With a natural ability to lead, you would never know that this professional keeper is only 16-years-old and just signed a contract with Orange County Soccer Club.,“I coached in the academy level, I’ve coached youth soccer and now all the way up to the professional ranks and there’s a tremendous amount of talent out here.,Orange County is home to some of the ripest soccer talent in the country.,They are signing kids like Cervantes to contracts and fostering an environment where that talent can develop.,It is the equivalent of the minor leagues of Major League Soccer and is becoming a big ticket with homegrown talent.

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The 71-year-old Kroenke didn’t just bring the Rams back to L.A. from St. Louis in 2016.,“The Rams certainly needed a new stadium and Los Angeles is a big enough market to attract private funding.,And what would they have said about dropping $5 billion (believed to be the biggest private, current development project in the world) on a stadium to move a football team to Los Angeles?,Both the Raiders and the San Diego Chargers also wanted to move to Los Angeles, but neither ownership group – even when they paired together – could present the stadium plan that Kroenke could.,(AP) Kroenke felt a corner was turned earlier this season when a game against Kansas City had to be rescheduled from Mexico City and on seven days notice, which included a period of devastating wildfires and a mass shooting, 77,000 fans showed up to support local charities. read more

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The billionaire owner of the Rams never came clean with the people of St. Louis before he moved his team to Los Angeles in 2016.,Three years after they abandoned St. Louis for L.A., the Los Angeles Rams will play in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots on Sunday.,(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports) read more

January 7 Soccer fans wanting to watch D.C. United this season will not find matches on WJLA 24/7 News, where they were shown for three years.,United programming will be available to subscribers on smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and laptops — mobile access that club officials said was a high priority for fans they surveyed.,“The decision was very much based on what our options were and what was going to be best for our fans to really connect with the team,” said Sam Porter, United’s senior vice president for business and legal affairs.,MLS on Monday announced the full schedule, which, for United, will include 13 matches on national TV, including the March 3 opener against defending champion Atlanta on ESPN.,Last year, in its inaugural season, Los Angeles FC bypassed local TV stations to become the first U.S. pro sports team to align with a streaming service: YouTube TV.

Lacking sufficient students willing and able to pay for costly basketball tickets to fill the new Pauley Pavilion, why should UCLA cough up millions any top-market basketball coach would feel himself to be worth?,How much did it cost UCLA to serve as an uncompensated NBA training camp?My vision of UCLA basketball is somewhat different from Plaschkes: Ticket prices reduced precisely because the coach is not being paid the stellar wage commensurate with a rock star status, and students cheering for actual student-athletes who might go into fields other than pro.,The simple fact is that UCLA does not have someone who knows what he is doing and therein lies UCLAs problem over the past 16 years of Dan Guerreros tenure.Success at the highest level in the two major sports, football and basketball, requires not onlya top-flight coach, but also a top-flight athletic director.,Trump U., for example.Michael JenningVan Nuys::Bill Plaschke, just what was the purpose of your hatchet job description of the UCLA basketball program in your column on New Years Day?,Of course, I was watching the Lady Bruins and their coach, Cori Close.Now that the mens program is looking for someone to take over for coach Alford, perhaps UCLA look no further than its own campus.Mike FeixChino HIlls::For front page news on New Years Day we are offered Bill Plaschkes lament on the failure of basketball at UCLA.

SALT LAKE CITY — As impressive as Donovan Mitchell has been so far with the Utah Jazz — his sophomore shooting slump notwithstanding — what the young NBA player has done off the court might be even more impressive.,It's one thing to enjoy watching sports figures and teams compete, especially when they do things we can't (see any dunk Mitchell has ever done), pile up the fun statistics and wins and provide hours of entertainment.,Mitchell has made as much of a name for the way he donates his time and Jazz merchandise to the community — from spending hours each month with students at Kearns High School, showing up at random Fourth of July barbecues, buying groceries and phones to help people out, attending local high school and college games to, as one writer on our staff described it, "bringing joy to thousands of people in the community.",And that just scratches the surface of an organization that makes sure its players visit hospitals, donate to charitable causes, give people in need gifts and tickets, and speak to students and other groups, among many other kind acts befitting of the late Larry H. Miller's mantra that suggested people, "Go about doing good until there's too much good in the world.",The former BYU star quarterback has become a legendary sports figure in New Orleans — he was already considered a saint in Provo for leaping over Texas — and, as Brandon Judd described, "has turned into one of the most intriguing players in the NFL."

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Former Los Angeles Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid, who led the team to its first MLS Cup title in 2002, died Tuesday at the age of 65.,Schmid was Major League Soccer’s winningest coach with a 240-183-125 record with three teams over 19 seasons.,Schmid was also UCLA’s winningest men’s soccer coach with a 322-63-33 record over 19 seasons.,Schmid stepped down as the Galaxy’s coach on Sept. 10 when they were 10-10-8 and eighth in the 12-team Western Conference, three points out of the conference’s sixth and final playoff berth.,Schmid was an assistant coach with the U.S. men’s national team for the 1994 World Cup, had two stints as coach of the U.S. men’s under-20 national team and coached the U.S. teams in the 1991 World University Games and 1995 Pan American Games.

Former Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, who died Tuesday at age 65, got the team to the playoffs its first seven years of existence.,Siegfried (Sigi) Schmid, who died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 65, had just guided the Columbus Crew to the 2008 MLS Cup championship when the Sounders proceeded to poach him as their own.,“Major League Soccer is devastated by the news of the passing of Sigi Schmid,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.,From Los Angeles to Columbus and Seattle, Sigi won more games than any coach in MLS history and led his clubs to multiple championships, including two MLS Cups and five Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups.,As chronicled by former Seattle Times soccer beat writer Matt Pentz for his upcoming book “The Sound and the Glory,” few people knew that Schmid had a health scare during the 2015 season with the Sounders.

In the last month the team announced the hiring of Dennis te Kloese as general manager, re-signed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the richest contract in MLS history and welcomed back popular Brazilian midfielder Juninho.Now comes the hiring of Schelotto, which ends a nearly four-month coaching search that began when the Galaxy fired Sigi Schmid in September with six games left in the regular season.In 2 seasons at Boca Juniors, Schelotto, 45, led the team to two Argentine Primera Division titles.,He had long talked of returning to MLS as a coach and when it became obvious he wouldnt be asked back by Boca, his name was mentioned repeatedly in reference to managerial vacancies in Atlanta and Columbus and well as with the Galaxy.Earlier this month, the Galaxy appeared close to signing Caleb Porter, who led Portland to the 2015 MLS Cup, as it new coach with Porter joining Te Kloese, team president Chris Klein and Dan Beckerman, CEO of Galaxy parent company AEG, courtside at a Lakers game.,That deal blew up days later, however, partly because the Galaxy refused to agree to Porters request for a three-year contract.Te Kloese immediately turned his attention to Schelotto, whom the Galaxy had been talking to since early fall.When Schelotto joins the Galaxy for the opening of training camp in Carson in 3 weeks, he will become the teams fifth head coach in 26 months.,Schelottos hiring is something of a coup for Te Kloese, a former Chivas USA executive who came to the Galaxy from the Mexican soccer federation, where he was director of the national teams program.Since officially beginning his job with the Galaxy, Te Kloese re-signed the popular Juninho, who last played for Tijuana of Mexicos Liga MX, renegotiated new deals with midfielder Chris Pontius and defender Dave Romney and, most importantly, finalized a contract with Ibrahimovic that will pay him more than the league-record $7.167 million Orlando City gave Kaka in each of his four MLS seasons.,The Galaxy was 9-2-4 in games in which he scored a goal and 4-10-5 when he didnt.To fit Ibrahimovics new contract under the MLS salary cap, Te Kloese will have to create a designated-player spot by trading, releasing or restructuring the contract of one of the teams three current DPs.

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — El Paso Locomotive FC have released their inaugural 2019 season schedule which kicks off with a historic home opener against OKC Energy FC on March 9, at Southwest University Park.,Texas has four USL Championship teams; El Paso Locomotive FC, Rio Grande Valley FC, Austin Bold FC, and San Antonio FC.,Fans can sign up now to receive priority to purchase their tickets at Paso Locomotive FC Full 2019 Inaugural Season Schedule March 9 OKC Energy FC March 16 Real Monarchs SLC March 23 Rio Grande Valley FC March 30 Orange County SC April 13 Phoenix Rising FC April 21 Austin Bold FC April 27 Reno 1868 FC May 4 Co.,Springs Switchbacks FC May 12 New Mexico United May 18 Sacramento Republic FC May 25 Portland Timbers 2 June 1 Seattle Sounders FC 2 June 8 LA Galaxy II June 15 Tulsa Roughnecks FC June 22 Las Vegas Lights FC June 26 San Antonio FC June 29 Fresno FC July 6 OKC Energy FC July 17 San Antonio FC July 20 Real Monarchs SLC July 31 New Mexico United Aug. 3 Portland Timbers 2 Aug. 10 Phoenix Rising FC Aug. 17 Seattle Sounders FC2 Aug. 24 Rio Grande Valley FC Sept. 4 Tulsa Roughnecks FC Sept. 7 Las Vegas Lights FC Sept. 14 Orange County SC Sept. 21 Co.,Springs Switchbacks FC Sept. 28 Sacramento Republic FC Oct. 2 Fresno FC Oct. 5 Reno 1868 FC Oct. 10 Austin Bold FC Oct. 19 LA Galaxy II

El Paso Locomotive FC 2019 Home Schedule March 09 OKC Energy FC 7:30 PM March 23 Rio Grande Valley FC 7:30 PM March 30 Orange County SC 7:30 PM April 13 Phoenix Rising FC 7:30 PM April 27 Reno 1868 FC 7:30 PM May 12 New Mexico United 6:00 PM May 18 Sacramento Republic FC 7:30 PM June 08 LA Galaxy II 7:30 PM June 22 Las Vegas Lights FC 7:30 PM July 17 San Antonio FC 7:00 PM July 20 Real Monarchs SLC 7:30 PM August 03 Portland Timbers 2 7:30 PM August 17 Seattle Sounders FC2 7:30 PM September 04 Tulsa Roughnecks FC 7:00 PM September 21 Co. read more