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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!

Major League Soccer Playoff Preview: Potent LA Galaxy attack focus Saturday for Real Salt Lake

Considering those numbers, it’s no wonder Real Salt Lake will focus on Landon Donovan Saturday in the opening playoff game. But then, they have plenty of other attacking worries from their Southern California opponents, too.

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Video: New in-depth Landon Donovan interview premieres Tuesday night on Time Warner Cable ahead of start of Major League Soccer playoffs

If you haven’t yet had enough of Landon Donovan interviews, then you will want to catch Cobi Jones sitting down for an extended 30-minute conversation with the LA Galaxy playmaker in the new Time Warner Cable SportsNet series “Connected With…”

Donovan will talk about his impending retirement and, of course, his omission from the World Cup squad:

“Of course I was hurt…And the part that I haven’t talked a lot about is that it was painful for my family…They had this amazing trip planned, this amazing life journey…Not only are they devastated for their son, uncle, nephew…but it was a really difficult time for us as a family.”

 

See an excerpt from the interview here. The show premieres at 7:30 p.m,.

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Major League Soccer announces Chivas USA to cease operations immediately, new Los Angeles club announcement set for Thursday

finaltifoGoats Gone: Chivas USA fans showed their true colors one final time Sunday before MLS announced today the team was no more (Photo by Nick Green)

Here’s the press release in full that was just released by MLS:

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today a new strategy for the Los Angeles market. Effective immediately, Chivas USA will cease operations. On Thursday, Oct. 30, the League will announce a new MLS Los Angeles club and ownership group. The new club will begin play in 2017.

The decision on Chivas USA was made unanimously by the MLS Board of Governors, after a comprehensive review of the League’s strategy for the Los Angeles market. As a result of this decision, the League will play with 20 clubs in the 2015 season.

“As part of our new strategy for Southern California — a major hotbed of soccer participation and fan support — we believe that engaging with a new ownership group which has the resources and local community ties, and a plan for a dedicated soccer-specific stadium, provides us with the best chance for success,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

With the addition of Orlando City SC and New York City FC in 2015, MLS will have 20 clubs for the league’s 20th season and will feature a new conference alignment. Most notably, the Houston Dynamo and 2013 MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City will move to the Western Conference, creating two 10-team conferences.

Here’s the reaction from MLS Players Union Executive Director Bob Foose:

“Real change has been needed for many years with respect to the Chivas franchise. Therefore, we are not surprised by today’s announcement.

The cessation of operations presents obvious challenges for the former Chivas players, and we are working with the league to make their transition to other teams as smooth as possible. Fortunately, with two new teams starting league play next
year, there will be more opportunities for these players to continue to showcase their talents in MLS.

We look forward to working with the new franchise when it re-enters MLS. The Los Angeles market can and will successfully support two MLS teams, and we are confident that the new franchise will learn from the mistakes made by Chivas, and will be successful in every way.”

More reaction:

Updated

LANG MLS beat writer Phil Collin has more here, while this week’s soccer column on the demise of Chivas USA is here.

The MLS launch of the new Los Angeles team and ownership group is set for 11 a.m. Thursday in Hollywood.

 

 

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Major League Soccer Playoff Bracket: LA Galaxy open post-season Saturday against Real Salt Lake in Utah

Kickoff is at 5 p.m. live on NBCSN with the return leg in Carson 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9.

From the Galaxy press release:

The winner of the Western Conference Semifinal series will advance to the two-leg Western Conference Championship round, with the conference champions advancing to the MLS Cup match. With a better record than any Eastern Conference team, the Galaxy would host the MLS Cup should the team advance.

Led by first-year head coach Jeff Cassar, Real Salt Lake finished season in third place in the Western Conference with a 15-8-11 record and 56 points. The series marks the second-straight season that the Galaxy face Salt Lake in the Western Conference semifinals.

The Galaxy finished the 2014 MLS Regular Season in second place overall in the MLS standings with an 17-7-10 record and 61 points, scoring 69 goals scored while allowing just 37. LA’s +32 goal differential is the second-highest in MLS history, trailing only the 1998 Galaxy side that recorded a +41 goal differential. The team ends the year with just seven losses in their 34 matches, the fewest in MLS this season.

The Galaxy lost out on the Supporters’ Shield Saturday in Seattle, falling 2-0 to the Sounders.

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Major League Soccer: Seattle Sounders win washes away Galaxy’s Supporters’ Shield hopes

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Weekend Soccer Preview: El Clasico Barcelona-Real Madrid, MLS LA Galaxy-Seattle SoundersFC and EPL

The biggest problem soccer fans will have this weekend is figuring out what to watch — and what to miss.

The biggest game on the planet gets under way at 9 a.m. on BeInSports. Don’t have the channel? No worries. The BJ’s at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance and in Glendale will open early for the game. They have a weekend brunch — so it’s a great place for a quick bite (pun intended).

Want an appetizer?

And then…

Chelsea and Manchester United clash at 9 a.m. Sunday on NBC. Preview all the BPL games here.

Finally…

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LA Galaxy plan $15 million StubHub Center upgrade, slash season ticket prices ahead of regular season finale Saturday against Seattle

Here’s the Sounders-Galaxy game Saturday by the numbers and here’s 15 million reasons to visit StubHub Center next year for an MLS game.

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Wednesday Kicks: LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLagarza signs multi-year contract extension and more

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  • As incredible as it sounds for a team with just eight wins all season, Chivas USA is not only seeking to sweep Real Salt Lake tonight in the club’s penultimate game of the season, but with two wins in its last two games the team can claim a four-game win streak to end the season and register its best year since 2009.
  • With a crowd over 60,000 against the Galaxy in Seattle Saturday, the Sounders will set a new record MLS mark fior the sixth consecutive season.
  • Versatile Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza, 26, has signed a new multi-year contract with the club he has so far made more than 155 appearances for since being drafted in 2009. DeLaGarza is earning $157,500 with the club this year and was named its Defender of the Year last weekend for a second time. The Guam international (who also made a couple of appearances for the U.S.) has played every position this season on a Galaxy back line that has conceded the fewest goals in MLS.
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