South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group columnist and blogger Nick Green writes about soccer 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!
Noted: I received an email today from U.S. Soccer observing that the Gold Cup is not precisely “utterly superfluous” as I wrote in today’s column given this April announcement. Point taken. Now it’s just mostly superfluous (and, of course, the Confederations Cup is so highly rated, too). Ahem.
In other news today:
Palos Verdes Estates’ Christen Press, who leads the USWNT with six goals, was unsurprisingly named today to the national team roster for the June 2 game against Canada.
Chivas USA couldn’t beat Real Salt Lake’s first team over the weekend, but defeated their reserve squad 3-2 Monday on goals from Carlos Alvarez, newly-signed Gabriel Farfan and Jose Manuel Rivera. Only just though: Chivas USA took a three-goal lead only to see RSL roar back to within one and hit the woodwork in second half stoppage time before running out of time. Next for Chivas USA reserves: Seattle Sounders 11 a.m. June 2 at the HDC.
Chivas USA defender Steven Purdy has been called up by El Salvador’s National Team for a Wednesday game against Venezuela.
LA Blues General Manager Warren Barton left the USL Pro club by mutual consent Monday, one day before the PDL Ventura County Fusion visit Fullerton’s Titan Stadium in a U.S. Open Cup game. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. The winner meets Chivas USA next Tuesday in the third round.
Today’s not unexpected news that former Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will retire at the end of the European season, elicited these responses today from the Galaxy:
“The LA Galaxy would like to congratulate David Beckham on the completion of his 20-year career in the sport of soccer,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said. “His six seasons with the Galaxy saw the club reach unprecedented heights, highlighted by our back-to-back MLS Cup championships in 2011 and 2012. David was a tremendous ambassador for our club and our league and it was an incredible honor in having him wear the Galaxy colors. We join the world in celebrating all of his achievements in the sport and look forward to continuing his relationship with our club.”
“Today is a day to celebrate David Beckham and the completion of his fabulous career,” said coach Bruce Arena. “In addition to being such a great player, David is also a great personality, a great teammate, a great friend and family man. He is a person that you cannot replace, on the field or off and our club is in a better position for having him play for us in the six years that he did.”
Check out highlights of his Galaxy career on YouTube here.
The Galaxy plays the winner of the second round game between the NASL Carolina Railhawks and PDL Carolina Dynamo on the road in North Carolina May 29, while Chivas USA faces the victor of the LA Blues-Ventura County Fusion match-up on the road in either Fullerton or Ventura May 28.
There’s a romance to the under-appreciated U.S. Open Cup I’ve especially appreciated since watching obscure Roma FC lose to the Galaxy a few years back (wonderfully named and stylish midfielder Quavas Kirk scored the winner, if I recall, with a beautifully struck shot that was the highlight of his brief Galaxy career) at the HDC Track & Field Stadium, the LA Riot Squad boozing it up behind one net in a fenced off beer garden.
(And I’ve still got the red Roma T-shirt I bought for $10 the club were selling to finance their cup run).
Yeah, there were familiar names involved in games last night: the Sounders (whose David Geno became the stuff of cup legend with four goals in the U-23 teams’ win over Doxa Italia), Timbers, Red Bulls.
But there was the unfamilar, yet evocative, names too Tuesday that invoked the spirt of the tournament:
The brother of wonderfully named Chicago Fire forward Dilly Duka, the even more wonderfully spelled Argjent Duka, scored a brace to lead the fantastically named Icon FC of the USASA over the excellently named Brooklyn Italians of the NPSL.
The Dayton Dutch Lions thumped the River City Rovers (there just aren’t enough top American teams named Rovers) by a 3-0 scoreline.
The meterologically named Ocean City Nor’easters found the perfect storm (!) to defeat the New York Red Bulls U-23 team 3-0.
I could go on. Or you could just click here for a full run down of the night’s action.