- Real Salt Lake, who vanquished Chivas USA last weekend, are now looking to do the same to the Galaxy, who make the trek to Utah for a game Saturday. Sister newspaper The Salt Lake City Tribune has more here.
- Even though the Galaxy are out of the CONCACAF Champions League there’s still local interest in the form of LA native and former Galaxy striker Herculez Gomez who suits up tonight in the opening leg of the final at 7 p.m. on Fox Soccer.
- Give blood Friday at the Cedars-Sinai Rita and Taft Schreiber Blood Donor Facility, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles and receive a free pair of tickets to an unspecified Galaxy game. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments recommended. Call 310-423-2637. As a bonus, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Galaxy’s 2011 and 2012 MLS Cups will be on display there, too.
- Here’s what Galaxy fans will likely see Saturday in Carson from opponents Sporting Kansas City, who rode their defense to a road victory over the Red Bulls Wednesday night in New York and moved into the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
- Sister paper The San Jose Mercury-News has the game story for Wednesday’s Mexico-Peru friendly in Candlestick Park.
- Rolling Hills Estates’ Robbie Rogers had expressed interest in training with his hometown Galaxy after coming out as gay and quitting the sport (at least for now) and now coach Bruce Arena has left the door open for him to do just that.
The eight-team tournament, which various sources began to report earlier this week, will also include Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus, as well as Real Madrid, while the other four participants will be named May 7.
The tournament opens July 27 in Europe. Los Angeles is scheduled to host a semifinal the weekend of Aug. 3-4.
Los Angeles-based Fox Soccer will televise 11 of the tournament’s 12 games live, including the Aug. 7 final, in one of its final events before folding after losing EPL and MLS broadcast rights in recent months.
“It is an honor for the Galaxy to be able to represent Major League Soccer against some of the world’s top clubs in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said, “Our fans are accustomed to seeing their team take on the world’s elite club teams in summer friendlies and we are excited to be able to continue that tradition here in the Southern California as well as in other cities throughout the United States.”
Read it here and let me know what you think.
By the way, is it just me or aside from the Galaxy’s two entertaining CONCACAF Champions League games have we seen some poor games so far this year at Home Depot Center (and I blame the two local clubs’ quality of MLS opponents rather than them for the most part)?
In other Galaxy news, it appears a new international tournament will debut this summer that reportedly will include MLS’ flagship franchise, although whether this is any different from the usual procession of summer friendlies featuring out of shape stars and young prospects remains to be seen.
The Chivas USA-Colorado Rapids contest, in contrast, got worse as it progressed.
“@grantwahl: Starting to wonder why I’m up at 12:20 am watching Chivas-Colorado.”Us too and it’s only 9:22 p.m. in the press box.
— Nick Green (@LAsoccerblog) April 14, 2013
Staff Writer Phil Collin had the game story.
Quotable: “It was a well-deserved loss,” said Chivas USA coach Chelis via an interpreter. “We did not put a fight. We did not have enough strength and believe me, I’m very happy with the loss because this is a sport, and in sports, the one who’s more decisive is the one who takes the win. Today, my team wasn’t decisive, we didn’t have ideas and we presented a poor performance.”
I’ll spare you the lowlights. Here is the game’s pivotal moment:
The undefeated third-place Galaxy (2-0-2) face Western Conference-topping FC Dallas (4-1-1) at 4:30 p.m. PT Saturday on the NBC Sports Network despite what the posters for the nationally televised game above read (reflecting the kickoff time on the East Coast and local time).
No posters for high-scoring Chivas USA (3-1-1) because their 7:30 p.m. Saturday encounter in Carson against the lowly Colorado Rapids (1-3-2) is not televised.
In other televised games, Arsenal and Norwich City (with Lawndale’s Kei Kamara) clash at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, while later at 3 p.m. Cruz Azul and Club Tijuana meet on ESPN2.