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!

Weekly Soccer Column: MLS Playoff Shootout in Seattle Sunday for LA Galaxy-Sounders

1124_SPO_LDN_L-GALAXY-WLGoal scorer Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho celebrate Sunday as the Galaxy take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of the Western Conference Final Sunday in Seattle. (Photo by Staff photographer Will Lester).

MLS2014Read more about the series with a place at MLS Cup at stake in this week’s column.

Incidentally, the Galaxy expect both A.J. DeLaGarza and Marcelo Sarvas, both subbed out Sunday with injury concerns, to be available for selection this weekend.

The Galaxy will face Chad Marshall on the Seattle back line; he was named MLS Defender of the Year today, while his Galaxy counterpart DeLaGarza was named MLS Humanitarian of the Year.

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Monday Major League Soccer Video Highlights: LA Galaxy-Sounders, NYRB-New England Revolution

Two engrossing games, finely poised for the return legs.

Los Angeles News Group Galaxy beat writer Phil Collin has the MLS Western Conference final game story, while the Seattle view is here.

A photo gallery is here.

More in Tuesday’s column.

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Major League Soccer Western Conference Final: LA Galaxy-Seattle Sounders live at 2 p.m. on ESPN

Los Angeles News Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin has the Western Conference Final Preview between the Galaxy and Sounders; the Pacific Northwest perspective is here.

The Eastern Conference Final first leg between the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls kicked off at 11 a.m. Pacific on NBCSN.

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Major League Soccer Conference Finals: LA Galaxy V. Sounders FC, NY Red Bulls V. New England Revolution

It’s not just the Galaxy V. the Sounders, it’s Sigi Schmid V. Bruce Arena

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Wednesday Kicks: Galaxy passes on Chivas USA dispersal draft and more

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane sits out national team duty to ready for MLS Western Conference Final Sunday against Seattle Sounders FC

Sometimes it’s actually instructive when you don’t get around posting your column until after an event occurs that is included in the column.

Which is how it went today with the U.S.-Ireland game that sent the Americans scuttling back home across the Atlantic 4-1 losers.

Frankly, we didn’t learn much from a youbng, make-shift team: the U.S. ships goals in the second half and can’t score either, although to be fair they hit the woodwork twice.

Oh, and the Galaxy’s robbie keane, if fully fit, would have ripped apart the U.S. back line of left back Timmy Chandler, right back Fabian Johnson and the due of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron in the middle.

That’s it for this year for the USMNT: their record was 6-5-4.

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