Video: Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel tonight on HBO explores the perils of heading the ball and concussion in youth soccer

headingHeading to a concussion? Real Sports correspondent Mary Carillo spotlights the increasing concern among parents, coaches and players about the health dangers of heading the ball in youth soccer (Photo courtesy HBO).

Former USWNT star Cindy Parlow-Cone, once considered one of the best headers of the ball in the women’s game, talks about memory issues and other health problems she attributes to repeatedly heading the ball in HBO’s “Real Sports.” The show airs at 10 o’clock tonight. Check out the clip below.

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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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New 5-a-side soccer center opens May 15 in Norwalk with free tournaments

us53dSoccer Central: The new Urban Soccer 5 Center in Norwalk (Image courtesy US5).

Free 5-a-side soccer tournaments will be held May 15-25 at Norwalk’s Urban Soccer 5 Center as the new 10-field facility opens.

The facility is intended for all age groups hosting kids’ games and corporate events, while HD cameras capture the action that can be streamed live or replayed later from the LED lighted fields.

The venue also includes a soccer shop, cafe for lunch and breakfast and private lockers and individual showers.

Urban Soccer 5 center will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Check it out:

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The LA Galaxy and Chivas USA play road Major League Soccer games this weekend, but you can still watch the clubs play live in Southern California

USLPropromoThe Galaxy (0-1-0) play Real Salt Lake (1-0-1) in Sandy, Utah Saturday (live at 1 p.m. on NBCSN), while Chivas USA (1-0-1) play in Texas against 1-0-1 FC Dallas (streamed live here at 5:30 p.m. Saturday), but local fans can still watch the team’s play live and in person this weekend.

The Galaxy II play their inaugural USL Pro game against the newly-rebranded Orange County Blues at the track & field stadium on the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus.

Parking is free. USL Pro games will also be streamed live this season on YouTube.

From the USL pro press release:

The Galaxy II, led by Coach Curt Onalfo, will have a variety of talent at their disposal with Homegrown Players Jack McBean and Oscar Sorto set to compete alongside USL PRO veterans such as 2013 All-League selection Daniel Steres.


The Blues, meanwhile, enter with a good returning group that is led by forward Chris Cortez. The former Chivas USA forward, who had nine goals a season ago, is set to be joined in attack by new addition Gibson Bardsley, who arrives after an All-League season with the Dayton Dutch Lions in 2013. The Blues will also have a new face in goal after former Chivas USA goalkeeper Patrick McLain joined the side.

Later Friday the Galaxy announced players loaned to the Galaxy II are Rafael Garcia, Bradford Jamieson IV, Jack McBean, Raul Mendiola, Charlie Rugg and Oscar Sorto as well as a trio of other Galaxy players also available for selection Saturday  Kyle Venter, Kofi Opare and Kenney Walker.

Meanwhile, Chivas USA’s Youth Development Academy hosts a SuperClasico tripleheader Saturday against the Galaxy at the Bell Gardens Sports Complex, 8000 Park Lane.

The U13/U14 teams face off at 9:30 a.m., followed by the U17/U18 teams at noon and the U15/16 teams at 2:30 p.m.

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An AYSO New Year

TThis year’s Torrance Rose Parade entry was sponsored by the nonprofit American Youth Soccer Organization, which was founded 50 years ago in the South Bay city and boasts a Torrance address to this day. Galaxy great Cobi Jones was among the riders on the float. (Photo by Staff Photographer Leo Jarzomb).

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