Weekend TV Preview: World Cup qualifying and USMNT, Mexico exhibitions

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100 Percent Soccer column: Can an American Premier League coach prove English skeptics wrong?

bradleyapTrailblazer: Former USMNT coach Bob Bradley has become the first coach of a Premier League team when he joined Welsh club Swansea City; former U.S. star Landon Donovan is also an investor in the club. (Associated Press photo).

Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Club América and Pumas UNAM derby at StubHub Center in Carson Saturday is a sell-out

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A capacity crowd is expected Saturday at 24,500-seat StubHub Center for an exhibition game Saturday between the two Mexico City clubs. Presumably that also means tickets for the grass berm at one end of the station, which can add another 2,500 people to the capacity have also been sold out.

From the press release:

“Starting at 2 p.m. Club América fans will be able to enjoy a Fiesta Futbolera outside the stadium that will feature trophies, official mascot, former players, live music, food, interactive sponsor activations, and the Mexico vs. New Zealand game on a jumbotron.”

Does that mean fans of the opposing team are not welcome?

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Landon Donovan: “There’s a lot of things that need to be fixed”

There are two games remaining in the regular season and so far the Galaxy is doing anything but tuning up for a long playoff run.

Although the club clinched a playoff spot following their 1-0 loss to FC Dallas, it wasn’t a good performance.

Here is Landon Donovan’s thoughts following the game:

 

 

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NWSL: UCLA women’s soccer will be well-represented in final

The NWSL final is set for Sunday between the Western New York Flash and the Washington Spirit (2 p.m.; Fox Sports 1) and the UCLA women’s soccer program will be heavily represented.

There will be seven former UCLA players in the match.

Five of the seven are with Western New York. Defender Abby Dahlkemper, midfielder Sam Mewis and goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland (all three played at UCLA from 2011-14), forward Taylor Smith  (2012-15) and midfielder McCall Zerboni (2005-08).

Defenders Caprice Dydasco and Megan Oyster, who also played at UCLA from 2011-14 are on the Washington Spirit.

Six of the seven were on UCLA’s 2013 NCAA championship team. Zerboni played in the NCAA College Cup in each of her four years at UCLA.

 

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USL: Orange County Blues FC advances to semifinals

The eighth-seeded Orange County Blues upset top seeded Sacramento Republic, 5-4 on penalty kicks in the first round of the USL Western Conference playoffs Saturday night.

The Blues will again be on the road in the next round, Oct. 9 against the fourth-seeded Swope Park Rangers.

 

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Landon Donovan: “We want to get better at some things”

Last week didn’t end well for the Galaxy, but they will look for a better performance and ending tonight when the face FC Dallas (6 p.m.) keane

The Galaxy is tied with Colorado with 48 points. FC Dallas is on 53. This is the first league meeting between the teams, the first encounter came in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup when FC Dallas scored a pair of goals in extra time for a 2-1 victory.

“I think more than anything, we’re pretty disappointed with how Sunday turned out,” Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan said. “We want to correct some things. In the end, if we play well and correct some things and the ball doesn’t go the right that day, then we’ll live with it, but we want to get better at some things.”

Donovan on FC Dallas: Oscar (Pareja) has done a really good job. They are as fit as any team, they move as well as any team, they look like their chemistry is good, they’re young and hungry and playing very well. It is going to be a really interesting game.”

Donovan on his fitness: I feel old. I’m getting there. I think day-by-day, getting better, getting stronger and faster and feeling better. I’m trying to get a place where I’m 60,70,80 minutes fit, so that if he need to use me in that way, he can. I don’t know how fit I am quite yet, but we’re slowing increasing those minutes.

 

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Giovani dos Santos excited to return to Mexican national team

Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos has been called into the Mexican national team for a pair of upcoming friendlies, it was announced Thursday.

Dos Santos, 27, will join Mexico for the Oct. 8 game against New Zealand in Nashville and

Oct. 11 against Panama, in Bridgeview, Illinois. Dos Santos will rejoin the Galaxy in time gio10for the Oct. 16 game at Houston.

This will be the first time that dos Santos has played for Mexico since the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“I feel very happy to be back with the national team,” dos Santos said Thursday. “I’ve been working really hard to be back there and I’m real excited to get back to the national team.

“I feel very confident. I’ve been working really hard this year and right now I feel in great shape. I go there with a lot of confidence.”

Here is the complete roster:

Goalkeepers: Moises Munoz (America), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Rodolfo Cota (Chivas)

Defenders: Adrian Aldrete (Cruz Azul), Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Hedgardo Marin (Chivas), Jordan Silva (Toluca), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)

Midfielders: Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Luis Robles (Atlas), Jesus Molina (Santos), Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Orbelin Pineda (Chivas), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Isaac Brizuela (Chivas), Elis Hernandez (Leon)

Forwards: Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Marco Fabian (Frankfurt), Oribe Peralta (America), Alan Pulido (Chivas), Angel Sepulveda (Queretaro)

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