Weekly 100 Percent Soccer Column: American soccer fans expect the national team to do its duty Saturday in Pasadena against Mexico — or face the consequences

United States fans show their disappoint as the U.S. falls to Mexico 4-2 Saturday. 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)

United States fans show their disappoint as the U.S. falls to Mexico 4-2 Saturday. 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)

Don’t look now, but if the U.S. doesn’t beat Mexico at home in Pasadena Saturday that should spell big trouble for a U.S. national team coach facing a big rebuilding job as an era comes to an end.

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (link is fixed).

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Rosters set for Oct. 10 CONCACAF Cup

gyaszpanamaWith exactly one week left until Mexico and the United States face off at the Rose Bowl for a spot in the Confederations Cup, both federations have finalized their rosters for the Oct. 10 matchup.

The rosters were announced Saturday, and two Galaxy players were included, with Gyasi Zardes getting the call for the United States and Giovani dos Santos making the cut for Mexico. 

Omar Gonzalez, a veteran with the U.S. men’s national team with World Cup experience, was left off the roster by Jurgen Klinsmann.

Hit the jump for full rosters for both teams:

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Giovani dos Santos on call to Mexican national team: ‘I think I deserve my call’

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

Giovani dos Santos spoke to the media Friday, one day after being named to the Mexican national team for the CONCACAF Cup. The 26-year-old had been a constant fixture with the national team before September, when he was not called up for El Tri’s international friendlies.

“I’m happy to be called into the game for the national team,” dos Santos said. “It’s always a dream come true so I’m looking forward to being there with the national team.”

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Giovani dos Santos called up to Mexican national team for CONCACAF Cup match

dossantosLA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos was named to the Mexican national team roster on Thursday for Oct. 10’s CONCACAF Cup match between Mexico and the United States.

 

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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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