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October 4, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Former Mexican national team captain Rafael Marquez, who hasn't played a competitive match for his country in more than two years, was called up this week to a squad desperate for victories in its final two World Cup qualifiers. Also rejoining the Mexican team after an absence is goalkeeper Memo Ochoa, who was left off the roster for the last two qualifiers because of a dispute with former national team Coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre. But forward Carlos Vela, who hasn't played for Mexico in more than two years because of his own feud with De la Torre, is not on the team.
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October 4, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Former Mexican national team captain Rafael Marquez, who hasn't played a competitive match for his country in more than two years, was called up this week to a squad desperate for victories in its final two World Cup qualifiers. Also rejoining the Mexican team after an absence is goalkeeper Memo Ochoa, who was left off the roster for the last two qualifiers because of a dispute with former national team Coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre. But forward Carlos Vela, who hasn't played for Mexico in more than two years because of his own feud with De la Torre, is not on the team.
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May 22, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Rafael Marquez endured brutal punishment in his three prior fights against Israel Vazquez to get to Saturday night, but the resilient Marquez earned what he so badly wanted by making himself the last man standing. Mexico's Marquez dominated Vazquez en route to a third-round technical knockout at Staples Center, delivering pounding blows that first opened a nasty cut over Vazquez's left eye in the second round. He then knocked down Vazquez early in the third, finishing him at the 1:33 mark.
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November 2, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Galaxy tonight VS. NEW YORK RED BULLS When: 8. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes; Radio: 1330. Records (including playoffs): Galaxy 20-5-10, Red Bulls 11-9-16. Record vs. Red Bulls: 1-1-1. Update: With a goal in hand heading into the second leg of the home-and-home playoff, the Galaxy faces an advantage and a challenge. A tie is all the team needs to advance to the conference title game, but it can't afford to get too conservative, midfielder David Beckham said.
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May 21, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Israel Vazquez, somewhat amazingly, will test his comeback from three surgeries to repair a detached retina in his right eye in the most severe way possible: a fourth fight against his legendary rival Rafael Marquez on Saturday night at Staples Center. The boxers have given their sport two "Fights of the Year" during their trilogy, with Vazquez winning two of the three battles. Word of mouth about the Vazquez-Marquez trilogy, which began three years ago in front of a half-filled Home Depot Center tennis arena, has grown to the point that 10,000 are expected for the nontitle featherweight bout.
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May 7, 2011
GALAXY TONIGHT VS. NEW YORK When: 8. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes; Radio: 1150, 1220 and 1330. Records: Galaxy 4-2-3; Red Bulls 4-1-2. Record vs. Red Bulls (2010): 1-1. Update: The Galaxy announced Friday that it will play Real Madrid in a friendly match at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the evening of July 16. Before that, however, the Galaxy has one dozen MLS games to sort out whether it will be a legitimate contender for the league championship this season or just an also-ran.
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April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: MEXICO FIFA ranking: 17 Overall World Cup record: 11-22-12 Coach: Javier Aguirre Best performance: Quarterfinals, 1970, 1986 Overview: Many at home consider this squad to be the best El Tri has ever fielded. To prove those backers right, however, Aguirre's team, a blend of young (Javier Hernandez, Giovani dos Santos, Andres Guardado, Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa) and old (Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Rafael Marquez), will have to make it past the quarterfinals, something Mexico has never done.
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February 13, 2003 | Grahame L. Jones
In its second uninspired performance in eight days, Mexico was held to a 0-0 tie by Colombia on Wednesday night in a soccer international played in front of 28,764 fans at the Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. The sloppy, unattractive game was made worse by American referee Ricardo Valenzuela's inability to stamp his authority on the match. Because of Valenzuela's reluctance to issue yellow -- or even red -- cards, the fouls were frequent and the flow of the match was constantly interrupted.
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June 25, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter and Grahame L. Jones
— Striker Carlos Vela, who missed Mexico's group final with Uruguay with a hamstring injury, practiced with a ball for the first time in more than a week Friday, increasing his chances of playing for Mexico against Argentina in Sunday's elimination game. Vela participated in passing drills in small spaces alongside Giovani Dos Santos and Guillermo Franco . Previously he had been limited to light jogging during training. But with or without Vela, Mexico appears confident about facing the new World Cup favorite, the team that took them out of the tournament four years ago. Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez , one of eight European club players on the Mexican roster, said this Mexican team is better than the last version.
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March 3, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Tonight's super-bantamweight title fight between champion Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez has the boxing crowd jumping. There's a prediction that the bout at Home Depot Center has all the makings of the fight of the year. The boxers' credentials prompted promoter Gary Shaw to project this Vazquez-Marquez meeting as chapter one of a trilogy. "We don't need to light off too many fireworks to bring the people of L.A. to this fight," said Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, Marquez's trainer.
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October 30, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Some of Major League Soccer's most decorated players were at Red Bull Arena on Sunday. David Beckham was the most influential figure in the Galaxy's 1-0, playoff-opening victory over the New York Red Bulls, creating several opportunities with his long-range passes and assisting on Mike Magee's 15th-minute goal. Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan returned from injuries and narrowly missed adding to the top-seeded Galaxy's advantage in the two-game, total-goals series that concludes Thursday at the Home Depot Center.
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October 29, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
At his introductory news conference 4 1/2 years ago, David Beckham spoke of wanting to raise soccer's profile in the United States. "I know there's the baseball, the basketball, the American football, but I believe that the excitement that can be caused by those other sports can be caused also by soccer," he said at the time. That has yet to happen. With Beckham's contract on the verge of expiring and his days in Major League Soccer perhaps coming to an end, most of Los Angeles is probably unaware that the Galaxy is visiting the New York Red Bulls on Sunday for its playoff opener.
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June 25, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter and Grahame L. Jones
— Striker Carlos Vela, who missed Mexico's group final with Uruguay with a hamstring injury, practiced with a ball for the first time in more than a week Friday, increasing his chances of playing for Mexico against Argentina in Sunday's elimination game. Vela participated in passing drills in small spaces alongside Giovani Dos Santos and Guillermo Franco . Previously he had been limited to light jogging during training. But with or without Vela, Mexico appears confident about facing the new World Cup favorite, the team that took them out of the tournament four years ago. Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez , one of eight European club players on the Mexican roster, said this Mexican team is better than the last version.
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June 18, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa -- Mexico had scored only one goal in more than a game and a half in the World Cup when Javier Hernandez came off the bench late in a scoreless tie with France on Thursday. Less than 20 minutes later, El Tri had a 2-0 lead en route to a crucial win over France that has Mexico all but assured of a spot in the second round. Hernandez had scored the first goal of the match. And that may have assured him a spot in Mexico's lineup when it ends group play next week against Uruguay.
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May 31, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Herzogenaurach, Germany -- Mexico trimmed its roster to the World Cup limit of 23 players Monday, cutting a top young player it may now lose for the future. Midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, a precocious 20-year-old who seemed assured of a place in South Africa before being slowed the last month by a torn muscle, was sent home after meeting with Coach Javier Aguirre and Nestor de la Torre, executive director of the Mexican soccer federation. "Jonathan … is a player with a great future," De la Torre said.
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May 25, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Stuttgart, Germany — The World Cup opener is less than three weeks away yet Mexico's team remains a work in progress. Which qualifies as both good news and bad. It's bad news because it means there are still some questions that must be answered. With its final group of European-based players having spent just a week in training camp, Mexico remains unsettled on the back line and inefficient up front. But that's good news, too, because it means the team is, well.
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May 31, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Herzogenaurach, Germany -- Mexico trimmed its roster to the World Cup limit of 23 players Monday, cutting a top young player it may now lose for the future. Midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, a precocious 20-year-old who seemed assured of a place in South Africa before being slowed the last month by a torn muscle, was sent home after meeting with Coach Javier Aguirre and Nestor de la Torre, executive director of the Mexican soccer federation. "Jonathan … is a player with a great future," De la Torre said.
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