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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Brazil and Mexico to play Copa America Centenario games at Rose Bowl in Pasadena next June

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Brazil and Mexico are seeded teams that Copa Centenario organizers announced today would play in two of three scheduled tournament games at the Rose Bowl next summer; the nations’ opponents and the teams that will play the third game in Southern California will be announced early next year when the final draw is made.

 

Brazil, the seeded team in Group B, will open its group stage in Pasadena on June 4, and Mexico, the seeded team in Group C, will play at the Rose Bowl on June 9.

The United States and Argentina are the other two seeded teams in the tournament. Argentina earned the top seed of Group D from being the highest FIFA-ranked nation in the Americas, while the United States grabbed the Group A seed as the host nation.

The U.S. men’s national team will open the tournament in Santa Clara on June 3, with its other group matches coming in Chicago on June 7 and in Philadelphia on June 11.

Seattle, New York/New Jersey, Foxborough and Santa Clara will all host quarterfinal matches, with Houston and Chicago getting the semifinals.

 

From the press release:

The 2016 Copa America Centenario is the historic centennial edition of Copa America – the South American championship – and will be staged outside of South America for the first time. The tournament will feature six teams from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football and all 10 teams from the South American Football Confederation.

From CONCACAF, host United States and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Central American Cup winner) and Jamaica (2014 CFU Caribbean Cup winner) qualified with regional championships last year.

The final two teams from CONCACAF will be determined in a double-header playoff set to be played Jan. 8, 2016, in Panama City. Trinidad & Tobago will face Haiti, and Panama squares off against Cuba with the winners qualifying for the Copa America Centenario.

The South American field for the tournament features Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Uruguay has been crowned champion of the Copa America a record 15 times, while Chile won its first title at this past year’s edition, which it hosted.

Full details of the tournament are here.

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