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!

Weekly Soccer Column: Ghastly LA Galaxy overshadowed by magic of Lionel Messi and other high-quality events on sports landscape

messigoalBarca Bombs Bayern: Lionel Messi and Barcelona were rampant Wednesday in all but gutting Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League hopes with a masterful 3-0 win over a quality opponent that left the jaws of even cynical soccer reporters dropping (Associated Press photo).

I’d like to thank Lionel Messi and Barcelona for eloquently making the case for my weekly 100 Percent Soccer column in today’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich where the quality of soccer on display was quite simply stunning.

Next up later today: Lowly Real Salt lake against a LA Galaxy team nowhere near firing on all cylinders.

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MLS Preview: Missing influential midfielder Javier Morales, struggling Real Salt Lake seek revenge against LA Galaxy at 6:30 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable Sports Net

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A capsule game preview is here from MLS beat reporter Phil Collin, while this is the Salt Lake City perspective from sister paper The Salt Lake City Tribune.

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New 5-a-side soccer center opens May 15 in Norwalk with free tournaments

us53dSoccer Central: The new Urban Soccer 5 Center in Norwalk (Image courtesy US5).

Free 5-a-side soccer tournaments will be held May 15-25 at Norwalk’s Urban Soccer 5 Center as the new 10-field facility opens.

The facility is intended for all age groups hosting kids’ games and corporate events, while HD cameras capture the action that can be streamed live or replayed later from the LED lighted fields.

The venue also includes a soccer shop, cafe for lunch and breakfast and private lockers and individual showers.

Urban Soccer 5 center will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Check it out:

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MLS Monday Video Rewind: “Lousy” LA Galaxy saved by late-goal Alan Gordon again in fortunate 1-1 tie with Colorado Rapids

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The Galaxy are on arguably the worst four-game uneaten streak in club history with only another Alan Gordon header saving them from an ugly looking loss to an unimpressive Colorado Rapids side in front of a sparse crowd and now head out on a three-game road swing, their longest of the season.

Quotable:

“That’s my family,” said Long Beach native Alan Gordan of the fans chanting his name. “I paid them to say that. If you want fans, you’ve got to invite the family.”

Notable:

The Galaxy are winless (0-2-2) when trailing at half time and after conceding the first goal this season.

Tweet Time:

Bottom Line:

“The game was lousy, and everything with it was lousy,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena was quoted as saying after the game.

Next for the Galaxy: at Real Salt Lake 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on Time Warner Cable SportsNet

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MLS Preview: Robbie Keane and Marcelo Sarvas KO’d from tonight’s LA Galaxy-Colorado Rapids dust up at StubHub

Game preview

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USWNT star Alex Morgan kicked off the #Passthelove campaign Friday in Hermosa Beach ahead of next month’s World Cup

USWNT soccer star Alex Morgan kicked off a campaign dubbed #passthelove Friday in Hermosa Beach. Morgan and soccer players "painted" a mural by kicking a soccer ball at a blank canvas. The campaign bursts of paint. The interactive mural helped bring to life the new campaign, which is rallying fans to share their messages of support with the team on Twitter using the hashtag #PASSTHELOVE.

USWNT soccer star Alex Morgan kicked off a campaign dubbed #passthelove Friday in Hermosa Beach. Morgan and soccer players “painted” a mural by kicking a soccer ball at a blank canvas. The interactive mural helped bring to life the new campaign, which is rallying fans to share their messages of support with the team on Twitter using the hashtag #PASSTHELOVE.

From the press release:

Fans can also go to PassTheLove.com beginning May 15 to share a message of support from their social media channels directly to the Wall of Support. Posting a message allows visitors to automatically be entered to receive instant-win prizes, such as snacks, U.S. Soccer jerseys, gear and other giveaways.

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EPL Weekend TV Preview: Chelsea could clinch the title against Crystal Palace at 5:30 a.m. Sunday live on NBCSN

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Thirteen points clear of second-place Manchester City, Chelsea could win their fourth EPL title this weekend against Crystal Palace, sitting 12th in the table.

Palace haven’t won at Stamford Bridge in 33 years.

A comprehensive guide to all the EPL games this weekend is here.

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