6 p.m. Friday Brazil-Colombia on BeIn Sports
10 a.m. Saturday Ivory Coast-Sierra Leone on BeIn Sports (featuring former MLS player Kei Kamara of Lawndale)
6 p.m. Saturday Mexico-Chile on UniMas
11:30 a.m. Sunday Portugal-Albania on ESPN2
11:30 a.m. Sunday Germany-Scotland on Fox Sports 1
11:30 a.m. Monday Switzerland-England on Fox Sports 1
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Norway-Italy on Fox Sports 1
Phil Collin has the capsule game preview, while here’s the match-up by the numbers. I presume A.J. DeLaGarza, who was not in training Thursday, will also miss tonight’s game. More on his family’s saga is here. Major League Soccer remains a fairly small family and members of the community are using Twitter to express their thoughts. I will retweet them throughout the day so check the rolling feed to the right.
To one of my oldest and dearest friends @AJD_20 and his wife Megan: my heart goes out to you. We will forever celebrate Luca and his life.
Veteran defender Carlos Bocanegra, 35, an Upland native who has made 30 appearances for Chivas USA over the last two seasons, has announced his retirement effective at the end of the MLS season.
Bocanegra has missed the half dozen MLS games because of concussion.
“I’m still hungry for the game and I want to play, but unfortunately you can’t play forever,” he said in a statement released by the club. “I was thinking about this in the offseason, and it took me about six months to come to a final decision.
“The timing is right for me,”added the UCLA product. “I’ve known for a little while now in my mind and in my heart. I’m happy with it, and I’m looking forward to the new challenges.”
Bocanegra did not say what those plans are, but will talk to reporters Friday morning.
A former MLS Rookie of the Year with Chicago in 2000, Bocanegra spent the bulk of his career in Europe playing for Fulham in the EPL before moving to France for four years and then onto Glasgow Rangers.
He played in two World Cups for the U.S., making a total of 110 international appearances, before he was discarded midway through the last World Cup qualifying campaign.
Read more about his career in the link embedded in the Tweet above, read what Bocanegra has to say about it in his own words here or just watch this:
It’s a match made for MLS: the prolific American starring for his local MLS club that plays in Carson a short South Bay skip from his Hawthorne hometown verses the all-time top Mexican scorer in MLS facing off in one of the biggest soccer markets in the country.
The face-off isn’t perfect.
Both players have cooled off of late.
And Torres, who should be pulling in capacity crowds, plays for a uniquely unpopular club fumbling toward oblivion and is virtually unknown compared to revered Mexican stars he has surpassed such as Carlos Hermosillo, Luis Hernandez and Cuauhtémoc Blanco.
Yet players like these represent the future of MLS.