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!

Trade rumors: Who will the LA Galaxy acquire after getting rid of defender Kofi Opare today?

After dealing lightly used defender Kofi Opare to D.C. United the day after Monday’s 3-0 road win over Seattle, coach Bruce Arena admitted on the club’s website he is positioning the club to make an acquisition, prompting a round of speculation on Twitter:

The speculation has begun because despite the dominant win over the Sounders Sunday — which may have more to do with a unexpected Seattle collapse, than anything else — the Galaxy have proven wildly inconsistent so far this season and were actually out of the Western Conference playoff spots in the tight division until the impressive road performance.

But in recent days the Galaxy have jettisoned Opare and his $48,500 salary as well as Brazilian forward Samuel and his $50,000 wage packet.

Could the likes of central defender Leonardo (not a fan favorite, to put it mildly) and his $105,000 salary be next as well as perhaps veteran left back Todd Dunivant, ($160,750) who is seemingly being supplanted because of injuries and age by the younger Robbie Rogers, who has made the Galaxy a greater attacking threat out of the back after switching from a winger role? And, let’s not forget DP Omar Gonzalez, who still harbors European ambitions, despite the World Cup not being quite the shop window he may have envisioned.

The key question: just what will moving up in the allocation order do for the Galaxy.

Thoughts?: Comments? (More) speculation?

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Reaction: Will the 7-0 LA Galaxy mauling by Manchester United help, harm or make no difference to MLS?

Image

Will the lopsided Wednesday night game at the Rose Bowl (and elsewhere in other games between clubs in the two leagues) help or hinder MLS’ efforts to broaden its fan base? Discuss:

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Nationally Televised English Premier League-Major League Soccer Doubleheader today includes 8 p.m. Manchester United-LA Galaxy finale at Rose Bowl

The Sporting-Kansas City-Manchester City game is live at 6 p.m. on ESPN2

More on the Galaxy-United game is here.

Other televised games today include:
4:30 p.m. Liverpoool-Roma on NBCSN from Boston

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

World Cup Watch: Indie soccer movie “Next Goal Wins” released on DVD today

I wrote about the documentary “Next Goal Wins,” which stars former Chivas USA coach Thomas Rongen, when it was released in April and today it was released on DVD.

The film is highly recommended. Check out the clip above and more about the movie below:

In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst soccer team on the planet. A decade after that humiliating night, they remain rooted to the bottom of FIFA’s World rankings, having scored only twice in seventeen years. They have lost every competitive game they have ever played. It would take a miracle-maker or a madman to turn the team’s fortunes around – and in maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen the islanders somehow find both. With the team about to embark on a grueling World Cup Qualification campaign, Rongen has just one month to transform this ragtag group of losers into a winning team – and perhaps learn a little about himself along the way.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Weekly Soccer Column: Rebuilding Manchester United meets LA Galaxy Wednesday in Pasadena

It’s the start of a new era for Manchester United when the club faces the Galaxy Wednesday at the Rose Bowl as I explain in this weeke’s column.

Here’s the perspective of the LA Galaxy and Landon Donovan on the game against the EPL giants.

Meanwhile, would you pay $300 to watch Manchester United train — that’s right, train at 7 p.m. today at the Rose Bowl? Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:

General admission tickets to the open training session, which cost $20, are available for purchase via Ticketmaster. Limited VIP Tickets for Manchester United’s open training are also available for $300, and include field level seating and an autograph session following training. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the LA Galaxy Foundation. Packages for the open training session and the Chevrolet Cup match between Manchester United and LA Galaxy can be purchased by calling 877-3GALAXY (342-5299) or visiting www.lagalaxy.com/manutd.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

60 second Major League Soccer Weekend Wrap: Galaxy, Chivas USA both lose, Manchester United play Wednesday in Pasadena

Need to get caught up after a busy summer weekend? You’ve come to the right place.

Despite goals from top goalscorers Robbie Keane and “Cubo” Torres respectively — both added to the MLS All-Star Game roster incidentally — the Galaxy and Chivas USA both fell to Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United respectively.

Check out the Robbie Keane goal:

Next up for the Galaxy: Manchester United Wednesday at the Rose Bowl who have added a certain Javier Hernandez to its travel roster. I will have more on the humbling fall of Manchester United in Tuesday’s column.

Chivas USA face the Rapids in Colorado Friday.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email