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!

ICYMI Monday Video Rewind: LA Galaxy score two goals in five minutes in come-from-behind win in Dallas, Palos Verdes Estates Christen Press scores hat trick as USWNT begin World Cup victory tour

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Notable: Whitney Engen’s goal meant exactly half the USWNT goals were scored by Palos Verdes Peninsla Products; she grew up in Rolling Hills Estates, Christen Press was raised in neighboring Palos Verdes Estates.

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Notable: Through their first 100 games, Keane’s 66 goals only trails Carlos Ruiz (67) and Roy Lassiter (71) in MLS history.

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MLS Video Weekend TV Preview: LA Galaxy visits Dallas at 6 p.m. Saturday on Time Warner Cable SportsNet

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Video Streaming: Watch the Bundesliga live and free here as German league kicks off on Fox this weekend

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The Bundesliga starts this weekend, Fox has the modern incarnation of “Soccer Made in Germany” and is pulling out the stop to make sure Anmerican soccer fans know it beginning with today’s 11:30 a.m. Bayern Munich-Hamburg game you cabn watch live here.

Here’s more from the Fox press release:

To celebrate the launch, FOX Sports is generating a multi-platform roadblock, airing the match on FOX Sports 2, 17 FOX Sports Regional Networks and affiliates (available in over 78 million homes), multiple local broadcast affiliates, FOXSports.com, FOX Sports’ YouTube channel and FOX Sports GO. Pregame coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET.

The FOX Sports Regional Networks and affiliates carrying the match are: FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports West, FOX Sports Wisconsin, MASN 2, NESN, Root Sports (Northwest Region), Root Sports (Pittsburgh Region), Root Sports (Rocky Mountain Region) and YES. Local over-the-air coverage is also available in Chicago (WPRW), San Francisco (KICU) and Philadelphia (WTXF – D2), covering nine million homes.

FOX Sports 1’s regular season Bundesliga coverage kicks off Sunday, Aug. 16 with last season’s league runner-up Wolfsburg taking on Eintracht Frankfurt with pregame coverage beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

The Bundesliga season consists of 306 matches played from August to May. In addition to the 58 games telecast on FOX Sports 1, 60 are earmarked for FOX Sports 2, and the remainder offered via FOX Soccer Plus. On the Spanish-language side, FOX Deportes is set to televise 105 matches. Additionally, every game televised on FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports 2 is being streamed live on desktop computers via FOXSoccer.com as well as the FOX Sports GO mobile app. All FOX Soccer Plus matches are being streamed on the FOX Soccer 2 GO app.

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Tickets on sale for three games aimed at fans of Mexican soccer at StubHub Center: El Tri in Olympic qualifying and Club America-Leon friendly Sept. 5

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More information and tickets are available here.

Also, tickets for a pair of doubleheaders set for Oct. 2 and 4 involving 2012 Olympic Gold medalists Mexico go on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

Here’s more from the press release:

A total of eight teams will compete in the tournament: three from North America (direct qualifiers: Canada, Mexico and the United States), three from Central America and two from the Caribbean. The USA was seeded as the tournament host in Group A. Mexico, the defending Olympic Qualifying Tournament champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist, was seeded in Group B.The rest of the teams will be placed into the groups at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament draw, which is set to take place Aug. 18 in Los Angeles.

Winners of the semifinal matchups will qualify for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and advance to the Oct. 13 final, while the losers will meet in a third place match.The third-place winner will qualify for the CONCACAF – CONMEBOL playoff, where it will face Colombia in a final opportunity to qualify for the Olympics in Rio.

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy parking, traffic woes strike nerve with fans

GalaxyOne thing you don’t want to do in Southern California is mess with the locals when it comes to traffic and parking.

That was underlined once more Wednesday when on the same day the Galaxy announced a StubHub Center sellout for the Aug. 23 game against NYCFC, the weekly 100 Percent Soccer column outlining the traffic and parking problems associated with games at the venue hit Los Angeles News Group websites and prompted an outpouring of emails and Tweets from fans. It was probably the biggest response to a column, which by the way is in our dead tree editions today should you be moved to buy it, since I started writing it over a decade ago.

I will let you know if I hear from the Galaxy front office (don’t hold your breath).

Here’s a sampling of reader reaction:

Hi Nick:

Your article today was a good one but another thing ownership doesn’t do well for the customers is handling the concession stands. The lines are ridiculously long & it’s not a stadium I will re-visit. I went to the Seattle game over the weekend and the lines were 30 minutes long. I took 3 kids from my son’s soccer team & spent the entire half & 15 minutes of the 2nd half in line buying them a soda. I asked the concessions employee if the lines were always this bad and she replied, “yes”. I will not be going back, which is too bad because they have an exciting team with many high quality players.

Lawrence
El Segundo

I have been a seventeen year season ticket holder and I am about not to renew my ticket if something is not done about the parking.

I am semi-handicapped and hold a ADA parking permit; for the past several years the have blocked off all the spaces on the south edge of lot 13, except for saving a few spaces they rent out to Chevrolet or other vendors and had lot 13 open to parking. Well, the past few matches they started blocking off lot 13 and directing people to park on the edge spaces first then opening up lot 13 to parking. It is rather difficult for me to walk additional distance when I used to be able to park in the ADA spaces. Maybe you could pressure them to do what they did in the past; thank you.

Rod La Rocque

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ICYMI Monday MLS Video Rewind: Gio Dos Santos and star-studded LA Galaxy overwhelm under-strength Seattle Sounders

Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders' keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders’ keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

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Galaxy's Alan Gordon (9) attempts a bicycle-kick goal around Sounder's Zach Scott in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Alan Gordon (9) attempts a bicycle-kick goal around Sounder’s Zach Scott in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

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