Weekly Soccer Column: NBC’s Barclays Premier League coverage begins Saturday

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Host Rebecca Lowe and NBC returns Saturday with their second season of Barclays Premier League coverage.

Read more in this week’s column about NBC’s coverage plans for the new season.

Wondering what games are on what channel this coming weekend (and for the first three months of the season)? Click here.

Check out a comprehensive team-by-team guide to the new season here.

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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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Weekly Soccer Column: Rebuilding Manchester United meets LA Galaxy Wednesday in Pasadena

It’s the start of a new era for Manchester United when the club faces the Galaxy Wednesday at the Rose Bowl as I explain in this weeke’s column.

Here’s the perspective of the LA Galaxy and Landon Donovan on the game against the EPL giants.

Meanwhile, would you pay $300 to watch Manchester United train — that’s right, train at 7 p.m. today at the Rose Bowl? Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:

General admission tickets to the open training session, which cost $20, are available for purchase via Ticketmaster. Limited VIP Tickets for Manchester United’s open training are also available for $300, and include field level seating and an autograph session following training. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the LA Galaxy Foundation. Packages for the open training session and the Chevrolet Cup match between Manchester United and LA Galaxy can be purchased by calling 877-3GALAXY (342-5299) or visiting www.lagalaxy.com/manutd.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Are all but invisible LA Galaxy seeing MLS season end before it truly begins?

GalaxyFinding it difficult to get in the swing of the Galaxy season?

First it seems as if the club has barely played in Southern California this year at all.

Wednesday’s rare midweek home game is up against a Kings playoff game so many general sports fans will be preoccupied.

And Sunday’s home game takes place on the long Memorial Day weekend, when LA typically empties out (and the Galaxy has traditionally had trouble drawing crowds on holiday weekends).

Which all means, given that the Galaxy are now stuck at the wrong end of the Western Conference, there may well be no reason to watch when folks belatedly get around to seeing that MLS is under way.

Read more in today’s column.

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Weekly Soccer Column: “Next Goal Wins”

An independently-produced documentary called “Next Goal Wins” opens Friday in Los Angeles.

Ostensibly, it is about a ragtag team of lovable losers seeking to attain their collective dream of actually winning a game after a decade of losses including a world record 31-0 World Cup qualifying loss four years earlier.

But there is a larger story in play here in this sweet modest movie as I write in this week’s column.

Also, local soccer clubs and other groups can organize fundraising screenings of the movie. For more information, click here.

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