LA Galaxy II hosts inaugural Pups at the Park Night September 10 at StubHub Center in Carson

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Got a soccer-loving hound?

Then bring Rover or Spot down to StubHub Center 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 when the LA Galaxy II host the Sacramento Republic for the inaugural Pups at the Park Night.

Admission for you is $10 and your dog $5 with the proceeds for the latter going to local animal groups:

At halftime of the match, a “Best In Show” competition will be held to award the biggest K-9 Galaxy fan. The competition is open to all dogs in attendance and the winner will receive a 2016 LA Galaxy Jersey and Galaxy Puppy Pack courtesy of the Galaxy Team Store.

On the East side of the stadium, there will be a dedicated area for dogs and puppies. For safety purposes, dog owners will be required to provide up-to-date shot and vaccination records for their animal to be granted stadium access.

Parking is free and $2 beers and tacos are available.

And if you want your best friend styling for the occasion, click here.

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Say after me — “‘LESTER’ are EPL champs”

celebrateLeicester lads: Packed pubs in the city couldn’t contain their patrons’ excitement after the final whistle blew Monday between Spurs and Chelsea; the 2-2 draw gave the Foxes the EPL title.

Read more about the most unlikely EPL championship winner ever here in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Watch the video: Check out the delirious reaction as Leicester City win EPL title Monday without kicking a ball

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Watch the video: Violent Caltech robot soccer is literally a lot like Rollerball

TBD team with their remotes guiding their robots. Caltech’s 31st annual Engineering Design Competition will pit robots against robots in an “action packed” soccer match dubbed the “Tridroid Cup.”  Tuesday, March 8, 2016.Though 12 soccer balls are on the field at a time, the teams must get past robotic goalies to score. Caltech’s mechanical engineering students designed, build and run the teams of up to three robots.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

TBD team with their remotes guiding their robots. Caltech’s 31st annual Engineering Design Competition will pit robots against robots in an “action packed” soccer match dubbed the “Tridroid Cup.” Tuesday, March 8, 2016.Though 12 soccer balls are on the field at a time, the teams must get past robotic goalies to score. Caltech’s mechanical engineering students designed, build and run the teams of up to three robots.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

For more on the CalTech robot soccer competition, click here.

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Whittier artist-illustrator Dave Walston captures LA Galaxy players in caricature

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Whittier artist Dave Walston kindly allowed us to feature some of his excellent work here. Check out his website for more.

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I’ll let you decide who the last two are of after the jump.

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Former Chivas USA coach Thomas Rongen, now with the NASL club Tampa Bay Rowdies, signs Freddy Adu

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He’s back.

Wandering U.S. former wunderkind Freddy Adu, now at the ripe old age of 26, is back in American soccer — albeit at a minor league level — with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

From the press release:

Adu captained Rongen’s U.S. Under-20 national team in the 2007 U-20 World Cup, in which he scored a hat-trick against Poland and tallied two assists against Brazil. Adu’s signing adds another attack-minded player to the Rowdies’ roster. He played for U.S. national teams at the Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 levels and made his debut for the senior national team in 2006 at the age of 16, making him the youngest player to ever represent the United States at the senior level.

“Freddy and I have always respected each other,” Rongen said. “He’s a very unique player, very gifted. He’s a difference-maker. He’s got superb technical ability and field awareness. He’s a guy that I’ve always enjoyed being around on and off the field. He’s got a wonderful sense of humor and is a good teammate. He can make any team better.”

“I’m someone he relates to and someone he feels comfortable with,” Rongen added. “I like daring, creative players and Freddy has those qualities. His signing has immense upside for a club that is already making its mark in the NASL.”

I believe the Rowdies would become Adu’s 13th club team — but who’s counting

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