Tickets on sale for three games aimed at fans of Mexican soccer at StubHub Center: El Tri in Olympic qualifying and Club America-Leon friendly Sept. 5

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More information and tickets are available here.

Also, tickets for a pair of doubleheaders set for Oct. 2 and 4 involving 2012 Olympic Gold medalists Mexico go on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

Here’s more from the press release:

A total of eight teams will compete in the tournament: three from North America (direct qualifiers: Canada, Mexico and the United States), three from Central America and two from the Caribbean. The USA was seeded as the tournament host in Group A. Mexico, the defending Olympic Qualifying Tournament champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist, was seeded in Group B.The rest of the teams will be placed into the groups at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament draw, which is set to take place Aug. 18 in Los Angeles.

Winners of the semifinal matchups will qualify for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and advance to the Oct. 13 final, while the losers will meet in a third place match.The third-place winner will qualify for the CONCACAF – CONMEBOL playoff, where it will face Colombia in a final opportunity to qualify for the Olympics in Rio.

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MLS Video Preview: Gio Dos Santos expected to make MLS LA Galaxy debut against Seattle Sounders live at 1 p.m. on ESPN

giodiveDiving into MLS: After making his Galaxy debut midweek in the CONCACAF Champions League, Giovani Dos Santos is expected to play today in the nationally televised game against the Seattle Sounders (Photo by Staff Photographer Stephen Carr).

Game Preview

Here’s the Seattle perspective.

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Mexican star Giovani Dos Santos completes journey from Europe to LA and MLS with the Galaxy

giointroGalaxy Gio: Giovani Dos Santos addresses the media today at his introductory press conference at Stubhub Center in Carson as coach Bruce Arena looks on (Photos by Staff Photographer Steve McCrank).

Staff Writer Thuc Nhi Nguyen has more on the arrival of Dos Santos in MLS.

Check out a photo gallery here.

giofansFan favorite: After being mobbed upon his LA arrival at LAX Sunday, Gio Dos Santos had plenty of fan support at his introductory press conference in Carson, too.

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Weekly Soccer Column: the firing of Mexico coach Miguel Herrera after he clocks reporter has time ticking on World Cup bid

herreraBlow Hard: Always entertaining Mexico coach Miguel Herrera, seen here at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, was dumped after smacking a journalist earlier in the week right before the next round of World Cup qualifying begins (Associated Press Photo).

Read the 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Record Spanish-language television network ratings for soccer seen as debate intensifies about Liga MX proving MLS All-Star Game opposition

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With debate intensifying over the format and future of the MLS All-Star Gameset for tonight in Denver — some observers, including MLS Commissioner Don Garber, have suggested a Liga MX All-Star team could provide the opposition.

It’s likely no coincidence this surfaces as Univision Deportes reports record ratings in July driven by soccer:

“Univision Deportes Network outperformed ESPN 2, Fox Sports 1 and NBC Sports Network, among others, in primetime among total viewers, adults 18-49 and ranking as the No. 2 sports network regardless of language in July.

“Univision Deportes also registered impressive audience figures with its coverage of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Mexico vs. Jamaica Gold Cup final aired on Sunday night on the Univision Network (simulcast on UDN), ranking as the No. 1 program for the week among Adults 18-49.

“The growth of UDN in just three years is a testament to the power of soccer among fanáticos in the U.S.,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, president of Univision Deportes. “In this short time, our network has been able to beat major sports competitors regardless of language and has continuously delivered blockbuster ratings for major live sporting events like the recent Gold Cup tournament.”

“UDN set new ratings records in July, tying with ESPN for #1 among men 18-34 and delivering more total viewers than every cable sports network beside ESPN in primetime, regardless of language. This was the first time a Spanish-language cable sports network ever ranked as the No. 1 or No. 2 sports network for a month.”

Incidentally as another big name — Sebastian Giovinco — dropped out with an injury today, his Toronto teammate Jozy Altidore was drafted into the game.

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ICYMI Monday Video Rewind: Mexico wins Gold Cup, Andrea Pirlo’s stunning MLS debut and more

GCMexicoMagnífico Mexico: Mexico jolted Jamaica’s unlikely Gold Cup hoes with a 3-1 victory Sunday in Philadelphia (Associated Press Photo).

Read the game story here. And circle Oct. 9 on your calendar.

Think Steven Gerrard had a great MLS debut for the Galaxy the other week? Then check out the second half eight-goal explosion that occurred when former Juventus midfielder played his first game Sunday for NYCFC:

As for the Galaxy, LA lost on the road 3-0 to Houston. It’s now about 10 months since the Galaxy won away from home if I recall correctly. And no, you don’t want to see highlights.

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Weekend TV Soccer Schedule: MLS, World Cup draw, Gold Cup and the return of Liga MX

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Kickoff is at 6 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.

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Kickoff is at 4:45 p.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1

A complete Liga MX TV schedule is here.

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Weekend TV Video Preview: Steven Gerrard to make LA Galaxy MLS debut live at 8 p.m. on UniMas and more on Uni

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