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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!

FIFA Women’s World Cup by the numbers

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FIFA provided these figures today:

Attendance:

  • Total attendance: 885,369
  • Average attendance: 24,594
  • Biggest attendance: 6 June doubleheader featuring New Zealand vs. Netherlands and Canada vs. China in Edmonton – Canadian record set for any national team playing at home with 53,058 spectators.
  • Five of six venues had sellouts in the group stage with Montreal close to 90% capacity for Canada vs. Netherlands on 15 June played before an enthusiastic 45,420 fans.

Games:

  • Number of goals: 107
  • Goal average: 2.97
  • Marta (BRA, 10) became top scorer in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history with 15 goals.
  • Fabienne Humm (SUI, 16) scored the fastest hat-trick in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history, 3 goals in 5 Minutes.
  • Christie Rampone (USA, 39) became the oldest player in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history.
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LA Galaxy travel to San Jose to play Earthquakes July 1 in the U.S. Open Cup round of 16

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The road game in the knockout tournament is scheduled just four days after the Galaxy were set to travel to the Bay Area for a June 27 game against San Jose as part of MLS Rivalry Week.

The winner will play the victor of the game between Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers.

The full draw, made this morning, is here.

The Galaxy advanced by beating amateur side PSA Elite last night in Carson with Robbie Keane nailing a hat trick:

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USA-Nigeria is third most-watched women’s soccer game of all time, but viewership still dwarfed by NBA finals

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Tuesday’s USA-Nigeria FIFA Women’s World Cup game attracted five million viewers on Fox making it the third most-watched women’s game of all time, but those numbers were still dwarfed by the sixth and deciding game of the NBA finals, which drew 23.3 million viewers over on ABC.

Only the USA-China 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) and the Japan-USA 2011 Women’s World Cup Final (13,458,000) were watched by more people than the USA-Nigeria game, Fox said.

About 52 percent more viewers tuned in for the third USA group game compared to its tournament opener.

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Weekly Soccer Column: In praise of the underdog ahead of the Galaxy’s U.S. Cup game against amateur club PSA Elite (streamed live here)

usopencuplogoLA Galaxy and Guam defender A.J. DeLaGarza knows all about how small nations like the one he represents can ambush the big boys on occasion.

That sort of knowledge could be valuable tonight for the Galaxy in the U.S. Open cup against amateur team PSA Elite, although there were precisely zero upsets in the round of games played Tuesday in the knockout competition.

The 7:30 p.m. game at StubHub Center includes free parking, $2 tacos from Chancho’s Tacos and $2 beer. Tickets are $10. Or, you can watch here, for free

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

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English Premier League releases 2015-2016 season fixtures: find out when and where your team is playing next season

EPLlogoThe Barclays Premier League League today released the full slate of games for the 2015-2016 season.

Check out the complete EPL schedule here.

The opening day fixtures and the schedules for selected EPL clubs:

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video preview: U.S. can clinch group with win over Nigeria live at 5 p.m. on Fox

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Game preview.

Mia Hamm appears at 1 p.m. as a guest on Fox Women’s World Cup today on Fox Sports 1.

Finally, here are the locations of Southern California viewing parties.

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LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and Guam stun India in World Cup qualifying

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A week after winning its first-ever World Cup qualifying game, Guam have done it again.

The tiny Pacific Ocean outpost, population 161,001, stunned India, population 1.2 billion, 2-1 on Tuesday to head its qualifying group.

DeLaGarza got the start in the win and took to Twitter to celebrate:

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Weekend Video Rewind: MLS, Copa America and World Cup highlights

Too much soccer and not enough time this weekend? Get caught up here.

*Weather delayed the LA Galaxy-Columbus Crew MLS game two hours and this one didn’t age well:

*Kaka and Orlando City put on a better show Sunday against D.C. United. Here’s the goal that was the difference in the game:

*Perhaps the most compelling performance of the weekend was offered by the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team against Serbia in the quarterfinals:
Check out the highlights here.

*The biggest upset of the weekend came at the Women’s World Cup.

*The most entertaining game of the weekend (or should that be the worst defending of the weekend)? Brazil-Peru gets my vote:

*Finally, this was the most-viewed game of the weekend.
Highlights are here.

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MLS Weekend TV Video Preview: LA Galaxy (5-5-6) face Columbus Crew (4-6-4) at 4:30 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet

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*Here’s the MLS preview.

MLS standings.

Here’s more on the series history between these two teams.

Best thing about this game? It comes on TV right after Lionel Messi and Argentina faces Paraguay in Copa America action on BeIn Sports.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying Weekend TV Preview: Grieving LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane a doubt for Ireland against Scotland live at 9 a.m. Saturday on Fox Sports 1

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LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane will decide whether his mindset will allow him to play in Ireland’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier Saturday against Ireland after the death of two cousins earlier this week in an industrial accident.

Here’s some other recommended Euro 2016 qualifiers available on television this weekend:

*11:30 a.m. Saturday Gibralter-Germany on Fox Sports 2
*4 p.m. Saturday Armenia-Portugal on ESPN Deportes

*9 a.m. Sunday Ukraine-Luxembourg on Fox Sports 2
*11:30 a.m. Sunday Belarus-Spain on Fox Sports 2

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