LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez comes through for USA in World Cup game against Germany

Aside from an early blip, Omar Gonzalez repaid the faith U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann had shown him by handing the Galaxy central defender his first World Cup start in the crucial game today against Germany with a solid performance when it was needed most.

It was a showing that gave the U.S. defense much-needed stability even in the narrow loss.

Read more about the performance of the Galaxy star here.

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U.S. Striker Jozy Altidore to miss Thursday’s crucial World Cup game against Germany

Not much of a surprise, but Jozy Altidore’s absence on the U.S. front line for the game against Germany was made official today by coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is on its way to meet Germany:

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Monday World Cup Watch: Today’s Games and video from U.S.-Portugal American Outlaws Viewing Party in Long Beach

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Reporter Phil Collin was at the U.S.-Portugal viewing party at Shannon’s on Pine Sunday in Long Beach to take in the crucial game and its agonizing conclusion.

I’ll have more in Tuesday’s weekly column including a look ahead to Thursday’s U.S.-Germany game.

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News from the Dutch camp ahead of the Chile game is here, while the Aussies smell Spanish blood in the water.

Finally, here’s more on the later Mexico-Croatia game.

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World Cup Watch: Where the American Outlaws Southern California chapters are viewing today’s U.S.- Portugal game

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Three more Southern California World Cup Viewing Parties Scheduled: Mexico-Croatia Monday in Lynwood, U.S.-Germany Thursday in Hermosa Beach and the World Cup final July 13 in Wilmington

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Meanwhile, following on the success of the turnout for the U.S.-Ghana viewing party in Hermosa Beach, the Galaxy will host a second one for the 9 a.m. Thursday U.S.-Germany group game also at Pier Plaza in the South Bay city.

Finally, the Port of Los Angeles will host a viewing party in Wilmington for the World Cup final July 13.

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