Touting World Cup stars Major League Soccer resumes, but Omar Gonzalez likely missing for LA Galaxy tonight against Real Salt Lake in Carson

But RSL are likely to have USMNT players Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman available.

MLS beat reporter Phil Collin will be at the game and has the capsule game preview.

Meanwhile, Chivas USA are in Canada to take on the Whitecaps.

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World Cup Brazil Humiliation Watch: Sadness Storified, Meet the Saddest Merchant in Old Torrance and who was the smart money on anyway?

Ooops.

It was that kind of day for Brazil (and its sponsors).

Experience the collective sadness of a mortified nation here.

Notable: online sports book Bovada.lv observed today that “70% of of the betting money was on Germany to win in regulation and 75 percent was on Germany to advance to the final.”

Odds on a score of Germany winning 7-1 were not offered (who would take that)? It was 250-1 for Germany to win 6-0, though.

Finally, what’s worse than being Brazilian and seeing your nation humiliated before a worldwide audience like that? How about being Brazilian and having a whole lot of World Cup-related merchandise to shift? Sales coming soon, I presume.

Here’s Ana Imbriale of Brasil Mania in Old Torrance (her young son, wearing a Neymar jersey, declined to appear on camera):

Speaking of bad timing: who will go to this event in Carson on the eve of the World Cup final now?

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The biggest Mexican Major League Soccer star no-one has ever heard of: Chivas USA striker Erick Torres

The statistically most successful Mexican striker in Major League Soccer history is not Luis Hernandez, Carlos Hermosillo or Cuauhtémoc Blanco.

He is a young striker deemed surplus to requirements at Chivas Guadalajara who has now scored more goals in MLS than any other Mexican striker in history; Cubo “Erick” Torres, who is now the second most prolific scorer in MLS this season.

He was voted the MLS Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters after scoring  two goals that propelled Chivas USA to two 1-0 victories, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact.

And he has done so largely ignored by fans of his same heritage; just an announced 4,201 took in the last Chivas USA game over the holiday weekend.

“He’s got a quality you can’t teach,” Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy said recently. “His focus is just superb and for his age, it’s hard to believe what he can come up with and pull off. The goal tonight reminded me of that bicycle kick in Vancouver last year, where it’s just something out of nothing.”

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Major League Soccer Saturday: LA Galaxy Independence Day video highlights, Chivas USA hosts Montreal Impact in Carson

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Fourth of July Major League Soccer Preview: LA Galaxy host Portland Timbers at StubHub Center in Carson

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World Cup Quarterfinals begin Friday: France-Germany at 9 a.m. on ESPN2 and Univision, Brazil-Colombia at 1 p.m. on ESPN and Univision

Here’s how the oddsmakers see the quarterfinals:

Brazil 11/4
Germany 7/2
Argentina 4/1
Netherlands 9/2
France 7/1
Colombia 11/1
Belgium 12/1
Costa Rica 40/1

Courtesy: Bovada

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World Cup Wednesday Kicks: Ban diving cheaters and more

Watch: Former EPL referee Graham poll suggest diver like the Netherlands’ Arjen Robben should be banned rather than escape punishment as it appears he will.

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