LA Galaxy to introduce former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard to fans on Independence Day at StubHub Center

stevieGWonder Stevie: Galaxy designated player Steven Gerrard will be introduced to Southern California soccer fans next month (Associated Press Photo).

A soccer player who needs no introduction will be introduced to LA Galaxy fans at halftime of the Toronto FC MLS game July 4 in Carson: Steven Gerrard.

However, fans with deep pockets can see Gerrard train with the Galaxy the day before — for $500:

Event admission allows one person to have the exclusive opportunity to watch the LA Galaxy train- have a professional photo taken with Steven Gerrard in Champions Lounge- AND receive an autographed Gerrard jersey.

Details here.

Gerrard’s first official Galaxy training session is the following Tuesday, with a press conference to follow ahead of his expected July 11 debut against Club America at StubHub Center.

The Galaxy announced Thursday that the Aug. 23 Galaxy game against Frank Lampard and NYCFC will move from ESPN2 to ESPN with the kickoff time being moved forward two hours to noon.

From the Galaxy press release:

The match will mark the first time in history that the LA Galaxy will face 2015 expansion side New York City FC, who joined Major League Soccer this season. In addition to 2014 MLS MVP Robbie Keane, USMNT’s Gyasi Zardes, Omar Gonzalez & Mix Diskerud and Spain’s all-time leading scorer David Villa, the match is set to see English legends Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard square off against each other following their summer arrivals.

Tickets for the game are still available starting at $28.

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MLS Video highlights: LA Galaxy cuts Portland Timbers down to size with second five-goal outburst in two games

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Calendar check: is it 1998 all over again?

For the first time since that memorable goal-laden season, the Galaxy scored five goals in back to back games and in doing so routed another MLS team in convincing fashion after an underwhelming start to the season.

Former West Ham United flop Sebastian Lletget confirmed his MLS credentials with an impressive fourth goal in four games, providing the sort of attacking spark in midfield the team has lacked since the departure of midfielder Marcelo Sarvas.

Defender Robbie Rogers joined the goalfest with his first MLS goal in four years.

And just like that, the Galaxy are now just one point out of first place in the Western Conference.

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Quotable:

“I didn’t think I was going to be so emotional and I didn’t think it was going to have the impact that it did have on me, so it was a great way to cap off tonight,” said Rogers on scoring. “Tonight’s obviously Pride Night so it’s special and I think that’s why it was more emotional because I know there were a lot of people that had never been to the stadium before. My family, my boyfriend, his friends and a lot of people from West Hollywood.

“When I’m playing, obviously I’m playing for the Galaxy, these guys, my family and most importantly, myself, but I also feel like I’m playing for those in the LGBT community,” Rogers added. S”ometimes it has been tough for me and I’ve felt the pressure and from the moments like this and the [2014 MLS Cup] Championship, I never expected for me to find that pride or to be proud of coming from a community that doesn’t really have a huge footprint in sports. But to be a part of it… It’s a special moment.”

Notable:
The Galaxy notched an obscure first last night seeing five different players score goals in a game for the second game in a row.

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Next for the Galaxy: At San Jose Earthquakes Saturday

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MLS Video Preview: LA Galaxy (6-5-7) host Portland Timbers (7-5-4) at 7:30 p.m. live on ESPN2

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Portland is seeking its fifth straight MLS win against the best team in the league (Caleb Porter’s words, not mine).

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LA Galaxy duo Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez named to U.S. Gold Cup squad

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Galaxy Striker Gyasi Zardes, just named MLS Player of the Week, and defender Omar Gonzalez will report next Monday to the U.S. camp in Nashville ahead of the Gold Cup that begins July 3 with a game against Guatemala in Tennessee before a crowd opf more than 25,000. The pair will leave after Sunday’s game in San Jose against the Earthquakes.

Said coach Jurgen Klinsmann:

“Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition,” he said. “Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the senior National Team program.”

The roster includes 17 players from last year’s World Cup squad.

The complete roster:

Goalkeepers — Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

Defenders — Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)

Midfielders — Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards — Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

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MLS Video Preview: Galaxy (5-5-7) host Philadelphia Union (4-9-3) at 7:30 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning team at a certain South Bay newspaper will conduct the coin toss ahead of the game between the two mediocre outfits.

Just as Galaxy starters begin to come back from injuries that have contributed to the club’s slow start to the season, the Union is short-handed for just that reason so expect the team to pack it in against LA tonight in search of a road point.

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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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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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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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