MLS Cup ready for prime time and USMNT faces Trinidad & Tobago at 5 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 with World Cup place at stake

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100 Percent Soccer column: U.S. Soccer fans kick back for tropical World Cup qualifying feast this Labor Day weekend

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Galaxy II defender Jefrey Payeras selected to Guatemala roster

Galaxy II defender Jefrey Payeras was selected to the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers for the Guatemalan national team.

This is the second international call-up for Payeras. Guatemala faces Trinidad and Tobago, Friday and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sept. 6.

Payeras, 22, has made 22 appearances for Galaxy II. He was born in Hawthorne.

 

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Everything you wanted to know about the American soccer fan (if only you had asked)

WChermosaBWorld Cup fans gather for a viewing party in Hermosa Beach; one-third of all American soccer fans only pay attention to big events like the tournament, a marketing study found. (Daily Breeze file photo).

One in three American soccer fans say Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United is their favorite team.

The Galaxy? They came in sixth in the top 10 teams cited, while the Seattle Sounders were 10th.

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USMNT Olympic and World Cup Qualifying Gameday Video Preview

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International Soccer Weekend TV Video Preview: Guatemala hosts the U.S. at 7 p.m. Friday on beIN Sports, Mexico plays Canada at 6:30 p.m. on UniMas

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Tim Howard, Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes and Bobby Wood are four to watch for U.S. in World Cup qualifying

howard Hot shot: A stunning 13 saves against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup suddenly brought veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard into the public consciousness, but he’s not done yet (Associated Press file photo).

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Video tribute: Former LA Aztecs NASL MVP, Dutch Total Football maestro Johan Cruyff dies age 68

FILE - In This June 19, 1974 file photo, Netherlands Johan Cruyff, left, dodges the tackle from Sweden's Kent Karlsson during a World Cup soccer match  in Dortmund, Germany. Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game with the concept of 'Total Football,' died Thursday March 24, 2016. He was 68. (AP Photo/File)

FILE – In This June 19, 1974 file photo, Netherlands Johan Cruyff, left, dodges the tackle from Sweden’s Kent Karlsson during a World Cup soccer match in Dortmund, Germany. Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game with the concept of ‘Total Football,’ died Thursday March 24, 2016. He was 68. (AP Photo/File)

Johann Cruyff, who spent one season with the North American Soccer League’s LA Aztecs in 1979, and was known as the star of perhaps the best national team never to win a World Cup in the 1970s — the Netherlands — has died at age 68.

A heavy smoker in his younger days, Cruyff lost a long battle against lung cancer.

Aztecs attendance peaked during Cruyff’s long year with the club, according to the Aztecs Wikipedia entry.

Cruyff was part of the versatile Dutch team that prompted the term total football, such was their silky teamwork, and starred for manager Rinus Michels in a starting XI that included such greats as Johan Neeskens (his son, John Neeskens, just joined LA Galaxy II) Johnny Rep and Rob Rensenbrink.

He also played a major role as a Barcelona player and coach in making the club what it is today

Tributes, reaction and video after the jump.

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