Dos Santos focused on Galaxy, San Jose after Mexican national team drama

Giovani dos Santos reportedly declined a call-up to the Mexican national team for next month's Copa America Centenario

Giovani dos Santos reportedly declined a call-up to the Mexican national team for next month’s Copa America Centenario

Giovani dos Santos stirred up controversy this week when Mexican national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio left the 27-year-old Galaxy forward off the federation’s roster for next month’s Copa American Centenario. According to Osorio, dos Santos declined the invitation, choosing club over country.

After Osorio released the roster Tuesday, dos Santos declined to speak about the situation this week, saying his main focus will be on the Galaxy leading up to a Cali Clasico match with San Jose at home at 4 p.m.

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“The only thing that I can say is that I’m very concentrated on my team,” he said. “I’m working really hard, and I’m looking forward to the game on Sunday. I feel great right now.

The midfielder has been in impressive form recently with five goals and five assists in the past five games.

He has not played for Mexico since the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer when he missed the final three rounds due to injury and Mexico won the title. Continue reading

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Season-ending Liga MX doubleheader involving Chivas and Tigres comes to Carson July 10

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The two games set for StubHub Center are the Campeón de Campeones or Champion of Champions game between the winners of the two most recent Liga MX league tournaments and SuperCopa, a face-off involving the last two Mexican Cup winners.

Copa MX Clausura 2016 champions Chivas de Guadalajara take on Veracruz, the 2015 Copa MX Clausura champion, at 3 p.m. for the SuperCopa crown followed at 6 p.m. by the Champion of Champions contest between Apertura 2015 champions Tigres UANL and the Clausura 2016 Champion winners, to be decided later this month.

Tickets start at $35 and go on sale to the general public Friday.

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Giovani dos Santos left off Copa America roster, declined call, says Juan Carlos Osorio

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Giovani dos Santos will not represent his country in next month’s Copa America Centenario because the 27-year-old L.A. Galaxy midfielder declined the national team call-up, according to Mexico national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio.

Osorio announced the roster Tuesday, but chose to keep the specifics of his conversation with dos Santos private.

Dos Santos declined to comment on the national team situation while on Sirus XM Radio with Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.

The midfielder has been in impressive form recently as he has five goals and five assists in the past five games. The Galaxy are unbeaten in their past eight games heading into a home match against San Jose this Sunday.

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USMNT Olympic and World Cup Qualifying Gameday Video Preview

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Adidas unveils new Mexico national team jersey

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The new Mexican national team jersey El Tri will debut for their March 29 World Cup qualifier against Canada was unveiled today by adidas.

From the press release:

The jersey features the traditional green colorway with tonal vertical stripes on the front and sleeves. The brand’s three stripes are highlighted in white and are placed on the sides of the jersey for the first time ever in a Mexico National Team jersey. The full uniform includes white shorts and red socks to represent the colors of Mexico’s flag.

The jersey is available here.

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Chivas to play Arsenal July 31 at StubHub Center in Carson

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Arsenal will tour the U.S. for the second time in three years and will also play against the MLS All-Star team July 28 in San Jose.

“Pre-season is a critically important time for us and we are delighted to be coming to San Jose and Los Angeles to participate in the 2016 MLS All-Star Game and to play Chivas,” said Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. “We have tremendous support across America and enjoyed our visit to New York in the summer of 2014 when we played the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.”

BTW: Arsenal have won 13 English championships; Chivas USA have won 11 Mexican league titles.

Ticket information has yet to be announced.

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MLS Pre-season Video Highlights: LA Galaxy-Club Tijuana

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“We understand each other,” central defender Jelle van Damme said of his rapport with Brazilian defensive partner Leonardo.”As defenders you need to speak a lot and help each other out, and with Ashley as well. You need to talk a lot and I like to talk. It’s always a good feeling for the fans to have a clean sheet.”

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