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.
So, it was pretty mild, but did the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez just diss U.S. Men’s National Team teammate Herculez Gomez in the above video?
The San Jose Earthquakes play tonight in the CCL, while the Galaxy’s encounter with Club Tijuana in Carson Wednesday is the subject of today’s column, which also looks at who Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling dedicated his winning goal to Sunday in the 3-2 defeat of the Chicago Fire.
More on all the CONCACAF Champions League games is here.
Incidentally, the Galaxy signed veteran former Seattle Sounders right back James Riley today. Presumably, he’s the replacement for Sean Franklin, after making a half dozen appearances for the club in preseason games.
The way forward: New Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera is under no illusions about the magnitude of the task he faces (Photo courtesy Chivas USA).
Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera has enough to worry about on the field, but he is also cognizant of the on-going debate surrounding the club and its fan base given recent clumsy efforts to emphasize its Mexican heritage:
“Chivas USA is not exclusively for Mexican Americans,” he said Monday. “Chivas USA is an American team in MLS, which is an American league and it is open to everyone.
“No one wants to support a really bad team, that’s normal,” he added. “The only way is to try and change the mentality and little by little we’re going to reach out, but were not going to reach out to one small group of people, we want everyone.”
For more from Cabrera and his plans at Chivas USA, read this week’s column.
The Galaxy and MLS have focused most recently on improving their youth development systems as competition heats up for potential future professionals (Mexican clubs are increasingly poaching promising U.S. youngsters, for instance) with the latest example being the merger of club teams LA Galaxy South bay (formerly the South Bay Force) and Exiles SC into a Southern California superclub of sorts.
Yet the Galaxy have concentrated so far on experience rather than youth ahead of the 2014 MLS season.