Watch: Two great goals from Hawthorne’s Gyasi Zardes and Cubo Torres give LA Galaxy and Chivas USA MLS shutout wins

“If Barcelona scored a goal like that, people would be talking about it for weeks,” said Galaxy playmaker Landon Donovan. “It was a good sequence: it was a great ball by Robbie, great run by Marcelo and Gyasi peeled off with a great run and a finish, so I think it was as good a team goal as you’ll seen in this league.”

Here’s the Chivas USA game story from Los Angeles News Group reporter Phil Collin
Reporter Elliott Almond from our sister newspaper the San Jose Mercury News has more on the Galaxy win over the Earthquakes

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Major League Soccer resumes today: LA Galaxy in San Jose, Chivas USA hosts Real Salt Lake


Reporter Phil Collin has the capsule previews for the Galaxy and Chivas USA games.

The Galaxy and Earthquakes have just four wins each.

A big crowd is expected at Stanford Stadium for tonight’s Galaxy-Earthquakes game.

Here’s the perspective from Salt Lake City via sister newspaper The Salt Lake City Tribune.

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Chivas USA signs Japanese defender Akira Kaji

akirachivasChivas USA shores up its defense with a former Japanese international with World Cup experience (Photo courtesy Chivas USA).

Chivas USA has signed former Japanese international Akira Kaji from J-League Division 1 club Gamba Osaka, the club announced today.

The 34-year-old right back played for his country at the 2006 World Cup.

“Akira is a very experienced player who is going to help us solidify our back four,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “He brings World Cup experience along with an impressive career in a league that is very strong, athletic, competitive and that has a very fast pace. He is a very technical and smart player capable of not only defending but also distributing and possessing the ball when going forward. We are very happy to have Akira join Chivas USA, as his addition will strengthen our team in all aspects.”

Kaji, who has made more than 225 J-League appearances, will be eligible to make his MLS debut after the international transfer window opens on July 8.

Chivas USA resumes action after the MLS World Cup break Saturday against Real Salt Lake in Carson.

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Chivas USA extends loan of top goalscorer Erick “Cubo’ Torres

A no-brainer when the 21-year-old Mexican striker has nine of the 13 goals Chivas USA has managed so far this season, the second-fewest in MLS.

Erick Torres scored against the Galaxy last weekend and will now remain with the team at least through the end of the season, although MLS could exercise an option to extend his contract still more.

The product of the CD Guadalajara youth system led Chivas USA with seven goals last year.

Notable: The forward has 16 goals in 29 appearances since joining Chivas USA last July and is tied with Cuauhtémoc Blanco as the league’s all-time leading scorer among Mexican-born players.

Check out his goal-scoring exploits in the above video.

Chivas USA travel to North Carolina to face the Carolina RailHawks Saturday in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.

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Sunday SuperClasico Preview: LA Galaxy-Chivas USA

Los Angeles News Group MLS writer Phil Collin has the preview and will be in attendance this afternoon taking in the game between two teams having sub-par seasons so far.

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World Cup Countdown: LA Galaxy-Chivas USA, USMNT-Nigeria highlight soccer TV weekend

SuperClasicoposter14Who knew there were any skyscrapers in suburban Carson? (I kid; the poster will be on sale at the game Sunday at StubHub Center with proceeds benefiting charity).

The Galaxy will face a Chivas USA team Sunday desperately adrift in MLS before making way for the World Cup for a couple of weeks.  It’s a doubleheader: LA Galaxy II (7-2-3) host the Dayton Dutch Lions (2-6-2) after the main event on the same field.

Other MLS games may offer more exciting options especially since it is a free MLS Live trial weekend. (if you haven’t seen a game on the MLS iPad app, you’re missing a thing of beauty. Check it out).

There’s a trio of international games today I’m watching:

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TV Doubleheader Soccer Sunday Video Preview: USMNT, LA Galaxy

While you’re hanging around the house awaiting game 7 of the Kings series with a Stanley Cup berth at stake (5 p.m. NBCSN), there’s a Sunday soccer doubleheader made for Southern California: at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 the U.S. plays Turkey, followed by the Galaxy renewing acquaintances with Mike Magee and the Chicago Fire at 1 p.m. on TWCSN.

Oh, and reporter Phil Collin watched the latest Chivas USA loss last night in Carson, so we didn’t have to. Boxscore.


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Thursday Kicks: Tiny crowd sees Chivas USA lose again, Glasgow Rangers to play Ventura County Fusion and more

A few links for Thursday:

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