— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) September 11, 2015
The Galaxy are urging fans to get to Saturday’s MLS game early with limited tickets remaining and a capacity crowd expected.
From the Galaxy press release:
Due to expected heavy traffic and congested streets for the competition, all fans that do not arrive by 6:30 p.m. PT risk missing the start of the match. With a capacity crowd expected Saturday for the evening fixture, fans are also encouraged to carpool to StubHub Center for the match.
While spaces are available, fans are able to tailgate in select StubHub Center lots before the match, starting at 9:00 a.m. PT through Gates A and D. All other parking gates will open at 4:30 p.m. PT.
And while most fans will be there to see dos Santos, let’s not overlook a certain Chelsea veteran who was named MLS Player of the Week after his three-goal outburst in his MLS debut for the Montreal Impact.
I don’t know whether that says more about Drogba at age 37 or MLS, but check out his hat trick below:
With about one month left until the United States and Mexico face off in the biggest international soccer match on American soil this year, Mexican TV station TV Azteca has already dialed the troll meter up to 11. In a pretty awesome promo for the Oct. 10 match, a Rose-Bowl-hosted winner-take-all contest for a bid to the Confederations Cup, the TV station juxtaposes comments from Donald Trump’s speech on immigration with shots of some of the best soccer players Mexico has sent to MLS and images of past U.S. soccer failures against Mexico.
Galaxy forward and Mexican international Giovani dos Santos will serve as Grand Marshall of the 69th East LA Mexican Independence Parade, which will take place on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
“It was a little bit hard, but he accepted,” said Enedino Aguirre, Vice President of the Comite Mexicano Civico Patriotico, which has organized the parade for 69 years. “This is parade has the most tradition of all the ‘Fiestas Patrias.’ Anthony Quinn, Ronald Reagan, Julio Aleman, Antonio Aguilar, Flor Silvestre have all been Grand Marshalls.” Continue reading
U.S. Soccer didn’t put up highlights of the entire game on YouTube. Does that tell you something?
Here is the Soccer America review of the performance of LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes, above, in its entirety:
“Failed to produce any offense from his wide left midfield role.”
Apparently, it’s a big game:
The lottery for tickets to the Oct. 10 CONCACAF Cup match between the United States and Mexico at the Rose Bowl opens Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 3 a.m. PT, CONCACAF announced Tuesday. The lottery will close on Friday, Sept. 18 at 8:59 p.m. PT, with winners being announced from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18.
The winner of the CONCACAF Cup match earns a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
According to CONCACAF, 30,000 tickets have already been sold through independent pre-sales organized by the participating federations. According to Sports Illustrated, the U.S. and Mexican soccer federations are each allocated 30 percent of the 83,000 tickets available for the game. Another 30 percent go to the lottery, and the final 10 percent go toward local teams and sponsors.
Apply for the lottery online at CONCACAF.com. Winners are able to purchase up to six tickets per application.
After lottery winners are announced, a limited amount of tickets will be available to the general public on Sept. 29.
Heading to Vegas for the holiday weekend?
You might want to check out the new exhibit unveiled Thursday at The Mob Museum titled “The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly.”
“This exhibit is ripped right from today’s headlines about the globe’s most popular sport,” said museum Executive Direcor Jonathan Ullman.
From the press release:
The display provides an incisive and eye-opening look into the rampant corruption that plagues the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the organization that runs international soccer. Through photographs, media clippings and cover stories and expository narrative, the Museum’s new FIFA exhibit gives a breakdown of the kickbacks, secrecy and match-fixing associated with the scandal.
And if you haven’t been to downtown Vegas lately, you might want to check it out — it’s a lot more interesting than the Strip and is slowly being transformed into a destination.
Here’s more about the museum from their press release:
The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 885 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof.
Looking for a place to watch the U.S. men’s national team’s international friendlies this weekend? See where you can watch with local American Outlaw chapters: