forward); Chris Willcock (Midfielder); Jack Wilsher (midfielder); Granit Zhaka (midfielder); Gedion Zelalem (midfielder)

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Galaxy notes: Nigel de Jong to see action against Portland?

Nigel de Jong returned to game action in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal and went 90 minutes.

De Jong had been out of action since July 4. He had missed the previous two league games due to red card suspension.

Arena said that de Jong will make the trip to Portland for Saturday’s game.

“His first game in some weeks and he played himself into the game,” Arena said. “It was important for him to play last night to get him ready for games down the road.”

It will be interesting to see if de Jong is in the first 11 on Saturday. Remember he was suspended for three games earlier this season for a tackle against Darlington Nagbe.

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Get the skinny on fan events planned around the visits of EPL clubs to Los Angeles this summer


Read more about the clubs visiting Southern California for the International Champions Cup in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

Chelsea released its travel roster for the tournament this morning:

Goalkeepers: Asmir Begović, Thibault Courtois, Jamal Blackman
Defenders: Branislav Ivanović, Gary Cahill, John Terry, César Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Baba, Matthew Mizaga, Michael Hector, Ola Aina
Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Nemanja Matić, Willian, Kennedy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N’Golo Kanté, Nathaniel Chalobah
Forwards: Eden Hazard, Pedro, Juan Cuadrado, Loïc Rémy, Diego Costa, Michy Batshuayi, Bertrand Traoré, Victor Moses

And a couple of hours after the deadline for the column, Leicester City announced a fan meet and greet event from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 27 at Niky’s Sports, 11807 Santa Monica Blvd. Foxes fans can meet the team and pose with the EPL trophy.

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Galaxy to host U.S. Open Cup semifinal

The Galaxy will host FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. The hosts were confirmed through a draw process, Thursday morning in Chicago.

The Galaxy defeated Seattle, 4-2 in Wednesday’s quarterfinal to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2006.

In the other semifinal, New England will host Chicago, Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Chicago has the highest host priority for the final. For the Galaxy to host, it will need a victory over FC Dallas and a New England victory over Chicago.

The final is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21.

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Bruce Arena is OK with only one All-Star

Were you surprised that the Galaxy only had one All-Star (Giovani dos Santos) named for the July 28 game against Arsenal?

Bruce Arena wasn’t.

“No, I think what the league did was they gave each team basically a representative,” Arena said Monday. “The All-Star Game is whatever you want it to be. It is really for fans and sponsors, more than anything.

“I think the league on purpose, tried to get representation for every club and in all honesty, most clubs would probably prefer only having one All-Star, so you don’t have guys missing the week and then scrambling to get ready for the next game. I think it is understood that this year, without them saying publicly, my guess is that it was bit of a balancing act.”


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