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USWNT striker Christen Press has become the first active athlete to contribute to FOX Sports’ @TheBuzzer, the network’s digital sports series.
“Working with such a cool digital series like @TheBuzzer was such an attractive opportunity for me and I am so thrilled to be a part of it,” Press said. “It’s great that I get to talk about the sport that I love, being on the other side of the camera, and help it grow in a new and different way.”.
From the Fox Sports press release:
Press makes her @TheBuzzer debut as an embedded correspondent with the American Outlaws in Pasadena leading up to kickoff of the CONCACAF CUP between Mexico and the United States on Saturday. She also joins forces with Pilar Perez from FOX Deportes to set the scene on the field prior to the historic showdown as the rivals prepare to battle for a spot in the prestigious 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, and is part of FS1’s special 90-minute pregame show live from the sold-out Rose Bowl beginning at 5 p.m.
Hall worthy: Sigi Schmid is overcome with emotion at Sunday’s U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame ceremony (Associated Press Photo).
Former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid was a 10-year-old German immigrant when he arrived in Torrance; today the Seattle Sounders coach is regarded as one of the finest American coaches ever and a worthy addition to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.
Women’s soccer is more important to the Olympics than men’s soccer with the tournament devoted to U-23 teams, most world powers all but ignore it in favor of the World Cup and media coverage is at best subdued.
While the U.S. anonymously opens its campaign against Canada tonight on a minor TV channel in the Midwest, El Tri will take center stage in the nation”s largest Latino market, Southern California for the next 10 days, a span that will also include the massive Confederations Cup playoff in Pasadena.
I’m pretty sure the guy next to Clint Dempsey won’t be in the starting XI for the 6:30 p.m. game on Fox Sports 1, however.
From the Sounders press release:
The initiative marks the first time an MLS club has altered its jerseys for any match mid-season, as well as the first time Sounders FC has worn anything other than Rave Green jerseys for an MLS regular season home fixture. The new Halo 5: Guardians-inspired jerseys utilize Sounders FC’s Pitch Black third kits. During warmups, Sounders FC players are also wearing limited edition pre-match training tops, custom-made with Sounders FC and Halo 5: Guardians branding. Sunday’s match is the only opportunity that fans have to buy this one-of-a-kind jersey, as a limited supply of 200 are available for purchase at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.
Spirited: From left to right, Courage Campaign board chairman Paul Song, CNN journalist Lisa Ling, Bruce Arena, Robbie Rogers and Courage Campaign executive director Eddie Kurtz are pictured at Thursday night’s Spirit of Courage awards.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena was recognized with a Spirit of Courage award Thursday in downtown Los Angeles.
The award is given to Californians who exemplify courage in the fight for a more fair and just society.
Here’s more from the press release:
When Bruce hired Robbie Rogers in 2013, he became the first coach in any major league U.S. men’s sport to hire an openly gay athlete. LA Galaxy mid-fielder Robbie Rogers will speak and present the award. Before winning an MLS Championship with the Galaxy, Robbie represented the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics. In 2013, he launched “Beyond It,” an anti-discrimination campaign. His biography, Coming Out to Play, was published last November.
With apologies to the Who, but Galaxy fans are starting to fret about the club’s ability to negotiate the last fews remaining games of the regular season, never mind the playoffs given its current scoreless, winless streak at precisely the wrong time of the season.
Training Trinidad & Tobago-style: The Galaxy are hard at work preparing for their pivotal CONCACAF Champions League game tonight in the Caribbean where the temperature is in the low 90s (Photo by Robert Mora for the LA Galaxy).