The Soccer Week Ahead: FIFA Women’s World Cup, Copa America, MLS, Galaxy, Steven Gerrard, USMNT

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Fox Soccer Video Highlights & Analysis: USA-China Quarterfinal

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Watch game highlights here.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video Preview: U.S. plays China live at 4:30 p.m. Friday on Fox

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Scoring goals has become a problem for the U.S. in Canada and with that has come criticism that you don’t often see directed at the USWNT.

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MLS Video highlights: LA Galaxy cuts Portland Timbers down to size with second five-goal outburst in two games

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Calendar check: is it 1998 all over again?

For the first time since that memorable goal-laden season, the Galaxy scored five goals in back to back games and in doing so routed another MLS team in convincing fashion after an underwhelming start to the season.

Former West Ham United flop Sebastian Lletget confirmed his MLS credentials with an impressive fourth goal in four games, providing the sort of attacking spark in midfield the team has lacked since the departure of midfielder Marcelo Sarvas.

Defender Robbie Rogers joined the goalfest with his first MLS goal in four years.

And just like that, the Galaxy are now just one point out of first place in the Western Conference.

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Quotable:

“I didn’t think I was going to be so emotional and I didn’t think it was going to have the impact that it did have on me, so it was a great way to cap off tonight,” said Rogers on scoring. “Tonight’s obviously Pride Night so it’s special and I think that’s why it was more emotional because I know there were a lot of people that had never been to the stadium before. My family, my boyfriend, his friends and a lot of people from West Hollywood.

“When I’m playing, obviously I’m playing for the Galaxy, these guys, my family and most importantly, myself, but I also feel like I’m playing for those in the LGBT community,” Rogers added. S”ometimes it has been tough for me and I’ve felt the pressure and from the moments like this and the [2014 MLS Cup] Championship, I never expected for me to find that pride or to be proud of coming from a community that doesn’t really have a huge footprint in sports. But to be a part of it… It’s a special moment.”

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The Galaxy notched an obscure first last night seeing five different players score goals in a game for the second game in a row.

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Next for the Galaxy: At San Jose Earthquakes Saturday

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

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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

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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

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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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