MLS Video Preview: LA Galaxy (6-5-7) host Portland Timbers (7-5-4) at 7:30 p.m. live on ESPN2


Portland is seeking its fifth straight MLS win against the best team in the league (Caleb Porter’s words, not mine).

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Video: Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel tonight on HBO explores the perils of heading the ball and concussion in youth soccer

headingHeading to a concussion? Real Sports correspondent Mary Carillo spotlights the increasing concern among parents, coaches and players about the health dangers of heading the ball in youth soccer (Photo courtesy HBO).

Former USWNT star Cindy Parlow-Cone, once considered one of the best headers of the ball in the women’s game, talks about memory issues and other health problems she attributes to repeatedly heading the ball in HBO’s “Real Sports.” The show airs at 10 o’clock tonight. Check out the clip below.

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MLS Video Preview: Galaxy (5-5-7) host Philadelphia Union (4-9-3) at 7:30 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet


The Pulitzer Prize-winning team at a certain South Bay newspaper will conduct the coin toss ahead of the game between the two mediocre outfits.

Just as Galaxy starters begin to come back from injuries that have contributed to the club’s slow start to the season, the Union is short-handed for just that reason so expect the team to pack it in against LA tonight in search of a road point.

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LA Galaxy travel to San Jose to play Earthquakes July 1 in the U.S. Open Cup round of 16



The road game in the knockout tournament is scheduled just four days after the Galaxy were set to travel to the Bay Area for a June 27 game against San Jose as part of MLS Rivalry Week.

The winner will play the victor of the game between Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers.

The full draw, made this morning, is here.

The Galaxy advanced by beating amateur side PSA Elite last night in Carson with Robbie Keane nailing a hat trick:


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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video preview: U.S. can clinch group with win over Nigeria live at 5 p.m. on Fox



Game preview.

Mia Hamm appears at 1 p.m. as a guest on Fox Women’s World Cup today on Fox Sports 1.

Finally, here are the locations of Southern California viewing parties.

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Weekend Video Rewind: MLS, Copa America and World Cup highlights

Too much soccer and not enough time this weekend? Get caught up here.

*Weather delayed the LA Galaxy-Columbus Crew MLS game two hours and this one didn’t age well:

*Kaka and Orlando City put on a better show Sunday against D.C. United. Here’s the goal that was the difference in the game:

*Perhaps the most compelling performance of the weekend was offered by the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team against Serbia in the quarterfinals:
Check out the highlights here.

*The biggest upset of the weekend came at the Women’s World Cup.

*The most entertaining game of the weekend (or should that be the worst defending of the weekend)? Brazil-Peru gets my vote:

*Finally, this was the most-viewed game of the weekend.
Highlights are here.

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MLS Weekend TV Video Preview: LA Galaxy (5-5-6) face Columbus Crew (4-6-4) at 4:30 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet



*Here’s the MLS preview.

MLS standings.

Here’s more on the series history between these two teams.

Best thing about this game? It comes on TV right after Lionel Messi and Argentina faces Paraguay in Copa America action on BeIn Sports.

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Video highlights: Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates scores winner for U.S. in World Cup opener against Australia

WCPressWorld Cup winner: Christen Press and Australia’s Caitlin Foord battle for the ball Monday during a FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP).

Game story.

From the U.S. Soccer press release:

In the other Group D match earlier in the day, Nigeria and Sweden played to an exciting 3-3 draw that saw Nigeria erase an 2-0 deficit in the second half and then equalize late in the game after the Swedes had made it 3-2. Following today’s matches, the USA sits in first place of Group D with three points, followed by Nigeria and Sweden with one apiece, and then Australia with zero.


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MLS Monday Video Rewind: Punchless LA Galaxy surrender home undefeated streak to Vancouver Whitecaps



The Galaxy fail to hit a single shot on target and can’t score; Vancouver took one shot that hit the frame, scored and won the game. Pretty simple game, huh? Still, let’s point out in fairness that once again LA were forced to put out a different starting XI as injuries and international absences have forced the club to do every MLS game this season.

Still, it took stamina to watch soccer of this quality after the enthralling UEFA Champions League final earlier in the day.

Game story.

Check out why Omar Gonzalez never did make a big-money move to a top European club in the clip below:


“We should have shot a few more times,” said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

“We’re doing the best we can,” he added. “It’s been a little bit of a patchwork job (up front) in the first half of the season,” he added. “That’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes. No excuses, but we’re a little bit short handed in a lot of the spots on the field and it shows with some of our quality.”


The Galaxy are clinging onto the final Western Conference playoff spot by the slimmest of margins (good thing MLS expanded the post-season field!).

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Next for the 5-5-6 Galaxy: At 4-6-4 Columbus 4:30 p.m. Saturday

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