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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World Cup and Euro 2016 Qualifying TV Schedule: Brazil plays Chile at 4:20 p.m. today live on BeIn Sports and more

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Recommended games include:

  • 11:45 a.m. today Ireland-Germany ESPN
  • 11:45 a.m. today Scotland-Poland Fox Sports 2
  • 5 p.m. Argentina-Ecuador BeIn Sports
  • 11:30 a.m. Friday Spain-Luxembourg ESPN
  • 11:30 a.m. England-Estonia Fox Sports 2
  • 9 a.m. Saturday Kazakhstan-Netherlands Fox Sports 2
  • 9 a.m. Sunday Finland-Northern Ireland Fox Sports 1
  • 9 a.m. Sunday Greece-Hungary Fox Sports 2
  • 11:30 a.m. Sunday Poland-Ireland ESPN
  • 11:30 a.m. Sunday Germany-Georgia Fox Sports 1
  • 11:30 a.m. Sunday Gibraltar-Scotland Fox Sports 2
  • 9 a.m. Monday Sweden-Moldova Fox Sports 2
  • 11:30 a.m. Monday Lithuania-England Fox Sports 2
  • 11:30 a.m. Monday Ukraine-Spain ESPN2
  • 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Netherlands-Czech Republic ESPN2
  • 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Italy-Norway Fox Sports 1
  • 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Belgium-Israel Fox Sports 2
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Weekly Soccer Column: Holiday weekend TV primer for U.S., Mexico, Euro 2016 qualifiers

Galaxy's Robbie Keane scores on a penalty kick against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The Galaxy won 5-2 with three goals coming from Robbie Keane.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Robbie Keane scores on a penalty kick against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The Galaxy won 5-2 with three goals coming from Robbie Keane.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

The Galaxy may have the weekend off, but Robbie Keane doesn’t. Read more about the full slate of international games available for the armchair fan this Labor Day holiday weekend in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Weekly Soccer Column: the firing of Mexico coach Miguel Herrera after he clocks reporter has time ticking on World Cup bid

herreraBlow Hard: Always entertaining Mexico coach Miguel Herrera, seen here at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, was dumped after smacking a journalist earlier in the week right before the next round of World Cup qualifying begins (Associated Press Photo).

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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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