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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!

Pumas faces Monarcas at 4 p.m. Sunday at StubHub Center in Carson


From the press release:

Pumas U.N.A.M. currently sits atop league standings in Mexico’s Liga MX and has already qualified for the playoffs while Morelia has kept its playoff hopes alive with an impressive 3-2 victory over Santos. Both teams have solid followings in Southern California and the game is expected to draw large crowds.

Starting at noon on gameday, fans will be able to enjoy a “Mexican Futbol Festival” with live music, entertainment and interactive games. During half time, Manuel Negrete, former Pumas and Mexican national team player (’86 World Cup), will receive a special recognition for his storied career and fans will also witness ESPN’s Million Dollar kick, in which three lucky contestants will try to score a goal for a chance to win $1 million.

General admission tickets for Pumas fans starting at $20 are already sold out.

Tickets are available here.

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EPL Weekend TV preview headlined by Arsenal-Spurs London derby at 8 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN


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Senate Report: LA Galaxy among sports franchises that benefited from “Paid Patriotism”


The Galaxy is one of several sports franchises that shared almost $7 million in what was called “Tackling Paid Patriotism” in a Senate Armed Forces Committee report released Thursday.

The Galaxy received $20,000 in 2012 from the Air Force for four programs.

Galaxy spokesman Brendan Hannan dismissed the criticism in a brief email:

“It was a one-off ticket sales partnership with the Air Force,” he wrote. “Similar to any partnership with any business. … The Air Force is a business. They are in the business of recruiting talent and they pay for advertisements for that exposure.”

It was unclear why Hannan didn’t appear to see the distinction between a private business and a taxpayer-funded government agency. He said the club would not be donating the money to veteran’s groups as McCain suggested.

He declined to add more in an off the record telephone conversation, but did go out of his way to note that:

“We invite a member of the military to attend each home game and provide them with four (4) tickets, a jersey, dinner, goodie bag, and on field recognition for their service. We have never received funds from any outside source for this recognition program.”

For more, here are stories written by sister newspaper The Salt Lake Tribune and USA Today.

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Bakersfield Doubleheader Nov. 14: Toluca-Queretaro, LA Galaxy II-Sacramento Republic


The Los Dos friendly kicks off at 4:45 p.m. with the main event following at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

From the Galaxy press release:

LA Galaxy II will face Sacramento after earning a 1-0 road victory in the USL Western Conference Quarterfinal match over defending USL champions in September during the 2015 USL Playoffs. Los Dos have now won in two-straight matches against their Northern California rivals, also recording a dominant 4-0 win behind goals from Jack McBean, Ariel Lassiter, Jaime Villarreal and Andre Auras during the 2015 USL Regular Season.

In the club’s second season, LA Galaxy II won the 2015 USL Western Conference Championship with a victory over OKC Energy FC in October to advance to the team’s first ever appearance in the USL Championship.

Tickets and more info are here.

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