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

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*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

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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:

Quotable:

“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.”

Notable:

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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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video Profile: Veteran midfielder Shannon Boxx of Torrance has one more shot at winner’s medal as retirement beckons

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This reporter/blogger has followed the international career of Shannon Boxx from the beginning, so it was fitting to write what may be the final story on the eve of the U.S. Women’s National Team opener in Winnipeg against Australia.

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Complete FIFA Women’s World Cup Fox Sports Game Schedule

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From the Fox Sports press release:

Combining games with anticipated pregame, postgame, bridge shows and complementary programming, FOX Sports is expected to provide almost 200 hours of coverage from FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ averaging between six and seven hours a day over the month-long tournament.

No broadcast network has ever televised 16 FIFA Women’s or Men’s World Cup matches in a single tournament, and the 2015 event marks the first time since 2003 that any FIFA Women’s World Cup™ matches are scheduled for over-the-air broadcast in the U.S. In addition to the 16 matches committed to FOX, five of which are in primetime and include one semifinal, the third place match on July 4 and the final on July 5, FOX Sports 1 carries 29 matches, including all eight in the round of 16, two quarterfinals and one semifinal. The remaining seven games are slated for FOX Sports 2.

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Video: LA Galaxy star Gyasi Zardes of Hawthorne scores first international goal as U.S. comes from two goals down in stoppage time to beat the Netherlands 4-3

USA’s Gyasi Zardes, right, scores the 1-1 goal past Netherlands’ Daryl Janmaat during an international soccer match between Netherlands and the US at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Friday, June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)

USA’s Gyasi Zardes, right, scores the 1-1 goal past Netherlands’ Daryl Janmaat during an international soccer match between Netherlands and the US at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Friday, June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)

The real excitement came at the end of the game as the U.S. came from behind with two goals in as many minutes to overhaul a classy opponent, but Gyasi Zardes will be well pleased with scoring the (first) equalizer with about 30 minutes gone.

Zardes’ first U.S. goal came in his seventh international appearance.

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Video: Former FIFA official who resigned in disgust compares Sepp Blatter to Mafia Don on “60 Minutes Sports” tonight on Showtime

wrageWindow dressing: Former FIFA official dishes on imperious FIFA head Sepp Blatter tonight on Showtime (Photo courtesy Showtime).

Alexandra Wrage, an anti-corruption specialist who served on FIFA’s International Governance Committee, a group meant to reform the organization, tells Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports” that Sepp Blatter rebuffed her suggestion to add a few independent members to his executive committee to create transparency.

“There was really clear evidence in my mind that we were just going to be used as window dressing,” she said.

Coincidentally today we found out why Blatter had that attitude. American FIFA official Chuck Blazer has admitted taking bribes in connection with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, part of a larger network of alleged FIFA bribery believed to involve $150 million over the last 25 years.

The show airs at 9 o’clock tonight.

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MLS Monday Video Rewind: Makeshift LA Galaxy extend road winless streak in soggy New England

Missing plenty of first-choice players as has become the norm this season, the LA Galaxy (5-4-6) squandered a lead in difficult windy and wet conditions on the fake turf so many players hate (Robbie Keane, who despises artificial turf sat this one out) in New England Sunday to draw 2-2 with the New England Revolution in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup.

The result saw the Galaxy extend their road winless streak to 14 games in what was their record seventh MLS game in a month.

The highlight of the game was a cheeky back heel from the steadily improving Jose Villarreal in the 27th minute to set up the second Galaxy goal for Hawthorne’s Gyasi Zardes, who retained his place on the USMNT roster for the upcoming games against the Netherlands Friday and Germany on June 10 in Europe.

Game story

Quotable:

“Jose is a phenomenal player,” Zardes said. “He’s so classy and cheeky. Just to play a through ball like that is nice.”

Notable:

The Galaxy have not started the same XI in consecutive weeks this season and on Sunday were without Robbie Rogers, Todd Dunivant, Robbie Keane, A.J. DeLaGarza and Brian Perk due to injury.

Next for the Galaxy: Against the Vancouver Whitecaps 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Carson.

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