Three Star Daily, June 12th: I'd Like To Thank The Academy

TAMPA, FL - JUNE 08: Forward Herculez Gomez #9 of Team USA celebrates his goal against Team Antigua and Barbuda during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Match at Raymond James Stadium on June 8, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Good morning Galaxy fans! While the LA Galaxy Reserves have a match today in Vancouver, the United States is in Guatemala for their second World Cup Qualifier. The US should expect a tough game and a rough reception, behind the scenes video from the 2008 qualifier in Guatemala shows an ancient locker room, a loud and hostile crowd, and a less than ideal pitch. If you haven't heard by now, the match is only available on PPV, so call around to see if your local bar will be showing it, or pony up the $30.

The starting lineup for the Galaxy reserves match: Saunders; Garcia, Iro, Meyer, Sorto; Stephens, Nakazawa, Walker, Jordan(c); Villarreal, Rodriguez

Andy Iro has been training with the Galaxy but as far as we know hasn't been offered a contract. Academy stars Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal get another look on the reserve squad, though Villarreal has a homegrown player contract.

Anyhow, onto the articles, including an outsiders opinion on the disappointing Galaxy:

RSL is on top, but Galaxy is disappointing

With Real Salt Lake holding down the top spot of the Major League Soccer table while the league is idle due to the international qualifying window, it...

After victory in opener, US team takes on Guatemala in qualifier

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala - Central America or Europe, it doesn't matter. World Cup qualifiers are tough.

U.S. Expects Tough Game, and Rough Reception, in Guatemala - NYTimes.com

The United States will face Guatemala on Tuesday night in its second qualifier for the 2014 World Cup.

Three thoughts ahead of U.S.-Guatemala - Grant Wahl - SI.com

My three thoughts heading into the U.S.'s World Cup qualifier at Guatemala on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, PPV, UStream). Can't see the game? Follow our live blog with Avi Creditor and Co., beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET.

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