U.S. Open Cup fourth round recap

The Galaxy advanced to the round of 16 in the U.S. Open Cup thanks to Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Orange County Soccer Club.

The Galaxy received goals from Jose Villarreal, Jack McBean and Ari Lassiter in the victory.

Here are the other results:

D.C. United 4, Christos FC 1

Colorado 3, OKC Energy 2

Seattle 2, Portland 1

FC Cincinnati 1, Columbus 0

New England 3, Rochester 0

Philadelphia 3, Harrisburg City 1

Houston 3, North Carolina FC 2

Atlanta United FC 3,  Charleston Battery 2

Miami FC 3, Orlando City SC 1

New York 1, New York City FC 0

Chicago 1, Saint Louis FC 0

FC Dallas 2, Tulsa Roughnecks FC 1

Sporting Kansas City 4, Minnesota United FC 0

San Jose 2, San Francisco 0

The stage is set for the Round of 16 draw on Thursday. The remaining 16 teams are separated into four regions: Central, East, South and West.

CENTRAL: Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City

EAST: D.C. United, Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls

SOUTH: Atlanta United FC, Chicago Fire, FC Cincinnati, Miami FC

WEST: LA Galaxy, Sacramento Republic, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC

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Giovani dos Santos selected to Mexico’s Confederations Cup roster

Galaxy midfielder Giovani dos Santos will be on quite the international run coming up.

It was announced Thursday that Dos Santos, who is already with Mexico for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers, including Sunday’s tilt with the U.S. at Azteca Stadium, will remain with El Tri for the upcoming Confederations Cup tournament.

Mexico opens the tournament June 18 against Portugal in Russia. The finals are set for July 2. That would take dos Santos out of action for the Galaxy until early July.

MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM 23-MAN ROSTER FOR 2017 CONFEDERATIONS CUP:

Goalkeepers (3): Rodolfo Cota (Guadalajara), Guillermo Ochoa (Granada), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders (7): Oswaldo Alanís (Guadalajara), Néstor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Rafael Márquez (Atlas), Héctor Moreno (PSV Eindhoven), Diego Reyes (Espanyol), Luis Reyes (Atlas), Carlos Salcedo (Fiorentina)

Midfielders (4): Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal), Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven), Héctor Herrera (Porto FC), Miguel Layún (Porto FC)

Forwards (9): Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesús Manuel Corona (Porto FC), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Marco Fabián (Eintracht Frankfurt), Javier Hernández (Bayer Leverkusen), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Oribe Peralta (América), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad)

Head Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio

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UEFA Champions League finale tops 3 million viewers on FOX

Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Juventus in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League finale was viewed by more than 3 million viewers across Fox platforms.

The match drew 1,762,000 viewers on FOX, which was up 5 percent from last year’s final between Madrid and rival Atletico Madrid.

The game on FOX Deportes had 1,241,000 viewers. Also the game drew 56,116 viewers on FOX Sports GO.

That adds up to 3,059,116 total viewers.

Real Madrid’s victory gives the club 12 total European titles and their second consecutive.

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Manchester United ranked as Most Valuable Soccer club according to Forbes

Manchester United sits atop the list of the World’s Most Valuable Soccer teams, according to Forbes Magazine.

This is the first time that the club has reached the top spot. According to Forbes, Manchester United is worth $3.69 billion and generated revenues of $765 million during the 2015-16 season.

Barcelona is second with a current value of $3.64 million, followed by Real Madrid at $3.58 million. Real Madrid, winners of the last two UEFA Champions League titles, held the No. 1 spot for the previous four years (2013-16).

Bayern Munich ($2.71 billion) and Manchester City ($2.08 billion) round out the top five.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid generated $688 million.

The second half of the top 10 is predominately English Premier League teams: Arsenal ($1.93), Chelsea ($1.85) and Liverpool ($1.49) are sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Tottenham Hotspur is 10th at $1.06 billion.

Juventus from Italy’s Serie A is ninth at $1.26 billion.

From Forbes: The 20 most valuable soccer teams this year are worth an average of $1.48 billion, 3% more than one year ago. The U.S. dollar rose in value relative to the euro during the past year. As a result, although not a single team declined in value year-over-year when measured in euros, 9 of the 20 teams decreased when valued in U.S. dollars.

 

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Galaxy wrap: Another three points picked up on the road

For the third consecutive game, the Galaxy went on the road and scored another road victory.

Saturday night, thanks to a pair of goals from Giovani dos Santos the Galaxy took down in-state rivals San Jose, 4-2 in the latest edition of the Cali Clasico.

The Galaxy improved to 5-5-2, now with 17 points, moving them into sixth place in the Western Conference. The victory also gave the Galaxy their fourth on the road, tying their total of road victories from last year.

Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo: “Nothing phases us. We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity early on and that’s made us a better group and a better team. I like how we grew as the game progressed because obviously I was a little concerned that we conceded twice in the first half, I think we just locked it up and had a very good second half.”

What’s next: The Galaxy conclude a stretch of four consecutive road games, June 3 at D.C. United.

 

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Jermaine Jones updates his injury status on Instagram stories

Jermaine Jones has been sidelined for the last two games with a sprained MCL after suffering the injury against the Chicago Fire, May 6.

In a brief Instagram story, Jones appears to be heading back toward fitness.

“Finished training,” Jones said in the video. “Llooking good so far with my knee, it is getting better and better. running today. I’m happy.”

The Galaxy is off to San Jose and next week they face D.C. United on June 3. Following that, they get a week off before returning home June 17.

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Galaxy goalkeeper Clement Diop receives national team call-up

Clement Diop has been selected for Senegal National Team for a pair of international matches next month.

Diop, 23, will join the team for the June 5 contest against Uganda in Dakar for a friendly, leading to an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea, June 10. This is the first international call-up for Diop.

He will report following the Galaxy’s May 27 game against San Jose and return June 11.

Diop has made five starts this season for the Galaxy.

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Thorough coverage of English Premier League final day set for Sunday

The English Premier League ends Sunday and all 10 games will be aired over various NBC networks. All games will air at 7 a.m.

Here is the breakdown as of Thursday.

Everton (7th, 61 points) at Arsenal (5th, 72 points) – NBC

Middlesbrough (19th, 28) at Liverpool (4th, 73) – NBCSN

Manchester City (3rd, 75) at Watford (16th, 40) – USA

Crystal Palace (13th, 41) at Manchester United (6th, 66) – CNBC

West Ham United (12th, 42) at Burnley (15th, 40) – Oxygen

Sunderland (20th, 24) at Chelsea (1st, 90) – SyFy

Tottenham (2nd, 83) at Hull City (18th, 34) – MSNBC

Bournemouth (9th, 45) at Leicester City (11th, 43) – Bravo

Stoke City (14th, 41) at Southampton (8th, 46) – E!

West Bromwich Albion (9th, 45) at Swansea City (17th, 38) – Esquire

 

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Galaxy week ahead: Road trip continues to Minnesota

Fresh of their first victory on the East Coast since 2013, the Galaxy will look to carry that momentum into Sunday’s contest against expansion side Minnesota United.

The Galaxy (3-5-2) defeated the New York Red Bulls, 3-1, Sunday, thanks to two goals from Romain Alessandrini and Giovani dos Santos’ penalty kick.

Sunday, the Galaxy is back on the road against Minnesota (3-6-2) at TCF Bank Stadium. Both teams are sitting on 11 points.

Christian Ramirez leads the club with six goals. Kevin Molino has five.

Minnesota lost three of their first four games, allowing a whopping 18 goals. Since then, things have stabilized a bit. Still, their propensity for allowing goals should brighten the eyes of the Galaxy attackers. Minnesota has allowed 28 goals so far this season.

“It is a tough venue,” Onalfo said of TCF Bank Stadium. “Turf field. It’s narrow and they haven’t conceded a lot of home, so we’re going to have to have that road mentality, push the game and do whatever we can to mimic what we did last week.”

 

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