100 Percent Soccer Column: Tim Howard, Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes and Bobby Wood are four to watch for U.S. in World Cup qualifying

howard Hot shot: A stunning 13 saves against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup suddenly brought veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard into the public consciousness, but he’s not done yet (Associated Press file photo).

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Adidas unveils new Mexico national team jersey

cincoRaul Jimenez, Carlos Vela, Andres Guardado, Miguel Layun and Hector Herrera model Mexico’s new national team jersey that adidas unveiled today (Photo courtesy of adidas).

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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Quotable:

“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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Watch the live stream of LA Galaxy-Club Tijuana from StubHub Center here at 7 p.m. Tuesday

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Fox acquires U.S. English-language TV rights to air Mexico home games

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Fox Sports has secured the English language broadcast rights to Mexican National Team games through the 2018 World Cup, the network announced today.

Fox Sports 1 will televise all El Tri home matches, including a highly anticipated qualifier between Mexico and the United States from the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, should both teams advance in World Cup qualifying.

“Outside of Mexico, the United States has more El Tricolor supporters than anywhere else in the world,” said David Nathanson, head of business operations for Fox Sports. “FOX Sports is now home to the most prestigious tournaments featuring El Tricolor including the 2016 Copa America Centenario, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup for which Mexico will represent the CONCACAF region, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.”

The first game under the deal airs Wednesday when Mexico, under new coach Juan Carlos Osorio, faces Senegal.

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Liga MX Weekend TV: Xolos and Juninho face Pachuca and Omar Gonzalez at 7:30 p.m. Friday on Azteca America

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No guarantee either will start or even get on the field, but would be interesting to see two former Galaxy guys face off.

In other notable Liga MX games this opening weekend, Club America plays Puebla at 3 p.m. Saturday on Univision, while Chivas faces Veracruz at 3 p.m. Sunday on Univision Deportes.

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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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