Some morning links to dunk in syrup
- The LA Galaxy are going to be live at the White House this morning. They, along with their mates at AEG the Los Angeles Kings, will be meeting Barack Obama to celebrate their 2012 MLS Cup win. You can also watch live on WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.
- Introducing the new AEG chief executive. This LA Times profile paints him as the numbers man behind the scenes while Tim Leiweke was out being the booming voice. He was always the guy finding financing for the projects Leiweke was out promoting. He'll likely be less active in public, but the company should be no less effective.
- Turns out the rumors were true, Omar Gonzalez indeed was given an offer from Club America back in 2011. Gonzalez' uncle played for Monterrey, and in the article he mentions following them growing up. He even hints that he might consider a move there after his Galaxy contract is up, and that his injury in 2012 kept him from getting a deal done that offseason.
- The national media are all in Mexico City, interviewing players and coaches ahead of tonight's United States versus Mexico tilt. Grant Walt writes that the Azteca isn't the fortress that it once was. Built in the 60s for Mexico's Olympic and World Cup bids, and the place where the modern soccer ball (the adidas Telstar) debuted, Mexico has only lost one Qualifier ever at the Azteca.
- At the risk of having Grant Wahl yell at me again, the Azteca broke ground in 1961, but it didn't open until 1966. Club America and Torino FC played the first match on May 29, 1966. You'd think Sports Illustrated would still employ a fact checker.