Manchester United announces roster for the U.S. Tour

Manchester United is headed to Los Angeles to kick off their preseason tour. The Red Devils will begin play Saturday against the Galaxy at StubHub Center. From there, they will turn their attention toward the International Champions Cup.

Here is the roster for the tour. Players will likely be added as the tour progresses:

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FOX soccer analysts preview CONCACAF Gold Cup

FOX Soccer analysts Landon Donovan, Alexi Lalas, Stu Holden and Cobi Jones offered their thoughts on the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup:

Landon Donovan is most excited to watch the tournament’s younger players:

“I’m looking forward to seeing all of the young and inexperienced players from the various countries, particularly Panama, Mexico and the United States. We know a majority of the veteran players will not be participating in the tournament, so this presents an opportunity for young talent to perform for their coaches and respective countries.”

Alexi Lalas says Mexico has the most pressure to succeed:

“Mexico is under the most pressure. Juan Carlos Osorio just received a six-game suspension for his sideline behavior during the FIFA Confederations Cup that ended poorly for him with two losses. Any perceived slip-up will be used to justify a change. Maybe that slip-up is in the form of an experimental Mexico team that succeeds and entertains without ‘El Professor’ at the helm? It’s a hungry, deep and balanced Mexico team with motivated players that will see the Gold Cup as an opportunity to impress and secure a spot in the team next summer. The fan support for Mexico will also create a home-field advantage for the team.”

Stu Holden predicts a USA vs. Mexico final:

“I think it will be the USA facing Mexico in the final. Both countries are bringing their B teams to the tournament, but these teams have the most depth. The U.S. MNT is young and hungry, and they are looking to cement their place on the roster. I know how it feels, having experienced that in the 2009 Gold Cup and then making the World Cup roster in 2010.”

Cobi Jones says the U.S. MNT has what it takes to succeed:

“The USA has new motivation and energy under Bruce Arena. The young players are eager to showcase their talents and prove they should be considered for next summer.”

Lalas says the Gold Cup is an excellent chance for players to earn a spot on the World Cup roster:

“We will see 1-2 players emerge, securing their spot for next summer. I love seeing a player presented with an opportunity and grabbing it with both hands. For most on this team, it will be their last chance to turn Bruce Arena’s head and plant that seed that they should be part of the World Cup roster. This is also the first and only time we will see Arena 2.0 in a tournament setting before next summer. He is very good at orchestrating the proper pace and burn at tournaments.”

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MLS All-Star Fan XI announced for upcoming All-Star Game

Major League Soccer announced the MLS All-Star Fan XI, Friday for the upcoming All-Star Game against Real Madrid, Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Soldier Field. 

The roster will consist of 24 players. The remaining players, consisting of two Commissioner picks and 11 players selected by coach Veljko Paunovic will be announced later this month.

Goalkeeper:Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)

Defenders:Greg Garza (Atlanta United), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City),DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo)

Midfielders:Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire), Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United), Kaká (Orlando City SC), Michael Bradley(Toronto FC)

Forwards: David Villa (New York City FC), Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago Fire), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)

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Rumored LAFC target Andres Guardado heads to La Liga

Mexican international Andres Guardado was announced Friday as a new member of Real Betis after spending the last three seasons with PSV of the Eredivisie.

Guardado, 30, signed a three-year contract.

It was reported a few weeks ago that Guardado was nearing a deal with Los Angeles Football Club for the 2018 season. At the time, Guardado pushed back against the report while Mexico was playing in the Confederations Cup, saying that there have been offers from MLS clubs, but denied that any agreement had been set.

Guardado has already spent seven seasons in Spain, with Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia

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Two Orange County Soccer Clubs players facing lengthy suspensions

Orange County Soccer Club will be without Ami Pineda and Jerry van Ewijk for a long stretch due to suspensions following Saturday’s late-game scuffle with Portland Timbers 2. The game ended in a 3-3 draw.

Pineda was hit with a six-game suspension, while van Ewijk received a five-game suspension. Both of their suspensions will begin with Saturday’s game against Phoenix Rising FC.

The incident occurred late in the July 1 game when van Ewijk become tangled up with a Portland player, leading to both players following the ground. Pineda came in afterward.

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Galaxy forward Jack McBean earns MLS Team of the Week honors

Galaxy forward Jack McBean was selected to this week’s MLS Team of the Week honors.

McBean, from Newport Beach, scored a pair of goals in the Galaxy’s 3-1 victory over Colorado last Wednesday. He also had four shots, with three on goal.

Saturday, McBean started and went 62 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City.

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NASL expands to another Southern California location

The West Coast expansion continues for the North American Soccer League.

Monday, it was announced that San Diego would be joining the league for the 2018 season. This gives the league three franchises on the West Coast, with the San Francisco Deltas currently in their inaugural season and an Orange County club, also beginning play next year.

San Diego’s ownership group is backed by an ownership group that includes four European soccer players: Demba Ba (Shanghai Shenhua), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) and Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce).

San Diego resident and businessman Bob Watkins will serve as club president.

“Success is our goal, with the club, with the community, with everything that we do,” Ba said in a statement. “One of our goals is to sign players who have a strong passion for the game, who are competitive and love to win.

“All my life as a football player, I lived with competition and competition is going to be good for us and for San Diego. I look forward to competing against our fellow California clubs and the rest of the NASL, as well as MLS clubs in the U.S. Open Cup. It is going to be up to us to be the best.”

The club is in the process of scouting locations in North county to build a privately-financed soccer complex that will include its home stadium. It will play its games at the University of San Diego until the stadium is complete.

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Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes named to U.S. Gold Cup roster

U.S. Men’s National Team coach Bruce Arena named his 23-man roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. The only Galaxy player selected was Gyasi Zardes.

Zardes started the 2017 year in the opening national team camp. He never played in the first two friendly games due to an injury.

The season hasn’t gone to plan for Zardes. He has played 12 games, started 11, but has yet to score a goal.

Zardes has made 31 appearances for the national team. He earned his first call-up in 2015.

Players began reporting Sunday.

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Could Galaxy defender Nathan Smith face a suspension for this tackle?

Galaxy defender Nathan Smith could be hearing from the MLS Disciplinary Committee next week.

Smith received a yellow card for the foul here on Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber had to be subbed off. Does this play warrant a suspension?

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