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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Utah teen who killed volunteer soccer ref with one punch will wake up every day and see his picture

The unidentified 17-year-old, who will remain anonymous because he is a minor, must also write the family weekly letting them know the progress he is making in his rehabilitation.

This is not a Southern California soccer story, but a universal tale of what can happen when a player’s temper gets out of control and is worth posting here.

Reporter Janelle Stecklein at sister newspaper The Salt Lake Tribune has the story here.

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Wednesday Kicks: AYSO Reaches Rose Parade Float Fundraising Goal & more

  • Harbor Gateway-based AYSO will sponsor the city of Torrance’s Rose Float entry after raising $100,000.
  • Want to ask Galaxy officials why after 10 years Home Depot Center still sports a “jumbo” screen smaller than those most of us have at home? Or why after a decade concession lines and parking jams are still common and often caused by HDC employees and/or practices? Me too. You have your chance at 1 p.m. Thursday when Galaxy President Chris Klein and  coach Bruce Arena take questions on line and via Twitter. Details here.
  • Some Canadian guy named Steve Nash who purports to play basketball with the Lakers (ahem) announced his annual “break a leg” charitable soccer event is coming to LA. this July. Details here.
  • Former Galaxy and Chivas USA midfielder Alejandro Moreno has joined ESPN as a soccer analyst. His duties include Mexican national team and Liga MX games on ESPN’s English-language television channels.
  • The slew of forthcoming international fixtures gets off to a good start Thursday when BeIn Sport hosts Brazil verses Italy. Kickoff is at 12:25 p.m.
  • (Updated) Chivas USA and the mothership played to a 3-3 tie in a friendly Wednesday. Highlights.
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Tuesday Kicks: U.S. World Cup Qualifying Morass & More

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.
  • Mia Hamm’s LA Fest Celebrity Soccer Challenge is set for Sunday at Home Depot Center.
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Friday Kicks: AYSO Rose Bowl Float, Liga MX on ESPN & More

  • AYSO, founded in Torrance, is raising money for a soccer-themed city of Torrance Rose Float entry. Read more here.
  • Both starting American goalkeepers for the men’s and women’s national teams have gone down with injuries within 24 hours of each other. Hope Solo will be sidelined up to four months following surgery to repair torn cartilage in her left wrist, U.S. Soccer said Thursday, while today Everton’s Tim Howard went down with a back injury that’s expected to rule him out of the World Cup qualifiers later this month against Costa Rica and Mexico. Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan is Howard’s usual backup.
  • ESPN kicks off its English-language coverage of Liga MX at 5:25 p.m. today on ESPNews when Morelia plays Club America. Also, Cruz Azul faces Jaguares at 2:55 p.m. Saturday on ESPNews, while Puebla and Pumas clash at the same time on the same channel Sunday.
  • MLS embarks on its second slate of weekend games, although the Galaxy, between midweek CONCACAF Champions League games, are among three teams with the weekend off. Chivas USA is at home at 2 p.m. Sunday against FC Dallas (live on UniMas).
  • Finally, the Manchester United-Real Madrid UEFA Champions League game earlier this week was the third most watched game ever on Los Angeles-based Fox Soccer. An estimated 520,000 viewers watched the Red Devils get dumped out of the competition in controversial circumstances. The most watched games on Fox Soccer are the 2011 Gold Cup final between the U.S. and Mexico (1.1 million) and the Chelsea-Liverpool clash in 2011 (579,000).
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AYSO, Turning 50, Seeks Memorable Moments

Former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid was a kid growing up in Torrance when he played in the first season of the American Youth Soccer Organization, famously founded in a local garage.

With the now international organization celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, the nonprofit has roped Schmid into coaxing past and present players and volunteers to share their most vivid AYSO memory:

“To celebrate, AYSO’s putting together a “Happy Anniversary” digital, interactive timeline of AYSO’s 50 most memorable moments, milestones and events to share with AYSO parents, players, volunteers and alumni.

Tons of amazing things have happened in AYSO (and by AYSO alumni) since its founded in 1964, and collecting the top 50 moments is no easy task. So, we’re asking for your help.

Submit a moment or milestone you think should be included on the timeline here. We hope to receive lots of submissions, and while we won’t be able to include all of them on the timeline, we have big plans for your ideas throughout our year-long celebration in 2014.

Sincerely,
Sigi

Sigi Schmid
Head Coach of the Seattle Sounders
Honorary Editor of AYSO Alumni Connection

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Wednesday Catchup Kicks: AYSO unveils soccer website aimed at kids & more

Back from a week-long vacation and not much has changed in the world of soccer.

The Galaxy were turfed from the U.S. Cup (again), likely much to the relief of coach Bruce Arena, who has much bigger issues to deal with considering the team still has holes in the middle of its defense and now Edson Buddle, who wasn’t scoring anyway, is sidelined with injury.

Chivas USA, meanwhile, continue on their winning way raising the possibility that the U.S. Open Cup trophy could find its way to Southern California.

And Euro 2008 looms Friday on one side of the pond while the U.S. begins World Cup qualifying Friday (let’s hope that’s more gripping than a scoreless tie with Canada).

So what did I miss?

Not much.

Check out:

*The Galaxy have been drawn into Group 5 of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. They will be joined by Isidro Metapan of El Salvador, the Salvadorian 2011 Apertura Champion, and the third place team from the upcoming Caribbean Football Union Club Championship.

That’s either the the Puerto Rico Islanders, Antigua Barracuda FC, Caledonia AIA of Trinidad & Tobago or W Connection of Trinidad & Tobago. Three of those four teams will qualify for the Group Stage, with the Galaxy taking on the club that finishes in third place.

The group stage begins July 31. More here.

*A new soccer website unveiled this week by the Harbor Gateway-based AYSO aimed at kids. Click here.

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