Best reason for a Las Vegas road trip: LA Galaxy play San Jose Earthquakes there Feb. 13, four days after playing Club Tijuana in Carson

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The LA Galaxy will host the Xolos at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at StubHub Center before taking on the Earthquakes 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at 9,334-capacity Cashman Field, a minor league baseball stadium.

Tickets to the game against the Xolos go on sale Jan. 11.

The Galaxy previously announced a Jan. 31 friendly against Armenian club FC Shirak in Carson.

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Brazil and Mexico to play Copa America Centenario games at Rose Bowl in Pasadena next June

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Brazil and Mexico are seeded teams that Copa Centenario organizers announced today would play in two of three scheduled tournament games at the Rose Bowl next summer; the nations’ opponents and the teams that will play the third game in Southern California will be announced early next year when the final draw is made.

 

Brazil, the seeded team in Group B, will open its group stage in Pasadena on June 4, and Mexico, the seeded team in Group C, will play at the Rose Bowl on June 9.

The United States and Argentina are the other two seeded teams in the tournament. Argentina earned the top seed of Group D from being the highest FIFA-ranked nation in the Americas, while the United States grabbed the Group A seed as the host nation.

The U.S. men’s national team will open the tournament in Santa Clara on June 3, with its other group matches coming in Chicago on June 7 and in Philadelphia on June 11.

Seattle, New York/New Jersey, Foxborough and Santa Clara will all host quarterfinal matches, with Houston and Chicago getting the semifinals.

 

From the press release:

The 2016 Copa America Centenario is the historic centennial edition of Copa America – the South American championship – and will be staged outside of South America for the first time. The tournament will feature six teams from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football and all 10 teams from the South American Football Confederation.

From CONCACAF, host United States and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Central American Cup winner) and Jamaica (2014 CFU Caribbean Cup winner) qualified with regional championships last year.

The final two teams from CONCACAF will be determined in a double-header playoff set to be played Jan. 8, 2016, in Panama City. Trinidad & Tobago will face Haiti, and Panama squares off against Cuba with the winners qualifying for the Copa America Centenario.

The South American field for the tournament features Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Uruguay has been crowned champion of the Copa America a record 15 times, while Chile won its first title at this past year’s edition, which it hosted.

Full details of the tournament are here.

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Pumas faces Monarcas at 4 p.m. Sunday at StubHub Center in Carson

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From the press release:

Pumas U.N.A.M. currently sits atop league standings in Mexico’s Liga MX and has already qualified for the playoffs while Morelia has kept its playoff hopes alive with an impressive 3-2 victory over Santos. Both teams have solid followings in Southern California and the game is expected to draw large crowds.

Starting at noon on gameday, fans will be able to enjoy a “Mexican Futbol Festival” with live music, entertainment and interactive games. During half time, Manuel Negrete, former Pumas and Mexican national team player (’86 World Cup), will receive a special recognition for his storied career and fans will also witness ESPN’s Million Dollar kick, in which three lucky contestants will try to score a goal for a chance to win $1 million.

General admission tickets for Pumas fans starting at $20 are already sold out.

Tickets are available here.

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Bakersfield Doubleheader Nov. 14: Toluca-Queretaro, LA Galaxy II-Sacramento Republic

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The Los Dos friendly kicks off at 4:45 p.m. with the main event following at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

From the Galaxy press release:

LA Galaxy II will face Sacramento after earning a 1-0 road victory in the USL Western Conference Quarterfinal match over defending USL champions in September during the 2015 USL Playoffs. Los Dos have now won in two-straight matches against their Northern California rivals, also recording a dominant 4-0 win behind goals from Jack McBean, Ariel Lassiter, Jaime Villarreal and Andre Auras during the 2015 USL Regular Season.

In the club’s second season, LA Galaxy II won the 2015 USL Western Conference Championship with a victory over OKC Energy FC in October to advance to the team’s first ever appearance in the USL Championship.

Tickets and more info are here.

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Recapping Mexico’s thrilling CONCACAF Cup win

Photo by Will Lester // Daily Bulletin

Photo by Will Lester // Daily Bulletin

When Bobby Wood snuck behind the Mexican defense and slotted the equalizing goal against Mexico into the back of the net in the 108th minute on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, the United States men’s national team was thinking penalty kicks to decide the winner of the CONCACAF Cup.

Paul Aguilar changed that.

The Mexican defender one-touched a volley home in the 118th minute against the United States to give Mexico a thrilling 3-2 win and the right to represent CONCACAF in the Confederations Cup in 2017 in Russia.

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USA-Mexico rivalry returns to LA for first time since 2011

Photo by Will Lester / Daily Bulletin

Photo by Will Lester / Daily Bulletin

There’s a huge soccer game on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. You may have heard.

Saturday is the first time the two CONCACAF rivals will face off in the Rose Bowl since 2011, when Mexico won the 2011 Gold Cup final in front a largely pro-Mexico crowd. But considering the Los Angeles area’s demographic makeup, it’s natural that the CONCACAF rivalry has a long history in the region.

Here’s a look at the L.A. sports venues that have hosted a game in the United States-Mexico rivalry.

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Other CONCACAF Cup links: 

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Univision and Fox plan saturation TV coverage of U.S.-Mexico game Saturday from Rose Bowl

The United States and Mexico play during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final Saturday evening June 25, 2011 at the sold out Rose Bowl in Pasadena.    (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

The United States and Mexico play during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final Saturday evening June 25, 2011 at the sold out Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

If you’re not going to the big U.S.-Mexico game Saturday in Pasadena, read up on what you can expect to see from the comfort of your armchair on television here.

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