International Soccer Preview: Mexico-Ecuador from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum headlines weekend games

mexcolESPN2 will show the sold out game live.

Staff Writer Jaime Cardenas has the preview.

So you missed Spain beating Ukraine 1-0 and England dispensing with Lithuania 4-0 Friday?

Don’t worry, there are plenty more international games on tap this weekend.

Here are our recommended games:

  • 1:20 p.m. Saturday BeIN Sports Argentina-El Salvador
  • 7 a.m. Sunday BeIN Sports Brazil-Chile
  • 9 a.m. Sunday Fox Sports 2 Georgia-Germany (Euro 2016 qualifier)
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Weekly Soccer Column: Gold Cup, Olympic qualifying, Women’s World Cup cram 2015 international calendar

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Busy day in soccer news included:

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Tweets of the Day: The career of LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan by the numbers, meet MLS star Kei Kamara Saturday in Lomita and more

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Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres making history for Chivas USA

It was the type of goal you don’t often see in Major League Soccer.

Chivas USA left back Tony Lochhead had the ball along the left sideline, lifted his head, spotted his target and sent a long, curving pass to the opposite side of the field. It might have traveled 40 yards. The only player who could play the ball was rapidly timing his approach.

Erick “Cubo” Torres never let it hit the ground. He blasted his volley from about 15 yards away into the upper right hand corner of the net.

It might be time to really start to appreciate the talent of the 21-yeard-old Torres. Chivas USA did early in the month when it locked him down for the rest of the season lest he slip through their fingers and back to Guadalajara.

“He’s got a quality you can’t teach,” Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy said after the club’s 1-0 victory Saturday over Real Salt Lake. “His focus is just superb and for his age it’s hard to believe what he can come up with and pull off. The goal tonight reminded me of that bicycle kick in Vancouver last year where it’s just something out of nothing.”

In his second season with Chivas, the numbers are starting to add up for Torres, who scored seven goals in his 15 games in 2013.

This was his 15th game of 2014 and he already has 10 goals. His 17 goals all of a sudden brings him to within one of tying Maykel Galindo for No. 3 on the club’s all-time scoring list. Galindo scored his 18 in 67 games. Justin Braun scored 24 in 96 games. The leader, Ante Razov, had 30 goals in 76 games.

It was also a night when Torres became the top scorer in MLS history among players from Mexico. He passed the legendary El Tri warrior, Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

“I’m extremely happy and thrilled to have been able to score that goal,” Torres said. “I’m very happy to be able to make history in MLS. I grew up watching Cuauhtemoc play, he was one of my idols growing up. Being able to surpass him is something I cannot even imagine.”

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Sunday World Cup Weather Watch: Mexico-Netherlands at 9 a.m., Costa Rica-Greece at 1 p.m. on ESPN and Univision

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Finally, here’s a Greece-Costa Rica preview

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