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

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

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

A complete Liga MX TV schedule is here.

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Video Highlights: Barcelona fans subsidize MLS as LA Galaxy lose another meaningless, expensive exhibition game

GerrardheaderOver their heads: Steven Gerrard needed the minutes Tuesday (Photo by Staff Photographer Keith Birmingham).

Can you hear Galaxy fans now: Thanks, Eurosnobs!

Hey, someone has to pay those massive contracts to the likes of Steven Gerrard and Giovani Dos Santos.

Game story.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena put the exhibition game in perspective, observing that unlike last year’s crushing loss to Manchester United, “we are not embarrassed at all by our performance.”

“I think us playing our full team for 90 minutes doesn’t mean a thing and a win in these games as opposed to a loss is insignificant, I don’t think it matters,” he said. “Did you see us play Juventus two years ago? Were you standing up and shouting that our league is great because we won an exhibition against Juventus? It is an exhibition, relax. It is good for both teams. I think tonight was good for the fans, mission accomplished. We have a more important game on Saturday; we are trying to get our team ready for that.

The Galaxy play the Dynamo in Houston Saturday.

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Surprise, surprise: Neymar and Messi Barcelona no-shows for Galaxy game Tuesday at Rose Bowl

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Staff Writer Jaime Cardenas has the details.

You could see this coming (or at least this soccer blogger/columnist did).

Now, the Galaxy will say they didn’t guarantee appearances by any player, the implication as the Galaxy ad for the game shows (we added the crosses) is those two massive stars will play.

Incidentally, wonder what this will do to the secondary market for tickets?

We received the following information from Seatgeek.com before Barcelona made the announcement:

Tickets to the July 21 match between the LA Galaxy and FC Barcelona are currently averaging $113 on the secondary market, making this the most expensive soccer match in Los Angeles since 2012.

The Galaxy’s most expensive regular season MLS game this year, against New York City FC, averaged $52 on the secondary market. That means that the average ticket price to the Galaxy-Barcelona match is more than double the price of the Galaxy’s most expensive non-exhibition game this season. In fact, the ICC match is almost triple the average ticket price to a regular season Galaxy match of $38.

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And I would love to hear what the Galaxy has to say about this.

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

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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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Guest Blogger Nereida Moreno: Why a former Club America fan will miss tonight’s game against the Galaxy at StubHub Center

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Nereida Moreno is a Cal State Fullerton alumna and current news intern for the Los Angeles News Group. She did not watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup final. And she firmly believes that Guillermo Ochoa’s hair is directly related to his success as a goalkeeper. If you’re not going to tonight’s Club America-Galaxy friendly at StubHub Center, Moreno can relate:

I’m a reformed soccer fan.

From ages 11 to 17, I considered myself a walking stat machine, obsessing over Italy’s Serie A and Premiere League standings. I knew every player in Liga MX, and even some from the second division.

During my sophomore year of high school, I begged my sister to drive me from San Bernardino to Carson to watch Club America battle Morelia in the final match of the 2008 Interliga Tournament. The winner would earn one of two spots at the Copa Libertadores tournament in South America. While I was upset at missing the opening Atlas vs San Luis runner-up match in traffic, I’ll never forget the awe I felt at the hardcore fandom in the sold-out Home Depot Center.

Waving a medium-sized Club America flag, we all bled blue and yellow. The game kept us on the edge of our seats, as the tied match went into overtime. Sitting directly behind the goal-post, I watched as my team beat Morelia 3(5)- 3(3) in a penalty shoot out.

It was, and possibly still may be, the happiest I have ever felt in my short life.

But then came the heartache.

Once I graduated high school in 2010, everything began to change. I moved to Fullerton for college, lost touch with my high school friends and got a job. Suddenly, it became harder and harder to keep up with the sport. On one hazy night, while taking a break from writing a history paper, I tuned into Republica Deportiva, my favorite late-night sports recap show.

I watched as the newscaster went through the week’s game highlights. Why was Sergio Aguero leaving Atletico Madrid? When did Manchester City become a good club? How did Chepo de La Torre manage to keep his job? Stunned, I scrambled to figure out what else I had missed.

It’s difficult to enjoy the victories of my favorite teams when their rosters are constantly and rapidly changing. Club soccer just doesn’t fit into my world.

I’m now a sucker for national play. I love watching familiar faces play for their countries and watch new players rise as national heroes. No matter where they are in the world, it’s exhilarating to watch club players put their rivalries aside and join forces for their countries.

Or better, it’s fun to watch teammates like Neymar and Messi put their clubs aside and fiercely go head-to-head.

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