Weekly Soccer Column: the firing of Mexico coach Miguel Herrera after he clocks reporter has time ticking on World Cup bid

herreraBlow Hard: Always entertaining Mexico coach Miguel Herrera, seen here at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, was dumped after smacking a journalist earlier in the week right before the next round of World Cup qualifying begins (Associated Press Photo).

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ICYMI Monday Video Rewind: Mexico wins Gold Cup, Andrea Pirlo’s stunning MLS debut and more

GCMexicoMagnífico Mexico: Mexico jolted Jamaica’s unlikely Gold Cup hoes with a 3-1 victory Sunday in Philadelphia (Associated Press Photo).

Read the game story here. And circle Oct. 9 on your calendar.

Think Steven Gerrard had a great MLS debut for the Galaxy the other week? Then check out the second half eight-goal explosion that occurred when former Juventus midfielder played his first game Sunday for NYCFC:

As for the Galaxy, LA lost on the road 3-0 to Houston. It’s now about 10 months since the Galaxy won away from home if I recall correctly. And no, you don’t want to see highlights.

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Weekend TV Soccer Schedule: MLS, World Cup draw, Gold Cup and the return of Liga MX


Kickoff is at 6 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.

Kickoff is at 4:45 p.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1

A complete Liga MX TV schedule is here.

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Reaction to the U.S. Gold Cup loss to Jamaica the morning after the night before (and Pasadena could host the Oct. 9 U.S.-Mexico/Jamaica playoff game)


Game story

The Pasadena City Council approved holding the CONCACAF Confederations Cup playoff game between the U.S. and either Mexico or Jamaica on Oct. 9 with an expected crowd of 85,000.

American fans aren’t the only ones unhappy:

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Weekend TV Video Preview: Steven Gerrard to make LA Galaxy MLS debut live at 8 p.m. on UniMas and more on Uni


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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes of Hawthorne emerging as quality offensive threat for USMNT, while Steven Gerrard makes MLS debut Friday

GerrarddiffDifference maker: New Galaxy signing Steven Gerrard, seen here at an adidas event in Los Angeles, is expected to make his MLS debut Friday against San Jose in Carson (Photo courtesy adidas).

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Gold Cup Video Highlights: New LA Galaxy signing Giovani Dos Santos injured in 4-4 Mexico-Trinidad & Tobago thriller


It figures. Hours after the LA Galaxy confirmed the worst-kept secret in MLS — the signing of Giovani Dos Santos — their expensive new Mexican acquisition comes out of last night’s heart-stopping 4-4 draw with T&T and is expected to miss the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup.

Here’s why the Galaxy won’t want him sidelined for too long.

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LA Galaxy Update: Alan Gordon gold for USMNT, while another domino falls in the Giovani Dos Santos lottery ahead of tonight’s U.S. Open cup game

LAGordoGolden Guy: Alan Gordon has been called up to the USMNT for the remainder of the Gold Cup (Associated Press Photo).

A lack-luster Gold Cup so far for the U.S. has prompted coach Jurgen Klinsmann to call up a trio of reinforcements including Galaxy “super sub” Alan Gordon.

Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:

Gordon will depart following the Galaxy’s U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal game against Real Salt Lake on Tuesday, July 14 and be unavailable for selection when the Galaxy face the San Jose Earthquakes at StubHub Center on Friday, July 17. The forward will join LA Galaxy teammates Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes, who helped the U.S. to a first-place finish in Group A.

The Long Beach product made his first and only appearance for his country in 2012 as a substitute against Antigua and Barbuda in a FIFA World Cup Qualifying match when he provided the game-winning assist to Eddie Johnson. Gordon was also called up for the 2013 Gold Cup after the USMNT advanced to the group stage. This season for the Galaxy, Gordon has made 20 appearances and six starts, recording four goals including two game-winning goals. Since joining the Galaxy last season, he has recorded nine goals and an assist in 34 MLS appearances.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy today edged closer to a likely Giovanni Dos Santos deal, just a few days after an MLS rule change (convenient that) appeared to pave the way for the signing:

From the club press release:

The LA Galaxy have received allocation money from New York City FC in exchange for an International roster spot, the club announced today. Per MLS and club policy, exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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