AC Milan ‘proudly’ unveil Arsenal’s Ivan Gazidis as new CEO

AC Milan have ‘proudly’ unveiled Arsenal’s Ivan Gazidis as their new Chief Executive Officer, a revolutionary appointment for the Serie A outfit that promises to be a fruitful addition to the Rossoneri family. A founding member of Major League Soccer, Gazidis joined the Gunners in 2009 and transformed the north-Londoners into a financially stable business […]

Playoff positions settled in Major League Soccer

The regular season concluded Sunday around Major League Soccer. The knockout-round, single elimination playoff matches are set for Wednesday and Thursday. Toronto FC, New York City FC have first-round byes in the Eastern Conference. Seattle and Portland have byes in the Western Conference. b
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Weekend soccer television schedule: MLS, Premier League and how to avoid watching the dreadful LA Galaxy

You’ve been warned:
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Soccer on TV: Saturday’s schedule

Here is the list of games from across the world that can be viewed on TV on Saturday.
6:30 a.m. – Borussia Dortmund at SC Freiburg – FS1 6:30 a.m. – Eintracht Frankfurt at Borussia Monchengladbach – FSP 6:30 a.m. – Bayer Leverkusen at Mainz – FS2 6:55 a.m. – Bournemouth at Arsenal – NBCSN 7 a.m. – Tottenham at Everton – CNBC 7:05 a.m. – Atletico Madrid at Valencia – beIN 9:15 a.m. – Chievo Verona at Juventus – beIN 9:30 a.m. – Manchester United at Stoke City – Ch. 4 9:30 a.m. – Bayern Munich at TSG Hoffenheim – FSP 11:35 a.m. – Espanyol at Barcelona – beIN 12:30 p.m. – NWSL: FC Kansas City Chicago – Lifetime 12:55 p.m. – MLS: New York at Chicago – UniMas 4:55 p.m. – Necaxa at Monterrey
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Wild day of events for Southern California soccer fans

The rivalry between the Galaxy and LAFC will hit the field next year. Thursday, they were battling to upstage the other with big news. First, came the Galaxy’s announcement that they had fired Curt Onalfo and hired Sigi Schmid. By the time Schmid was leading the Galaxy through his first training session, LAFC dropped the news that they had hired their first coach and it is a familiar face and name in Bob Bradley. The Galaxy then ended the day with the official word that Johnathan dos Santos, Giovani’s brother, had signed with the club as the third Designated Player.

100 Percent Soccer column: Can the Galaxy turn their season around after deflating home loss to Vancouver Wednesday?

Read the match report here. Short answer from fans: no (see more reaction below). This was not what coach Curt Onalfo and the Galaxy wanted when they embarked on the second half of the season Wednesday against Vancouver. Read more at this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (full disclosure it was filed just before last night’s game kicked off). Fans are not happy:
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100 Percent Soccer column: Can the Galaxy turn their season around after deflating home loss to Vancouver Wednesday?

Read the match report here. Short answer from fans: no (see more reaction below). This was not what coach Curt Onalfo and the Galaxy wanted when they embarked on the second half of the season Wednesday against Vancouver. Read more at this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (full disclosure it was filed just before last night’s game kicked off). Fans are not happy:
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100 Percent Soccer column: Can the Galaxy turn their season around after deflating home loss to Vancouver Wednesday?

Read the match report here. Short answer from fans: no (see more reaction below). This was not what coach Curt Onalfo and the Galaxy wanted when they embarked on the second half of the season Wednesday against Vancouver. Read more at this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (full disclosure it was filed just before last night’s game kicked off). Fans are not happy:
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ICYMI: Pele signs with LA Galaxy, will Zlatan Ibrahimovic be next?

No, not THAT Pele — it’s Pele van Anholt, a 26-year-old Dutch defender. As for the persistent Zlatan rumors, the latest is that he could stay with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said today at a press conference in LA ahead of Saturday’s friendly against the Galaxy since he will be out until at least December. But the LA Times was most insistent earlier that the Galaxy could be his destination. And yet the always reliable tabloid The Sun (cough, cough) says otherwise.
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100 Percent Soccer column: Manchester United on Saturday’s LA Galaxy game in Carson — meh

Would you spend $250 to watch a Real Madrid training session? And there’s no guarantee of even on autograph at that price. Ticket prices for actual games are similarly eye-popping considering they are little more than glorified training sessions. And to top it off, Manchester United’s attitude toward Saturday’s Galaxy exhibition game is more than a little underwhelming if not insulting. Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.
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Bradford Jamieson IV selected to MLS Homegrown Game

Bradford Jamieson IV was selected to his third MLS Homegrown Game, the league announced Wednesday. Jamieson, 20, was previously named to the 2014 and 2015 roster. He has played in a

Portland Timbers forward Lucas Melano (26) and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Bradford Jamieson IV (38) in actions during an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., Sunday April 10, 2016. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

career-high nine games so far this season, with one goal and one assist. The MLS Homegrown team will be coached by Brian McBride and Mike Magee to face the U-20 team of Chivas de Guadalajara in the fourth annual MLS Homegrown Game, Aug. 1 at Toyota Park. Here is the complete roster: Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls) Defenders: Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers), Kortne Ford (Colorado Rapids), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake),
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MLS All-Star Fan XI announced for upcoming All-Star Game

Major League Soccer announced the MLS All-Star Fan XI, Friday for the upcoming All-Star Game against Real Madrid, Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Soldier Field.  The roster will consist of 24 players. The remaining players, consisting of two Commissioner picks and 11 players selected by coach Veljko Paunovic will be announced later this month. Goalkeeper:Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) Defenders:Greg Garza (Atlanta United), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City),DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo) Midfielders:Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire), Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United), Kaká (Orlando City SC), Michael Bradley(Toronto FC) Forwards: David Villa (New York City FC), Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago Fire), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
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Rumored LAFC target Andres Guardado heads to La Liga

Mexican international Andres Guardado was announced Friday as a new member of Real Betis after spending the last three seasons with PSV of the Eredivisie. Guardado, 30, signed a three-year contract. It was reported a few weeks ago that Guardado was nearing a deal with Los Angeles Football Club for the 2018 season. At the time, Guardado pushed back against the report while Mexico was playing in the Confederations Cup, saying that there have been offers from MLS clubs, but denied that any agreement had been set. Guardado has already spent seven seasons in Spain, with Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia
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Rumored LAFC target Andres Guardado heads to La Liga

Mexican international Andres Guardado was announced Friday as a new member of Real Betis after spending the last three seasons with PSV of the Eredivisie. Guardado, 30, signed a three-year contract. It was reported a few weeks ago that Guardado was nearing a deal with Los Angeles Football Club for the 2018 season. At the time, Guardado pushed back against the report while Mexico was playing in the Confederations Cup, saying that there have been offers from MLS clubs, but denied that any agreement had been set. Guardado has already spent seven seasons in Spain, with Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia
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Galaxy forward Jack McBean earns MLS Team of the Week honors

Galaxy forward Jack McBean was selected to this week’s MLS Team of the Week honors. McBean, from Newport Beach, scored a pair of goals in the Galaxy’s 3-1 victory over Colorado last Wednesday. He also had four shots, with three on goal. Saturday, McBean started and went 62 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City.
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Could Galaxy defender Nathan Smith face a suspension for this tackle?

Galaxy defender Nathan Smith could be hearing from the MLS Disciplinary Committee next week. Smith received a yellow card for the foul here on Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber had to be subbed off. Does this play warrant a suspension?
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