- It doesn’t sound like Chivas USA know a thing about it, but that didn’t stop LA city officials from dropping the club’s name in connection with a rather pie in the sky plan for a downtown soccer stadium.
- The U.S. Women’s Team is back in action tonight with Hermosa Beach resident Abby Wambach closing in on a famous Mia Hamm mark.
- The Galaxy’s Jose Villarreal was on target in the U-20′s final game before the World Cup gets underway.
Christen Press now has six goals — in her first seven appearances — for the U.S. Women’s National Team with her brace today in the 3-1 exhibition win over the Netherlands.
Check out her goals:
- No, not the German rock band, the NASL club. Former LA Galaxy midfielder-defender Bryan Jordan, 27, joins the NASL San Antonio Scorpions after being released by the Galaxy at the end of last year.
- The Galaxy have officially signed rookie defender Kofi Opare, a second round draft via Michigan out of Ghana. This was a formality; the Galaxy were awaiting paperwork.
- Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan was on target today for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
- AYSO, founded in Torrance, is raising money for a soccer-themed city of Torrance Rose Float entry. Read more here.
- Both starting American goalkeepers for the men’s and women’s national teams have gone down with injuries within 24 hours of each other. Hope Solo will be sidelined up to four months following surgery to repair torn cartilage in her left wrist, U.S. Soccer said Thursday, while today Everton’s Tim Howard went down with a back injury that’s expected to rule him out of the World Cup qualifiers later this month against Costa Rica and Mexico. Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan is Howard’s usual backup.
- ESPN kicks off its English-language coverage of Liga MX at 5:25 p.m. today on ESPNews when Morelia plays Club America. Also, Cruz Azul faces Jaguares at 2:55 p.m. Saturday on ESPNews, while Puebla and Pumas clash at the same time on the same channel Sunday.
- MLS embarks on its second slate of weekend games, although the Galaxy, between midweek CONCACAF Champions League games, are among three teams with the weekend off. Chivas USA is at home at 2 p.m. Sunday against FC Dallas (live on UniMas).
- Finally, the Manchester United-Real Madrid UEFA Champions League game earlier this week was the third most watched game ever on Los Angeles-based Fox Soccer. An estimated 520,000 viewers watched the Red Devils get dumped out of the competition in controversial circumstances. The most watched games on Fox Soccer are the 2011 Gold Cup final between the U.S. and Mexico (1.1 million) and the Chelsea-Liverpool clash in 2011 (579,000).
*Chivas USA has added another Mexican and another Southern Californian to their squad. More here.
*The LA Galaxy are in Costa Rica gearing up for their 5 p.m. Thursday quarterfinal CONCACAF Champions League clash against Herediano. More here.
*Torrance’s Shannon Boxx scored her 27th U.S. Women’s National Team goal today as the U.S. defeated Iceland 3-0 in Portugal.
A few quick kicks:
- Is Galaxy playmaker Landon Donovan a
Sex PistolsDead Kennedys fan? He’s currently spending a 10-day “Holiday in Cambodia” he told USC students.
- Look which former Galaxy forward has turned up with D.C. United.
- Tickets go on sale next week for the Gold Cup opener at the Rose Bowl featuring Mexico. We also learned why the competition is held every two years instead of four as most other regional tournaments are and there’s no real surprise – it all comes down to cold hard cash.
- Shalrie Joseph is relieved to have departed Chivas USA for a championship contender.
- The usual Southern California contingent is on the latest WNT squad.
- EPL club Norwich City have admitted interest in Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara, who emigrated from Africa to the South Bay and played at Cal State Dominguez Hills before turning pro. Full disclosure: I’m hopelessly biased as a Norwich fan, but seeing him partner Grant Holt up front would no doubt give the goal shy City attack much more substance.
- Here’s an update from the U.S. Men’s National Team in Carson where coach Jurgen Klinsmann is talking beer and um, balls, in revealing it was his choice — not Landon Donovan’s — to keep the Galaxy playmaker out of the U.S. camp while he mulls his future.
- Designated player Shalrie Joseph, who arrived at Chivas last year in mid-season only to see the club promptly collapse defensively, is reportedly on his way out of the club.
- Finally, here’s one I missed: a Hawthorne resident, former South Bay Force player and Galaxy Academy player has joined what is generally regarded as the top team in Guatemala.
- And the victor at MLS Cup in Carson Saturday can stake a legitimate claim to the “D” word, argues Staff Writer Phil Collin.
- Southern California’s most popular Mexican owned club — no, not Chivas USA — continues its remarkable and implausible rise to the heights of Mexican soccer beginning tonight in the two-leg Liga MX final against Toluca. Series preview.
- Next stop for the Galaxy’s David Beckham — Monaco?
- Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan continued to stake her claim as the U.S. Women’s National Team’s biggest sensation, claiming her second hat trick of the year Wednesday in a 5-0 pounding of Ireland. UCLA coach Jill Ellis was the stand-in coach and former Bruin striker Sydney LeRoux came on for Morgan and promptly added two more goals. Game story.
So naturally, I asked him whether he would like the job in the tunnel mixed zone after Sunday’s U.S.-Australia game at Home Depot Center:
“At the moment I’ve got a job – a good job. It’s one of those awkward questions,” he said. “Who wouldn’t be interested? … Of course I would be interested, but I’ve got a very good job at the moment.”
I’ll have more on the U.S. Women’s National Team – and women’s pro soccer – in Tuesday’s column.