Four Star Matchday: Galaxy-Whitecaps, Robbie Rogers, and Paul Arriola

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It's matchday once again and beyond the usual previews we also have a profile on Robbie Rogers, and Paul Arriola gets an assist in his first match with Club Tijuana.

  • It's match day once again which means it is time to run down some headlines. The Vancouver Sun gave three themes to the fixture: LA Galaxy surrendering late goals, Keane's availability, and the Whitecaps' road record. The Sports Network wrote that the Galaxy hope to cool off the white hot 'Caps.
  • The local paper focus was on a profile of Robbie Rogers as he continues to work toward getting back up to speed on the field. The LA Times showed that he continues to make strides with fitness, and in case you hadn't gotten the memo yet he's openly gay. There's also a small blurb about tonight's match, and if you need it the LA Times slightly reworded the Galaxy's press release on Laurent Courtois for you.
  • Speaking of comebacks, AP has a profile on Stuart Holden as he continues his trek back into the US national team. The atmosphere tomorrow in Baltimore should be cozy for El Salvador, in fact they should feel right at home.
  • From last night, former LA Galaxy academy player Paul Arriola came in off the bench for Club Tijuana last night in their La Liga Bancomer debut. Within five minutes Arriola notched his first professional assist with a solid forward pass. It with the Xolos' third goal, which they needed as Atlas was able to come back and force a 3-3 draw.
  • Remember that Galaxy President Chris Klein told MLSSoccer.com earlier in the year that the Galaxy are in the top three MLS squads in academy spending at between $1.5 million and $1.75 million a year. It's paying off in the form of Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean. The U-23 project currently in the works would give players like Arriola a place to go (although USL-PDL isn't going to compete with Liga MX) and would have kept someone like Gyasi Zardes under the eye of Galaxy coaches while he was in college.
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