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!

100 Percent Soccer Column: Ready for a packed summer of soccer?

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So I suppose it’s tempting fate to write a column about the busy summer of soccer that lies ahead and then elevate the wrong team to the final four of the UEFA CL (not that the two alert Barcelona fans who noticed really minded).

Anyway, the corrected column is here, so mark your calendars or stick it on your fridge or whatever to ensure you don’t miss a game.

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EPL, FA Cup Semifinals Weekend TV Preview: Everton-Manchester United cup clash at 9 a.m. Saturday on Fox Sports 2

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New stricter MLS security checks start as LA Galaxy hosts Real Salt Lake Saturday in Carson

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If you were planning to take luggage to Saturday’s Galaxy game at StubHub Center you can forget it.

Big bags and other bulky items are out, small is in.

From the (edited) MLS press release:

Beginning Saturday a new minimum standard bag policy and guest screening measures will be instituted at all 20 MLS venues bringing MLS events in line with security measures taken by the other professional sports leagues in North America.

“Public safety is a top priority and the enhanced security measures will ensure that fans are able to continue to enjoy MLS and SUM events in a safe environment,” said MLS president and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott.

Under the new security policy, all guests will be fully screened upon entry into MLS venues. The screenings will be conducted via a full pat down or with the use of a search wand of magnetometers. Each venue will decide which procedures and protocols will be used.

Banned from MLS stadiums are:

  • Large purses
  • Coolers
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Computer bags
  • Camera bags
  • Any bag larger than 14’’x14’’x6’’

In addition, all bags will be subject to search upon entry.

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Everything you wanted to know about the American soccer fan (if only you had asked)

WChermosaBWorld Cup fans gather for a viewing party in Hermosa Beach; one-third of all American soccer fans only pay attention to big events like the tournament, a marketing study found. (Daily Breeze file photo).

One in three American soccer fans say Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United is their favorite team.

The Galaxy? They came in sixth in the top 10 teams cited, while the Seattle Sounders were 10th.

For more insights into the interests of American soccer fans, read today’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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MLS suspends Nigel de Jong for three games as the LA Galaxy visit Houston at 4 p.m. on UniMas

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Game preview

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Nigel de Jong delivers physical presence Galaxy wanted, will MLS and American soccer pay the price?

crunch He bites: This is how English tabloid the Daily Mirror reported on Nigel de Jong’s crunching challenge on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe.

So whose at fault in the wake of Nigel de Jong’s obscene challenge on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe?

The player? The club? The coach?

Try the media, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said Wednesday (really).

Guess he’s not going to like this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column then.

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One thing we learned from Sunday’s Galaxy game via Twitter: Nigel de Jong (is still) a violent excuse for a player

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MLS national triple-header Sunday concludes with LA Galaxy hosting Portland Timbers at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

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Copa America Trophy visits four Los Angeles-area locations this weekend including Sunday’s LA Galaxy game in Carson

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Before the actual Copa America tournament this summer comes the trophy tour:

  • 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Intaktics, 1214 254th Street for the LAFC futsal tournament.
  • 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday at The Greyhound, 5570 N. Figueroa St., for the LA Spurs  Tottenham-Manchester United watch party.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 1739 Public House, 1739 N. Vermont Ave., for the American Outlaws USWNT-Colombia watch party.
  • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Stubhub Center for the Galaxy-Portland Timbers game
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