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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!

Video: Watch the official Liverpool tribute to Steven Gerrard before he heads to the LA Galaxy

farewellFinal farewell: Steven Gerrard played his final game Saturday at his beloved Anfield before heading to MLS and Southern California (Associated Press Photo).

Safe to say the outcome of the game itself was not what most at Anfield had in mind as a fitting end to an icon’s career.

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LAFC set to make major announcement on Monday, presumably about a stadium site near USC

Today’s announcement notification that’s set for 11:15 a.m. Monday (although the exact location is a secret for now):

Los Angeles Football Club will be making a major announcement regarding the Club’s future in Los Angeles. The announcement will feature prominent members from the Club’s ownership including venture capitalist and businessman Henry Nguyen, entertainment mogul Peter Guber, Club President Tom Penn, basketball legend Earvin Magic Johnson, U.S. soccer superstar Mia Hamm Garciaparra, MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra, and elected leaders.

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EPL Weekend Preview: Emotional final game live at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN for Liverpool veteran Steven Gerrard before he heads to the LA Galaxy

stevieLiverpool have created a “digital tribute” to LA Galaxy-bound Gerrard on the club’s website (Photo Courtesy Liverpool FC).

A Google search this morning yielded almost 1,000 hits for articles about Steven Gerrard, one reason why tickets are going for big prices in England this week for his final game at storied Anfield.

Here’s a sampling:

Read more about the weekend’s EPL games here.

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LA Galaxy II to host Ventura County Fusion Wednesday in second round of U.S. Open Cup

Galaxy2logoThe Ventura County Fusion’s penalty kick victory Wednesday over amateur Thousand Oaks-based Cal FC has earned them a 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Galaxy’s reserve team.

On the same night the Galaxy II beat the Tulsa Roughnecks 2-0 behind goals from Jack McBean and Ariel Lassiter for their fourth straight win.

The winner meets the victor of the Orange County Blues FC-PSA Elite clash on May 27.

Tickets are $10, while parking is free, beer and tacos are $2 apiece and kids 12 and under get in free.

Here’s a summary of the Fusion win from U.S. Soccer:

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3, Cal FC (USASA) 3 (Ventura County Fusion wins 6-5 on penalty kicks)

In another wild affair, Ventura County Fusion struck first through Carlos Martinez in the 14th minute.

Playing against his former team, Danny Barrera equalized from distance on the hour mark, but Javier Castro’s 39th minute strike would take the Fusion into halftime up 2-1. Just five minutes into the second frame, Chris Cummings again equalized for Cal FC; however, just a minute after entering the match, Ventura County substitute Julian Zamora would put the home side ahead 3-2 in the 63rd minute.

Cal FC continued to press for one more equalizer and found it through Edgar Espinoza, whose 89th minute tally sent the match to extra time. The teams traded chances in the additional frame, but penalty kicks would be required. Cal FC’s Bryan Hill stood tall to turn away two shots, while Ventura County’s Justin Vom Steeg saved one, but as the tiebreaker extended to sudden death, Espinoza put his eighth round penalty high, giving the Fusion a 6-5 penalty kick decision.

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LA Galaxy Video Update: coach Bruce Arena blasts MLS blackmail, tickets to Barcelona game go on sale Thursday

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New Los Angeles MLS club hires chief operating officer Carl Schloessman

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Actual news from LAFC — the working title of the expansion MLS team announced last year after the demise of Chivas USA — has been a little thin on the ground, but the franchise announced today it had hired Carl Schloessman as chief operating officer.

Schloessman has spent more than six years as executive vice president of sales and marketing with LA-based Live Nation Entertainment, the parent company of Ticketmaster and Live Nation Concerts.

From the press release:

Schloessman will be responsible for all revenue and operations for the new Major League Soccer club, including all income generating initiatives, such as sponsorships and naming rights, as well product development, team merchandising, marketing, sales, ticket pricing and other revenue fulfillment programs.

Schloessman apparently isn’t the face of the franchise that still has no official name, colors or stadium site — no picture of him accompanied the press release — but is the first high-profile executive hired outside by its large ownership group.

Nor is he being hired for his knowledge of soccer.

“Carl is a world-class leader and expert in live entertainment and sports,” said Tom Penn, LAFC president and owner. “His extensive knowledge and experience in the Los Angeles market will be invaluable to LAFC as we near a decision on our new stadium.”

MLS Commissioner Don Garber said recently a stadium site should be announced within the next few months, although it appears USC is the favored site for the club that will begin play in 2017.

“The opportunity to build a top-tier MLS Club in Los Angeles from the ground up is unparalleled,” Schloessman said.

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