Best reason for a Las Vegas road trip: LA Galaxy play San Jose Earthquakes there Feb. 13, four days after playing Club Tijuana in Carson

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The LA Galaxy will host the Xolos at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at StubHub Center before taking on the Earthquakes 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at 9,334-capacity Cashman Field, a minor league baseball stadium.

Tickets to the game against the Xolos go on sale Jan. 11.

The Galaxy previously announced a Jan. 31 friendly against Armenian club FC Shirak in Carson.

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Star Wars Opening Weekend EPL TV Video Preview: Man Utd face Norwich City at 7 a.m. Saturday on USA

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has “surreal” SoCal return with Galaxy

TS22-SOCCERCOL--- Carson, CALIFORNIA--1/21/13--- Staff Photo: Robert Casillas --- Chivas USA All-Star GK Dan Kennedy waves to cheering fans at practice.

TS22-SOCCERCOL— Carson, CALIFORNIA–1/21/13— Staff Photo: Robert Casillas — Chivas USA All-Star GK Dan Kennedy waves to cheering fans at practice.

Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is now a member of the LA Galaxy. Read one view of what that means for the club in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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L.A. Galaxy add Galaxy II defender Daniel Steres

Galaxy2logoOne day after announcing the signing Galaxy II goalkeeper Clement Diop, the Galaxy inked last year’s Galaxy II defender Daniel Steres to a deal.

Steres was named Galaxy II Defender of the Year for two straight seasons, and started 24 matches last year. He made first-team appearances during the International Champions Cup against FC Barcelona and Club America.

Diop, a 21-year-old from France, was signed Wednesday after he made 24 appearances for Galaxy II. He kept eight shutouts during the team’s run to the USL Championship game.

The Galaxy passed in the second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, which took place Thursday. Orlando City SC and the Portland Timbers were the only two teams to select players in the second stage, with Orlando picking former New England defender Kevin Alston and the Timbers taking former Houston defender Jermaine Taylor.

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Brazil and Mexico to play Copa America Centenario games at Rose Bowl in Pasadena next June

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Brazil and Mexico are seeded teams that Copa Centenario organizers announced today would play in two of three scheduled tournament games at the Rose Bowl next summer; the nations’ opponents and the teams that will play the third game in Southern California will be announced early next year when the final draw is made.

 

Brazil, the seeded team in Group B, will open its group stage in Pasadena on June 4, and Mexico, the seeded team in Group C, will play at the Rose Bowl on June 9.

The United States and Argentina are the other two seeded teams in the tournament. Argentina earned the top seed of Group D from being the highest FIFA-ranked nation in the Americas, while the United States grabbed the Group A seed as the host nation.

The U.S. men’s national team will open the tournament in Santa Clara on June 3, with its other group matches coming in Chicago on June 7 and in Philadelphia on June 11.

Seattle, New York/New Jersey, Foxborough and Santa Clara will all host quarterfinal matches, with Houston and Chicago getting the semifinals.

 

From the press release:

The 2016 Copa America Centenario is the historic centennial edition of Copa America – the South American championship – and will be staged outside of South America for the first time. The tournament will feature six teams from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football and all 10 teams from the South American Football Confederation.

From CONCACAF, host United States and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Central American Cup winner) and Jamaica (2014 CFU Caribbean Cup winner) qualified with regional championships last year.

The final two teams from CONCACAF will be determined in a double-header playoff set to be played Jan. 8, 2016, in Panama City. Trinidad & Tobago will face Haiti, and Panama squares off against Cuba with the winners qualifying for the Copa America Centenario.

The South American field for the tournament features Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Uruguay has been crowned champion of the Copa America a record 15 times, while Chile won its first title at this past year’s edition, which it hosted.

Full details of the tournament are here.

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U.S. Men’s National Team to play not just one, but two StubHub Center exhibition games in early 2016

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Double your national team pleasure in early 2016.

The U.S. Men’s National Team, which traditionally plays its first game of the year in Carson, will play two game just days apart in early 2016 against Iceland (12:45 p.m. Jan. 31) and Canada (7:15 p.m. Feb. 5), U.S. Soccer announced today.

Tickets for both games go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

The U.S. hasn’t played Iceland in two decades, while it hasn’t lost to Canada in 35 years.

“Iceland is one of the up-and-coming soccer nations in Europe,” said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They have been really impressive in qualifying for the European Championship for the first time, and they have earned huge compliments for their youth player development. Their players are now spread across the big leagues in Europe.”

“As we know from our past meetings, Canada is a difficult opponent that is not easy to break down. It’s a good experience to play against them, particularly for some of our younger players. They started off on the right foot in World Cup qualifying, having won at home and picking up a point on the road in El Salvador, so this will be a good challenge.”

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LA Galaxy acquire former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy

The LA Galaxy acquired former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, 33, in a trade with FC Dallas on Tuesday. (Michael Owen Baker/Daily News, File)

The LA Galaxy acquired former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, 33, in a trade with FC Dallas on Tuesday. (Michael Owen Baker/Daily News, File)

The LA Galaxy announced the acquisition of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy on Tuesday, through a trade with FC Dallas for two picks in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

The Galaxy sent their natural second and third round picks to Dallas in exchange for the 33-year-old goalkeeper in an effort to answer one of the club’s pressing offseason questions. Kennedy, a Fullerton, Calif., native who attended El Dorado High in Placentia and UC Santa Barbara, started 16 games for FC Dallas in 2015 after coming to the club from the now-defunct Chivas USA, but lost his starting role after a knee injury and the emergence of 20-year-old Jesse Gonzalez.

“Dan is a very good player and proven goalkeeper in our League,” LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. “He will be a strong addition to our team both on and off the field. We look forward to him joining our roster ahead of the upcoming season.” Kennedy joins the Brian Rowe as the Galaxy’s only goalkeepers on the team’s current roster. Rowe, 27, started seven games last season and allowed nine goals in three wins, three losses and one tie. After the midseason departure of Jaime Penedo, the Galaxy brought in Donovan Ricketts to finish the season over Rowe. The team declined contract options on Rickets, along with fellow goalkeepers Andrew Wolverton and Brian Perk earlier in the offseason. Contract terms were not disclosed, per league and club policy. According to documents from the MLS Players Union, Kennedy made $233,000 in 2015, the fourth-highest salary on FC Dallas’s payroll. Kennedy is Chivas USA’s all-time leader in saves (451), shutouts (28), along with games played (144), games started (142) and minutes played (12,764).

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According to the LA Times, the Galaxy are also hopeful to keep defender Omar Gonzalez and forward Alan Gordan. The Galaxy intend to restructure Gonzalez’s contract and to use the team’s newly approved $800,000 in targeted allocation money to help buy down the contract, but could still need more. Gordon is currently out of contract.

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English Premier League Weekend TV Preview: Bournemouth hosts Manchester United at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN

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Galaxy pass on first round of MLS Re-Entry Draft

Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was one of eight players whose contract option was declined by the Galaxy.

Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was one of four former LA Galaxy players to not be taken in Friday’s MLS Re=Entry Draft. (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy)

While FC Dallas traded up to the No. 1 spot of Friday’s MLS Re-Entry Draft to take former Portland Timbers forward Maximilano Urruti, the LA Galaxy passed on the first stage of the draft.

Sporting Kansas City was the only other team to make a selection during the first stage of the draft Friday, picking former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Alec Kann.

Former Galaxy players Brian Perk, Tommy Meyer, Charlie Rugg and Donovan Ricketts were not chosen in the first stage, but are still eligible for the second stage, which takes place on Dec. 17.

In the second stage, picks will negotiate new deals with their new clubs, while first-stage picks are signed for their current contract option for 2016. Continue reading

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