Four Star Daily: Jose Villarreal and US U-20s, Victoria Street Grounds renaming

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The US U-20 squad warned up for the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 3-1 friendly victory over Portugal. Jose Villarreal stood out with a goal and an assist. Plus a new Galaxy front office hire, and a new name for the soccer grounds on Victoria Street.

  • MLS on NBC Sports is up week to week, drawing 149,000 in a primetime slot on the west coast for Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps. New England Revolution hosting LA Galaxy drew 96,000 the week prior. It might not look like a lot but that's good news for NBC, hockey is the tentpole on that network with MLS filling out the schedule.
  • Jose Villarreal showed well in this morning's US U-20 warm-up friendly against Portugal. He started, then scored the opening goal on a direct free kick just outside the right corner penalty area with his left foot going far corner. He also assisted the US' second half go ahead goal, taking a quick free kick that Shane O'Neil put in far post. Their next match will be part of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, June 21st against Spain. RSL's Luis Gil was an early sub in the match, complaining of a headache.
  • Shakeup in the Galaxy front office, as they've snagged Brendan Hannan to be their Senior Director of Communications and Digital. Previously with the Chicago Fire, it'll be interesting to see if there are any noticeable changes to the way the Galaxy get information out.
  • Signs have been going up since the last LA Galaxy home match, but the Victoria Street Grounds will officially take on the name StubHub Center this upcoming Wednesday with the official unveiling of the marquee sign already installed. The party line wants to say it's The Home Depot Center up until the moment they officially unveil StubHub Center, but don't kid yourselves: It's a soccer pitch at the corner of Victoria Street and Avalon Blvd, that's all. If you have a pressing need to refer to the entire complex, Dominguez Hills Sport Center. Done and done.
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