MLS Monday Rewind: USMNT sensation Jordan Morris on U.S. roster for U-23 clash against Mexico Wednesday in Carson, last-gasp Galaxy win and more

morrisMagic Morris: After scoring the winner on his USMNT debut against Mexico, Jordan Morris will attempt to repeat the feat Wednesday in Carson for the U-23 team (AP Photo)

In a move that should add a twist of intrigue to Wednesday’s U-23 pre-Olympic qualifying tune-up in Carson against Mexico, USMNT and Stanford star Jordan Morris was named to the roster Monday along with the Galaxy’s Jose Villarreal and Oscar Sorto.

Morris scored the first goal in the 2-0 U.S. win over Mexico last week of course:

Goalkeepers: Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Jon Kempin (San Antonio Scorpions; Leawood, Kan.); defenders: Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; Lawrenceville, Ga.); midfielders: Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove,), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.); forwards: Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma Shams (Unattached; Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood.)

Tickets are still available; the game is also live at 8 p.m. on UniMas.

Gonzalez shakes a leg

MLS beat writer Phil Collin watched the Galaxy stretch their home unbeaten streak to 25 games Saturday with a lucky last-minute winner by Omar Gonzalez with virtually the last kick of the game.

Next for the Galaxy: at New York Sunday against the Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls, the only remaining undefeated team in MLS this season. The Red Bulls beat the San Jose Earthquakes over the weekend.

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Tickets to April game at StubHub Center in Carson between U.S. and Mexico Olympic soccer teams to go on sale Thursday


But you can buy them in a special presale that begins at noon on Wednesday and ends at 8 a.m. Thursday. The code is c2STRONG.

Tickets start at $20.

The April 22nd game is a tune-up for the regional Olympic qualifiers, set for Oct. 1-13.

Southern Californians who could play in the game include Galaxy defender Oscar Sorto and North Hollywood’s Mario Rodriguez, a striker who plays for Germany’s Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The U-23 team’s first training camp of the year is underway with former Galaxy midfielder Andy Herzog in charge of the team.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Gold Cup, Olympic qualifying, Women’s World Cup cram 2015 international calendar

Need a cheat sheet to keep up? Check out this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column

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Beckham heading to Olympics in non-playing role, but backs off lighting flame


Flame out: Beckham already accompanied the Olympic flame from Greece to England, but said he won’t carry it at the opening ceremony (AP Photo).

No word on how much time he will miss for the Galaxy this time:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Beckham doesn’t believe he is the right person to light the flame in the opening ceremony of his hometown London Olympics.

“Lighting the torch in the stadium is something that should be done by an Olympian, an Olympian that has done incredible things for our country and has won gold medals,” Beckham said Thursday at Galaxy.

Beckham helped London’s successful bid to win the games and was disappointed to miss out on Britain’s soccer team but said he will have an undisclosed role to play during the Olympics.

“It is yet to be decided, but I will be part of it in some ways,” Beckham said. “I have been
speaking to Seb Coe and a couple of other people about what it is I am going to be doing.”

With more than 100 games for England, Beckham was heartbroken to be left off of the Britain Olympic squad but had kind words for his former Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs, who will captain the team.

“Ryan has had such an amazing career with Manchester United … he deserves to be there, and it would have been great to be there with him,” Beckham said. “We have a lot of great memories with Manchester United. I have moved on and am getting on with things now and I hope the GB team wins as many medals as possible.”

The 37-year-old Beckham, who grew up in London, can’t wait for the games to begin in two weeks.

“I am going to be just proud to be there as a fan more so than anything,” he said. “In a part of London where I grew up, and I used to play over the soccer fields that have now been changed, and as an Englishman, I am going to be very proud.”

Meanwhile, in the same interview Beckham also lashed out at his critics and took a few shots from his glass house at those that have the temerity to question his absences from MLS.

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Friday Football: Galaxy buys Torrance’s Soccer City & more

*Anschutz Entertainment Group & the Galaxy have expanded their South Bay sports empire, purchasing Torrance’s South Coast Soccer City futsal facility for an undisclosed amount.

*Chivas USA today waived rookie defender Scott Gordon, who made three appearances this season for a total of 23 minutes of playing time.

*The Vancouver Whitecaps, which plays Chivas USA Saturday at Home Depot Center, have almost sold out their July 18 home game against David Beckham, according to the headline in the Vancouver Sun. Let’s hope he doesn’t somehow manage to get suspended for the game then.

*Pepperdine senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker was named to the 2012 South African Olympic team. Barker grew up in Irvine. South Africa is making its Olympic debut.

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Torrance’s Shannon Boxx is three-time Olympian


South High product Shannon Boxx s one of four U.S. players named to the squad for the games in London this summer who will have played in three or more Olympics.

Boxx, who went the full 90 in a 4-1 U.S. win over China Sunday, is one of several Southern California players on the roster.

That list also includes scoring sensation Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar), who collected two goals against China to up her total to 24 in just 39 international appearances; Hermosa Beach resident Abby Wambach, who scored the 135th goal of her U.S. career Sunday; UCLA product Sydney Leroux, 22, the youngest member of the squad; and forward Amy Rodriguez (USC).

Palos Verdes Estates’ Christen Press, currently playing professionally in Scandanavia, was named as an alternate. She has not made an appearance for the U.S.

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Videos: The Fashion Sense of David Beckham

Check out his latest ad released today (also with a brief Lionel Messi appearance) for a new line of running shoes that adidas describes as “ultra-breathable and fashion-forward adidas ClimaCool Seduction (that) features 360-degree ventilation to keep feet cool and dry for maximum comfort during warmer spring and summer workouts. Available in ten bold color combos for $100 on, the ClimaCool design helps reduce foot temperature up to 20% and in-shoe moisture by 50%.”

Hey, at least he will look better in those shoes than this questionable athletic attire released last week if Beckham decides to play in the London Olympics:

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