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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!

Star Wars Opening Weekend EPL TV Video Preview: Man Utd face Norwich City at 7 a.m. Saturday on USA

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has “surreal” SoCal return with Galaxy

TS22-SOCCERCOL--- Carson, CALIFORNIA--1/21/13--- Staff Photo: Robert Casillas --- Chivas USA All-Star GK Dan Kennedy waves to cheering fans at practice.

TS22-SOCCERCOL— Carson, CALIFORNIA–1/21/13— Staff Photo: Robert Casillas — Chivas USA All-Star GK Dan Kennedy waves to cheering fans at practice.

Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is now a member of the LA Galaxy. Read one view of what that means for the club in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Brazil and Mexico to play Copa America Centenario games at Rose Bowl in Pasadena next June

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Brazil and Mexico are seeded teams that Copa Centenario organizers announced today would play in two of three scheduled tournament games at the Rose Bowl next summer; the nations’ opponents and the teams that will play the third game in Southern California will be announced early next year when the final draw is made.

 

Brazil, the seeded team in Group B, will open its group stage in Pasadena on June 4, and Mexico, the seeded team in Group C, will play at the Rose Bowl on June 9.

The United States and Argentina are the other two seeded teams in the tournament. Argentina earned the top seed of Group D from being the highest FIFA-ranked nation in the Americas, while the United States grabbed the Group A seed as the host nation.

The U.S. men’s national team will open the tournament in Santa Clara on June 3, with its other group matches coming in Chicago on June 7 and in Philadelphia on June 11.

Seattle, New York/New Jersey, Foxborough and Santa Clara will all host quarterfinal matches, with Houston and Chicago getting the semifinals.

 

From the press release:

The 2016 Copa America Centenario is the historic centennial edition of Copa America – the South American championship – and will be staged outside of South America for the first time. The tournament will feature six teams from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football and all 10 teams from the South American Football Confederation.

From CONCACAF, host United States and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Central American Cup winner) and Jamaica (2014 CFU Caribbean Cup winner) qualified with regional championships last year.

The final two teams from CONCACAF will be determined in a double-header playoff set to be played Jan. 8, 2016, in Panama City. Trinidad & Tobago will face Haiti, and Panama squares off against Cuba with the winners qualifying for the Copa America Centenario.

The South American field for the tournament features Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Uruguay has been crowned champion of the Copa America a record 15 times, while Chile won its first title at this past year’s edition, which it hosted.

Full details of the tournament are here.

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U.S. Men’s National Team to play not just one, but two StubHub Center exhibition games in early 2016

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Double your national team pleasure in early 2016.

The U.S. Men’s National Team, which traditionally plays its first game of the year in Carson, will play two game just days apart in early 2016 against Iceland (12:45 p.m. Jan. 31) and Canada (7:15 p.m. Feb. 5), U.S. Soccer announced today.

Tickets for both games go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

The U.S. hasn’t played Iceland in two decades, while it hasn’t lost to Canada in 35 years.

“Iceland is one of the up-and-coming soccer nations in Europe,” said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They have been really impressive in qualifying for the European Championship for the first time, and they have earned huge compliments for their youth player development. Their players are now spread across the big leagues in Europe.”

“As we know from our past meetings, Canada is a difficult opponent that is not easy to break down. It’s a good experience to play against them, particularly for some of our younger players. They started off on the right foot in World Cup qualifying, having won at home and picking up a point on the road in El Salvador, so this will be a good challenge.”

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English Premier League Weekend TV Preview: Bournemouth hosts Manchester United at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN

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100 Percent Soccer Column: FIFA is parasite rather than promoter of world soccer

blatter Criminal mastermind? Sepp Blatter and his cronies have subverted the world’s game propelled by greed (AP Photo).

The American media — this columnist included — hasn’t weighed in much on the slowly unfolding FIFA bribery scandal. It is complex, the story is still unfolding, many Americans don’t care about soccer anyway and even those that do find their eyes glazing over at the mere sight of acronyms like CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.

But the events of the last week — again largely out of domestic sight, especially locally with the horrific shooting in Southern California dominating headlines — have the scandal visiting new appalling lows that make the governance structure of soccer a putrid mess.

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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MLS Cup Video Preview: Columbus Crew SC hosts Portland Timbers at 1 p.m. Sunday on ESPN and UniMas

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All the stats surrounding MLS Cup 2016 are here.

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