Mexican star Giovani dos Santos was unveiled as the successor to Landon Donovan in August 2015, when he showed off a jersey with the same number the Redlands native made his own (Photo by Staff Photographer Steve McCrank.)
There were a lot more Landon Donovan No. 10 shirts than ones reading dos Santos on the back Sunday on display at StubHub Center as Donovan returned to MLS after an almost two-year absence.
Is dos Santos worthy of wearing that No. 10 jersey?
Will longtime South bay resident Sigi Schmid reappear in the MLS coaching ranks with LAFC? Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.
Chelsea released its travel roster for the tournament this morning:
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begović, Thibault Courtois, Jamal Blackman
Defenders: Branislav Ivanović, Gary Cahill, John Terry, César Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Baba, Matthew Mizaga, Michael Hector, Ola Aina
Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Nemanja Matić, Willian, Kennedy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N’Golo Kanté, Nathaniel Chalobah
Forwards: Eden Hazard, Pedro, Juan Cuadrado, Loïc Rémy, Diego Costa, Michy Batshuayi, Bertrand Traoré, Victor Moses
And a couple of hours after the deadline for the column, Leicester City announced a fan meet and greet event from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 27 at Niky’s Sports, 11807 Santa Monica Blvd. Foxes fans can meet the team and pose with the EPL trophy.
Failure is far more common than success as even the likes of top-tier soccer nations like Argentina, England and Mexico have discovered — and puts public frustration with the U.S. Men’s National Team into perspective.
And for the latest Vegas Euro 2006 round of 16 odds, courtesy of Bovada.lv, see below:
Euro 2016 Winner
Republic of Ireland 100/1
Northern Ireland 250/1
Euro 2016 experienced more trouble from drunk crowds of rowdy mobs, many of them English, media outlets reported today, despite warnings from authorities of further possible action against England and Russia should their fans continue to cause issues.
These idiots are doing themselves, the sport or their nations no favors as authorities struggle to respond appropriately (and that’s putting it mildly).
Soccer has great potential to unite and more events like this laudable LA Galaxy stand are needed if the world is to overcome sad scenes like those we have seen in France in recent months.
For more read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (and yes, I’d much rather write about what’s happening on the field than off it).