LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and Guam win first-ever World Cup qualifier

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A Turkmenistan own goal has given Guam and LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza an historic first-ever World Cup qualifying victory.

Game story.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Copa America 2015 begins today, will American soccer fans notice?

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Most of the top players and all the teams have Facebook pages providing the latest updates like this one for Mexico.

Read the 100 Percent Soccer column here and learn the best and most inexpensive way to watch Copa America 2015.

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Video highlights and Twitter reaction to last-gasp USMNT win over top-ranked Germany

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi, right, looks on while United States' Bobby Wood, center, runs to score his side's 2nd goal during the soccer friendly match between Germany and the United States in Cologne, western Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Germany’s Shkodran Mustafi, right, looks on while United States’ Bobby Wood, center, runs to score his side’s 2nd goal during the soccer friendly match between Germany and the United States in Cologne, western Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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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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