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: Can an American Premier League coach prove English skeptics wrong?

bradleyapTrailblazer: Former USMNT coach Bob Bradley has become the first coach of a Premier League team when he joined Welsh club Swansea City; former U.S. star Landon Donovan is also an investor in the club. (Associated Press photo).

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Club América and Pumas UNAM derby at StubHub Center in Carson Saturday is a sell-out

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A capacity crowd is expected Saturday at 24,500-seat StubHub Center for an exhibition game Saturday between the two Mexico City clubs. Presumably that also means tickets for the grass berm at one end of the station, which can add another 2,500 people to the capacity have also been sold out.

From the press release:

“Starting at 2 p.m. Club América fans will be able to enjoy a Fiesta Futbolera outside the stadium that will feature trophies, official mascot, former players, live music, food, interactive sponsor activations, and the Mexico vs. New Zealand game on a jumbotron.”

Does that mean fans of the opposing team are not welcome?

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100 Percent Soccer column: Second consecutive late-season MLS slump has LA Galaxy on back heels (again)

Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris (13) takes a shot on goal against the LA Galaxy, during the first half at the StubHub Center. Seattle Sounder won 4-1.     Carson Calif., Sunday, September ,25, 2016.        (Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze/ SCNG)

Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris (13) takes a shot on goal against the LA Galaxy, during the first half at the StubHub Center. Seattle Sounder won 4-1. Carson Calif., Sunday, September ,25, 2016. (Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze/ SCNG)

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100 Percent Soccer column: Is Giovani dos Santos the second coming of Galaxy star Landon Donovan?

gio10Mexican 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?

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MLS Cup ready for prime time and USMNT faces Trinidad & Tobago at 5 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 with World Cup place at stake

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100 Percent Soccer column: U.S. Soccer fans kick back for tropical World Cup qualifying feast this Labor Day weekend

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Take the poll: Are the Galaxy and MLS better off without a violent defender like the departed Nigel de Jong?

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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.

What do you think?

Are the Galaxy and MLS better or worse off for the departure of defender Nigel de Jong

 
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