Jelle Van Damme selected finalist for two awards

Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme has been a savior in the back for the Galaxy this season in his first year in MLS.

Tuesday, it was announced that Van Damme was a finalist for both the MLS Defender and galaxyNewcomer of the Year awards.

Van Damme joined the Galaxy from Standard Liege of the Belgian first division. He made 28 appearances during the regular season, helping the Galaxy become one  of the league’s stingiest defenses, allowing just 39 goals.

The Defender of the Year award will be announced Nov. 11. The Newcomer of the Year will be awarded Nov. 21.

 

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Update: USL suspends Orange County Blues FC’s Richard Chaplow; he denies use of slur toward Robbie Rogers

The United Soccer League (USL) announced it has suspended Orange County Blues FC midfielder Richard Chaplow for two games fined him an undisclosed amount for “offensive and abusive language directed at another player” during the Aug. 20 game against LA Galaxy II.

The incident involves the Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers, who took to Facebook Sunday with a lengthy post stating that an opposing player had called him a homophobic slur during the game.

“The USL has zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” USL President Jake Edwards said. “We cannot, nor will we, condone any language that is counter to the values we have instilled throughout the USL.”

The suspension was determined following the USL Disciplinary Committee’s investigation that included a video review, speaking with the referee and with players and staff of both teams.

Chaplow told The Telegraph that he didn’t use a homophobic slur, but he did said that he used foul language toward Rogers.

Orange County Blues released a statement Wednesday, regarding the situation.

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Brazilian men and American women are the gold medal favorites at the Rio 2016 Olympics

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Odds courtesy of www.bovada.com

Olympics Soccer Men – Winner

Brazil 1/1
Germany 6/1
Mexico 8/1
Portugal 8/1
Argentina 10/1
Colombia 14/1
Nigeria 16/1
Sweden 20/1
Denmark 33/1
Japan 50/1
South Africa 50/1
Algeria 66/1
Honduras 66/1
Iraq 100/1
Fiji 500/1

Olympics Soccer Women – Winner

USA 7/5
Germany 3/1
Brazil 21/4
France 11/2
Canada 10/1
Sweden 10/1
Australia 28/1
China 33/1
New Zealand 80/1
Colombia 100/1
South Africa 125/1
Zimbabwe 300/1

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Arsenal announces preliminary roster California trip

Arsenal will face the MLS All-Stars, July 28 in San Jose and a couple of days later, the arsenal1London club will take on Chivas Guadalajara at StubHub Center (July 30). Arsenal released its 20-man travel roster for the games, Friday.

Chuba Akpom (forward); Hector Bellerin (defender); Krystian Bielik (defender); Joel Campbell (forward); Santi Cazorla (midfielder); Petr Cech (goalkeeper); Calum Chambers (defender); Francis Coquelin (midfielder); Mathieu Debuchy (defender); Mohamed Elneny (midfielder); Gabriel (defender); Kieran Gibbs (defender); Rob Holding (defender); Alex Iwobi (forward); Emiliano Martinez (goalkeeper); Per Mertesacker (defender); Nacho Monreal (defender); David Ospina (goalkeeper); Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Midfielder); Jeff Reine-Adelaide (midfielder); Theo Walcott (forward); Chris Willcock (Midfielder); Jack Wilsher (midfielder); Granit Zhaka (midfielder); Gedion Zelalem (midfielder)

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The Morning After recap: Galaxy 1, Houston 0

Steven Gerrard, who scored the winning goal in Friday's 1-0 victory against Houston, makes a run against Ricardo Clark. (Will Lester/SCNG-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Steven Gerrard, who scored the winning goal in Friday’s 1-0 victory against Houston, makes a run against Ricardo Clark. (Will Lester/SCNG-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The Galaxy improved to 32 points in the Western Conference with Friday’s 1-0 victory over Houston. It wasn’t pretty, but as the saying goes, a win is a win. The Galaxy is now in third place heading into Saturday’s games. Here is a recap of how it went down.

Gerrard’s goal lifts Galaxy to victory

William Lester’s game day photo album

No Keane, no goals? – It almost looked that way. Robbie Keane, who had scored a pair of goals since his return from international duty, didn’t have that magic touch against Houston. He missed from the penalty spot in the first half and had a couple of other good opportunities to score, but couldn’t. However, some good did come out of one of his late chances as Steven Gerrard, following on the play, knocked in the winning goal in the 66th minute.

Arena: “Well Robbie didn’t get a goal, but he was in position to get a couple. But that’s all a part of it, you can’t depend on one player to score. I think Robbie was a threat all night despite the fact that he didn’t get a goal.”

Defense comes through again – The Galaxy started the same starting 11 as last week’s 1-0 victory over Seattle, so that meant the likes of Dave Romney, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme, A.J. De La Garza, Jeff Larentowicz and Baggio Husidic doing the dirty work in front of goalkeeper Brian Rowe to preserve the shutout.

The key question going forward will be will Arena disrupt the chemistry of this defense when Ashley Cole and Nigel de Jong are available to return.

Arena: “De Jong has been a very good player for us this year. I expect him to be on the field.”

Beauty is in the eye of the victor – For consecutive games, the Galaxy has recorded 1-0 victories. They might not have been the best played game, but the Galaxy has done enough to record three points. That’s always the most important thing.

Gerrard: “It’s starting to gel. I think that’s because we’ve got everyone fit and healthy. The team is really strong at the moment. But I’ve been saying for a long, long time that success is built on a defensive platform and we’re defending really well. If we keep that solid defensive base, we’ve got players on the team that can cause the opposition problems, who can assist goals and score goals. And that’s how you get success at the end of the season.”

Up next: Wednesday vs. Seattle in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, 7 :30 p.m.

Next league game: Saturday, at Portland, 12:30 p.m.

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Report: Jurgen Klinsmann in ‘discussions’ with England

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According to The Guardian, Jürgen Klinsmann, the U.S. men’s national team head coach, is in “discussions” to take the head coaching position for the English national team, according to Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff.

“Perhaps it is an advantage that good players go to England and other countries, so our clubs have to bring other players through,” Bierhoff said of the English Football Association’s intention to appoint a strong figure to revive the English program after the team flopped out of the European Championships. “But since the arrival of Jürgen Klinsmann – who I think is in discussions with England – we have also given the national team a certain pride, atmosphere and organisation. The success of the story is the high quality but also the good organization and good atmosphere we have in the group.”

Klinsmann took over the U.S. post in 2011, steering the U.S. national team to a Round of 16 run at the 2014 World Cup and the semifinals of Copa America this summer. The team’s fourth-place finish at Copa America tied the team’s best-ever performance at the tournament.

The head coaching position in England is vacant after Roy Hodgson resigned following his team’s Round of 16 loss to Iceland in Euro 2016.

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Copa America Preview (and the hottest games on the secondary ticket market)

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Read the Copa America preview from staff writer Thuc Nhi Nguyen here.

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The above chart, compiled by secondary ticket seller rukkus.com, shows that U.S. isn’t the biggest draw in the tournament it is hosting.

The get in price, BTW, is essentially the cheapest ticket on the secondary market, said Jake Sharpless, rukkus.com data and content manager.

“In some cases these tickets are selling for less than face value, which truly indicates the demand of the event,” he said. “Average prices to see Argentina or Mexico games are higher than those of the U.S. For Mexico we know there is a strong contingent of Mexican American fans that attend games whenever they play in the US, but the Argentina draw is coming from Americans who want to see Messi in person.”

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Keane joins Gerrard on the sidelines for Galaxy vs. Vancouver

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. (Photo by Brittany Murray / Daily Breeze)

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. (Photo by Brittany Murray / Daily Breeze)

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday. The Irishman is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Despite news of another injury to another Galaxy designated player, Keane seemed to be in good spirits after the operation. He posted a photo on his Instagram account saying he was hopeful for a “speedy recovery” and vowing to come back “stronger” soon.

Operation done speedy recovery hopefully back soon stronger #lagalaxy #irlelang

A photo posted by Robbie Keane (@robbiekeane) on


The Galaxy have been hit hard with injuries in the early going of the season. Along with Keane, Giovani dos Santos (left quad injury), Steven Gerrard (left calf) and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (groin) are all dealing with injuries.
The Galaxy, without DP’s Keane and Gerrard, will take on the Whitecaps Saturday in Vancouver at BC Place, where Didier Drogba recently refused to play due to concerns over the artificial turf. The club is in third place of the Western Conference standings with six points.

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