Halloween Kicks: MLS Playoffs, El Tri and more

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Friday Kicks: LA Galaxy players lead U.S. U-20 at World Cup & more

oscarjoseGalaxy players Oscar Sorto of Los Angeles and Jose Villarreal of Inglewood are among the Southern California contingent on the U.S. U-20 World Cup roster that opens today (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy/German Alegria).

More on the opening match against World Cup favorites Spain (who have taken an early 1-0 lead) currently under way on ESPN 2 is here.

In other soccer news:

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Soccer Saturday: Downtown Los Angeles seeks soccer stadium & more

  • 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.
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Monday Kicks: Temple City’s Bryan Jordan Rocks Like a Hurricane in Joining Scorpions & More

  • 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.
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Friday Kicks: AYSO Rose Bowl Float, Liga MX on ESPN & More

  • 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).
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Wednesday Kicks: Chivas USA Acquire Two More Players & more

*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.

*MLS has released its reserve league schedule. The Galaxy schedule is here and the Chivas USA schedule is 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.

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Thursday Kicks: Donovan, Ruiz, Gold Cup & more

A few quick kicks:

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Thursday Kicks: Canaries Eye Lawndale’s Kei Kamara & more

Lawndale’s Kei Kamara could be on his way to England (AP Photo).

  • 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.
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