Hello and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, the Times’ soccer writer. With the MLS season over, we’ll start this week with the U.S. national team which, depending on your point of view, either 1) pulled out of its tailspin with last week’s win over Canada or 2) accomplished nothing since the Americans were outplayed for long stretches by a team they have typically dominated.It’s likely a bit of both.On the positive side, the U.S. did what it had to do, avenging an October loss to Canada – its first to that country since 1985 – by scoring three goals in the first 34 minutes, then cruising to a 4-1 win.Canada hadn’t allowed four goals in a game since October 2016. And with those scores the U.S. erased Canada’s lead in goal differential in the CONCACAF Nations League group standings, leaving the Americans in position to advance to the tournament semifinals with a win over Cuba today in … [Read more...] about Soccer! What did the U.S. men’s team accomplish by beating Canada?
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Landon Donovan can be excused for thinking Major League Soccer’s top players had faced their Mexican league counterparts in an All-Star game before. The MLS showcase has had various formats over the years, so it can be hard for former players and fans to keep track. Next season’s game will be the first one to match the top players from the prominent North American leagues. The 2020 MLS All-Star Game will be played July 29 at Banc of California Stadium. MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Liga MX Executive President Enrique Bonilla made the announcement Wednesday at the stadium, which is the home of Los Angeles FC. “Why the heck haven’t we done this before? It makes too much sense,” said Donovan, who played in both leagues. “If you think the guys in Liga MX aren’t coming to show themselves, you are crazy. It is going to be a lot of fun.” Garber said there have been discussions with Bonilla in the past, but they … [Read more...] about MLS to meet Mexican league counterparts in All-Star Game
The club season takes its final pause of 2019 for the last FIFA international break of the year, one that will see the U.S. facing Canada in a must-win revenge match while Mexico closes out what has so far been a successful first year under new coach Tata Martino with a CONCACAF Nations League match against Panama.The Americas: After last month’s loss to Canada in Toronto, the U.S. needs a win in Friday’s rematch in Orlando (ESPN2, TUDN, UniMas, 4 p.m. PST), a win next week over Cuba and a superior goal differential over Canada to advance to the Nations League semifinal. The Americans will have to do all that without their best player, their starting goalkeeper and their captain since Christian Pulisic, Zack Steffen and Michael Bradley will miss the games because of injuries. Mexico, meanwhile, will take a three-game winning streak into Friday’s return-leg match with Panama (TUDN, UniMas, 6 p.m. PST), a team it beat 3-1 last month. With a draw Friday, Mexico will win … [Read more...] about Soccer on TV: Nations League, Euro qualifying in spotlight
PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 14: Portland Timbers defender Zarek Valentin drives an attack during the Portland Timbers 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire on August 14, 2017, at Providence Park in Portland, OR. (Photo by Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images). less PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 14: Portland Timbers defender Zarek Valentin drives an attack during the Portland Timbers 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire on August 14, 2017, at Providence Park in Portland, OR. (Photo ... more Photo: Icon Sportswire/Icon Sportswire Via Getty Images Photo: Icon Sportswire/Icon Sportswire Via Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 14: Portland Timbers defender Zarek Valentin drives an attack during the Portland Timbers 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire on August 14, 2017, at … [Read more...] about Dynamo acquire Zarek Valentin, trade Joe Willis
Photo: Icon Sportswire/Icon Sportswire Via Getty Images MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 18: Montreal Impact defender Victor Cabrera (2) looks at his options during the Toronto FC versus the Montreal Impact game on September 18, 2019, at Stade Saputo in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 18: Montreal Impact defender Victor... The Dynamo continued a string of offseason acquisitions when the team announced that it acquired defender Victor Cabrera from the Montreal Impact in a trade for forward Romell Quioto on Wednesday. Houston will also receive $100,000 of general allocation money. "He is a hard-nosed defender who brings a highly competitive mentality to the field,” Dynamo general manager Matt Jordan said of Cabrera. “He has adapted well to MLS over the last five years and has experience on big stages, including playoff and championship games.” Cabrera contributed to a Montreal team that made it to the … [Read more...] about Dynamo acquire Victor Cabrera, trade Romell Quioto