UCLA seeded eighth in NCAA Tournament

The draw was made today.

The Bruins (14-4-1), who finished one point behind champion Cal in the Pac-10, will meet the winner of Thursday’s game between MPSF champion Sacramento State (10-4-7) and West Coast Conference champion Santa Clara (10-5-5) in the first round on Thursday. It’s UCLA’s 28th consecutive post-season appearance.

The second round game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday at Drake Stadium.

Tickets are $10 adults, $8 students/youth.

The winner of the second round game advances to a Nov. 28 game against Notre Dame, Dartmouth or Monmouth.

The other Southern California representative in the tournament, UC Santa Barbara (13-4-3), hosts Denver (9-6-4) Thursday and is expected to draw another large crowd.

The winner meets No. 6 Cal.

UCSB also hosts the final four this year.

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College scoreboard: LMU wins share of first-ever WCC title & more

Even though they lost 1-0 to San Francisco Sunday at Sullivan Field.

From the LMU press release: The Loyola Marymount men (12-6-2, 8-3-1 WCC) conclude the season tied with Santa Clara atop the WCC standing on 25 points and will await their postseason fate with Monday’s announcement of the NCAA College Cup field live on ESPNU at 1:30 p.m. Santa Clara earns the conference’s automatic bid by virtue of 2-0 win over Gonzaga and a 1-0-1 season record against the Lions.

Also:

*USC (13-6-3) lost 4-0 to Notre Dame Sunday and were bounced from the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

*The UCLA women (13-7-2) upset Central Florida 2-1 Saturday at Drake Stadium, Elise Britt and Sydney Leroux doing the damage. They will next meet Stanford, 2-1 winners Sunday over Santa Clara, this weekend.

Notable: The Bruins have now advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 12th straight season.

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College scoreboard: Long Beach’s Gonzalez sets CCAA record with four goals & more

Sunday’s scores:

*Cal Poly Pomona junior Luis Gonzalez of Long Beach scored four goals and had two assists to set a new California Collegiate Athletic Association record for points in a match with 10 in a 7-0 demolition of Cal State East Bay. Cal Poly plays Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday.

*Long Beach State beat Cal State Northridge, 2-1. Game story.

*The No. 11 UCLA men (10-4-1, 5-2-0) lost for the first time this season to No. 12 Cal, who with the win now have sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.

*The post-season hopes of the LMU women (9-5-2, 1-2-2 West Coast Conference) dimmed in a 0-0 tie with San Francisco. LMU is now sitting in a tie for fifth place in the WCC on five points with two matches remaining.

*Pepperdine beat Saint Mary’s 2-0 for its first WCC victory of the season. Pepperdine improved to 8-5-5 overall and 1-2-2 in the WCC.

*In a Saturday evening game, the Cal State Northridge men (2-11-2, 1-5-1 BWC) lost 4-0 to UC Santa Barbara.

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Friday College scoreboard

*USC set a new NCAA women’s soccer record attendance in their derby against UCLA. The attendance figure bested a 2006 crowd in College Station, Texas for a Texas A&M-North Carolina match. Loved the name of the goalscorer, too, – Autumn Altamirano.

*Pepperdine (7-5-5, 0-2-2 WCC) drew 0-0 with San Francisco, hitting the crossbar with just seconds to play – for the second consecutive game.

*Despite a fly-over by President Barack Obama in the Marine One helicopter en route to LAX, freshman Tawni Martino scored her fourth game-winning goal of the season as LMU snapped a three-match winless streak with a 1-0 win over visiting Saint Mary’s in a West Coast Conference match at Sullivan Field. It was Martino’s team-leading seventh goal of the season and allowed the Lions (9-5-1, 1-2-1 WCC) to leap over the Gaels (7-6-3, 1-3-0 WCC) in the standings.

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USC women’s soccer aims for new NCAA attendance record Friday

Two years ago, the last time USC and UCLA met at the Coliseum, a crowd of 7,804 watched the game, the second highest attendance for a non-NCAA Tournament women’s soccer game.

The record isn’t much more than that – 8,204 – and USC officials are hoping to break the mark at the 7 p.m. game Friday between the No. 23-ranked Trojans (8-4-3, 1-2-1 Pac-10) and the No. 19-ranked Bruins (9-5-1, 2-2).

The game features UCLA striker Sydney Leroux, the U.S. Under-20 star who leads the Bruins in scoring with nine goals. That’s also good for third in the Pac-10.

Admission is free for USC students, $3 for a group of 10 or more and $5 regular admission for adults. The first 2,500 fans through the gates receive a free commemorative scarf. Call 213-740-1244 for tickets.

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Sunday college scoreboard

*Senior Lindsay Bullock scored a hat trick, junior Nicole Hubbard scored twice and Long Beach State (10-3-2) drubbed Cal State Fullerton 5-2 in a Big West Conference match at Titan Soccer Stadium.

*Senior forward Farryn Townley scored a school-record 20th goal of her career as Cal State Northridge (9-7) beat UC Riverside 1-0 in a Big West Conference game.

*The Loyola Marymount women (8-5-1, 0-2-1 WCC) remained winless in the West Coast Conference, losing 2-1 to Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash.

*Pepperdine (7-5-4, 0-2-1) hit the woodwork twice, but lost 1-0 to No. 2-ranked Portland to remain winless in West Coast Conference play.

*USC (8-4-3, 1-2-1 Pac-10) drew 1-1 against the University of Oregon in Eugene.

*The UCLA women lost 3-0 to Oregon State in Corvallis.

*UCLA freshman Kelyn Rowe extended his scoring streak to six consecutive games as the UCLA men (9-3-1, 4-1-0 Pac-10) beat Cal 1-0 in double overtime to pull into a first-place tie with the Golden Bears in the Pac-10.

*The Cal State Dominguez Hills men (10-2-2, 8-2-2) retained their lead atop the CCAA South with a fifth consecutive shutout, defeating Sonoma State, 3-0.

*West Torrance High product Jessica Murphy scored yet again for Cal State Dominguez Hills (10-3-1, 8-3-1 CCAA) in a 1-0 win over Sonoma State in Carson. She has scored four of the Toros’ last five goals.

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Monday catch-up: WPS Commish steps down & more

*In another sign Women’s Professional Soccer is more concerned with surviving than expanding, Commissioner Tonya Antonucci announced this morning she will leave the post she has held for three years at season’s end.

The financially-strapped WPS has recently laid off an unspecified number of employees and ended national marketing efforts.

From the WPS press release:

Antonucci will be replaced by WPS General Counsel Anne-Marie Eileraas, who will take the title of CEO, Women’s Professional Soccer. Under on-going league restructuring, Eileraas will head up the business and organizational aspects of the league office, working with the WPS Board, which will guide the strategic direction of the league.

*In local college games Sunday:

The UCLA men (3-1) beat Davidson 2-0 at Drake Stadium, freshman midfielder Kelyn Rowe scoring a pair of second-half goals.

The No. 13-ranked UCLA women (4-1-1) drew 1-1 with UC Santa Barbara (3-3-1) at Drake Stadium, defender Lauren Barnes getting a penalty kick equalizer. Star striker Sydney Leroux missed a first half penalty kick that could have evened the score. UCLA out-shot UCSB 30-10, but the tier snapped a 65-game home winning streak, the nation’s longest.

USC (4-1-2) beat Northern Arizona 3-1 at McAlister Field, getting goals from Samantha Johnson, Ashley Freyer and freshman Mia Bruno.

Pepperdine (4-2-1) beat Dartmouth 2-1 in Malibu.

The Cal State Northridge women (4-3) defeated UNLV, 1-0, in Las Vegas on a goal from Brittanie Sakajian.

The Matadors men (0-3-1) lost 3-1 to San Jose State in Fullerton.

Long Beach State (4-3-1) were crushed 6-0 by No. 19-ranked Cal in Berkeley.

The Loyola Marymount men (3-1) lost 3-1 and their undefeated start to the season to Butler in Kentucky.

The LMU women (4-2) lost 1-0 to No. 3-ranked Notre Dame on a second minute goal at Sullivan Field.

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Wednesday Kicks: Cosmos come to LA & more

The newly-revitalized New York Cosmos announced today they are taking over the Pasadena-based Los Angeles Football Club – known as LAFC Chelsea – moving it to Pomona and opening a West Coast youth academy.

“Chelsea and adidas have been good to us, however they are no longer associated with LAFC,” said Cosmos Academy West Director Teddy Chronopoulos, a former player with the New England Revolution. “Under the new partnership with The New York Cosmos, the Academy will now be outfitted by Umbro.”

The Cosmos also announced today that Giovanni Savarese, the former New York MetroStars striker, will become director of Cosmos Academy (East).

From the Cosmos press release:

LAFC, based out of Pasadena, is one of the nation’s most esteemed and competitive youth soccer organizations will now be called Cosmos Academy (West), based out of Pomona. The Academy will field teams from U9-U18 (boys) and participate in major leagues and tournaments throughout California, in addition to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. LAFC has received widespread recognition in the sport, most recently being ranked the No. 1 youth club in California, and No. 6 across the country by Soccer America.

As part of the agreement, Cosmos Academy (East) and Cosmos Academy (West) will now be funded by The New York Cosmos, whereby costs normally incurred by the families of these elite players will now be fully covered – such as registration fees, uniforms, coaches’ salaries along with the cost of participating in select tournaments and its related travel. In addition, the respective club teams under LAFC and BWG will now be called LAFC Cosmos and BWG Cosmos.

With a focus on youth development, The New York Cosmos is investing significantly to provide young talented players with elite coaching programs, facilities and training opportunities to help them realize their dreams. All of this is part of The New York Cosmos’ fundamental preparation and underpinning needed to field an MLS franchise team in New York in the near future.

“Our priority is the long-term development of players who will one day represent The New York Cosmos at the highest possible professional levels in soccer,” says Terry Byrne, Director of Soccer, The New York Cosmos. “Developing that talent, with the Academies and coaches that we now have on both coasts, will give us an outstanding platform for the future of The New York Cosmos as well as U.S. Soccer.”

The involvement of Byrne, a close friend of David Beckham who negotiated his MLS contract, has spurred speculation the sometime Galaxy midfielder could become involved in the Cosmos, if it becomes an MLS expansion team.

The league wants a second New York team and Beckham has indicated his interest in one day owning an MLS club.

In other news today:

*Chivas USA announced they have signed youth player Bryan de la Fuente of Bell to a professional contract.

The U.S. Under-18 international becomes the fourth former Chivas USA youth player on the club’s first team roster. Also making the grade were Carlos Borja (Anaheim), Jorge Flores (Anaheim), Cesar Zamora (Sylmar) and Gerson Mayn (Los Angeles). Mayen is currently on loan with Miami FC.

“Bryan has been with the youth program for the last three years, and he’s also been consistently with the U.S. U-20′s playing for Thomas Rongen,” said Coach Martn Vsquez. “We need to look at our youth program before we bring someone from outside. He’s a player for the future of this team, but we’re going to give him an opportunity, and help him develop in the short-term.”

From the Chivas USA press release:

The versatile midfielder played in the Guadalajara youth system from 2005-2007 before moving to Bell, Calif., where he joined the Chivas USA Under-16 team coached by Miguel Ramos and Samuel Rivas. Moving up to the Chivas USA U-18′s under coaches Sacha van der Most and Jos ‘Cuco’ Mancilla, de la Fuente played in the Copa Chivas in Guadalajara and the Copa Saprissa in Costa Rica, two of the most prestigious youth tournaments in the region. This year, de la Fuente has played for the United States U-20 National Team under head coach Thomas Rongen at the Dallas Cup and in the Milk Cup in Ireland, which the team won.

Incidentally, the club will hold tryouts at 4 p.m. Thursday for players born between 1997 and 2003 (U-7 to U-13) for its Bell Gardens youth academy. Cost is $20. E-mail tryouts@cdchivasusa.com for more information.

*Lastly, a preview of the Harbor College men’s team is here.

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Wednesday Kicks: Fusion fall in cup, England win World Cup & more

*The Ventura County Fusion’s first-ever U.S. Cup appearance was short – they lost to the Arizona Sahuaros Tuesday night up the coast.

I couldn’t resist posting this if only because these are the only pictures I’m likely to see of an England captain (that’s the late great Bobby Moore, for those who don’t know) hoisting the World Cup trophy (ahem) this year: Life.com has just posted these “never-before seen photos” of England’s lone World Cup win when they hosted the tournament in 1966.

The photos are by award-winning photographer Art Rickerby. Former Galaxy exec in training Alexi Lalas provides the text.

Check out the rest of the posted photos here.

And actually this Life.com World Cup-themed gallery was even better. (Ahem ahem).

*Random World Cup fact: DirecTV is airing “more than 50 matches with Portuguese commentary on ESPN Deportes, and offering alternate audio feeds for the ESPN games on DirecTV channel 210-1 in Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese (although not all languages are available for each game).

*Fox Soccer Channel will air the July 10 Club Amrica and Cruz Azul friendly at the Rose Bowl. More info on the game is here.

* Loyola Marymount assistant coach Michael Erush (and former player) has been named Director of Player Development for the Orange County Blue Star of the Premier Development League and this summer will coach the U.S. team at the Maccabi Games in Australia. The Maccabi Games are “a celebration of Jewish Unity, Culture, and Heritage through world athletic competition.”

From the LMU press release:

Erush, who will be entering his fourth season as LMU assistant coach this fall, was head coach of the Hollywood Hitmen of the Premier Development League, leading them to a first-place finish and Southwest Division championship in the team’s inaugural season. This summer, he has returned to the top of the standings with the Blue Star, who are based out of Irvine and currently lead the division with a 6-0-3 record through June 14. Orange County finished eighth in the division in 2009.

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