About Nick Green

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!

100 Percent Soccer column: Is Giovani dos Santos the second coming of Galaxy star Landon Donovan?

gio10Mexican star Giovani dos Santos was unveiled as the successor to Landon Donovan in August 2015, when he showed off a jersey with the same number the Redlands native made his own (Photo by Staff Photographer Steve McCrank.)

There were a lot more Landon Donovan No. 10 shirts than ones reading dos Santos on the back Sunday on display at StubHub Center as Donovan returned to MLS after an almost two-year absence.

Is dos Santos worthy of wearing that No. 10 jersey?

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

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MLS Cup ready for prime time and USMNT faces Trinidad & Tobago at 5 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 with World Cup place at stake

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100 Percent Soccer column: U.S. Soccer fans kick back for tropical World Cup qualifying feast this Labor Day weekend

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Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Take the poll: Are the Galaxy and MLS better off without a violent defender like the departed Nigel de Jong?

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When it comes to an opinion about a tough, imposing defender like Nigel de Jong few soccer fans are on the fence.

A player variously known as Nigel “King Kong” de Jong or the “Lawnmower” with a track record for violently injuring opposing players like former U.S. international Stuart Holden is either abhorred for his uncompromising, some would say dangerous style, or lauded for being the linchpin of an effective back four.

But it goes further than that.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has pointed out that de Jong’s qualities go beyond the merely physical; not only did he win 82 percent of his tackles during his brief Galaxy career, but he has completed more passes than any other player on the team so far this season.

“We don’t have an educated public that understands what he does,” Arena lamented earlier this week.

What do you think?

Are the Galaxy and MLS better or worse off for the departure of defender Nigel de Jong

 
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LA Galaxy II hosts inaugural Pups at the Park Night September 10 at StubHub Center in Carson

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Got a soccer-loving hound?

Then bring Rover or Spot down to StubHub Center 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 when the LA Galaxy II host the Sacramento Republic for the inaugural Pups at the Park Night.

Admission for you is $10 and your dog $5 with the proceeds for the latter going to local animal groups:

At halftime of the match, a “Best In Show” competition will be held to award the biggest K-9 Galaxy fan. The competition is open to all dogs in attendance and the winner will receive a 2016 LA Galaxy Jersey and Galaxy Puppy Pack courtesy of the Galaxy Team Store.

On the East side of the stadium, there will be a dedicated area for dogs and puppies. For safety purposes, dog owners will be required to provide up-to-date shot and vaccination records for their animal to be granted stadium access.

Parking is free and $2 beers and tacos are available.

And if you want your best friend styling for the occasion, click here.

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Free admission and parking at StubHub Center for U-20 women’s tournament Sept. 14-18 involving the U.S., Brazil, England and South Korea

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The four-team tournament, set for the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center where the American national teams customarily practice, features a doubleheader on each of the three match days with the U.S. team playing the second game of the day.

All games will be streamed live on ussoccer.com at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. each gameday with the exception of the Sept. 18 games that are set for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. .

Here’s the schedule:

Sept. 14
England vs. Brazil
USA vs. South Korea

Sept. 16
Brazil vs. Korea
USA vs. England

Sept. 18
South Korea vs. England
USA vs. Brazil

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