Weekend TV Preview: UEFACL Final, USMNT, MLS and more

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Dos Santos focused on Galaxy, San Jose after Mexican national team drama

Giovani dos Santos reportedly declined a call-up to the Mexican national team for next month's Copa America Centenario

Giovani dos Santos reportedly declined a call-up to the Mexican national team for next month’s Copa America Centenario

Giovani dos Santos stirred up controversy this week when Mexican national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio left the 27-year-old Galaxy forward off the federation’s roster for next month’s Copa American Centenario. According to Osorio, dos Santos declined the invitation, choosing club over country.

After Osorio released the roster Tuesday, dos Santos declined to speak about the situation this week, saying his main focus will be on the Galaxy leading up to a Cali Clasico match with San Jose at home at 4 p.m.

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“The only thing that I can say is that I’m very concentrated on my team,” he said. “I’m working really hard, and I’m looking forward to the game on Sunday. I feel great right now.

The midfielder has been in impressive form recently with five goals and five assists in the past five games.

He has not played for Mexico since the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer when he missed the final three rounds due to injury and Mexico won the title. Continue reading

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Weekend Soccer TV Preview: MLS, FA Cup, Copa del Rey, USMNT and more

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Fox telecasts its first-ever FA Cup final-MLS doubleheader Saturday; the noon New York derby immediately follows the 9:30 a.m. Manchester United-Crystal Palace final.

Also: England-Turkey 9:15 a.m. Sunday Fox Sports 2

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Giovani dos Santos left off Copa America roster, declined call, says Juan Carlos Osorio

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Giovani dos Santos will not represent his country in next month’s Copa America Centenario because the 27-year-old L.A. Galaxy midfielder declined the national team call-up, according to Mexico national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio.

Osorio announced the roster Tuesday, but chose to keep the specifics of his conversation with dos Santos private.

Dos Santos declined to comment on the national team situation while on Sirus XM Radio with Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.

The midfielder has been in impressive form recently as he has five goals and five assists in the past five games. The Galaxy are unbeaten in their past eight games heading into a home match against San Jose this Sunday.

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100 Percent Soccer Column ICYMI: The Galaxy are sizzling in MLS, but is a June cool-down coming?

trioSteven Gerrard may not be going anywhere this summer, but Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane are among the big names the Galaxy will lose for weeks in June to international duty. (AP Photo).

Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Ready for a packed summer of soccer?

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So I suppose it’s tempting fate to write a column about the busy summer of soccer that lies ahead and then elevate the wrong team to the final four of the UEFA CL (not that the two alert Barcelona fans who noticed really minded).

Anyway, the corrected column is here, so mark your calendars or stick it on your fridge or whatever to ensure you don’t miss a game.

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Everything you wanted to know about the American soccer fan (if only you had asked)

WChermosaBWorld Cup fans gather for a viewing party in Hermosa Beach; one-third of all American soccer fans only pay attention to big events like the tournament, a marketing study found. (Daily Breeze file photo).

One in three American soccer fans say Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United is their favorite team.

The Galaxy? They came in sixth in the top 10 teams cited, while the Seattle Sounders were 10th.

For more insights into the interests of American soccer fans, read today’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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USMNT Olympic and World Cup Qualifying Gameday Video Preview

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International Soccer Weekend TV Video Preview: Guatemala hosts the U.S. at 7 p.m. Friday on beIN Sports, Mexico plays Canada at 6:30 p.m. on UniMas

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Tim Howard, Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes and Bobby Wood are four to watch for U.S. in World Cup qualifying

howard Hot shot: A stunning 13 saves against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup suddenly brought veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard into the public consciousness, but he’s not done yet (Associated Press file photo).

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