LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and Guam stun India in World Cup qualifying

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A week after winning its first-ever World Cup qualifying game, Guam have done it again.

The tiny Pacific Ocean outpost, population 161,001, stunned India, population 1.2 billion, 2-1 on Tuesday to head its qualifying group.

DeLaGarza got the start in the win and took to Twitter to celebrate:

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LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and Guam win first-ever World Cup qualifier

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A Turkmenistan own goal has given Guam and LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza an historic first-ever World Cup qualifying victory.

Game story.

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Video: Former FIFA official who resigned in disgust compares Sepp Blatter to Mafia Don on “60 Minutes Sports” tonight on Showtime

wrageWindow dressing: Former FIFA official dishes on imperious FIFA head Sepp Blatter tonight on Showtime (Photo courtesy Showtime).

Alexandra Wrage, an anti-corruption specialist who served on FIFA’s International Governance Committee, a group meant to reform the organization, tells Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports” that Sepp Blatter rebuffed her suggestion to add a few independent members to his executive committee to create transparency.

“There was really clear evidence in my mind that we were just going to be used as window dressing,” she said.

Coincidentally today we found out why Blatter had that attitude. American FIFA official Chuck Blazer has admitted taking bribes in connection with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, part of a larger network of alleged FIFA bribery believed to involve $150 million over the last 25 years.

The show airs at 9 o’clock tonight.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video Profile: Hermosa Beach resident Abby Wambach

abbywGood Morning, USWNT: Abby Wambach and other members of the USWNT appeared on “Good Morning, America” before heading to Canada for the World Cup (Photo courtesy ABC News)

U.S. Soccer is releasing a series of videoes profiling members of the U.S. World Cup squad called “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.”

This is the video for veteran striker Abby Wambach.

And here’s more from ABC:

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Here are the previously blogged videos for Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates and Whitney Engen of Rolling Hills Estates.

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Mia Hamm, USWNT stars put on soccer clinic for girls in East Los Angeles

hamm1Magic Mia: Fashionably dressed retired soccer star Mia Hamm, a Manhattan Beach resident, shows kids she still has some moves Wednesday in East Los Angeles (Photos courtesy Nike).

Dozens of girls were joined by former U.S. striker Mia Hamm and World Cup-bound USWNT stars Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez for a soccer clinic Wednesday in East Los Angeles.

Funded by a grant from Nike and the Mia Hamm Foundation, more than 250 girls from East LA will particpate in a year-long soccer program.

Dubbed Soccer for Success, the program began in 2009 and more than 55,000 kids have participated in the free after-school event.

From the press release:

The Brotherhood Crusade, an organization whose principal mission is to raise funds and resources from within the community and distributes those funds directly back into the community, will operate the program at the Weingart YMCA in East LA.

The event is also part of “She Believes in Her Community,” a week-long celebration where the U.S. Women’s National Team players are giving back to their local communities with special events focuses on young kids. Conceived and developed by the players, the #SheBelieves campaign is a message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams.

pressPress Pointers: USWNT striker Christen Press if Palos Verdes Estates chats with girls Wednesday during the soccer clinic.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video Profile: USWNT defender Whitney Engen of Rolling Hills Estates

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U.S. Soccer is releasing a series of videos profiling members of the U.S. World Cup squad called “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.”

This is the second in a series of profiles of players from Southern California featuring Whitney Engen of Rolling Hills Estates.

Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates is profiled here.

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USWNT star Alex Morgan kicked off the #Passthelove campaign Friday in Hermosa Beach ahead of next month’s World Cup

USWNT soccer star Alex Morgan kicked off a campaign dubbed #passthelove Friday in Hermosa Beach. Morgan and soccer players "painted" a mural by kicking a soccer ball at a blank canvas. The campaign bursts of paint. The interactive mural helped bring to life the new campaign, which is rallying fans to share their messages of support with the team on Twitter using the hashtag #PASSTHELOVE.

USWNT soccer star Alex Morgan kicked off a campaign dubbed #passthelove Friday in Hermosa Beach. Morgan and soccer players “painted” a mural by kicking a soccer ball at a blank canvas. The interactive mural helped bring to life the new campaign, which is rallying fans to share their messages of support with the team on Twitter using the hashtag #PASSTHELOVE.

From the press release:

Fans can also go to PassTheLove.com beginning May 15 to share a message of support from their social media channels directly to the Wall of Support. Posting a message allows visitors to automatically be entered to receive instant-win prizes, such as snacks, U.S. Soccer jerseys, gear and other giveaways.

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