100 Percent Soccer Column: Ready for a packed summer of soccer?

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So I suppose it’s tempting fate to write a column about the busy summer of soccer that lies ahead and then elevate the wrong team to the final four of the UEFA CL (not that the two alert Barcelona fans who noticed really minded).

Anyway, the corrected column is here, so mark your calendars or stick it on your fridge or whatever to ensure you don’t miss a game.

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UEFA Champions League Draw: Who will your team face when group play begins Sept. 15?

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Five cool places to watch the UEFA Champions League Cup Final Saturday between Barcelona and Juventus in Los Angeles

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*Alpine Village near Torrance:

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*Guinness will host a watch part at Hennessey’s Tavern in Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza. There will be International Champions Cup ticket giveaways, swag and specials on select Guinness drinks.

*Cock ‘n” bull Pub, Santa Monica.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Ghastly LA Galaxy overshadowed by magic of Lionel Messi and other high-quality events on sports landscape

messigoalBarca Bombs Bayern: Lionel Messi and Barcelona were rampant Wednesday in all but gutting Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League hopes with a masterful 3-0 win over a quality opponent that left the jaws of even cynical soccer reporters dropping (Associated Press photo).

I’d like to thank Lionel Messi and Barcelona for eloquently making the case for my weekly 100 Percent Soccer column in today’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich where the quality of soccer on display was quite simply stunning.

Next up later today: Lowly Real Salt lake against a LA Galaxy team nowhere near firing on all cylinders.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Unreal Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo seek global soccer supremecy

It was only a couple of years ago that this soccer columnist and plenty of others around the world were raving about Lionel Messi and Barcelona. Incredibly, it seems rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid could even eclipse those achievements. For more, read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Thursday Kicks: Galaxy’s Donovan, Gonzalez named to U.S. WCQ squad as expected & more

*U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann today named a 23-man roster for the upcoming pair of World Cup qualifiers, which not surprisingly includes an on fire Landon Donovan who on Wednesday pledged his immediate future to MLS and the Galaxy.

Notable: It’s the first call-up for Donovan since June 2012 and he’s missed the last dozen U.S. games.

A total of 11 players were part of the Gold Cup winning squad, while eight players on the U.S. roster will receive a one-game suspension if they cautioned in the next game: Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones.

*Check out the UEFA Champions League draw.

*You think Galaxy coach Bruce Arena likes known quantities around him at every level of the Organization? The Academy staff the club announced today will feature seven former MLS players, including four former Galaxy players:

LA Galaxy Academy U-18 Head Coach Ante Razov

LA Galaxy Academy U-16 Head Coach Mike Muñoz

LA Galaxy Academy U-16 (B) Head Coach Andrew Boyens

LA Galaxy Academy U-14 Head Coach Greg Vanney

LA Galaxy Academy U-14 (B) Head Coach Ted Eck

LA Galaxy Academy U-12 North Head Coach Alex Yi

LA Galaxy Academy U-12 South Head Coach Braeden Cloutier

LA Galaxy Academy Technical Coach Mauricio Cienfuegos

LA Galaxy Academy Goalkeeper Coach: Ruben Messina

LA Galaxy Academy Coordinator: Billy Bizzaro

LA Galaxy Academy Head Athletic Trainer: Pablo Chung

LA Galaxy Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jonathan Brooks

 

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Weekly Soccer Column: Champions League Primer*

For both sides of the Atlantic.

Read the column here.

More on the task ahead for Lionel Messi and Barcelona is here.

Going to Wednesday’s Galaxy game? Essential gameday info is here.

*Updated

Two historic comebacks in Champions League action Tuesday, one in Barcelona, the other in Seattle.

Count the Galaxy impressed.

I plan to Tweet this evening from the Galaxy CONCACAF Champions League game @lasoccerblog, while MLS beat writer Phil Collin will have a full game wrap here tonight.

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