Los Angeles Soccer: Juan Pablo Ocegueda

Rogers concussed in Leeds debut

February, 21, 2012
U.S. national-teamer Robbie Rogers' Leeds United debut couldn't have gone much worse.

The winger from Palos Verdes and Huntington Beach (and Mater Dei High School), who darted to England after five seasons with the Columbus Crew, was taken off the field on a stretcher after knocking heads with Doncaster Rovers defender Tommy Spurr in second-half stoppage of Leeds' 3-2 English Championship victory Saturday.

He was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a concussion.

Rogers, on his Twitter account, posted Sunday that he was “happy to have made my debut! Didn't know Mike Tyson was out on the field yesterday, out for a good few minutes.” Shortly after, he tweeted: “Concussions are no joke... Laying low for a few days. Thanks for everyone's concern and comments much appreciated!”

On Tuesday, Rogers tweeted that he was “feeling a lot better 2day... .. Lil walk around the city to get some fresh air is much needed.”

Rogers, who joined the second-tier club during the winter transfer window, made his debut in the 79th minute. It was the second time he'd been on the 18-man game roster since signing with the club on Jan. 10.

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Blues set friendlies, vs. Tri 20s, Irapuato

February, 8, 2012
The L.A. Blues' preparations for their second season in the USL Pro league will include two games against Mexican opposition.

The Blues will face Mexico's under-20 national team on Feb. 25 and Mexican second-tier club Irapuato on March 10, both of them 7 p.m. starts at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium.

El Tri's U-20s include Cruz Azul's Martin Galvan, who has attracted interest in Europe after making his first-team debut 40 days shy of his 15th birthday, Monterrey forwards Jesus Manuel Corona and Luis Madrigal, and UANL Tigres defender Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Riverside/Saddleback HS).

The U-20s also will face UCLA on Feb. 28 at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys.

Irapuato features goalkeeper Sergio Arias, who was No. 3 on Chivas USA's depth chart last year.

Tickets for each game are $20 ($10 for 12-under) and available from the Blues at 714-738-8011 or on the team's Facebook page.

GALAXY: The buzz is Beckham stays

January, 2, 2012
David Beckham's proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain is looking iffier and iffier, with the latest reports across the Atlantic claiming he's leaning toward re-signing with the Galaxy.

It's about family, as we always thought it would be, with sources “close to” Beckham telling British tabloid Daily Mail that he is reluctant to relocate his family, which is happily settled in Beverly Hills.

And now there are questions about Paris Saint-Germain's desire to sign the English superstar. French sports daily L'Equipe reports that new PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti would rather bring in Brazilian midfielder Kaká, from Real Madrid, as Leonardo, the club's sporting director, says he's willing to give Beckham more time to consider the offer.

“The question has never been professional but about family. It is a difficult choice to make the whole family move to Paris,” Leonardo said in remarks published by Sky Sports. “We will wait a little. It is a personal choice, and it is not that easy to him. We have some time, and he has some time, too.

"We never stated it has been done. There is no contract. We won't push him -- we respect him a lot. I know him and have an amazing admiration toward him both as a player and as a father. I can understand it is difficult to move. We will leave him in peace.”

Beckham is expected to make a decision after talks with Simon Fuller, whose XIX Entertainment serves as Beckham's agents. His five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Galaxy expired Dec. 31, but L.A. reportedly has offered a rolling one-year contract to replace it. PSG is dangling an 18-month, $18.7 million pact, according to media reports.

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Christen Press follows final with U-23 call-up

December, 8, 2010

Palos Verdes Estates' Christen Press, fresh off Stanford's disappointing defeat to Notre Dame in Sunday's NCAA Division I women's final, heads into a weeklong camp at Home Depot Center with the U.S. under-23 women's team.

Press (Chadwick School) is among nine pros and the nation's top college players -- three locals -- who will join the team, guided by University of Portland director of soccer (and men's coach) Bill Irwin, on Sunday.

The U-23 team is primarily a developmental squad, a steppingstone from college soccer to the full U.S. national team; the primary competition at the age level is the Nordic Cup, an exhibition event played most summers in Scandinavia.

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