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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!

US Soccer suspends goalkeeper Hope Solo, kicks her out of Carson training camp after she was riding with husband Jerramy Stevens when he was busted for DUI in Manhattan Beach

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Starting USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended 30 days and kicked out of training camp at StubHub Center in Carson Wednesday, the day after her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was booked on a count of DUI in Manhattan Beach.

Solo was riding in the car with him at the time.

“During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates,” said U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis. “We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team.”

She will miss the U.S. games Feb. 8 in France and Feb. 13 in England.

The move comes after U.S. Soccer was criticized for not suspending Solo when she was arrested on domestic violence charges, causing some critics to see a double standard given swift action by the NFL against players accused of similar crimes.

The charges were later dropped.

Guess U.S. Soccer didn’t want another Charlie Davies situation.

Updated

Here’s a statement from Hope Solo:

“I accept and respect the federation’s decision, and more importantly, I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the federation who have always supported me. I think it’s best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team.”

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LA Galaxy re-signs veteran defender Dan Gargan, drafts Louisville defender and Penn State goalkeeper

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Arsenal-Manchester City Sunday highlight of weekend English Premier League action on NBCSN as new app for finding games and fans unveiled

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Download the app here:

Apple

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nbc-sports-matchmaker/id952349002?mt=8

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nbc.android.matchmaker&hl=en

Your interactive guide to all the weekend EPL action is here.

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LA Galaxy trade midfielder Marcelo Sarvas to the Colorado Rapids and draft forward Ignacio Maganto from Iona College

Some fans took to Twitter to relay their displeasure with the move that gives the Galaxy “the third allocation ranking and allocation money” in exchange for the 33-year-old midfielder, but with Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard on the way and rumors again heating up about a possible move for former Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan it isn’t seen as much of a surprise.

Sarvas made 88 appearances for the club since 2011 notching 19 goals and 9 assists.

From the club press release:

Maganto, 23, spent four years at Iona College, where he scored 27 goals and notched 14 assists. Born in Madrid, Spain, Maganto spent time with Getafe CF before attending Iona College. He also was a member of Reading United A.C. in the Premier Development League in 2014.

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Video: Major League Soccer renames MVP Award after Galaxy star Landon Donovan

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Despite retiring at the end of last season after 14 years in MLS, Landon Donovan’s name will live on after the league today unveiled its new Landon Donovan MVP Award.

“Landon Donovan’s commitment to growing the game in North America is unrivaled and his contributions to Major League Soccer are immeasurable,” said Commissioner Don Garber. “When he joined MLS in 2001, he showed other American players that this was his ‘League of Choice.’ His legacy will be forever etched in our league’s history, and we appreciate everything he has accomplished, both on and off the field.”

The Southern California native, the all-time leader in MLS goals and assists, said he was “extremely humbled” by the gesture:

“As a child, soccer was merely an outlet for me — a way to express myself,” said Donovan. “To have this prestigious award named after me is truly unimaginable.

Check out the full ceremony:

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Carson’s new Phantom Carriage Brewery hopes to become hangout for LA Galaxy fans

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Let’s face it Carson is a wasteland for most soccer fans on Galaxy gamedays.

There are precious few places to eat or grab a pre- or post-game brew so most fans drive to StubHub Center park, watch the game and drive straight home.

Only a few venture to the likes of Torrance’s Smog City Brewing (Angel City Brigade members often hang out there) or Alpine Village, perhaps the closest options to the stadium with decent craft beer.

So word that brand new Carson brewery Phantom Carriage (the first in the South Bay to offer a cafe) hopes to cater to Galaxy fans is welcome news.

During a recent interview with the principals involved in the brewery that resulted in this Daily Breeze story I was told Galaxy head honcho Chris Klein had already visited the business that has hopes of hosting road game viewing parties and suggested they brew a special beer for the club that may eventually be sold at the stadium.

(And yes, i know the closest thing to that right now is probably Galaxy Defender by Torrance’s Monkish Brewing Co.).

Whether that becomes a reality or not, once the MLS season begins soccer fans might want to check out the Main Street brewery that sits virtually in the shadow of where the Goodyear blimp is docked.

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Sunday afternoon Major League Soccer games scheduled on Fox Sports 1 in 2015

Alexi Newly-added Fox Sports soccer analyst Alexi Lalas along with Rob Stone and the rest of the studio team will become a Sunday afternoon fixture for MLS fans this year (Photo courtesy Fox Sports 1).

Los Angeles-based Fox Sports 1 will air 34 Sunday afternoon MLS games this year, most beginning at 4 p.m., the network announced today.

Sunday afternoon MLS games in the past have not fared well on television so it will be interesting to see how Fox does as MLS returns to the network after a five-year absence as part of an eight-year rights agreement.

The schedule includes three doubleheaders with the first set for 4 p.m. March 8 when Sporting Kansas City hosts the New York Red Bulls followed by the Seattle Sounders facing Eastern Conference Champion New England Revolution at 6:30 p.m.

Five Galaxy games are scheduled starting with a March 15 game against the Portland Timbers. Two contests against Seattle are also on the Fox schedule on April 12 and Oct. 4.

Here’s more from the Fox Sports press release:

This season, MLS and its broadcast partners, including FOX Sports 1, introduce flex scheduling on the penultimate weekend of the regular season which allows the league and its media partners to decide the most impactful matches to telecast as the season draws to a close.

In addition to the flex scheduling, MLS also unveils its new “Decision Day” scheduling format on the last day of the regular season. On Sunday, Oct. 25, all five games in each conference are scheduled to be played at the same time, with Eastern Conference matches kicking-off at 5:00 PM ET and Western Conference games beginning at 7:00 PM ET. FOX Sports 1 is slated to televise an Eastern Conference match.

FOX Sports 1 and ESPN divide MLS CUP PLAYOFFS matches (outside of two games televised by Univision), and alternate televising the MLS CUP and AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME. Television plans for 2015 are expected at a later date.

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Weekly Soccer Column: U.S. Men’s National team opens annual camp in Carson ahead of hectic 2015

The U.S. Men’s National Team, already facing a busy year, opened their annual camp in Carson Monday with two young Galaxy players on the roster for the first time, defender Oscar Sorto and striker Gyasi Zardes from Hawthorne.

I was just in awe,” Zardes told reporters Monday after his first training session of the email he received from national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann inviting him to camp. “When I was in Hawthhorne this was a dream. It’s what you dream about.”

Sorto had a similar reaction to his U.S. call-up.

Klinsmann has spoken of the importance of players like Zardes’ attacking partner on the Galaxy, Robbie Keane, and recently-signed EPL veteran Steven Gerrard and their role in grooming up and coming youngsters:

“Theyre doing a tremendous amount of work getting our players to another level. These are the guys we need in the United States to help our guys grow even faster.”

Zardes agreed:

“Robbie Keane is a phenomenal player and I’m a student of the game and I just try to learn as much as I can from the veterans like these guys who are on the national team,” he said, adding that he is looking forward to seeing Keane, who had brief spell at Liverpool, and Gerrard reunited with the Galaxy.

For more, read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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