Touting World Cup stars Major League Soccer resumes, but Omar Gonzalez likely missing for LA Galaxy tonight against Real Salt Lake in Carson

But RSL are likely to have USMNT players Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman available.

MLS beat reporter Phil Collin will be at the game and has the capsule game preview.

Meanwhile, Chivas USA are in Canada to take on the Whitecaps.

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Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez might not play against Real Salt Lake

Omar Gonzalez suffered a twisted ankle. in the U.S. defeat to Belgium in the World Cup and might not be able to return to the field when the Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake Saturday at StubHub Center.

“It was a pretty good injury there. I’m still feeling it,” Gonzalez said. “I still don’t know if I’m up for playing against Salt Lake. I’m practicing here but pretty limited right now.”.

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Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez: Klinsmann our biggest cheerleader

GalaxyOmar Gonzalez is back to his day job as a defender for the Galaxy, but after Tuesday’s training session, he met with the media to share is experiences with the U.S. in the World Cup,

Gonzalez said the team was not affected by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s pre-tournament assertion that “We cannot win this World Cup because we are not at that level yet.”

“I tried not to pay attention too much to the media and how they can take things people say and flip them and things like that,” Gonzalez said. “Would I have liked to say, ‘Yeah we can get as far as we can.’ Maybe it could have been worded differently. I think that’s all it is.

“From inside the locker room he was nothing but supportive. He was probably our biggest cheerleader. He might have said that, but when we were interacting with each other, there was no doubt that he believed that we could do it.”

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The biggest Mexican Major League Soccer star no-one has ever heard of: Chivas USA striker Erick Torres

The statistically most successful Mexican striker in Major League Soccer history is not Luis Hernandez, Carlos Hermosillo or Cuauhtémoc Blanco.

He is a young striker deemed surplus to requirements at Chivas Guadalajara who has now scored more goals in MLS than any other Mexican striker in history; Cubo “Erick” Torres, who is now the second most prolific scorer in MLS this season.

He was voted the MLS Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters after scoring  two goals that propelled Chivas USA to two 1-0 victories, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact.

And he has done so largely ignored by fans of his same heritage; just an announced 4,201 took in the last Chivas USA game over the holiday weekend.

“He’s got a quality you can’t teach,” Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy said recently. “His focus is just superb and for his age, it’s hard to believe what he can come up with and pull off. The goal tonight reminded me of that bicycle kick in Vancouver last year, where it’s just something out of nothing.”

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Major League Soccer Saturday: LA Galaxy Independence Day video highlights, Chivas USA hosts Montreal Impact in Carson

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Fourth of July Major League Soccer Preview: LA Galaxy host Portland Timbers at StubHub Center in Carson

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Watch: Former EPL referee Graham poll suggest diver like the Netherlands’ Arjen Robben should be banned rather than escape punishment as it appears he will.

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World Cup help is on the way for Chivas USA, eventually

But will it get there fast enough?

Midfielder Oswaldo Minda played for Ecuador, which was eliminated in the groups stages of the World Cup. Midfielder Marvin Chavez played for Honduras, which suffered the same fate in Brazil.

They’re on their way back to Chivas USA, and if they arrived in time to play for in Wednesday’s game at San Jose, it would be not a moment too soon for a team that played Saturday night and plays again next Saturday.

For Chivas coach Wilmer Cabrera, you could almost see the pain of weighing what the duo just went through with their respective nations against what he needs with his own club after Saturday’s win over Real Salt Lake.

“We’re waiting for them,” Cabrera said. “We need to see what kind of condition they are mentally and physically because when you finish a competition like the World Cup, you need to have a little bit of a mental break. Because of the adrenaline you have spent in that tournament, you cannot recover in three or four days.

“We’re going to try to bring them in a very good way, we’re going to try to give them a little break but obviously we need them. We need to have them, because that’s why they’re World Cup players. It’s important for them to be with us.”

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Watch: Two great goals from Hawthorne’s Gyasi Zardes and Cubo Torres give LA Galaxy and Chivas USA MLS shutout wins

“If Barcelona scored a goal like that, people would be talking about it for weeks,” said Galaxy playmaker Landon Donovan. “It was a good sequence: it was a great ball by Robbie, great run by Marcelo and Gyasi peeled off with a great run and a finish, so I think it was as good a team goal as you’ll seen in this league.”

Here’s the Chivas USA game story from Los Angeles News Group reporter Phil Collin
Reporter Elliott Almond from our sister newspaper the San Jose Mercury News has more on the Galaxy win over the Earthquakes

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