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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!

Chelsea-Southampton and Manchester United-Spurs Sunday headline weekend EPL coverage on NBCSN

Here’s your interactive guide to the weekend action.

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LA Galaxy sign Spanish SuperDraft pick Ignacio Maganto, former Getafe youth player

Ignacio Maganto had 27 goals and 14 assists during a four-year Iona College career.

“Ignacio had a strong preseason and showed his talent in our games and training sessions,” said head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “We are happy to add him to our roster and look forward to his development going forward.”

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MLS Week 2 TV Schedule: LA Galaxy at Portland Timbers Sunday on Fox Sports 1 and more

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Jamaica, El Salvador, Canada join Costa Rica for July 8 Gold Cup doubleheader at StubHub Center in Carson

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The three nations were added to the Group B field for the Gold Cup, CONCACAF announced today:

The Group B doubleheader action will kick off at 5 p.m. PT as Costa Rica takes on Jamaica at StubHub Center on July 8 followed by a clash between El Salvador and Canada at 7:30 p.m. PT. The CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played throughout North America from July 7-26.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Complete tournament details including the U.S. group opponents are here.

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LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane fined for post-goal celebration in MLS season-opening win at StubHub Center

GalaxySharp-eyed lip-reading viewers watching the television reply after the 81st minute goal last Friday in the win over the Chicago Fire will note that Robbie Keane dropped a F-bomb or two during his celebration.

The cuss words were either aimed at the crowd at what was generally a pretty poor game by the defending MLS champions despite the win or a general expression of frustration.

The amount of the fine for “unprofessional conduct” announced today was not disclosed by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

Read more about Keane’s cussing here.

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Video Highlights: Watch three of the best goals from MLS’ opening weekend

Not noted above: the Seattle Sounders, the club many observers believe are the Galaxy’s main rival for the Western Conference crown, decisively beat New England 3-0 in the final MLS game of the weekend.

Here are three of the best goals from MLS week 1:

*While this is Robbie Keane’s goal, it’s the prescient header from Baggio Husidec that creates the opportunity in the Galaxy’s Friday night 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire:

*A lot of big names got on the scoresheet Monday including Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Kaka, but the best goal of the weekend from one of the new stars to join MLS was this carefully placed effort for Mix Diskerud who etched his name in the NYCFC history books:

*Finally, this wasn’t the best goal of the weekend, but it was arguably the most dramatic coming at simply the best moment in the game to seal the win:

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Video Highlights: LA Galaxy kick off post-Landon Donovan era with dominating win over Chicago Fire engineered by new generation

Los Angeles News Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin has the game story.

Quotable:

“We played the champions, and I think that showed,” said Fire midfielder Shaun Maloney. “[The Galaxy] dominated the game for large parts. … The Galaxy are champions for a reason. We have some work to do to get up to that standard.”

Notable:

With the result, the Galaxy are now unbeaten in 20 consecutive games at StubHub Center and have only lost three of their last 44 home MLS games.

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Bottom line:

Next for the Galaxy: 4 p.m. March 15 at Portland Timbers

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LA Galaxy kick off 20th MLS season tonight at StubHub Center in Carson against the Chicago Fire



Galaxy beat writer Phil Collin has the season preview here and asks five burning questions in the wake of Landon Donovan’s retirement.

Also today:

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