Weekly Soccer Column: Rebuilding Manchester United meets LA Galaxy Wednesday in Pasadena

It’s the start of a new era for Manchester United when the club faces the Galaxy Wednesday at the Rose Bowl as I explain in this weeke’s column.

Here’s the perspective of the LA Galaxy and Landon Donovan on the game against the EPL giants.

Meanwhile, would you pay $300 to watch Manchester United train — that’s right, train at 7 p.m. today at the Rose Bowl? Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:

General admission tickets to the open training session, which cost $20, are available for purchase via Ticketmaster. Limited VIP Tickets for Manchester United’s open training are also available for $300, and include field level seating and an autograph session following training. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the LA Galaxy Foundation. Packages for the open training session and the Chevrolet Cup match between Manchester United and LA Galaxy can be purchased by calling 877-3GALAXY (342-5299) or visiting www.lagalaxy.com/manutd.

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60 second Major League Soccer Weekend Wrap: Galaxy, Chivas USA both lose, Manchester United play Wednesday in Pasadena

Need to get caught up after a busy summer weekend? You’ve come to the right place.

Despite goals from top goalscorers Robbie Keane and “Cubo” Torres respectively — both added to the MLS All-Star Game roster incidentally — the Galaxy and Chivas USA both fell to Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United respectively.

Check out the Robbie Keane goal:

Next up for the Galaxy: Manchester United Wednesday at the Rose Bowl who have added a certain Javier Hernandez to its travel roster. I will have more on the humbling fall of Manchester United in Tuesday’s column.

Chivas USA face the Rapids in Colorado Friday.

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Barclays Premier League Final Weekend Preview: Championship on the line for Liverpool, Manchester City

EPLlogoIt’s likely one 7 a.m. Sunday game will decide the season:: Manchester City-West Ham United live at 7 a.m. on NBC.

If City ties that one point is enough to clinch their second title in three years.

Those who like to channel surf can check out Liverpool-Newcastle United on NBCSN at the same time; Liverpool are the only team with a long-shot chance at the title.

Other games are all over the dial such as Southampton-Manchester United on the SyFy network, which seems apt for the Red Devils’ surreal season, I guess.

Click here to find out what game is on what channel.

For your complete, final EPL weekend breakdown of every game, click here.

UPDATED

NBC is launching viewing parties at more than 70 pubs and bars nationwide around the final day of the season.

Below is a list of those participating in Southern California (no fighting over the remote now):

 

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Barclays Premier League Preview: Week 36

EPLlogoWe’re getting down to crunch time in the EPL.

Live on NBC at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, relegation strugglers Norwich City will seek to take advantage of the turmoil at Manchester United this week and give interim manager Ryan Giggs some food for thought in the wake of the sacking of David Moyes. Good luck with that Canaries (and I’m a City fan).

League-leading Liverpool will seek to knock Jose Mourinho’s third-place Chelsea out of the title hunt in the game of the weekend at 6 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN.

Also, at noon Monday on NBCSN fourth-place Arsenal hosts Newcastle United.

Your complete guide to all the games this weekend is here.

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Southern California gears up for start of World Cup as Barclays Premier League reaches fateful final weeks

sunilworldcupU.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, left, and San Fernando Valley Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge unveiled the World Cup trophy at LAX Friday, the final stop on its 92,000-mile, 90-country world tour before heading south to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Staff Photographer Brad Graverson).

Meanwhile, the EPL season is heading toward its climax.

The pick of the games this weekend sees fifth-placed Everton face seventh-place Manchester United at 8 a.m. Easter Sunday on NBCSN.

A full preview of every EPL game this weekend in all its stat-laden glory is here.

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Three more signs today that U.S. interest in soccer continues to grow: MLS expansion, Spanish football and EPL

For every news story like this one that indicate Americans still do not give a damn about soccer, there are other heartening signs that seem to contradict that.

Here are three today:

  • Land online here at 2 p.m. to find out what Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry are talking about in the above video and share in the open secret that MLS will formally announce an expansion in Atlanta.
  • Of course, some of you may be busy then. Look who is televising live at 12:30 p.m. the Spanish cup final between Barcelona and Real Madrid: ESPN.
  • Finally, NBC today unveiled what it described as the “most extensive and comprehensive championship Sunday (English Premier League) programming plans ever in the U.S.” with 10 games on 10 different channels as the season concludes May 11. Notwithstanding the fact that if memory serves Fox did almost exactly the same thing when it held rights to the EPL, that sounds like a fun day   When was the last time you saw a soccer game on cable channels like SyFy and Oxygen anyway? To find out what games are on what NBC channels for any weekend, click here.
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Week 34: Barclays Premier League Preview

EPLlogoIf watching relegation-threatened Norwich City’s last chance to win a game this season against relatively modest opposition (Fulham) at 7 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN beforefacing a bevy of class opponents in their last four games doesn’t turn your crank, then try Wigan-Arsenal in the semifinals of the FA Cup live at 9 a.m. on Fox Sports 2.

Of course, the EPL game of the weekend has table-topping Liverpool attempting to fend off third place Manchester City at 5:30 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN, while the not Hull City Tigers play not EPL club Sheffied United for the chance to play at Wembley in the other F.A. Cup semifinal at 8 a.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1.

Want all the facts and figures in one handy guide? Click here.

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