Which, along with a short piece on the Galaxy’s goalkeeping issues, is the subject of my column today.
Incidentally, the cool poster above, produced for tonight’s game in Seattle, is available for purchase. More details
A game preview is
Is Seattle the best soccer town in the country? This
story would suggest it is.
Incidentally, guess who the top performing U.S. player is, according to this measurement (hint, it’s not Clint Dempsey)? Answer
Meanwhile, Rancho Cucamonga’s Carlos Bocanegra is not in the U.S. squad for the game, but will be inducted into the
UCLA Hall of Fame later this year.
Tortilla Cantina wasn’t showing the Jamaica-U.S. game when I walked through the door Friday night and asked them to turn on BeIN Sports
By the time the game ended, many people in the bar were cheering the Americans’ dramatic win.
Wach the highlights and you will know why.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy are in Salt Lake City today as part of a reduced MLS slate (live at 6:30 p.m. Time Warner Cable). Sister paper The Salt Lake City Tribune has the
With Japan becoming the first nation to
qualify for the World Cup this week, winners and losers are beginning to emerge along the long road to Brazil.
Hexagonal basement dwellers Jamaica, led by former Galaxy netminder Donovan Ricketts,
will face the U.S. tonight (6:30 BeIN Sport) with the knowledge they could soon join the ranks of the losers, but are nonetheless exuding confidence publicly.
Other televised CONCACAF games include:
*Panama-Mexico, (7 p.m. Telemundo), where
first place in the group is up for grabs.
*Costa Rica-Honduras (9 p.m. BeIN Sport)
BTW, Tuesday’s games are back on ESPN, which has a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. with Mexico-Costa Rica followed by U.S.-Panama.
Meanwhile, ESPN has announced it will show all 52 games from the Under-20 World Cup that kicks off June 21 with all three U.S. group games on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. As expected, the U.S. squad has a
large Southern California contingent.
The Mexican club are expected to formally announce the latest addition to their growing American contingent later today.
If you plan to head to TJ to watch the LA native with the thousands of other Americans who regularly cross the border for games, however, read the last paragraph of the story.
At least Gomez, who like the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan was recently named to the
pool of potential players for the Gold Cup, won’t have to travel far for the recently announced July 5 U.S.-Guatemala in San Diego ahead of the tournament.
Gomez, of course, is currently with the
U.S. team in Jamaica ahead of Friday’s now even more critical World Cup qualifier for the hosts after last night’s loss to Mexico left them already dangerously adrift in the standings.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t sound fazed by the criticism he and his team faced last week ahead of the Costa Rica game and now it’s his Mexican counterpart on the hot seat after blowing a
two-goal lead against Honduras.
Where are you going to watch this one — and with who?
column. Read why the Mexican media has called Klinsmann “
bogeyman.” After initially saying they wouldn’t call in reinforcements in the wake of Jermaine Jones’ injury, the U.S. has belatedly done just that with a
player very familiar with tonight’s venue.
From the Twitter feed of Herculez Gomez:
Staff Writer John Henderson with sister paper The Denver Post has the
preview of tonight’s game (live at 7 p.m. on ESPN).
Other notable televised WCQ games today:
1 p.m. Spain-Finland (ESPN2)
2 p.m. Honduras-Mexico (Telemundo)
5 p.m. Argentina-Venezuela (BeIn Sport)
A quick roundup of essential soccer links for the day:
A must-read on the
USMNT WCQ on-going meltdown. Recall that more than soft Chivas USA red card issued during Sunday’s SuperClasico? It
never happened. Also, Chivas USA has re-signed back-up goalkeeper Tim Melia, 26, to an unspecified contract extension, the club announced today.
The Galaxy has named their
Dallas Cup roster. Former Cal State Northridge soccer standout Devin Del Do, 26, of Valencia has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League.
LA Fest Celebrity Soccer Challenge is set for Sunday at Home Depot Center.
*Because of goals like that it’s unlikely we’ll see Frank Lampard in a Galaxy shirt any time soon and at least
one influential English manager feels the the same way.
deconstruction of the U.S. loss in Honduras continues as does the discussion over the role LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez played in the World Cup qualifying setback. My perspective: Gonzalez is young, he’s still a better option than the aging or inadequate options we’ve seen at the position previously. I’m not alone in that assessment.
*Staying with Wednesday’s qualifiers,
check out the role former Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts played in Jamaica’s stunning result at the Azteca Stadium.
*And speaking of former Galaxy players,
guess who is on his way back to MLS.
*Finally, National College Signing Day is a bigger deal for pointy-balll football than the real version, but here’s who signed where as far as the
Galaxy Academy and Chivas USA Academy is concerned.
And Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, who got an unexpected start, was among several American defenders guilty of ball watching or a failure to respond quickly enough to stop Honduras on the winning goal.
Read the match report
Here are the goals: