- Faltering Chivas USA will meet a Timbers team Sunday in Portland (live at 2 p.m. on Unimas) that extended the club’s unbeaten streak to eight games, their best ever MLS stretch in the club’s short history, after drawing 1-1 Wednesday night with FC Dallas.
- Chivas USA midfielder Oswaldo Minda, 30, out for the last five weeks with a “complicated” quad strain, could be available for the game:
“I’ve gotten a lot better,” he said. “It’s a long process because we’re talking about a tear in a muscle where I put most of my weight on, which takes a much longer recovery than any other muscle injury. The important thing is that, thankfully, I’m recovering and I’m hoping to be back helping the team real soon.”
- For the first time in the 150-year history of the FA Cup, Saturday’s final will be shown on a major U.S. network, airing live at 9 a.m. on Fox. Relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic faces last year’s EPL champion Manchester City, while Gus Johnson and Ian Wright have the call.
- Also this weekend, MLS Live will offfer seven games in a free trial.
South Bay soccer player Robbie Rogers, who recently came out as gay, appeared on ABC’s “Nightline” last night to discuss NBA player Jason Collins’ admission that he is homosexual and what it was like to return to his family after making his public admission.
I hesitated blogging about this yet again, but it’s a subject and discussion some still need to hear judging by the response to Collins’ announcement.
Let’s hope we see Rogers back on a soccer field in a competitive game sooner rather than later, although he did make it out to Galaxy training today:
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) April 30, 2013
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 30, 2013
The undefeated third-place Galaxy (2-0-2) face Western Conference-topping FC Dallas (4-1-1) at 4:30 p.m. PT Saturday on the NBC Sports Network despite what the posters for the nationally televised game above read (reflecting the kickoff time on the East Coast and local time).
No posters for high-scoring Chivas USA (3-1-1) because their 7:30 p.m. Saturday encounter in Carson against the lowly Colorado Rapids (1-3-2) is not televised.
In other televised games, Arsenal and Norwich City (with Lawndale’s Kei Kamara) clash at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, while later at 3 p.m. Cruz Azul and Club Tijuana meet on ESPN2.
Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl has the heartwarming story of a Southern California man whose special relationship with Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was cultivated over years of volunteering with the world famous club during its now annual training camps at UCLA.
Read it here.
- 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.
- AYSO, founded in Torrance, is raising money for a soccer-themed city of Torrance Rose Float entry. Read more here.
- Both starting American goalkeepers for the men’s and women’s national teams have gone down with injuries within 24 hours of each other. Hope Solo will be sidelined up to four months following surgery to repair torn cartilage in her left wrist, U.S. Soccer said Thursday, while today Everton’s Tim Howard went down with a back injury that’s expected to rule him out of the World Cup qualifiers later this month against Costa Rica and Mexico. Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan is Howard’s usual backup.
- ESPN kicks off its English-language coverage of Liga MX at 5:25 p.m. today on ESPNews when Morelia plays Club America. Also, Cruz Azul faces Jaguares at 2:55 p.m. Saturday on ESPNews, while Puebla and Pumas clash at the same time on the same channel Sunday.
- MLS embarks on its second slate of weekend games, although the Galaxy, between midweek CONCACAF Champions League games, are among three teams with the weekend off. Chivas USA is at home at 2 p.m. Sunday against FC Dallas (live on UniMas).
- Finally, the Manchester United-Real Madrid UEFA Champions League game earlier this week was the third most watched game ever on Los Angeles-based Fox Soccer. An estimated 520,000 viewers watched the Red Devils get dumped out of the competition in controversial circumstances. The most watched games on Fox Soccer are the 2011 Gold Cup final between the U.S. and Mexico (1.1 million) and the Chelsea-Liverpool clash in 2011 (579,000).
Is it too high?
Read the column here.
Let me know what you think in the comments section.
- You didn’t believe that claim by David Beckham he was in search of one last soccer challenge after leaving the Galaxy did you? Let’s face it, if he goes to China as rumored until the end of the season his biggest challenge will be selling enough replica jerseys regardless of what he does on the field.
- In more modest transfer news, another former Galaxy midfielder has rejoined a former club.
- Meanwhile, a slice of U.S. soccer history plays out on live on television this weekend, when for the first time ever Fox (the main network, not the soccer channel) airs a 9 a.m. Saturday third round FA Cup tie between Manchester United and West Ham United. From Fox: Over the last two seasons, FOX Sports has aired a combination of nine live and encore world-class matches from the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League in the U.S, averaging 1.5 million viewers each. The match on Jan. 5 marks the sixth time Manchester United and its star-studded offense, anchored by Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, have played on FOX in the last two years. Throughout the 2012-13 season, FOX Soccer and its premium network, FOX Soccer Plus, are home to more than 50 FA Cup matches as the exclusive U.S. rights holders.
While we switch over to WordPress, which could take 48 hours or so when the process begins Tuesday morning.
We are switching almost 200 blogs on various Los Angeles News Group properties, so bear with us.
I was whisked to Las Vegas over the weekend for a surprise celebration (so no column Tuesday) leaving the Galaxy to disappoint yet again in the Bay Area in the overlooked of late California Clasico that some supporters won’t soon forget.
Blah, although it could be worse.
One of the more eloquent local soccer blogs is Jennifer Doyle’s “From A Left Wing,” who approaches the sport from a seldom seen perspective.
Well, Jennifer, a fellow panelist for KPFK during the 2010 World Cup, has organized a soccer salon, an all-day celebration of soccer-related literature, film and art in Los Angeles.
The above video, for instance, featuring the incomparable commentary of former MLS coach Ray Hudson, is among the topics up for discussion and represents your homework should you choose to attend (the video is less than two minutes long).
The full event program is here.