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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MLS Weekend TV Video Preview: LA Galaxy (5-5-6) face Columbus Crew (4-6-4) at 4:30 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet

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*Here’s the MLS preview.

MLS standings.

Here’s more on the series history between these two teams.

Best thing about this game? It comes on TV right after Lionel Messi and Argentina faces Paraguay in Copa America action on BeIn Sports.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying Weekend TV Preview: Grieving LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane a doubt for Ireland against Scotland live at 9 a.m. Saturday on Fox Sports 1

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LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane will decide whether his mindset will allow him to play in Ireland’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier Saturday against Ireland after the death of two cousins earlier this week in an industrial accident.

Here’s some other recommended Euro 2016 qualifiers available on television this weekend:

*11:30 a.m. Saturday Gibralter-Germany on Fox Sports 2
*4 p.m. Saturday Armenia-Portugal on ESPN Deportes

*9 a.m. Sunday Ukraine-Luxembourg on Fox Sports 2
*11:30 a.m. Sunday Belarus-Spain on Fox Sports 2

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Steven Gerrard could make LA Galaxy debut at July 11 friendly against Club America at StubHub Center in Carson

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Perhaps the Galaxy are disinclined to repeat the public relations debacle that ensued over the aborted start of Frank Lampard’s MLS career at NYCFC or perhaps they genuinely don’t know, but the club hasn’t said precisely when Liverpool veteran Steven Gerrard could make his first appearance for the club.

However, club spokesman Brendan Hannan said this week via email that Gerrard — currently on vacation in Portugal — officially becomes available when the MLS summer trade window opens Wednesday, July 8

“He should arrive in late June/early July to begin training,” Hannan said. “We have (home) matches July 11 against Club America and July 17 against San Jose Earthquakes which should serve as his arrival matches.”

Tickets are still available for the Club America friendly, but are going fast.

For a taste of what Galaxy fans can expect, check out the video below:

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Landon Donovan was back in a LA Galaxy jersey Tuesday (but don’t get your hopes up)

The Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team held a signing day for members of the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Unified team Tuesday June 9 2015 at Stub Hub Center. Landon Donovan talks to team members about his family support of Special Olympics.  Photo by Robert Casillas / Daily Breeze

The Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team held a signing day for members of the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Unified team Tuesday at Stub Hub Center. Landon Donovan talks to team members about his support of the Special Olympics.
Photo by Robert Casillas / Daily Breeze

Over 30 Special Olympics Unified athletes “signed” Galaxy contracts, got a pep talk from coach Bruce Arena, met with Galaxy President Chris Klein and spent time with the now-retired Landon Donovan and defender Omar Gonzalez.

Los Angeles hosts more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes beginning July 25 for the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games.

For more pictures, click here.

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MLS Monday Video Rewind: Punchless LA Galaxy surrender home undefeated streak to Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Galaxy fail to hit a single shot on target and can’t score; Vancouver took one shot that hit the frame, scored and won the game. Pretty simple game, huh? Still, let’s point out in fairness that once again LA were forced to put out a different starting XI as injuries and international absences have forced the club to do every MLS game this season.

Still, it took stamina to watch soccer of this quality after the enthralling UEFA Champions League final earlier in the day.

Game story.

Check out why Omar Gonzalez never did make a big-money move to a top European club in the clip below:

Quotable:

“We should have shot a few more times,” said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

“We’re doing the best we can,” he added. “It’s been a little bit of a patchwork job (up front) in the first half of the season,” he added. “That’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes. No excuses, but we’re a little bit short handed in a lot of the spots on the field and it shows with some of our quality.”

Notable:

The Galaxy are clinging onto the final Western Conference playoff spot by the slimmest of margins (good thing MLS expanded the post-season field!).

Tweet Time:

Next for the 5-5-6 Galaxy: At 4-6-4 Columbus 4:30 p.m. Saturday

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Weekly Soccer Column: Meaningless LA Galaxy-Barcelona showcase overshadows MLS games

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At the same time the Galaxy were drawing a meager 13,391 and 20,195 for their last two home MLS games against Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo respectively, they were selling out the vast Rose Bowl for an exhibition game against Barcelona.

Coincidence?

I think not. Read more in this week’s soccer column.

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Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo to miss Saturday’s game against Vancouver Whitecaps

GalaxyFirst-choice Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo will miss Saturday’s MLS contest at StubHub Center against the Vancouver Whitecaps after he was called up to Panama’s squad for two friendlies set for Wednesday and Saturday against Ecuador.

The 33-year-old stopper has made more than 100 appearances for Panama.

Oft-injured striker Robbie Keane, meanwhile, will leave immediately after the game for a Ireland friendly against England scheduled for Sunday that precedes a June 13 Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in Dublin. He will miss the Galaxy game that day against the Columbus Crew.

The Ireland captain and all-time leading scorer has made just six MLS appearances for the Galaxy this year.

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Galaxy finally sign Superdraft pick and goalkeeper Troy Wolverton

wolvertonIt took more than four months, but the Galaxy announced today they have finally signed goalkeeper Troy Wolverton, a fourth-round draft pick out of Penn State.

“Andrew is a talented young player,” said coach Bruce Arena. “He will give our team depth at the goalkeeper position going forward.”

An injury kept Wolverton out of the club’s preseason camp, which is perhaps just as well; third round draft pick Daniel Keller was released by the club in February. Wolverton becomes the second 2015 draft pick to make the club’s roster, joining midfielder Ignacio Maganto

Here’s the skinny on Wolverton’s college career, per the Galaxy:

The 21-year old goalkeeper spent four years in net at Penn State University, compiling a 38-23-8 record as a starter while recording 225 saves and 32 shutouts and a .53 goals against average. During his senior season, he earned honors on the 2014 All Big-Ten Second Team, recording 64 saves and nine shutouts in 19 matches.

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