Video: LA Galaxy star Gyasi Zardes of Hawthorne scores first international goal as U.S. comes from two goals down in stoppage time to beat the Netherlands 4-3

USA’s Gyasi Zardes, right, scores the 1-1 goal past Netherlands’ Daryl Janmaat during an international soccer match between Netherlands and the US at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Friday, June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)

USA’s Gyasi Zardes, right, scores the 1-1 goal past Netherlands’ Daryl Janmaat during an international soccer match between Netherlands and the US at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Friday, June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)

The real excitement came at the end of the game as the U.S. came from behind with two goals in as many minutes to overhaul a classy opponent, but Gyasi Zardes will be well pleased with scoring the (first) equalizer with about 30 minutes gone.

Zardes’ first U.S. goal came in his seventh international appearance.

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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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Video: LA Galaxy sensation Bradford Jamieson IV named to U.S. Under-20 World Cup squad

Here’s the full squad, which is quite different from the U-20 version that qualified for the tournament in New Zealand:

Goalkeepers — Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)

defenders — Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen; Greenwood, S.C.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria)

midfielders — Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora) Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires,)

forwards — Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

The U.S. plays against Myanmar May 30; New Zealand June 2 and Ukraine June 5 in its group games. Camp opens Monday in Carson.

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Galaxy to play Club America in Carson, Barcelona at Rose Bowl this summer

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The Galaxy will play Club America 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at StubHub Center and Barcelona 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 at the Rose Bowl.

Both games are part of the 17-game, 10-team International Champions Cup that also includes the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.

Tickets to the Club America game go on sale to the general public May 7; ticket information for the Barcelona game has yet to be announced.

“Southern California is the perfect location to host multiple soccer matches,” said Charlie Stillitano, chairman of promoter Relevent Sports. “Last year’s match with the LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl against Manchester United drew more than 80,000 fans, illustrating the demand for world-class soccer in the area. We are thrilled to bring both Club América and Barcelona and their rabid fan bases to Los Angeles. The reigning MLS Cup winners facing the best teams in Mexico and Spain will provide electric soccer in front of an engaged and raucous crowd.”

The Galaxy met Barcelona in 2009 in front of 93,137 at the Rose Bowl in a 2-1 loss that saw David Beckham notch the lone LA goal.

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Video: U.S. Olympics team downs Mexico 3-0 in Carson

Read more here. And before anyone asks, it doesn’t appear all three goals are available on YouTube


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MLS Monday Rewind: USMNT sensation Jordan Morris on U.S. roster for U-23 clash against Mexico Wednesday in Carson, last-gasp Galaxy win and more

morrisMagic Morris: After scoring the winner on his USMNT debut against Mexico, Jordan Morris will attempt to repeat the feat Wednesday in Carson for the U-23 team (AP Photo)

In a move that should add a twist of intrigue to Wednesday’s U-23 pre-Olympic qualifying tune-up in Carson against Mexico, USMNT and Stanford star Jordan Morris was named to the roster Monday along with the Galaxy’s Jose Villarreal and Oscar Sorto.

Morris scored the first goal in the 2-0 U.S. win over Mexico last week of course:

Goalkeepers: Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Jon Kempin (San Antonio Scorpions; Leawood, Kan.); defenders: Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; Lawrenceville, Ga.); midfielders: Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove,), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.); forwards: Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma Shams (Unattached; Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood.)

Tickets are still available; the game is also live at 8 p.m. on UniMas.

Gonzalez shakes a leg

MLS beat writer Phil Collin watched the Galaxy stretch their home unbeaten streak to 25 games Saturday with a lucky last-minute winner by Omar Gonzalez with virtually the last kick of the game.

Next for the Galaxy: at New York Sunday against the Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls, the only remaining undefeated team in MLS this season. The Red Bulls beat the San Jose Earthquakes over the weekend.

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LA Galaxy to participate in International Champions Cup and will reportedly play Barcelona at the Rose Bowl this summer

iccIf you enjoyed watching Manchester United rip the Galaxy apart 7-0 last year then you’re in luck: the next club to victimize LA will reportedly be Barcelona at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 1, according to The Washington Post.

The game would be part of the grandiosely named 2015 International Champions Cup North America, a third annual tournament that this year pits Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Porto, Club América, Fiorentina, the New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes against each other.

Holding the Barcelona game Aug. 1 would force MLS to move the previously scheduled game that day in Colorado against the Rapids, but hey, who cares about the sanctity of the league schedule when you’ve got a meaningless money-spinning friendly to gouge fans with instead?

“This is the most storied and successful club in MLS and competing in this tournament gives our fans an opportunity to see the Galaxy face the most successful clubs from other leagues around the world,” said Galaxy President Chris Klein, apparently with a straight face as he anticipated the cash influx um, game. “We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing global soccer to Southern California this summer.”

All 17 games will be aired on Fox Sports 1 and 2.

How delusional are the organizers of this rubbish?

“Through our tournament and commitment to putting the best product and teams on the pitch, we will continue to grow soccer both domestically and abroad,” said David Tyler, CEO of (Ir)Relevent Sports.”

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Weekend Video Soccer Rewind: LA Galaxy in D.C., Mexico at the Coliseum

mex1Viva Mexico: Packed Coliseum crowd sees Chicharito score El Tri’s lone winner against Ecuador (Photo by Micah Escamilla/Los Angeles Daily News).

Staff Writer Chris Trevino had the game recap.

Galaxy-D.C. United game story via The Washington Post

Quotable:

“We have nobody to blame but ourselves, but I thought the referee made a bad call at the end,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “It was ridiculous, the way he called the game. That is just part of it though and we have to accept responsibility too.

“The ref was inconsistent and you cannot let the goalkeeper get charged at the end,” he added. “Having said that, we still should have gotten a point today. Losing that game was ridiculous.”

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