Mexico headlines 2016 Olympic Qualifying this weekend at StubHub Center

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Women’s soccer is more important to the Olympics than men’s soccer with the tournament devoted to U-23 teams, most world powers all but ignore it in favor of the World Cup and media coverage is at best subdued.

While the U.S. anonymously opens its campaign against Canada tonight on a minor TV channel in the Midwest, El Tri will take center stage in the nation”s largest Latino market, Southern California for the next 10 days, a span that will also include the massive Confederations Cup playoff in Pasadena.

For more, read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer Column here.

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Giovani dos Santos on possibly playing in US vs. Mexico game: ‘It’s always a dream come true.’

Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders' keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders’ keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

In less than a week, the United States and Mexico will trim down their provisional rosters for the Oct. 10 showdown between the two federations at the Rose Bowl. After he was left off the team for two international friendlies earlier in the month, dos Santos is hopeful he can make the cut when rosters are trimmed Oct. 1.

“For me, it’s always a dream come true going to the national team,” dos Santos said Thursday after training with the LA Galaxy. “It’s only a pre list so hopefully I can be on the final list.” Continue reading

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Injury forces Mexico captain Andres Guardado to miss game against U.S. Oct. 9 at Rose Bowl

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El Tri suffered a bitter blow today when Dutch club PSV Eindhoven announced that Gold Cup MVP and top scorer Andres Guardado will miss at least the next six weeks after an MRI showed damage to his ankle suffered in the UEFA Champions League game last week against Manchester United.

That means the inspirational 28-year-old midfielder will miss at least the next four four weeks keeping him out of the hotly-anticipated Confederations Cup playoff game Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl that is arguably the biggest contest between the regional powers since the 2002 World Cup.

Here’s the full announcement in English from the club’s website.

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Lottery winners for tickets to U.S.-Mexico CONCACAF Cup showdown announced this week

Photo courtesy Getty Images

Photo courtesy Getty Images

The highly anticipated matchup between Mexico and the United States is the biggest international soccer match on U.S. soil this year, and the race for tickets may be just as hotly contested as the game.

The first round of ticket lottery winners for the CONCACAF Cup match on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl was announced Wednesday. If you haven’t gotten the email yet, don’t worry: CONCACAF will announce lucky lotto winners Thursday and Friday in addition to those who received tickets Wednesday.

Those who win the lottery should be ready to dig deep in to their bank accounts, though. Official tickets purchased through Primesport.com run from $107.10 each to $600. On the secondary market, midfield seats at the Rose Bowl will run you up to $5,000 a pop with a parking pass alone costing $208.

(For the low, low price of $14,700, you and 19 of your best friends can get a catered suite at the game.)

Lottery winners will receive a one-time code to purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster. All codes are valid until 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, Sept. 18 and grant the lottery winner the opportunity to buy up to six tickets. Tickets are required for all children over the age of 2.

Both teams announced provisional rosters for the match yesterday, with four LA Galaxy players getting the call (Giovani dos Santos, Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes and Alan Gordon).

If Friday comes and goes, and you’re still without a lottery code, there will be a limited amount of tickets available on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. PDT.

But on the first day of the lottery, there are plenty of happy fans with their tickets in hand already:

 

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Giovani dos Santos health update, Galaxy players named to CONCACAF provisional rosters

giodiveHead coach Bruce Arena expects the Giovani dos Santos to be fully healthy for training Thursday after the Mexican international left Saturday’s game against Montreal at halftime. A team official said dos Santos was suffering from groin soreness and was taken out of the game as a provisional measure. Dos Santos did not train fully on Tuesday when Arena met with the media.

“I think he’s going to be fine,” Arena said. “He had a little bit of a cramp and we wanted to be smart about it.”

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ICYMI Video: LA Galaxy new signing Giovani Dos Santos was the star of the East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade Sunday

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Read more about the parade here.

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Mexican TV station ad uses Donald Trump as motivation for Mexico to beat U.S. next month at Rose Bowl in Pasadena

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With about one month left until the United States and Mexico face off in the biggest international soccer match on American soil this year, Mexican TV station TV Azteca has already dialed the troll meter up to 11. In a pretty awesome promo for the Oct. 10 match, a Rose-Bowl-hosted winner-take-all contest for a bid to the Confederations Cup, the TV station juxtaposes comments from Donald Trump’s speech on immigration with shots of some of the best soccer players Mexico has sent to MLS and images of past U.S. soccer failures against Mexico.

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Giovani dos Santos named Grand Marshall of East LA Mexican Independence Parade

dossantosGalaxy forward and Mexican international Giovani dos Santos will serve as Grand Marshall of the 69th East LA Mexican Independence Parade, which will take place on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

“It was a little bit hard, but he accepted,” said Enedino Aguirre, Vice President of the Comite Mexicano Civico Patriotico, which has organized the parade for 69 years. “This is parade has the most tradition of all the ‘Fiestas Patrias.’ Anthony Quinn, Ronald Reagan, Julio Aleman, Antonio Aguilar, Flor Silvestre have all been Grand Marshalls.” Continue reading

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ICYMI Video: Watch as rampant Brazil routs the U.S. in final tune-up before crucial Mexico game at Rose Bowl

brazilusFour! Rafinha celebrates scoring his nation’s four in a comprehensive 4-1 rout of the U.S. Tuesday. (Associated Press Photo).

U.S. Soccer didn’t put up highlights of the entire game on YouTube. Does that tell you something?

Game story.

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Here is the Soccer America review of the performance of LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes, above, in its entirety:

“Failed to produce any offense from his wide left midfield role.”

‘Nuff said.

Did you remember to get your entry in for the U.S.-Mexico Rose Bowl lottery?

Apparently, it’s a big game:

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Tickets on sale for three games aimed at fans of Mexican soccer at StubHub Center: El Tri in Olympic qualifying and Club America-Leon friendly Sept. 5

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More information and tickets are available here.

Also, tickets for a pair of doubleheaders set for Oct. 2 and 4 involving 2012 Olympic Gold medalists Mexico go on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

Here’s more from the press release:

A total of eight teams will compete in the tournament: three from North America (direct qualifiers: Canada, Mexico and the United States), three from Central America and two from the Caribbean. The USA was seeded as the tournament host in Group A. Mexico, the defending Olympic Qualifying Tournament champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist, was seeded in Group B.The rest of the teams will be placed into the groups at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament draw, which is set to take place Aug. 18 in Los Angeles.

Winners of the semifinal matchups will qualify for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and advance to the Oct. 13 final, while the losers will meet in a third place match.The third-place winner will qualify for the CONCACAF – CONMEBOL playoff, where it will face Colombia in a final opportunity to qualify for the Olympics in Rio.

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