LA Galaxy in Arizona tonight for U.S. Open Cup game

usopencuplogoThe LA Galaxy, on a World Cup break like the rest of MLS, are in Arizona tonight for a U.S. Open Cup game and will reportedly field a strong side for this one although it’s unclear whether Landon Donovan will play in the game that will stream at 7:30 p.m. live here.

The Arizona perspective is here.

For full details of the knockout competition, click here.

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Thursday Kicks: Tiny crowd sees Chivas USA lose again, Glasgow Rangers to play Ventura County Fusion and more


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Video Preview: LA Galaxy II, Chivas USA both in action tonight at StubHub Center in Carson

chivasportlandNot only will Chivas USA play a game in the main stadium, but the LA Galaxy II will play a U.S. Open Cup game at 7:30 p.m. in the track and field stadium against amateur team PSA Elite, with the winner facing the Seattle Sounders in the next round. Tickets are $5.

With Mexico on television at 6 p.m. against Israel, it will be interesting to see how many people show up for a midweek Chivas USA game, especially one between two teams that have a total of four wins between them and are both sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference.



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Crowd of more than 20,000 expected Saturday in Sacramento as Galaxy II visit the Republic

hoffmanGalaxy II forward Chandler Hoffman, left, and the rest of LA’s young stars will find themselves playing before a packed house of more than 20,000 Saturday in Sacramento when they play the Preki-coached Republic.

It would be the second crowd over the 20,000 mark at Hughes Stadium this season. The Galaxy II (5-1-3) played before a crowd of around 400 in their last game, a midweek U.S. Open Cup encounter against an amateur team from Thousand Oaks.

Sacramento (3-3-1) handed the Galaxy II their only loss of the season so far by  a score of 3-0 earlier this season after the two teams also drew 1-1 in Carson.

Hoffman was named the USL Pro Player of the week after scoring two goals in two games.

The game is live on YouTube and the Galaxy’s web site.

Incidentally, the Galaxy II learned today they will play Seattle Sounders FC at StubHub’s track and field stadium in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup if they defeat PSA Elite May 28 in the third round.

The senior Galaxy team, meanwhile, will play the winner of the Arizona United and Oklahoma City Energy FC cup tie.

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Thursday Kicks: LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan shares World Cup memories, CD Guadalajara in Carson, MLS in Las Vegas and more

With Landon Donovan pretty much the senior member of the U.S. Men’s National Team these days and perhaps on the brink of international retirement after the World Cup, who better to look back on his long history of World Cup participation and reminisce.

Also:

  • Two goals by Travis Bowen and strikes from former Cal State Dominguez Hills midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias, Bradley Diallo, Jack McBean and Aleksandar Đoković gave the LA Galaxy II an easy 6-1 U.S. Open Cup victory Wednesday over Thousand Oaks-based amateur team Cal FC at the StubHub Center track and field stadium before a crowd of just over 400. The Galaxy’s reserve squad advances to the third round of the knockout tournament May 28 in Carson against PSA Elite, which progressed when the San Diego Flash forfeited its game.
  • Also USL Pro side Sacramento Republic defeated the Ventura County Fusion 2-1 Wednesday and will meet Fresno Fuego in the next round.
  • CD Guadalajara and Cruz Azul play a preseason Liga MX game at 8 p.m. July 9 at StubHub Center, it was announced today. Tickets go on sale May 22.
  • Vegas remains a long-shot MLS expansion market.
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U.S. Open Cup Update: Ventura County Fusion, PSA Elite win

usopencuplogoHere are the results from first round U.S. Open Cup games involving Southern California teams with capsule game reports provided by U.S. Soccer (but it appears the San Diego Flash had the easiest game). Complete U.S. Open Cup results are here.

  • Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 2, CD Aguiluchos (NPSL) 1: Ventura County Fusion overcame an early second-half deficit with back-to-back goals in a seven-minute stretch for a first-round victory at Ventura College. Chongo Kennedy converted a 53rd-minute penalty kick for the equalizer and English import Peter Gregory scored the game-winner in the 64th minute. The Fusion hosts USL PRO expansion squad Sacramento Republic on May 14.
  • San Diego Flash (NPSL) 1, S.C. Corinthians USA (US Club Soccer) 0 (forfeit): S.C. Corinthians USA withdrew from the competition as the team did not have enough approved players available before the roster deadline. The San Diego Flash was awarded a 1-0 victory.
  • PSA Elite (USASA) 1, LA Misioneros FC (PDL) 1 (PSA Elite wins 2-1 in PKs): Shorthanded PSA Elite overcame an overtime deficit and won in the shootout at StubHub Training Center Field in Carson. Javier Castro gave LA Misioneros a 1-0 lead in the 94th minute, but the 10-man PSA Elite side notched an equalizer in the 114th minute. Jose Preciado scored the game-tying goal, forcing the match into a shootout, where PSA Elite maintained that momentum en route to a 2-1 edge in penalties. PSA Elite advances to the second round to face the NPSL’s San Diego Flash on May 14.
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U.S. Open Cup play begins Wednesday in Carson, LA Galaxy II hosts Cal FC May 14

usopencuplogoThe American answer to England’s knockout FA Cup begins anew at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carson’s StubHub Center when San Bernandino-based LA Misioneros FC of the PDL takes on Irvine-based PSA Elite  of USASA.

Up in Ventura the same night CD Aguiluchos USA of the NPSL face the PDL Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College. The winner plays Sacramento Republic May 14 in the second round in Ventura.

Tickets are on sale for the second round U.S. Open Cup LA Galaxy IICal FC game at 7:30 May 14. Cost is $5. Call 877-3GALAXY.

The Thousand Oaks-based amateur team, coached by Eric Wynalda, made national headlines two years ago after shocking the MLS Portland Timbers in the tournament and eventually losing to losing finalists Seattle.

The Galaxy’s reserve squad are tied for the USL Pro lead after beating the Charlotte Eagles 2-1 Monday night in Carson, extending their unbeaten streak to four games. Charlie Rugg and Chandler Hoffman scored for the Galaxy.

 

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Late Wednesday Night Kicks: Chivas USA racial discrimination lawsuit & more

*Could you see this one coming? I guess it’s the obvious end game of Chivas USA’s renewed philosophy on its Mexican heritage in a sense: respected former Anglo U.S. internationals and club youth coaches claim racial discrimination by the club and file a lawsuit.

*The U.S. and the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez got stomped by Belgium tonight, but coach Jurgen Klinsmann sounded positively upbeat: “I would rather play Belgium 10 more times than El Salvador 100 times because that is when you learn,” he said. School is in here.

*The LA Galaxy reserves lost tonight, too, in the U.S. Open Cup to the same minor league team that have ousted them before although I’m guessing the absent Bruce Arena doesn’t really care now that he won’t have to worry about midweek distractions and the annoyance of playing Chivas USA in the next round. Come to think of it, that applies to me, too. Game story here.

*Much rumored, but unseen Galaxy midfielder Frank Lampard scored for England to draw 1-1 with actual and oft-seen Ireland-led Galaxy striker Robbie Keane subbed out disappointingly relatively early on. Game story.

 

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