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!
Two more locals associated with soccer — agent Richard Motzkin and Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, who is emerging as a respected spokesman in the gay community — make the list of the top five up and comers.
Green giant: Galaxy central defender Omar Gonzalexz went green for Earth Day visiting Will Rogers Middle School in Lawndale (Photos courtesy gradesofgreen.org).
Omar Gonzalez honored the accomplishments of the kids at Lawndale’s Will Rogers Middle School on Earth day after they diverted more than 17 tons of waste from landfills.
From the Grades of Green press release:
Will Rogers Middle School not only created a student-driven environmental program that teaches students the importance of keeping waste out of our landfills, they also reduced their trash bag count from 28 bags of waste at lunchtime to fewer than three bags per day.
Will Rogers competed against 23 other schools in the county-wide Trash Free Lunch Challenge to see which school could divert the most waste and best inspire their student body to take on lifelong waste reduction habits. The Trash Free Lunch Challenge schools have collectively diverted more than 100,000 bags of trash from landfills. In addition, the schools educated nearly 11,000 students on the importance of waste reduction by reducing, reusing, recycling and composting. This year’s Challenge educated even more students than
the previous year.
A total of 58 nations are represented among the 551 players in MLS, but just to give it a homegrown flavor, too, 59 players hail from California, more than any other state.
Almost half of MLS players come from outside the U.S. and Canada with 236 coming from overseas.
I’ll leave it to the reader to decide how that bodes for the continued development of domestic players. Are they deprived of playing opportunities or beneficiaries of a worldwide soccer education as a result?
Major League Baseball is closest to MLS in terms of diverse nationalities, with 26.5 percent of its players coming from outside Canada or the U.S.
In six matches between the U.S. U-23’s and Mexico since 1992 (when Olympic soccer was first designated as an Under-23-tournament), the USA has gone 5-2-0, including a victory during the squads last matchup on Feb. 29, 2012 by a score line that has become familiar for these two rivals: 2-0.
Mexico, the defending Olympic champion, went an undefeated 10-0-1 in its 11 matches in 2012 on the way to the gold medal and will look to continue that success with the 20-man roster it has brought to Carson for this match.
The 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying championship will be played in the United States from Oct.1-13.