LA Galaxy to participate in International Champions Cup and will reportedly play Barcelona at the Rose Bowl this summer

iccIf you enjoyed watching Manchester United rip the Galaxy apart 7-0 last year then you’re in luck: the next club to victimize LA will reportedly be Barcelona at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 1, according to The Washington Post.

The game would be part of the grandiosely named 2015 International Champions Cup North America, a third annual tournament that this year pits Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Porto, Club América, Fiorentina, the New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes against each other.

Holding the Barcelona game Aug. 1 would force MLS to move the previously scheduled game that day in Colorado against the Rapids, but hey, who cares about the sanctity of the league schedule when you’ve got a meaningless money-spinning friendly to gouge fans with instead?

“This is the most storied and successful club in MLS and competing in this tournament gives our fans an opportunity to see the Galaxy face the most successful clubs from other leagues around the world,” said Galaxy President Chris Klein, apparently with a straight face as he anticipated the cash influx um, game. “We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing global soccer to Southern California this summer.”

All 17 games will be aired on Fox Sports 1 and 2.

How delusional are the organizers of this rubbish?

“Through our tournament and commitment to putting the best product and teams on the pitch, we will continue to grow soccer both domestically and abroad,” said David Tyler, CEO of (Ir)Relevent Sports.”

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Weekend MLS Video Rewind: LA Galaxy clean Redondo Beach then dust off the Seattle Sounders in Carson win

beachBeach Boys: Tommy Meyer and Baggio Husedic did their part for the planet Friday before sweeping away the Seattle Sounders Sunday at StubHub Center (Photo by Staff Photographer Brad Graverson).

A suitably gritty if not particularly pretty performance Sunday saw a weakened Galaxy rebound at home with a 1-0 win over Western Conference rivals the Seattle Sounders and extend their unbeaten streak at StubHub Center to 24 games, MLS beat writer Phil Collin reported.

Quotable:

“We had our chances, unfortunately we didn’t finish them,” said Seattle striker Lmar Neagle. “I personally had three that I thought I could have done a lot better with so it is a frustrating game knowing that we played pretty well and were in control of the game in the beginning and then one free kick changes things. It was frustrating, it seemed like we were getting the bulk of the chances and not being able to finish, some of them were a little bit ridiculous, on our part, and on (Penedo’s) part, (he) had a great game.”

Notable:

With 10 saves against Seattle, goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was one save shy of tying the LA Galaxy franchise record of 11 in a single match.

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MLS Video Preview: LA Galaxy faces Seattle Sounders FC live at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 from StubHub Center in Carson

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Galaxy beat writer Phil Collin has more on the Galaxy-Seattle Sounders game here, complete with video.

More opinion on the Galaxy’s slow start to the season is here.

Here’s the Seattle perspective.

In case you missed the news, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had a notable week.

The match-up by the numbers is here.


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Manchester derby at 8 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN is highlight of EPL TV Weekend

Your BPL weekend preview is here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Slow-starting Galaxy seek to get out of neutral Sunday against the Seattle Sounders at StubHub Center

dempsey1Danger man: The always menacing Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders visit Carson Sunday to play the struggling Galaxy in a nationally televised clash between Western Conference heavyweights (Photo courtesy Seattle Sounders FC).

The MLS has barely begun and the Galaxy are already looking to “bounce back” against the Seattle Sounders Sunday in a battle between two National Soccer Hall of Fame coaches.

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Sigi Schmid, long-time South Bay resident and former UCLA and LA Galaxy coach, named to National Soccer Hall of Fame

sigiSeattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, who grew up in Torrance and still has a Manhattan Beach house, was named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame (Photo courtesy Seattle Sounders).

With all due respect to Tim Howard, but Kasey Keller remains the greatest goalkeeper ever to play for the U.S. national team while South Bay favorite son Sigi Schmid, who moved to Torrance at age 10 from his native Germany, is the greatest U.S. coach never to have assumed the helm of the national team.

It’s typical of Schmid though to say that his accomplishments pale in comparison to the lasting friendships he has made through the sport:

“It’s a reflection of your peers acknowledging what you’ve done, and it’s a reflection of the body of your work, so this is something I am very proud of,” Schmid said of his hall of fame induction. ““The biggest thing for me has been the players I have had the privilege coaching and the players that have become friends; the relationships and friendships that have existed beyond coaching players — now that for me is the biggest reward. That is bigger than the trophies or any of the awards, just knowing that you have been meaningful in someone’s life.”

For more on this year’s inductees into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, click here.

Hopefully, Schmid will receive a round of applause from the StubHub Center crowd when the Sounders visit Carson to play the Galaxy this weekend.

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