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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!

Galaxy provide Thanksgiving cheer to local families

Galaxy turkeys Retired Galaxy stars Cobi Jones and Todd Dunivant were on hand today as the club presented needy families with holiday trimmings. (Photo courtesy Herbalife Foundation).

In a holiday change of pace, the Galaxy scored enough fowls today to partner with nonprofit youth center A Place Called Home to distribute food and provide Thanksgiving dinners to more than 1,200 Los Angeles families.

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LA Galaxy to play Armenian champions FC Shirak Jan. 30 in pre-season game at StubHub Center


For the second consecutive year the Galaxy will face Armenian club FC Shirak in a pre-season game in Carson.

Last year’s game drew a crowd of more than 12,000 with many from Southern California’s large Armenian community; the Galaxy won 2-1.

Tickets details for the 7 p.m. Jan. 30 game have yet to be announced.

Here’s more on FC Shirak:

Under head coach Vardan Bichakhchyan, Shirak are currently in third place (3-1-3, 21 points) through the first half of the 2015-16 Armenian Premier League season. They are led in goals by Armenian Davit Hakobyan and Ivorian Konan Odilon, who have each scored four goals during the campaign. Shirak, who won the 2013 Armenian Super Cup and reached the Second qualifying round of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League, will appear in Los Angeles ahead of the start of the second half of their season, which is scheduled to being in early March.

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Video weekend EPL TV Preview: Liverpool faces Manchester City at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on NBC

pyramid (2)The French national anthem will be sung before every BPL game this weekend. This is the Pyramid in Long Beach lighted in the red, white and blue of the French flag this week (LANG file photo).

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Pasadena’s Rose Bowl chosen as venue for biggest soccer tournament in U.S. since 1994 World Cup


Pasadena, Calif. – October 9, 2015: The USMNT in preparation for their 2015 CONCACAF Cup match against Mexico at the Rose Bowl.

In an expected move, the Rose Bowl was selected today as one of nine U.S. stadiums that will host the 16-team 2016 Copa America Centenario.

The Galaxy also announced today that 2016 season ticket holders will receive access to an exclusive private sale for tickets to games played at the Rose Bowl.

From the press reease:

The 2016 Copa America Centenario is the historic centennial edition of Copa America – the South American championship – and will be staged outside of South America for the first time. The tournament will feature six teams from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and all 10 teams from the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL)

From CONCACAF, host United States and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Central American Cup winner) and Jamaica (2014 CFU Caribbean Cup winner) qualified with regional championships last year.

The final two teams from CONCACAF will be determined in a double-header playoff set to be played Jan. 8, 2016, in Panama City. Trinidad & Tobago will face Haiti, and Panama squares off against Cuba with the winners qualifying for the Copa America Centenario.

The South American field for the tournament features Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Uruguay has been crowned champion of the Copa America a record 15 times, while Chile won its first title at this past year’s edition, which it hosted.

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