LA Galaxy II hosts inaugural Pups at the Park Night September 10 at StubHub Center in Carson

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Got a soccer-loving hound?

Then bring Rover or Spot down to StubHub Center 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 when the LA Galaxy II host the Sacramento Republic for the inaugural Pups at the Park Night.

Admission for you is $10 and your dog $5 with the proceeds for the latter going to local animal groups:

At halftime of the match, a “Best In Show” competition will be held to award the biggest K-9 Galaxy fan. The competition is open to all dogs in attendance and the winner will receive a 2016 LA Galaxy Jersey and Galaxy Puppy Pack courtesy of the Galaxy Team Store.

On the East side of the stadium, there will be a dedicated area for dogs and puppies. For safety purposes, dog owners will be required to provide up-to-date shot and vaccination records for their animal to be granted stadium access.

Parking is free and $2 beers and tacos are available.

And if you want your best friend styling for the occasion, click here.

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Bruce Arena confirms Nigel de Jong is in Turkey to finalize move

Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong is currently in Turkey trying to finalize a move to Galatasaray, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena confirmed Tuesday.

Reports of the possible move surfaced Monday that de Jong, 31, was nearing a move to

nigeldejongthe Turkish team. Initially, the Galaxy offered a no comment on the possible move. Arena elaborated a bit more on the potential move Tuesday.

“He’s pursuing an opportunity with our blessing,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said Tuesday. “He’s in Turkey. It either happens or it doesn’t.

“We have the greatest respect for Nigel. He’s been a terrific addition to our team, he’s a great professional, great teammate and when healthy and given a chance to play in this league, he’s been good. He’s a very good player. We don’t have an educated public that understands what he does. He’s been an important member of our team.”

According to the Major League Soccer Players Union, de Jong is making $500,000 this season. He joined the Galaxy this season and has made 18 appearances this season.

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Gyasi Zardes to miss remainder of regular season with broken foot

Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes will miss the remainder of the regular season with a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the club announced, Tuesday.

Zardes, 24, suffered the injury in Saturday’s scoreless draw against Vancouver. Zardes suffered the injury on a tackle by Vancouver’s Kendall Waston.

The injury also knocks Zardes out of the upcoming U.S. men’s national team World Cup qualifiers.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said that Zardes is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday.

Zardes wasn’t the only player to come out of Saturday’s game injured.

Monday, defender Jelle Van Damme, who was taken off in the 44th minute with a knee injury, revealed via twitter that he had a sprained MCL and is expected to be out 2-3 weeks.

Also, midfielder Steven Gerrard, who left the game in the 31st minute with a hamstring injury will be out a “couple of weeks,” according to Arena.

The Galaxy faces Columbus, Saturday at StubHub Center.

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Galaxy II defender Jefrey Payeras selected to Guatemala roster

Galaxy II defender Jefrey Payeras was selected to the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers for the Guatemalan national team.

This is the second international call-up for Payeras. Guatemala faces Trinidad and Tobago, Friday and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sept. 6.

Payeras, 22, has made 22 appearances for Galaxy II. He was born in Hawthorne.

 

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Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme confirms injury and timetable

Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme was subbed out of Saturday’s game with a knee injury. The extent wasn’t available then, but the defender confirmed Monday that he has a sprained MCL.

Van Damme has been the Galaxy’s top defender this season.

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Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is set to purchase French club Marseille

Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is preparing to move into European soccer with a purchase of Olympique Marseille of France’s Ligue 1.

The club announced that it has “entered into exclusive discussions for the acquisition of the club by Mr. McCourt.”

McCourt purchased the Dodgers in 2004. The club filed for Bankruptcy in 2011 and McCourt eventually sold the club in 2012 to the current ownership group.

In a statement from Marseille, the goal is to have the transaction completed before the end of the year.

In a statement McCourt said: Being part of the Olympique de Marseille and helping the club achieve success both on and off the pitch would be an honor and privilege for me and my family. Not only is OM among the oldest and most respected football clubs in the world and the only French club to win the UEFA Champions League, it is one of the most iconic brands in all of sports. OM enjoys the passionate support of legions of fans in Marseille, throughout France and around the world. As the steward of OM, my ambition would be to help return the club to championship form, to deliver the best fan experience in all of football, to strengthen the club’s ties with the supporters and the city of Marseille and to guide the club to long-term financial stability.”

 

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College soccer: No. 6 Florida knocks off No. 15 UCLA in overtime

Jessie Fleming made her UCLA debut Sunday and scored a pair of goals for No. 15 UCLA, but it wasn’t enough as No. 6 Florida escaped with a 4-3 overtime victory. Fleming was a member of the Canada team that earned Bronze at the Rio Olympics.

UCLA led 3-2 after Fleming’s second goal (68:35), but Florida tied the game at 72:57 and added the winner in overtime.

Here are the highlights, courtesy of UCLA Athletics

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Galaxy preview: Galaxy returns home to host Vancouver

Things are getting crowded in the Western Conference MLS standings and the GalaxyGalaxy is looking to make a big move with the first of two home games, starting tonight.

The Galaxy (9-4-12) will host Vancouver (8-12-6) at the StubHub Center at 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver is currently in ninth place in the Western Conference on 30 points. The Galaxy is in fourth with 39 points.

The teams have met twice already. The first meeting ended in a draw, the Galaxy won the second. Will the Galaxy be able to pick up a much-needed three points?

pregame reading: Brian Rowe is ready for a return

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