Weekend Soccer TV Preview: Real Madrid-Barcelona at 11:30 a.m. Saturday is highlight of busy weekend that also includes MLS, EPL action



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USMNT Olympic and World Cup Qualifying Gameday Video Preview


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SoCal 2016 Summer Soccer: Chelsea-Liverpool at Rose Bowl July 27, Leicester City-Paris Saint-Germain in LA July 30


Complete details on this year’s version of the International Champions Cup is here.

All matches will air live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.

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Robbie Keane unimpressed by Galaxy offense in 3-1 San Jose win

Galaxy forward Robbie Keane takes a shot on goal as San Jose defender Marvell Wynne watches Friday in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press)

Galaxy forward Robbie Keane, pictured in a match against San Jose in 2015, has scored twice in the first three games of the 2016 season, but only on penalty kicks. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press)

Although the Galaxy outshot San Jose 17-6, including a 7-1 advantage in the first half when the sides where an even 11 vs. 11 on the field, during Saturdays’ 3-1 victory, captain Robbie Keane was not impressed.

“I wouldn’t say it was a great day for us, apart from the win,” Keane told Time Warner Cable after the game.

In a tactical change from previous games, Sebastian Lletget played up top next to Keane with Mike Magee sliding back into the right midfield. The Earthquakes were very compact during the first half before Simon Dawkins got sent off with a red card, limiting the Galaxy’s looks at goal, but there was good passing between Magee, Lletget and Gyasi Zardes.

Yet Robbie Keane, the King himself, has yet to score a goal within the run of play this year. The forward has two goals in the first three games of the season, with both coming on penalty kicks. He has five combined shots in the first three games of 2016 when last year, he averaged three shots a game.

“Create more chances, keep the ball,” Keane said of what the offense needs to do to improve. “That’s two games that I haven’t touched the ball very often … so changing the system or something because when you play the front on your own, naturally you don’t get many touches as a number nine. But what you should be doing is getting some chances in and I haven’t gotten any chances in the last few games so that’s a bit disappointing. So hopefully that will change in the next few weeks.” Continue reading

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Jelle Van Damme shows impressive offensive ability in San Jose win

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Jelle Van Damme (right) has been a valuable asset for the L.A. Galaxy on offense and defense, while quickly becoming a locker room favorite. (AP Photo)

As Nigel de Jong answered a question at his postgame media scrum in the Galaxy locker room after the Galaxy’s 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, he paused. He heard a familiar song come over the speakers.

“Is that the Dutch National Anthem?” the Dutch midfielder wondered aloud, peering over the glob of media members for the source of the song.

He didn’t have to look very far. Defender Jelle Van Damme was smiling by his locker right behind the crowd of cameras and microphones.

“This brother right here,” de Jong said. “He’s just different.” Continue reading

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Galaxy game day: First California Clasico of the season

Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze

Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze

The Galaxy welcome their in-state rival for the first California Clasico of the year Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as they try to shake off a last-second loss to Colorado last weekend. The Earthquakes are one of three MLS teams to start the season with two straight wins, but you can throw out the records for a rivalry as heated as this one.

Take a walk down memory lane with A.J. DeLaGarza, Mike Magee and Alan Gordon as they relive some of their favorite and least favorite California Clasico memories.

Friends, family and fans of A.J., turn away

Magee’s shining moment in goal

Gordon hopes you’ve forgiven him for this one

Galaxy injury report

Forward Giovani dos Santos is likely out for Saturday’s game, head coach Bruce Arena said on Thursday. Additionally, Gordon (neck) and left back Ashley Cole (back) are healthy. Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy will be out with a partially torn groin for up to a month. Defender Leonardo is still recovering from knee surgery and will be out a few more weeks. Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz is still working back from offseason hernia surgery, while forward Jose Villarreal is listed on the MLS injury report with a leg injury.

Since San Jose returned to the league in 2008, the overall series is almost even, with the Earthquakes owning a 10-9-7 advantage.cali clasico

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Galaxy concede stoppage time goal in Colorado loss

(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

With a swift left-footed volley, Colorado’s Marco Pappa yanked one point away from the L.A. Galaxy in the final 30 seconds of Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Rapids.

The Galaxy looked primed to escape the high-altitude of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a draw until Daniel Steres missed a clearance in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Pappa capitalized on the error and buried the shot into the back of the net.

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Galaxy game day: L.A. tackles high altitude in Colorado

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press


The Galaxy’s three new European signings, Jelle Van Damme, Nigel de Jong and Ashley Cole, will be in the spotlight Saturday as they play not only their first MLS road game, but their first MLS game in altitude at Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Altitude was one of the many MLS-specific difficulties Steven Gerrard struggled with last year after he joined the team in the middle of the season. Continue reading

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