Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez turns South Bay school green for Earth Day

OmarG1Green giant: Galaxy central defender Omar Gonzalexz went green for Earth Day visiting Will Rogers Middle School in Lawndale (Photos courtesy gradesofgreen.org).

Omar Gonzalez honored the accomplishments of the kids at Lawndale’s Will Rogers Middle School on Earth day after they diverted more than 17 tons of waste from landfills.

From the Grades of Green press release:

Will Rogers Middle School not only created a student-driven environmental program that teaches students the importance of keeping waste out of our landfills, they also reduced their trash bag count from 28 bags of waste at lunchtime to fewer than three bags per day.

Will Rogers competed against 23 other schools in the county-wide Trash Free Lunch Challenge to see which school could divert the most waste and best inspire their student body to take on lifelong waste reduction habits. The Trash Free Lunch Challenge schools have collectively diverted more than 100,000 bags of trash from landfills. In addition, the schools educated nearly 11,000 students on the importance of waste reduction by reducing, reusing, recycling and composting. This year’s Challenge educated even more students than
the previous year.

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MLS remains most diverse North American sports league

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A total of 58 nations are represented among the 551 players in MLS, but just to give it a homegrown flavor, too, 59 players hail from California, more than any other state.

Almost half of MLS players come from outside the U.S. and Canada with 236 coming from overseas.

I’ll leave it to the reader to decide how that bodes for the continued development of domestic players. Are they deprived of playing opportunities or beneficiaries of a worldwide soccer education as a result?

Major League Baseball is closest to MLS in terms of diverse nationalities, with 26.5 percent of its players coming from outside Canada or the U.S.

A list of the players born abroad is here.

A list of the players born in the U.S. and Canada is here.

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MLS Preview: LA Galaxy (2-2-2) face Sporting Kansas City (2-1-3) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson

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Galaxy beat writer Phil Collin has the gameday preview. Will Robbie Keane returm to lead the LA front line? Read more here.

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Are the LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City set to test the patience of fans Saturday at StubHub Center?

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It would sure seem that way.

Galaxy coach Bruce arena and his players have sounded more than a bit like a broken record already in this MLS season with comments after games along the lines of “it wasn’t pretty, but….”

On Saturday the Galaxy will welcome Sporting Kansas City to StubHub Center, a visiting team that combined with Real Salt lake last weekend to register just one shot on goal in a 0-0 stalemate.

Ugh!

No wonder the Galaxy are offering half price off tickets to the game.

Check out how Sporting Kansas City fared in their last outing:

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LA Galaxy to participate in International Champions Cup and will reportedly play Barcelona at the Rose Bowl this summer

iccIf you enjoyed watching Manchester United rip the Galaxy apart 7-0 last year then you’re in luck: the next club to victimize LA will reportedly be Barcelona at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 1, according to The Washington Post.

The game would be part of the grandiosely named 2015 International Champions Cup North America, a third annual tournament that this year pits Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Porto, Club América, Fiorentina, the New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes against each other.

Holding the Barcelona game Aug. 1 would force MLS to move the previously scheduled game that day in Colorado against the Rapids, but hey, who cares about the sanctity of the league schedule when you’ve got a meaningless money-spinning friendly to gouge fans with instead?

“This is the most storied and successful club in MLS and competing in this tournament gives our fans an opportunity to see the Galaxy face the most successful clubs from other leagues around the world,” said Galaxy President Chris Klein, apparently with a straight face as he anticipated the cash influx um, game. “We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing global soccer to Southern California this summer.”

All 17 games will be aired on Fox Sports 1 and 2.

How delusional are the organizers of this rubbish?

“Through our tournament and commitment to putting the best product and teams on the pitch, we will continue to grow soccer both domestically and abroad,” said David Tyler, CEO of (Ir)Relevent Sports.”

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Weekend MLS Video Rewind: LA Galaxy clean Redondo Beach then dust off the Seattle Sounders in Carson win

beachBeach Boys: Tommy Meyer and Baggio Husedic did their part for the planet Friday before sweeping away the Seattle Sounders Sunday at StubHub Center (Photo by Staff Photographer Brad Graverson).

A suitably gritty if not particularly pretty performance Sunday saw a weakened Galaxy rebound at home with a 1-0 win over Western Conference rivals the Seattle Sounders and extend their unbeaten streak at StubHub Center to 24 games, MLS beat writer Phil Collin reported.

Quotable:

“We had our chances, unfortunately we didn’t finish them,” said Seattle striker Lmar Neagle. “I personally had three that I thought I could have done a lot better with so it is a frustrating game knowing that we played pretty well and were in control of the game in the beginning and then one free kick changes things. It was frustrating, it seemed like we were getting the bulk of the chances and not being able to finish, some of them were a little bit ridiculous, on our part, and on (Penedo’s) part, (he) had a great game.”

Notable:

With 10 saves against Seattle, goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was one save shy of tying the LA Galaxy franchise record of 11 in a single match.

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MLS Video Preview: LA Galaxy faces Seattle Sounders FC live at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 from StubHub Center in Carson

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Galaxy beat writer Phil Collin has more on the Galaxy-Seattle Sounders game here, complete with video.

More opinion on the Galaxy’s slow start to the season is here.

Here’s the Seattle perspective.

In case you missed the news, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had a notable week.

The match-up by the numbers is here.


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