MLS TV Weekend Video Preview: Faltering LA Galaxy (3-4-5) host hot Houston Dynamo (4-4-4) at 7:30 tonight on Univision Deportes


The Galaxy, winless in five games, meet a Dynamo team seeking their third straight win on a channel many English-speaking MLS fans don’t subscribe to.

And it will likely be a lightly attended game, too, given that LA traditionally clears out for the holiday weekend (maybe they should have held the game in Vegas since that’s where a good many Angelenos will) and tickets were being offered for 50 percent off this week.

Robbie Keane, who should return up front for the Galaxy tonight, has warned the incoming Steven Gerrard that he should not expect to come to Southern California with the attitude he is on summer vacation.

A game preview is here.

Finally, despite the Galaxy’s recent form there will be fireworks — literally — in the form of a post-gme fireworks display.

As for me I’m heading out of the office for a week, so expect light blogging here until I return.

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LA Galaxy to host June 17 U.S. Open Cup game at Stubhub Center in Carson


Given the Galaxy’s recent form, their fourth round U.S. Open Cup draw announced this afternoon by U.S. Soccer promises either a way to help right the listing ship or foreshadows the possibility of a huge upset. MLS teams enter at this stage of the knockout competition.

The defending MLS Cup champions will play the winner of Wednesday’s third round clash between Irvine-based amateur outfit PSA Elite of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association and the Ventura County Fusion of the PDL.

The Fusion beat the LA Galaxy 2-1 at StubHub Center last night to advance giving the senior side a chance for revenge.

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MLS Video Rewind: LA Galaxy release “highlight” reel of crushing 4-0 loss to Orlando FC (the kickoff looked good)


“We were awful on the day, said coach Bruce Arena. “I had 14 players that played and I thought about three of them played in an acceptable manner. We were outplayed all over the field. Really, there’s not much you can say.

“Starting two young players in the attack probably didn’t help, but our passing was so poor,” he added. “For us to connect on anything it was dangerous and next to impossible because of the quality of our passing. We had a majority of players that didn’t play well.”


“We basically helped create every one of their goals with our poor passing and dispossessing the last half of the field,” Arena said.

I think we’ll leave it at that.

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Video: Watch the official Liverpool tribute to Steven Gerrard before he heads to the LA Galaxy

farewellFinal farewell: Steven Gerrard played his final game Saturday at his beloved Anfield before heading to MLS and Southern California (Associated Press Photo).

Safe to say the outcome of the game itself was not what most at Anfield had in mind as a fitting end to an icon’s career.

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EPL Weekend Preview: Emotional final game live at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN for Liverpool veteran Steven Gerrard before he heads to the LA Galaxy

stevieLiverpool have created a “digital tribute” to LA Galaxy-bound Gerrard on the club’s website (Photo Courtesy Liverpool FC).

A Google search this morning yielded almost 1,000 hits for articles about Steven Gerrard, one reason why tickets are going for big prices in England this week for his final game at storied Anfield.

Here’s a sampling:

Read more about the weekend’s EPL games here.

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LA Galaxy II to host Ventura County Fusion Wednesday in second round of U.S. Open Cup

Galaxy2logoThe Ventura County Fusion’s penalty kick victory Wednesday over amateur Thousand Oaks-based Cal FC has earned them a 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Galaxy’s reserve team.

On the same night the Galaxy II beat the Tulsa Roughnecks 2-0 behind goals from Jack McBean and Ariel Lassiter for their fourth straight win.

The winner meets the victor of the Orange County Blues FC-PSA Elite clash on May 27.

Tickets are $10, while parking is free, beer and tacos are $2 apiece and kids 12 and under get in free.

Here’s a summary of the Fusion win from U.S. Soccer:

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3, Cal FC (USASA) 3 (Ventura County Fusion wins 6-5 on penalty kicks)

In another wild affair, Ventura County Fusion struck first through Carlos Martinez in the 14th minute.

Playing against his former team, Danny Barrera equalized from distance on the hour mark, but Javier Castro’s 39th minute strike would take the Fusion into halftime up 2-1. Just five minutes into the second frame, Chris Cummings again equalized for Cal FC; however, just a minute after entering the match, Ventura County substitute Julian Zamora would put the home side ahead 3-2 in the 63rd minute.

Cal FC continued to press for one more equalizer and found it through Edgar Espinoza, whose 89th minute tally sent the match to extra time. The teams traded chances in the additional frame, but penalty kicks would be required. Cal FC’s Bryan Hill stood tall to turn away two shots, while Ventura County’s Justin Vom Steeg saved one, but as the tiebreaker extended to sudden death, Espinoza put his eighth round penalty high, giving the Fusion a 6-5 penalty kick decision.

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LA Galaxy Video Update: coach Bruce Arena blasts MLS blackmail, tickets to Barcelona game go on sale Thursday

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