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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!

English Premier League’s World Cup bump arrives

APTOPIX Britain Soccer Premier LeagueConverted: Record numbers of U.S. viewers watched the opening weekend of EPL action that included this Wayne Rooney goal for Manchester United in a losing cause against Swansea City (Associated Press photo).

That World Cup bump I wrote about a couple of weeks ago? It’s here.

NBC said today that:

  • Saturday’s Arsenal-Crystal Palace game on NBC averaged 885,000 viewers and became the most-watched opening weekend match in U.S. history. It out-drew last year’s corresponding fixture by 12 percent.
  • Sunday’s Newcastle-Manchester City game on NBCSN averaged 514,000 viewers, ranking it as the most-watched opening weekend game on cable in U.S. history. It topped the previous record holder in 2012 when ESPN showed the game.
  • All told, 3.3 million watched the five games that aired on NBC and NBCSN, the most ever for the opening weekend of EPL action.
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Monday Morning Major League Soccer Wrap: Galaxy fall to worst defeat of season, Chivas USA-Vancouver scoreless at StubHub

Gyasi Zardes’ ninth goal in 10 games kept him on course for a call-up to the annual January USMNT camp, but he couldn’t prevent the Galaxy falling to their worst defeat of the season in Columbus against a Crew team LA made look better than they have most of the year.

The Galaxy also came up with a new excuse for losing — Landon Donovan’s farewell presentation by the Crew at the start of the game:

“It’s going to be happening every time,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “It certainly looked distracting tonight.”

Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake reclaimed the Western Conference lead Saturday with a win over the Sounders. Standings.

Lastly, here’s how the Chivas USA game broke down by the numbers:
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Watch: English Premier League Season Preview

Recommended reading:
Wondering what channel your team is on? Find it here.
A look at NBC’s coverage plans is here.
A preview via England’s respected The Telegraph newspaper is here.
The comprehensive, interactive official preview is here.

Where will you watch the game?

Others?

Everton fans click here.

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MLS Weekend Preview: LA Galaxy in Columbus to face Crew, Chivas USA host Vancouver Whitecaps in Carson

Newly-signed Galaxy veteran (if you know what I mean) Alan Gordon and the Galaxy face the Crew in Columbus Saturday at 4:30 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, with the hosts scheduled to make “significant announcement” before the game.

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Borja

Meanwhile, lowly Chivas USA have signed Ecuadorian forward Felix Borja, who played three season’s in Mexico with Puebla, on a year-long loan from Ecuador’s LDU Quito.

“We are extremely pleased to add such a gifted, international striker,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “Felix’s great experience in some of the other top leagues worldwide will help us not only on the field where we expect him to score and create goals, but also in the locker room where he can help mentor our younger players.”

Borja, 31, played 23 times for his national team and featured at the 2006 World Cup. He also had stints in Germany and Greece.

Also Houston plays Philadelphia at 7:30 tonight on NBCSN, while Real Salt lake and Seattle face off on the same channel at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane and Ireland to face U.S. National Team Nov. 18 in Dublin

The game will kickoff at 11:45 a.m. with TV information to be announced at a later date.

“We are absolutely thrilled to finish our work in 2014 with a game against Ireland,” said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They are consistently a difficult team to play against, and we welcome these types of challenges as we continue to move our team forward towards the Gold Cup next year.”

More from the U.S. Soccer press release:

Ireland has been drawn into Group D of qualifying for the 2014 European Championship, along with 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany. The Irish will face Scotland in qualifying action four days prior to hosting the United States. LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is the team’s captain and its all-time leader in appearances (134) and goals (62).

The USA holds a 2-4-2 record against Ireland in a series dating back to 1924. This is the first meeting since April 17, 2002, in Dublin, where the Irish collected a 2-1 win.

The U.S. will also play the Czech Republic Sept. 3 in Prague in its first post-World Cup game.

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Weekly Soccer Column: NBC’s Barclays Premier League coverage begins Saturday

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Host Rebecca Lowe and NBC returns Saturday with their second season of Barclays Premier League coverage.

Read more in this week’s column about NBC’s coverage plans for the new season.

Wondering what games are on what channel this coming weekend (and for the first three months of the season)? Click here.

Check out a comprehensive team-by-team guide to the new season here.

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Long Beach’s Alan Gordon returns to Galaxy from San Jose Earthquakes

You remember this guy, don’t you?

A decade after he was first drafted by the Galaxy and scored just 16 goals in 80 appearances over six years, the Galaxy gave the Earthquakes an unspecified amount of allocation money today to re-acquire forward Alan Gordan.

“Alan is a proven MLS player who adds another scoring threat to our roster,” coach Bruce Arena said.

Optimistic, isn’t he?

Gordon, now 32, scored 23 goals with San Jose and had stints with Toronto and Chivas USA.

More from sister newspaper the San Jose Mercury News is here.

What do you think. Are the Galaxy regressing or progressing with a apparently short-ter signing like this. Guess it’s an admission Rob Friend isn’t exactly working out, huh?

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