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: Neymar, Pulisic, Messi, Ronaldo provide more reasons than ever to watch European football

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100 Percent Soccer column: Real stars on show at MLS All-Star game and the return of Sigi Scmid to the LA Galaxy

(Photos courtesy LA Galaxy).

Given today’s news, this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column that was filed Wednesday afternoon before word broke of Sigi Schmid’s Galaxy return, was rather prescient.

Also: Continue reading “100 Percent Soccer column: Real stars on show at MLS All-Star game and the return of Sigi Scmid to the LA Galaxy” »

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New George Best documentary airs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPN ahead of Manchester derby in Houston

George Best was simply the best for a fleeting few years in the late 1960s.

It didn’t last as his career and life collapsed into a quagmire of alcohol abuse.

Best himself understood his self destruction even if he was incapable of stopping it.

“If I’d been born ugly, you’d never have heard of Pele,” he once famously said, as well as “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

You can read more here.

Columnist Tom Hoffarth has more on the documentary here.

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100 Percent Soccer column: Can the Galaxy turn their season around after deflating home loss to Vancouver Wednesday?

Read the match report here.

Short answer from fans: no (see more reaction below).

This was not what coach Curt Onalfo and the Galaxy wanted when they embarked on the second half of the season Wednesday against Vancouver.

Read more at this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (full disclosure it was filed just before last night’s game kicked off).

Fans are not happy:

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ICYMI: Pele signs with LA Galaxy, will Zlatan Ibrahimovic be next?

No, not THAT Pele — it’s Pele van Anholt, a 26-year-old Dutch defender.

As for the persistent Zlatan rumors, the latest is that he could stay with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said today at a press conference in LA ahead of Saturday’s friendly against the Galaxy since he will be out until at least December.

But the LA Times was most insistent earlier that the Galaxy could be his destination. And yet the always reliable tabloid The Sun (cough, cough) says otherwise.

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100 Percent Soccer column: Manchester United on Saturday’s LA Galaxy game in Carson — meh

Would you spend $250 to watch a Real Madrid training session? And there’s no guarantee of even on autograph at that price.

Ticket prices for actual games are similarly eye-popping considering they are little more than glorified training sessions. And to top it off, Manchester United’s attitude toward Saturday’s Galaxy exhibition game is more than a little underwhelming if not insulting.

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

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