ICYMI Video: LA Galaxy pay price for “terrible defending” and are knocked out of U.S. Open Cup

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Read the story by Staff Writer Damian Calhoun on the Galaxy’s overtime disintegration.

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Wednesday Soccer Preview: LA Galaxy at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 in U.S. Open Cup, Brazil faces moment of truth at Olympics.

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Read Staff Writer Damian Calhoun’s preview of the semifinal here.

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USWNT closes out group play in Rio 2016 Olympics today at 3 p.m. on NBCSN

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This new TV ad from UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, will air today on NBC stations in Seattle and Baltimore calling for the U.S. Women’s National Team players to receive equal pay for equal play.

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Galaxy morning recap: Wild night at StubHub Center

It was a wild and crazy night at StubHub Center last night. New York went up 2-0, Galaxy rallied for the 2-2 draw thanks to late goals from Mike Magee and Ashley Cole.

New York coach Jesse Marsch was sent off, but hugged the fourth official before taking his coat off and walking off.

There were a couple of fouls that could have led to penalties for New York, but also the Galaxy should have received a penalty in the first half, but none were called.

Fun times.

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Sunday Galaxy preview: Galaxy hosts New York Red Bulls

The Galaxy kicks off August with a home game against the New York Red Bulls (6:30 p.m.; Fox Sports 1). NYRB enters the game fourth in the Eastern Conference (9-9-5, 32 points). The Galaxy is now fourth in the Western Conference (9-3-9, 36 points). Here are your pregame links:

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Galaxy moves quietly before close of Transfer Window

Bruce Arena sees room for improvement

Emmanuel Boateng taking advantage of playing time

 

 

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Brazilian men and American women are the gold medal favorites at the Rio 2016 Olympics

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Odds courtesy of www.bovada.com

Olympics Soccer Men – Winner

Brazil 1/1
Germany 6/1
Mexico 8/1
Portugal 8/1
Argentina 10/1
Colombia 14/1
Nigeria 16/1
Sweden 20/1
Denmark 33/1
Japan 50/1
South Africa 50/1
Algeria 66/1
Honduras 66/1
Iraq 100/1
Fiji 500/1

Olympics Soccer Women – Winner

USA 7/5
Germany 3/1
Brazil 21/4
France 11/2
Canada 10/1
Sweden 10/1
Australia 28/1
China 33/1
New Zealand 80/1
Colombia 100/1
South Africa 125/1
Zimbabwe 300/1

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Emmanuel Boateng taking advantage of opportunities with Galaxy

Emmanuel Boateng has received two consecutive road starts for the Galaxy. galaxy

Boateng, 22, went 63 minutes in both games, and had an assist in the 2-1 victory over Portland (July 23).

This streak ended a four-match stretch where the speedy Boateng didn’t see any playing time.

With a busy stretch on the horizon and as the Galaxy prepare for a late-season run up the Western Conference standings, Boateng has certainly caught the eye of the staff.

“He’s been good,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “He’s still a little bit up and down with his performances, but I thought obviously, the last couple of games he’s had good moments. He’s going to be a good player for us.

“We’re being patient, he’s sometimes is not always patient, but it takes time. He’s been a good addition to our team and I think he’s going to be an important player the rest of the season.”

Boateng has an interesting background. Born in Ghana, he would eventually end up at Cate School in Carpinteria. He earned 2012 Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year honors and the CIF-SS Division 7 POY award in 2011 and 2012.

He skipped his senior year at Cate for UC Santa Barbara and earned Freshman of the Year honors. Boateng signed with Helsingborgs IF in Sweden’s top division in 2013.

He was signed by the Galaxy in January. He has made 13 appearances with eight starts.

“I’m a young player and I’m going to make mistakes, but just make sure I talk to the coaches, listen to what I have to say and try to improve day in and day out,” Boateng said. “All I can do is take care of things in training and when he gives me the chance in games, I’m doing it.”

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