EPL Weekend TV preview headlined by Arsenal-Spurs London derby at 8 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN


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Senate Report: LA Galaxy among sports franchises that benefited from “Paid Patriotism”


The Galaxy is one of several sports franchises that shared almost $7 million in what was called “Tackling Paid Patriotism” in a Senate Armed Forces Committee report released Thursday.

The Galaxy received $20,000 in 2012 from the Air Force for four programs.

Galaxy spokesman Brendan Hannan dismissed the criticism in a brief email:

“It was a one-off ticket sales partnership with the Air Force,” he wrote. “Similar to any partnership with any business. … The Air Force is a business. They are in the business of recruiting talent and they pay for advertisements for that exposure.”

It was unclear why Hannan didn’t appear to see the distinction between a private business and a taxpayer-funded government agency. He said the club would not be donating the money to veteran’s groups as McCain suggested.

He declined to add more in an off the record telephone conversation, but did go out of his way to note that:

“We invite a member of the military to attend each home game and provide them with four (4) tickets, a jersey, dinner, goodie bag, and on field recognition for their service. We have never received funds from any outside source for this recognition program.”

For more, here are stories written by sister newspaper The Salt Lake Tribune and USA Today.

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Bakersfield Doubleheader Nov. 14: Toluca-Queretaro, LA Galaxy II-Sacramento Republic


The Los Dos friendly kicks off at 4:45 p.m. with the main event following at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

From the Galaxy press release:

LA Galaxy II will face Sacramento after earning a 1-0 road victory in the USL Western Conference Quarterfinal match over defending USL champions in September during the 2015 USL Playoffs. Los Dos have now won in two-straight matches against their Northern California rivals, also recording a dominant 4-0 win behind goals from Jack McBean, Ariel Lassiter, Jaime Villarreal and Andre Auras during the 2015 USL Regular Season.

In the club’s second season, LA Galaxy II won the 2015 USL Western Conference Championship with a victory over OKC Energy FC in October to advance to the team’s first ever appearance in the USL Championship.

Tickets and more info are here.

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LAFC stadium plans at Exposition Park approved today

lafc(Image courtesy of LAFC)

The California Science Center and Exposition Park Commission approved revised stadium plans today for the proposed LAFC stadium at Exposition Park.

The stadium plans will next head to the Los Angeles Planning Commission in December 2015 and then go before the City Council.

From the LAFC press release:

This new home for the team would be the first open air stadium in LA since 1962. The project is expected to bring $250 million in private investments to South Los Angeles. Total economic impact over 30 years is projected to be nearly $3 billion and the stadium and soccer club will create 3,000 full time jobs. Many of those jobs will be created in one of the most disadvantaged parts of Los Angeles. There are also plans for job training, youth and educational outreach and a Los Angeles Football Club Foundation that will be active in the community.

Part owner Mia Hamm Garciaparra gushed:

“This site, with its history of sports, is the perfect location to bring the world’s game to the world’s city,” she said. “It’s truly in the center of this city, part of the LA sports corridor, is among some of the best institutions and museums, and in a beautiful Park.”

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Steven Gerrard linked to Liverpool return, Klopp denies coaching role

AR-150709751.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667Steven Gerrard’s first MLS season ended with a flop in a 3-2 loss to Seattle, and since the Galaxy bounced out of the playoffs, the 35-year-old midfielder’s name has been linked to his old club Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp denied a potential coaching position for Gerrard with Liverpool, telling the Guardian he has talked with Gerrard, but that only training is on the table.

“He is a legend,” Klopp said. “If he’s in Liverpool and wants to train ahead of next season in L.A. that’s absolutely no problem. Nothing else.” Continue reading

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LA Galaxy season trends: late slump, road struggles

Photo by Ted S. Warren // Associated Press

Photo by Ted S. Warren // Associated Press

The Galaxy season officially ended Wednesday night, and it was the first time since 2008 that L.A. failed to reach the conference semifinals.

“In seven years, to be out this early, it’s disappointing,” Omar Gonzalez said. “It feels different. We wanted more. But we put ourselves in this situation. We didn’t finish out the year the way we wanted to.” Continue reading

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