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Mexican 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?
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.
1099 – Nigel de Jong has completed the most passes in this season's MLS as a LA Galaxy player(18 games, 1099 successful passes). Signature.
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.
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. .