Season-ending Liga MX doubleheader involving Chivas and Tigres comes to Carson July 10

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The two games set for StubHub Center are the Campeón de Campeones or Champion of Champions game between the winners of the two most recent Liga MX league tournaments and SuperCopa, a face-off involving the last two Mexican Cup winners.

Copa MX Clausura 2016 champions Chivas de Guadalajara take on Veracruz, the 2015 Copa MX Clausura champion, at 3 p.m. for the SuperCopa crown followed at 6 p.m. by the Champion of Champions contest between Apertura 2015 champions Tigres UANL and the Clausura 2016 Champion winners, to be decided later this month.

Tickets start at $35 and go on sale to the general public Friday.

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Giovani dos Santos left off Copa America roster, declined call, says Juan Carlos Osorio

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Giovani dos Santos will not represent his country in next month’s Copa America Centenario because the 27-year-old L.A. Galaxy midfielder declined the national team call-up, according to Mexico national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio.

Osorio announced the roster Tuesday, but chose to keep the specifics of his conversation with dos Santos private.

Dos Santos declined to comment on the national team situation while on Sirus XM Radio with Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.

The midfielder has been in impressive form recently as he has five goals and five assists in the past five games. The Galaxy are unbeaten in their past eight games heading into a home match against San Jose this Sunday.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming to LA?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked to the L.A. Galaxy. (Jean Catuffe / Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked to the L.A. Galaxy. (Jean Catuffe / Getty Images)

Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic tweeted early Friday morning confirming his long-rumored departure from current club Paris Saint-Germain, saying he will play his final home game for the French champion on Saturday. But his next destination is still up in the air.

The 34-year-old star striker has been linked to several clubs, including MLS’ L.A. Galaxy, the Premier League’s Manchester United and his former team AC Milan of Italy’s Serie A, according to ESPN. Ibrahimovic will be a free agent at the end of the June. Continue reading

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100 Percent Soccer Column ICYMI: The Galaxy are sizzling in MLS, but is a June cool-down coming?

trioSteven Gerrard may not be going anywhere this summer, but Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane are among the big names the Galaxy will lose for weeks in June to international duty. (AP Photo).

Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Galaxy hang on for draw in Philadelphia

Robbie Rogers scored his first ever goal for the Galaxy in Wednesday's game against Philadelphia. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

Robbie Rogers scored his first ever goal for the Galaxy in Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

Despite being outshot 22-4, the Galaxy stole a point away from the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday on the road on a short week to extend their unbeaten streak to eight.

L.A., which was coming off a Sunday afternoon win over New England, even had a shot for the win, leading for 16 minutes, before a moment of poor goalkeeping from Dan Kennedy on a set piece led to the Philadelphia equalizer.

“We’ll take the point,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the game, “but you know when we get the second goal early in the second half, I thought we had to close the game down.”

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Galaxy game day: Back to work for mid-week game in Philadelphia

Giovani dos Santos, left, has scored five goals in four games heading into Wednesday's game with Philadelphia. (Thomas R. Cordova-Southern California News Group)

Giovani dos Santos, left, has scored five goals in four games heading into Wednesday’s game with Philadelphia. (Thomas R. Cordova-Southern California News Group)

The Galaxy barely had time to catch their breath after a 4-2 win over New England on Sunday before jumping on a plane bound for Philadelphia.

L.A. owns a league-high seven-game unbeaten streak. The Galaxy’s only loss was about 10 seconds away from being a draw, if not for a stoppage-time goal from Colorado’s Marco Pappa. Colorado is currently the only team ahead of L.A. in the Western Conference.

Giovani dos Santos is on a tear, having scored five goals in four games. After two sensational chip shot goals in as many games, dos Santos hammered home an equally sensational volley against New England. Continue reading

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Galaxy survive second-half slip-up against New England, prepare for Philadelphia

Steven Gerrard scores a goal against New England's Bobby Shuttleworth to cap off the Galaxy's 4-2 win on Sunday. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

Steven Gerrard scores a goal against New England’s Bobby Shuttleworth to cap off the Galaxy’s 4-2 win on Sunday. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

There’s not a lot of time to dwell on the Galaxy’s 4-2 win over New England on Sunday, because the team flies out to Philadelphia on Monday for a Wednesday game. It’s a quick turnaround combined with a difficult cross-country trip to visit a much-improved Philadelphia Union team.

The Union finished second-to-last in the weaker Eastern Conference last season, but are third in the conference after two months of the 2016 campaign. Continue reading

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Galaxy get reinforcements for 2014 MLS Cup rematch

Galaxy's Steven Gerrard, left, celebrates his first MLS goal with Robbie Keane, right, against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard (left, pictured in a game against San Jose last year) will return from a groin injury against New England. Robbie Keane (right) will start after undergoing knee surgery in March. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

The New England Revolution return to StubHub Center on Sunday (12:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN Deportes) for the first time since the 2014 MLS Cup that ended with the L.A. Galaxy hoisting their fifth league championship and Landon Donovan riding off into the sunset.

The Galaxy’s entire starting midfield from that game is gone now after major roster overhaul. Head coach Bruce Arena carefully constructed a gritty team with depth and a mix of experienced veterans and fresh faces. Amid high preseason expectations, the coach preached patience, saying that at about the two-month mark he would know the capabilities of his team.

Now two months into the season with his team saddled with injuries, Arena joked he needed two more months to figure it out. Continue reading

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Nigel de Jong out, Robbie Keane in for match against New England

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said Saturday midfielder Nigel de Jong will be out for Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. matchup with New England with a knee injury. Arena characterized it as a bruise, but said it is minor.

De Jong served a three-game suspension for a tackle he made on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe and was eligible to play against the Revolution.

Forward Robbie Keane will start Sunday, the Galaxy head coach added. Keane will be making his first appearance since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of March.

Midfielder Steven Gerrard, who missed last week’s game against Sporting Kansas City due to a groin injury, will be on the bench for Sunday’s match.

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