Rosters set for Oct. 10 CONCACAF Cup

gyaszpanamaWith exactly one week left until Mexico and the United States face off at the Rose Bowl for a spot in the Confederations Cup, both federations have finalized their rosters for the Oct. 10 matchup.

The rosters were announced Saturday, and two Galaxy players were included, with Gyasi Zardes getting the call for the United States and Giovani dos Santos making the cut for Mexico. 

Omar Gonzalez, a veteran with the U.S. men’s national team with World Cup experience, was left off the roster by Jurgen Klinsmann.

Hit the jump for full rosters for both teams:

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Giovani dos Santos on call to Mexican national team: ‘I think I deserve my call’

Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders' keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders’ keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Giovani dos Santos spoke to the media Friday, one day after being named to the Mexican national team for the CONCACAF Cup. The 26-year-old had been a constant fixture with the national team before September, when he was not called up for El Tri’s international friendlies.

“I’m happy to be called into the game for the national team,” dos Santos said. “It’s always a dream come true so I’m looking forward to being there with the national team.”

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Giovani dos Santos on possibly playing in US vs. Mexico game: ‘It’s always a dream come true.’

Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders' keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders’ keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

In less than a week, the United States and Mexico will trim down their provisional rosters for the Oct. 10 showdown between the two federations at the Rose Bowl. After he was left off the team for two international friendlies earlier in the month, dos Santos is hopeful he can make the cut when rosters are trimmed Oct. 1.

“For me, it’s always a dream come true going to the national team,” dos Santos said Thursday after training with the LA Galaxy. “It’s only a pre list so hopefully I can be on the final list.” Continue reading

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Coming to a theater near you: U.S. vs. Mexico in a CONCACAF Cup showdown

Photo by Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze

Photo by Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze

If you weren’t lucky enough to win the ticket lottery for Oct. 10’s United States vs. Mexico CONCACAF Cup matchup in the Rose Bowl (or if you would rather not pony up several hundred dollars for tickets), 200 movie theaters across the nation have partnered with Fox Sports 1 to show the game live.

Two theaters in the South Bay, two in Long Beach and two in Los Angeles will be showing the game on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Click here for a full list of theaters. Tickets went on sale Friday online, but it seems as if the online server is having some trouble displaying showtimes, so calling your local theater to confirm is probably the safest bet right now.

After provisional rosters were released earlier this month, both teams will cut their lineups down to 23 players on Oct. 1. The LA Galaxy have four players on the provisional rosters: Giovani dos Santos for Mexico and Gyasi Zardes, Omar Gonzalez and Alan Gordon for the United States.

Mexico will be missing its captain after Andres Guardado injured his ankle during the UEFA Champions League against Manchester United.

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Lottery winners for tickets to U.S.-Mexico CONCACAF Cup showdown announced this week

Photo courtesy Getty Images

Photo courtesy Getty Images

The highly anticipated matchup between Mexico and the United States is the biggest international soccer match on U.S. soil this year, and the race for tickets may be just as hotly contested as the game.

The first round of ticket lottery winners for the CONCACAF Cup match on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl was announced Wednesday. If you haven’t gotten the email yet, don’t worry: CONCACAF will announce lucky lotto winners Thursday and Friday in addition to those who received tickets Wednesday.

Those who win the lottery should be ready to dig deep in to their bank accounts, though. Official tickets purchased through Primesport.com run from $107.10 each to $600. On the secondary market, midfield seats at the Rose Bowl will run you up to $5,000 a pop with a parking pass alone costing $208.

(For the low, low price of $14,700, you and 19 of your best friends can get a catered suite at the game.)

Lottery winners will receive a one-time code to purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster. All codes are valid until 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, Sept. 18 and grant the lottery winner the opportunity to buy up to six tickets. Tickets are required for all children over the age of 2.

Both teams announced provisional rosters for the match yesterday, with four LA Galaxy players getting the call (Giovani dos Santos, Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes and Alan Gordon).

If Friday comes and goes, and you’re still without a lottery code, there will be a limited amount of tickets available on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. PDT.

But on the first day of the lottery, there are plenty of happy fans with their tickets in hand already:

 

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Giovani dos Santos health update, Galaxy players named to CONCACAF provisional rosters

giodiveHead coach Bruce Arena expects the Giovani dos Santos to be fully healthy for training Thursday after the Mexican international left Saturday’s game against Montreal at halftime. A team official said dos Santos was suffering from groin soreness and was taken out of the game as a provisional measure. Dos Santos did not train fully on Tuesday when Arena met with the media.

“I think he’s going to be fine,” Arena said. “He had a little bit of a cramp and we wanted to be smart about it.”

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Mexican TV station ad uses Donald Trump as motivation for Mexico to beat U.S. next month at Rose Bowl in Pasadena

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With about one month left until the United States and Mexico face off in the biggest international soccer match on American soil this year, Mexican TV station TV Azteca has already dialed the troll meter up to 11. In a pretty awesome promo for the Oct. 10 match, a Rose-Bowl-hosted winner-take-all contest for a bid to the Confederations Cup, the TV station juxtaposes comments from Donald Trump’s speech on immigration with shots of some of the best soccer players Mexico has sent to MLS and images of past U.S. soccer failures against Mexico.

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ICYMI Video: Watch as rampant Brazil routs the U.S. in final tune-up before crucial Mexico game at Rose Bowl

brazilusFour! Rafinha celebrates scoring his nation’s four in a comprehensive 4-1 rout of the U.S. Tuesday. (Associated Press Photo).

U.S. Soccer didn’t put up highlights of the entire game on YouTube. Does that tell you something?

Game story.

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Here is the Soccer America review of the performance of LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes, above, in its entirety:

“Failed to produce any offense from his wide left midfield role.”

‘Nuff said.

Did you remember to get your entry in for the U.S.-Mexico Rose Bowl lottery?

Apparently, it’s a big game:

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