Good morning to all the mothers who will be whisked off to a futbol game in a couple of hours, injury-stricken Chivas USA taking on the inconsistent New England Revolution at noon at Home Depot Center.
Chivas USA points out how they’re going to make the game worth mom’s time in their press release:
Mom gets free admission to the game, a complimentary flower (in Chivas colors of Red and White) and a ‘#1 Mom’ Appreciation Certificate upon arrival at the gate. In-stadium, Mary Kay will be on-hand providing complimentary makeovers to all Moms at the popular ChivaTown fan zone, while Donna Karan and Avon will also be distributing complementary perfume and cosmetics samples.
For those who are unable able to bring Mom to the game, Chivas USA’s Official Wireless Provider, Sprint, will give fans the opportunity to ‘Make a Call to Mom on Us’ with special call centers, offering free phone calls within the United States and Mexico, inside the stadium. (Limit one five-minute call per person.)
Meanwhile, on the field, Chivas USA invites Moms to get involved in the action, as a ‘Parade of Moms’ processes around the playing surface before kickoff; ‘Dream Moms’ and ‘High-Five Moms’ accompany the 22 players onto the pitch; and ‘Ball Moms’ keep the soccer action going on corner kicks, throw-ins and goal kicks.
As for the actual game, there are previews here and here.
In other local action, the S.F. Quakes surrendered a two-goal lead against the Ventura Fusion Saturday.
In the opening game of a doubleheader, the W-League Pali Blues won their first-ever game 5-0 over the Fusion.
In other local PDL scores Saturday:
Fresno Fuego 2 Southern California Seahorses 1
San Jose Frogs 2 Lancaster Rattlers 0
Los Angeles Legends 0 Bakersfield Brigade 0
Former MLS star Eric Wynalda was subbed out by the Brigade in the scoreless draw.
Meanwhile, the U.S. women went on a tear Saturday against Canada.
As usual, Red Bull Claudio Reyna is out injured for this one, proving yet again he’s not New York’s answer to David Beckham.
Speaking of Becks, the folks over at StubHub sent over these stats that show average Galaxy ticket prices on their site have almost tripled, while the volume of ticket sales has soared compared with 2007.
1st home game $26 (2007) Vs. $55 (2008). Sales volume increase: 450%.
2nd home game $28 Vs. $51. Up 60%
3rd home game $18 Vs. $46. Up 2000%
4th home game $32 4/26 Vs. $55. Up 400%
The Becks effect?
Meanwhile, the Galaxy, late in getting their youth development program going, have belatedly made a commitment.
From the press release:
Galaxy Rios, the official youth development program of the LA Galaxy, will enter a team in the USL Super-20 League for the 2008 season.
The LA Galaxy, who are one of three MLS teams to have a club placed in the Super-20 League, will be one of six teams in the Pacific Southern California League.
The coach: Galaxy Director of Soccer Paul Bravo.
The roster includes UCLA products David Estrada, Kyle Nakazawa of Palos Verdes Estates, Brian Perk and Michael Stephans; Rafael Garcia and Camillo Rojas of Cal State Northridge; Amani Walker of UC-Irvine; and U.S. Under-18 National Team player Tristan Bowen, the first player ever signed to the Galaxy Rios, and his brother Travis Bowen.
Wonder what the S.F. Quakes think about Nakazawa’s departure from their squad?
Galaxy Rios opens their season 5 p.m. Sunday against the Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College.
Here’s the complete season schedule:
May 24 vs. Poway Vaqueros 1:30 p.m. Home Depot Center
June 4 at Riverside MGFM (Kickoff TBD)
June 8 at Lancaster Rattlers 4 p.m. Lancaster National Soccer Center
June 15 at Poway Vaqueros 2 p.m. Poway High School
June 22 vs. Bakersfield Brigade 1 p.m. Home Depot Center
June 29 vs. Ventura County Fusion 5 p.m. Home Depot Center
July 5 at Bakersfield Brigade 5 p.m. Bakersfield Christian High School
July 12 vs. Lancaster Rattlers 1 p.m. Home Depot Center
July 13 vs. Riverside MGFM Kickoff TBD Home Depot Center
Not surprisingly, Chivas USA – owners of the league’s second worst defensive record in terms of goals conceded, continue to revamp their back line.
Over in England, Chivas USA midfielder Jorge Flores scored a goal and an assist in the first two friendlies for the U.S. Under-20 National Team on its short tour there.
Flores scored the game-winner on a penalty kick Wednesday in a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers Reserves and grabbed an assist a day later in a 2-1 win over Manchester United Reserves by a score of 2-1. The team plays Liverpool Reserves today.
The Chivas USA U-18 and U-16 teams both play Pateadores in away games this Saturday at Cal-State Fullerton.
The U-16 team, with two consecutive wins against conference opponents, plays at noon against first-place Pateadores team, with the U-18 game following at 2:30 p.m.
The U.S. Women’s National Team has announced two Scandinavian games in July against Norway and Sweden.
The match in Sweden marks the return of U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage to her native country where she will face her home country for the first time as U.S. coach.
Local Games This Weekend
In Ventura tonight at 5 o’clock the new Fusion W-League team plays their first game in franchise history against the similarly new Pali Blues.
The Fusion’s PDL team hosts the San Fernando Valley Quakes at 7:30 p.m. in the nightcap.
Other games include:
Fresno Fuego at Southern California Seahorses 7 p.m. La Mirada High
San Jose Frogs at Lancaster Rattlers 7 p.m. Pete Knight High.
Finally, the countdown to BritWeek concludes today with “Crash” by the Primatives:
*U.S. Soccer has announced that tickets for the first U.S. World Cup qualifying match June 15 in Carson against Barbados go on sale at noon Sunday.
Tickets are $19-$66. Call (213)-480-3232.
*The TV schedule for Euro 2008 is out.
There will be five games on ESPN Classic, 17 on ESPN2 and seven on ESPN. ABC will broadcast two matches – a quarterfinal June 21 and the Euro 2008 title match June 29.
Games are generally at 8:50 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. daily. Time to take the month off?
The title game will be preceded by the noon Galaxy-D.C. United game.
*Fox Soccer Channel will show all 16 games over the 10-day Toulon International Tournament May 20-29 including the three U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team games.
The U.S. games:
6:30 a.m. May 21 Vs. Turkey
9:30 a.m. May 23 Vs. Ivory Coast
9 a.m. May 25 Vs. Italy
With their final game of the season sadly only available on the pricey Setanta channel, American soccer fans will still be pulling for Fulhamerica to make an unlikely escape from relegation. The team will ensure their safety with a win Saturday over Portsmouth. Here’s a preview.
Loyola Marymount announced the signing of three more players: defender Adam Jackson (Palos Verdes High); goalkeeper Max Young (South Torrance High); and midfielder Fernando Barba (Animo).
Finally, W-League expansion team Pali Blues have announced the signing of 2006 Big East Defender of the Year Carrie Dew (Notre Dame).
The Blues open their season Saturday in Ventura.
I’ll have more later today on all the local soccer action in an around LA this weekend.
Several different English media reports indicate David Beckham will win a recall to the England team Thursday when Fabio Capello names his squad for next Wednesday’s game in Paris against France. Becks is widely expected to notch his ton of caps in that game and as an added bonus for Galaxy fans will be nice and rested for the MLS season opener that weekend (ahem).
Incidentally, for those who like to get a head start planning this coming weekend, the Galaxy follows last weekend’s ChivaFest with their own open house on Saturday.
MLS rivals Chivas USA have launched a new blog called “Inside the Flock,” which reports that first-choice goalkeeper Brad Guzan returned to training Tuesday after his injury. Actual information in a blog (Galaxy take note)!
Finally, new Pacific Palisades-based W-League franchise Pali Blues have announced the signings of three more players including former Trojan midfielder Rosie Tantillo.
Beckham and the Galaxy (in that order) arrived in Korea and spoke at a press conference Wednesday managing to say nothing we haven’t heard before, although at least fashion is number two for Becks behind soccer.
Back in the U.S., Men’s Under-23 National Team Coach Peter Nowak has named camp selections for the Olympic qualifying roster, although it’s widely expected he’ll add the European-based likes of Jonathan Spector and Michael Bradley for the games in March.
Local interest: Rolling Hills Estates’ Robbie Rogers, Fontana’s Maurice Edu, the Galaxy’s Mike Randolph, Chivas USA’s Sacha Kljestan and UCLA products Sal Zizzo, Marvell Wynne, Patrick Ianni and Chad Barrett are all on the roster.
The full roster: goalkeepers Dominic Cervi (Chicago Fire), Tally Hall (Esbjerg fB), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake); defenders Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Hunter Freeman (New York Red Bulls), Kamani Hil (Vfl Wolfsburg), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Mike Randolph (LA Galaxy), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC); midfielders Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96); forwards Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake).
Ten players on the roster have earned caps with the U.S. National Team.
Finally, Pacific Palisades-based W-League team Pali Blues announced the signing of UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson and English Under-19 Team goalkeeper Karen Bardsley from Chino Hills.