Former Galaxy striker Herculez Gomez joining Club Tijuana & more

xoloslogoThe Mexican club are expected to formally announce the latest addition to their growing American contingent later today.

If you plan to head to TJ to watch the LA native with the thousands of other Americans who regularly cross the border for games, however, read the last paragraph of the story.

At least Gomez, who like the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan was recently named to the pool of potential players for the Gold Cup, won’t have to travel far for the recently announced July 5 U.S.-Guatemala in San Diego ahead of the tournament.

Gomez, of course, is currently with the U.S. team in Jamaica ahead of Friday’s now even more critical World Cup qualifier for the hosts after last night’s loss to Mexico left them already dangerously adrift in the standings.

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Late Wednesday Night Kicks: Chivas USA racial discrimination lawsuit & more

*Could you see this one coming? I guess it’s the obvious end game of Chivas USA’s renewed philosophy on its Mexican heritage in a sense: respected former Anglo U.S. internationals and club youth coaches claim racial discrimination by the club and file a lawsuit.

*The U.S. and the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez got stomped by Belgium tonight, but coach Jurgen Klinsmann sounded positively upbeat: “I would rather play Belgium 10 more times than El Salvador 100 times because that is when you learn,” he said. School is in here.

*The LA Galaxy reserves lost tonight, too, in the U.S. Open Cup to the same minor league team that have ousted them before although I’m guessing the absent Bruce Arena doesn’t really care now that he won’t have to worry about midweek distractions and the annoyance of playing Chivas USA in the next round. Come to think of it, that applies to me, too. Game story here.

*Much rumored, but unseen Galaxy midfielder Frank Lampard scored for England to draw 1-1 with actual and oft-seen Ireland-led Galaxy striker Robbie Keane subbed out disappointingly relatively early on. Game story.

 

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Wednesday Kicks: Real Madrid at Dodger Stadium, Galaxy, U.S. Open Cup & more

*The Galaxy announced today that the first-ever soccer games played at 51-year-old Dodger Stadium are set for Aug. 3 when Real Madrid plays either Everton or Juventus in a doubleheader with the Galaxy, which will take on one of those two latter teams in the second game of the night. The four teams are part of the west region of the previously announced Guinness International Champions Cup.

From the press release: Dodger Stadium has seen many legendary baseball moments through the years, while hosting more than 147 million fans since it opened its doors. Dodger Stadium has also played host to events such as the 1984 Olympic Games baseball competition, the 2009 World Baseball Classic Final, a Mass conducted by Pope John Paul II, concerts by the biggest names in the business like The Beatles, Michael Jackson and U2 as well as a basketball game and championship boxing match. These will be the first professional soccer games played and come January, 2014, the stadium will host its first National Hockey League game between the Kings and Ducks.

*Chivas USA came from behind to beat minor league outfit the LA Blues in Fullerton Tuesday night, but needed goalkeeper Dan Kennedy to help them at both ends of the field to secure the win.

The Goats will face the winner of tonight’s Carolina Railhawks-Galaxy match (live at 4 p.m. on Time Warner Cable) in the next round.

*In other televised games, the Galaxy’s Robbie Keane is leading Ireland against England on Fox Soccer as I write this, while the U.S. faces Belgium at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

 

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Sunday Soccer: Chivas USA, Seattle Sounders & more

  • Here’s the Seattle Sounders perspective on the possible debut tonight of new Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers, in a story written before the midfielder received the needed MLS paperwork this morning. More on that and complete coverage and reaction to Rogers’ Saturday signing is here.
  • Chivas USA played last night — and suffered yet another loss. Highlights are here.
  • Lastly, the final teams were named to join the Galaxy in the field for the Guinness International Champions Cup.
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Thursday Kicks: El Tri, LA Galaxy & More

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LA Galaxy Confirm Participation in Inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup

The eight-team tournament, which various sources began to report earlier this week, will also include Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus, as well as Real Madrid, while the other four participants will be named May 7.

The tournament opens July 27 in Europe. Los Angeles is scheduled to host a semifinal the weekend of Aug. 3-4.

Los Angeles-based Fox Soccer will televise 11 of the tournament’s 12 games live, including the Aug. 7 final, in one of its final events before folding after losing EPL and MLS broadcast rights in recent months.

“It is an honor for the Galaxy to be able to represent Major League Soccer against some of the world’s top clubs in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said, “Our fans are accustomed to seeing their team take on the world’s elite club teams in summer friendlies and we are excited to be able to continue that tradition here in the Southern California as well as in other cities throughout the United States.”

 

 

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Wednesday Kicks: AYSO Reaches Rose Parade Float Fundraising Goal & more

  • Harbor Gateway-based AYSO will sponsor the city of Torrance’s Rose Float entry after raising $100,000.
  • Want to ask Galaxy officials why after 10 years Home Depot Center still sports a “jumbo” screen smaller than those most of us have at home? Or why after a decade concession lines and parking jams are still common and often caused by HDC employees and/or practices? Me too. You have your chance at 1 p.m. Thursday when Galaxy President Chris Klein and  coach Bruce Arena take questions on line and via Twitter. Details here.
  • Some Canadian guy named Steve Nash who purports to play basketball with the Lakers (ahem) announced his annual “break a leg” charitable soccer event is coming to LA. this July. Details here.
  • Former Galaxy and Chivas USA midfielder Alejandro Moreno has joined ESPN as a soccer analyst. His duties include Mexican national team and Liga MX games on ESPN’s English-language television channels.
  • The slew of forthcoming international fixtures gets off to a good start Thursday when BeIn Sport hosts Brazil verses Italy. Kickoff is at 12:25 p.m.
  • (Updated) Chivas USA and the mothership played to a 3-3 tie in a friendly Wednesday. Highlights.
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Goal-line Technology Coming Soon to a Soccer League — and Stadium TV Screen — Near You

Here at last:
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — FIFA will allow goal-line technology decisions to be shown to fans on big screens in stadiums and television viewers.

In a document to be assessed by soccer’s rule-makers on Saturday, FIFA has reversed its previous stance that referees could be undermined
if the results from the high-tech aids were revealed.

FIFA will allow leagues, such as Major League Soccer to decide whether to use replays that are shown to fans. However, referees will have the power to ignore the goal-line decisions.

“The question of whether and how replays are shown on TV or on an LED screen in a stadium should be one of the first discussion points when starting the implementation of goal-line technology in a competition,” says a FIFA document on the implementation of goal-line technology.

English FA General Secretary Alex Horne said he would welcome television viewers being able to see how a device ruled on a disputed goal.

Goal-line technology had divided meetings of soccer’s rule-making panel for years until FIFA President Sepp Blatter reversed his opposition and it was officially sanctioned last July.

The big decisions will now center on which goal-line technology systems to use.

As FIFA’s leadership was arriving in Edinburgh, the organization announced on Friday that a fourth system had been licensed. GoalControl-4D, which uses seven high-speed cameras aimed at each goalmouth, joins another camera-based system, Hawk-Eye, and two other projects — GoalRef and Cairos — which use magnetic field technology to judge if the ball crossed the line.

All four systems meet FIFA’s requirement that a signal is transmitted to the referee’s watch within one second if a goal should be awarded.

Hawk-Eye and GoalRef were approved last year and used at the Club World Cup in Japan in December. FIFA has invited tenders for selection to be used at the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June and the 2014 World Cup.

Domestic competitions are also racing to introduce technology, with the English Premier League on course for systems to be installed by the new season in August.

Horne said the Community Shield, the season curtain raiser at Wembley in August between the FA Cup winners and Premier League champions, will be the first time technology is used officially in a match in England.

But FIFA also disclosed in its latest document that referees harboring doubts about the accuracy of technology in a particular stadium can decide up to 45 minutes before kickoff to switch it off.

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