Watch: EPL returns Sunday with Arsenal-Manchester City, while NBC’s Coach Lasso/Jason Sudeikis explains the basics of English football for the uninitiated

The traditional curtain-raiser to the EPL season is 7 a.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1 — the annual Charity shield game that pits the EPL champions, in this case Manchester City against the FA Cup winners, which last season was Arsenal.

NBC’s coverage of the EPL begins the following weekend and while you wait, don’t miss the hilarious video above.

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Major League Soccer Preview: LA Galaxy (9-4-6) hosts San Jose Earthquakes (6-8-5) in Carson at 7:30 p.m. live on NBCSN a day after Landon Donovan’s retirement announcement

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A day after Landon Donovan announced his retirement from the game at year’s end, the Galaxy face the team he started with in MLS before joining the Galaxy to embark on a highlight reel career, the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Earthquakes may sit at the wrong end of the Western Conference standings, but they’re coming off an upset win over division-leading Seattle, boast a modest winning streak and a new DP.

Still, the Galaxy may redouble their efforts to reach another MLS Cup in light of Donovan’s announcement and his desire to go out on a championship-winning note after a career with so many notable moments.

Columnist Jill Painter provides context and perspective on Donovan’s career here.

Finally, the LA Galaxy II (11-7-4, 37 points) faces Arizona United SC (6-11-5, 21 points) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at StubHub Center. The game will be streamed live at lagalaxy.com.

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Major League Soccer All-Star game highlights: Watch the Galaxy’s retiring Landon Donovan score the winning goal in MVP-winning performance in his final season as a soccer player

Take that Jurgen Klinsmann.

Galaxy playmaker Landon Donovan grabbed the biggest mid-season stage in MLS with a star turn in Portland Wednesday
(while Chivas USA striker “Cubo” Torres didn’t have a bad night, either).

Guess we know what that Galaxy press conference is (and is not) about this afternoon:

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy poised to take run at MLS Cup again

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Could the Galaxy add to their back to back MLS Cup titles of a couple of years ago? Maybe.

But it’s clear after the disappointment of last season, no one is taking anything for granted including rising hotshot Gyasi Zardes who seems to have exactly the right attitude:

“I just take it in by day,” he said after Saturday’s game. “Now this game is over, I don’t look back. I don’t fantasize over all the goals I scored. I start looking at now. When I’m in the game, in that moment, in my head, I’m thinking ‘zero goals, nothing. ‘Prove myself.’”

Read more in this week’s column here.

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Major League Soccer Monday Video Rewind: Galaxy dominate wooden Timbers in Carson, few see Chivas USA lose again

On a Saturday afternoon when the eyes of most American soccer fans was on Michigan and the spectacle of the largest crowd ever to see a game in this country, the LA Galaxy burnished their MLS Cup credentials with a dominating performance over the Portland Timbers before just a touch over 20,000 at almost exactly the same time in Carson.

In contrast, Chivas USA couldn’t even attract a crowd exceeding 4,000 to the StubHub Center Sunday in a loss to FC Dallas that further underlines the club’s sad slide to irrelevance.

Meanwhile, a crowd of almost 50,000 watched the San Jose Earthquakes do the Galaxy a huge favor by knocking off the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders, tightening the playoff race in the division ahead of Friday’s game in the South Bay against LA.

I’ll take a look at the Galaxy’s season so far in Tuesday’s column as we reach the halfway point of the season with the MLS All-Star Game set for Wednesday in Portland.

Check out the highlights of the Galaxy game:

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Major League Soccer Preview: LA Galaxy host Portland Timbers at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on NBC

While the Galaxy reportedly pursue former Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan, they make a rare TV network appearance Saturday almost exactly a month after drawing Portland 2-2 in Carson before a sellout Independence Day crowd.

The Timbers are seeking to move into a playoff spot with a win that would give the club the first three-game winning streak in history against the Galaxy, who have moved up to third in the Western Conference after their road win in Seattle last time out.

In related news, Inglewood’s Jose Villarreal, 20, has returned from his loan stint with Cruz Azul and has joined younger brother Jaime on the LA Galaxy II roster.

The USL Pro team plays the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 4 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be streamed at the club’s website.

Meanwhile, Galaxy defender Oscar Sorto is heading to a U.S. U-23 camp in the Bahamas along with two Southern California products who are with Mexican clubs.

Saturday Update

Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez, but not Landon Donovan, withdrew from Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game roster because the Galaxy plays San Jose in Carson Friday, two days after the annual exhibition game.

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Nationally Televised English Premier League-Major League Soccer Doubleheader today includes 8 p.m. Manchester United-LA Galaxy finale at Rose Bowl

The Sporting-Kansas City-Manchester City game is live at 6 p.m. on ESPN2

More on the Galaxy-United game is here.

Other televised games today include:
4:30 p.m. Liverpoool-Roma on NBCSN from Boston

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