More information is here.
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.
How many celebrities can you name (answer after the jump)
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:
Is Cristiano Ronald’s following on Twitter as big as his ego?
I’ll leave that up to the reader to decide.
Twitter has helpfully compiled numerous lists like the one above of World Cup related players and teams.
To see more twitter World Cup resources, click here.
And don’t forget to follow me @LAsoccerblog, while you’re at it.
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.
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.
That is the fear. Brings a whole new meaning to the Group of Death, doesn’t it?
Read the hype from Hollywood here.
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:
- Striker Clint Dempsey is likely to be the pivotal American player in Brazil, not least because it has been a long time since an actual U.S. striker scored an actual World Cup goal.
- Tournament organizers held “stress tests” at still-incomplete World Cup venues Sunday. Guess what? They passed. The real test is next month, however.
- Maybe the best place to watch the action is closer to home at local viewing parties, perhaps at the Port of Los Angeles?
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:
For more on the competition, check out the official website here.
Relive how the two teams reached the Wembley showcase below.