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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!

Weekly Soccer Column: Plenty of LAFC MLS stadium renderings out there, actual venue sites not so much

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Of all the artist's conceptions for possible LAFC stadium concepts, the one above is my favorite: Southern Californians frolicking at a pool complete with fake beach oblivious to the on-going game that seems to inadvertently sum up just how important the sport itself is to the whole lifestyle/entertainment experience of the event(note that renderings like this have since been removed from the firms' website).

Given that the decision of where in the region to locate the proposed stadium, may just be the most crucial one its cadre of two dozen owners or so will make.

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Weekend Video Rewind: LA Galaxy have luck of the Irish in win over Shamrock Rovers in Dublin

Bottom line: The Galaxy beat Shamrock Rovers on a fortunate deflection off an opposing defender in the 1-0 win Saturday in the Dublin friendly that was a homecoming for Eire captain Robbie Keane.

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Southampton-Liverpool on NBCSN Sunday highlight of weekend EPL schedule

For a complete break-down of all the weekend’s EPL action, click here.

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LA Galaxy II striker Ariel Lassiter called in to Costa Rican U-23 team

Galaxy2logoLA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter has earned a call-up to the Costa Rican U-23 team after notching five goals and four assists with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 21 games last year.

Lassiter, who signed with Los Dos ahead of the 2015 season that begins March 22, is the son of former MLS star Roy Lassiter and was born in Costa Rica while his father was playing there.

Costa Rica will play in the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic in Bradenton, Fla. Feb. 18-28 against Columbus Crew SC, Philadelphia Union, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC in addition to USL outfit OKC Energy FC, Danish first division team HB Koge and London United, composed of players currently out of contract.

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LA Galaxy continued pre-season drinking, um, training in Dublin ahead of today’s 11:30 a.m. friendly against Sweden’s Hammarby that will be streamed live online

GalaxyGuinnessDublin native Robbie Keane welcomes Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and midfielder Juninho to his hometown by pouring a traditional Irish beverage for his teammates while the Galaxy continue MLS preseason preparations in Europe.

Swedish native Stefan Ishizaki and the Galaxy meet Sweden’s Hammarby, a fellow AEG-owned club, in their first MLS pre-season tune-up that will stream live today beginning at 10 a.m. here.

Over the weekend some members of the Galaxy received a tour of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin while they continue to (ahem) build fitness ahead of the March 6 MLS opener in Carson against the Chicago Fire.

The Galaxy will play Shamrock Rovers in Dublin Saturday before returning home from their 11-day European sojurn (no broadcast info available for that game yet).

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