Where Southern California Brazilians will watch Thursday’s World Cup opening game against Croatia

(Photo courtesy Samba Steakhouse).

Samba has two locations, but it’s the one in Redondo Beach that has the most Brazilians natives who are Southern California locals and regualars at the restaurant that will have the biggest event Thursday starting at 11 a.m. (the game itself is at 1 p.m.).

There is no cover charge.

We’ll have more on places to watch the World Cup Thursday.

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World Cup Countdown: LA Galaxy-Chivas USA, USMNT-Nigeria highlight soccer TV weekend

SuperClasicoposter14Who knew there were any skyscrapers in suburban Carson? (I kid; the poster will be on sale at the game Sunday at StubHub Center with proceeds benefiting charity).

The Galaxy will face a Chivas USA team Sunday desperately adrift in MLS before making way for the World Cup for a couple of weeks.  It’s a doubleheader: LA Galaxy II (7-2-3) host the Dayton Dutch Lions (2-6-2) after the main event on the same field.

Other MLS games may offer more exciting options especially since it is a free MLS Live trial weekend. (if you haven’t seen a game on the MLS iPad app, you’re missing a thing of beauty. Check it out).

There’s a trio of international games today I’m watching:

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Where to Watch the World Cup in Southern California: U.S.-Ghana outdoors on Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza

WCHermosa3(Photos courtesy of the LA Galaxy)

One of the highlights of the 2010 World Cup for this native Englishman was watching the U.S.-England game outdoors on Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach as waves crashed just feet away and no amount of craft beer could erase the horror of watching England goalkeeper Robert Green (no relation) let the ball through his legs for an American goal.

Ah, memories.

The LA Galaxy, which hosted the event, must have had a good time, too, because they’re doing it all over again at another free event at 3 p.m. Monday, June 16 when the U.S. opens group play against Ghana.

The Galaxy plan several others — details here – but this is the only free one open to the general public in Los Angeles County, so make plans now to call in sick to work (you didn’t read that here).

With the World Cup now only a week away we will be featuring a series of Southern California viewing party blog posts and articles so if you know of one, leave a comment or email me.

And pray there’s no June gloom that day.



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World Cup Update: Fontana’s Maurice Edu Profiled, World Cup Viewing Parties in San Pedro and more

Sister newspaper the San Jose Mercury News checked in with Southern Californian Maurice Edu at the U.S. Men’s National Team camp in the Bay Area.

In other World Cup related news:

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Chivas USA gets local TV contract beginning with Saturday’s game in Dallas. Now, will anyone watch?

chivasdallasChivas USA announced today that KDOC will televise 10 of the club’s remaining MLS games this season beginning with the 5:30 p.m. Saturday game against FC Dallas.

Given how many spectators are showing up to Chivas USA’s sparsely attended home games in Carson this season, it will be interesting to see what the ratings are.

The club is hosting a viewing party in Long Beach, however:


For more on the game itself, check out the MLS preview:

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