Gold Cup Video Highlights: New LA Galaxy signing Giovani Dos Santos injured in 4-4 Mexico-Trinidad & Tobago thriller

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It figures. Hours after the LA Galaxy confirmed the worst-kept secret in MLS — the signing of Giovani Dos Santos — their expensive new Mexican acquisition comes out of last night’s heart-stopping 4-4 draw with T&T and is expected to miss the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup.

Here’s why the Galaxy won’t want him sidelined for too long.

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Guest Blogger Nereida Moreno: Why a former Club America fan will miss tonight’s game against the Galaxy at StubHub Center

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Nereida Moreno is a Cal State Fullerton alumna and current news intern for the Los Angeles News Group. She did not watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup final. And she firmly believes that Guillermo Ochoa’s hair is directly related to his success as a goalkeeper. If you’re not going to tonight’s Club America-Galaxy friendly at StubHub Center, Moreno can relate:

I’m a reformed soccer fan.

From ages 11 to 17, I considered myself a walking stat machine, obsessing over Italy’s Serie A and Premiere League standings. I knew every player in Liga MX, and even some from the second division.

During my sophomore year of high school, I begged my sister to drive me from San Bernardino to Carson to watch Club America battle Morelia in the final match of the 2008 Interliga Tournament. The winner would earn one of two spots at the Copa Libertadores tournament in South America. While I was upset at missing the opening Atlas vs San Luis runner-up match in traffic, I’ll never forget the awe I felt at the hardcore fandom in the sold-out Home Depot Center.

Waving a medium-sized Club America flag, we all bled blue and yellow. The game kept us on the edge of our seats, as the tied match went into overtime. Sitting directly behind the goal-post, I watched as my team beat Morelia 3(5)- 3(3) in a penalty shoot out.

It was, and possibly still may be, the happiest I have ever felt in my short life.

But then came the heartache.

Once I graduated high school in 2010, everything began to change. I moved to Fullerton for college, lost touch with my high school friends and got a job. Suddenly, it became harder and harder to keep up with the sport. On one hazy night, while taking a break from writing a history paper, I tuned into Republica Deportiva, my favorite late-night sports recap show.

I watched as the newscaster went through the week’s game highlights. Why was Sergio Aguero leaving Atletico Madrid? When did Manchester City become a good club? How did Chepo de La Torre manage to keep his job? Stunned, I scrambled to figure out what else I had missed.

It’s difficult to enjoy the victories of my favorite teams when their rosters are constantly and rapidly changing. Club soccer just doesn’t fit into my world.

I’m now a sucker for national play. I love watching familiar faces play for their countries and watch new players rise as national heroes. No matter where they are in the world, it’s exhilarating to watch club players put their rivalries aside and join forces for their countries.

Or better, it’s fun to watch teammates like Neymar and Messi put their clubs aside and fiercely go head-to-head.

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Video Preview: Steven Gerrard debuts for the LA Galaxy against Club America live at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

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I had the pleasure Friday to sit down and chat with an engaging, but self-effacing Steven Gerrard in an exclusive interview at SubHub Center.

He has a healthy, inquisitive attitude about MLS, the Galaxy and his family’s new life in Southern California that was refreshing.

While today’s front page is, shall we say, attention-grabbing, it does get the point of the profile across. Read more about Gerrard and his early impression of Southern California here in the Los Angeles Daily News.

A telling anecdote, I think, also sums up the kind of person Gerrard is.

As we chatted briefly before the interview, he learned I grew up in Norwich, England and was concerned about the survival prospects of newly-prompted Norwich City in an increasingly high-stakes EPL. As I walked to my car after the interview, a white Chevy Tahoe pulled up to me in the parking lot, the window rolled down and a smiling Gerrard said “Good luck to your Norwich City this season.”

A small gesture perhaps, but not one most players of his stature would have bothered with after a grueling day of training and no fewer than five sit down 1 on 1 interviews (more than he had done, he conceded, in quite a while in England where the media just does not get that level of access to players).

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LA Galaxy reportedly close to signing Mexico star Giovani Dos Santos

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Staff Writer Jaime Cardenas has more on the possible signing of Giovani Dos Santos with MLS and the Galaxy. (And Dos Santos is apparently buddies with Robbie Keane).

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Wednesday Soccer Preview: FIFA Women’s World Cup, Mexico-Honduras and Galaxy face Earthquakes in San Jose in U.S. Open Cup

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Kickoff is at 4 p.m. PT. A game preview is here.

Alan Gordon reflects on his trade back to the Galaxy from San Jose in this story from our sister newspaper The San Jose Mercury News.

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Weekend TV Soccer Preview: MLS, Mexico, Copa America and FIFA Women’s World Cup

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Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. on BeIn Sports


Kickoff is 1 p.m. Pacific on Fox Sports 1


Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

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Steven Gerrard could make LA Galaxy debut at July 11 friendly against Club America at StubHub Center in Carson

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Perhaps the Galaxy are disinclined to repeat the public relations debacle that ensued over the aborted start of Frank Lampard’s MLS career at NYCFC or perhaps they genuinely don’t know, but the club hasn’t said precisely when Liverpool veteran Steven Gerrard could make his first appearance for the club.

However, club spokesman Brendan Hannan said this week via email that Gerrard — currently on vacation in Portugal — officially becomes available when the MLS summer trade window opens Wednesday, July 8

“He should arrive in late June/early July to begin training,” Hannan said. “We have (home) matches July 11 against Club America and July 17 against San Jose Earthquakes which should serve as his arrival matches.”

Tickets are still available for the Club America friendly, but are going fast.

For a taste of what Galaxy fans can expect, check out the video below:

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