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May 24, 2001 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Armando Melendez was a 5-year-old boy growing up in El Salvador, he fell under the sway of a crazy uncle who had futbol on the brain. Instead of taking Armando to school in the mornings, Uncle Oscar would secretly spirit the boy off to a park for soccer practice. Long before he could read or write much, Armando knew how to caress a leather ball with his instep, how to make the bouncing sphere obey his will.
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SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann hasn't made many missteps in his 2 1/2 years of coach of the U.S. national team. Still it was hard not to question last week's decision to jettison Martin Vasquez, his longtime right-hand man, and replace him with Tab Ramos and former German national team coach Berti Vogts. Sacking your top assistant two months before the World Cup is a little like a presidential candidate dumping his running mate after the convention. So was it an act of panic or prescience? It's too early to tell.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1994
World Cup soccer: Boooringggg. World Cup fans: Grooooosssss. PATRICIA GAYLE FINKE Los Angeles
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - As you roll into this urbane beach city you can easily understand why most soccer fans will choose to be based here, if possible, during the FIFA World Cup, the sport's premiere international competition that begins June 12. Brazil's former capital and a resurgent cosmopolitan city, Rio has most of the urban offerings you would expect in a major destination, such as museums, restaurants and night life. But it's really the city's natural beauty and bright blue skies that make the trip worthwhile and make visitors more likely to forgive the high prices, lackluster service and spontaneous logistical breakdowns.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By James Barragan
SATURDAY AT FC DALLAS When: 5:30 PDT. Where: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas On the air: Radio:1330 (10 p.m. delayed broadcast). Records: Chivas 1-0-1, Dallas 1-0-1. Record vs. FC Dallas (2013): 1-1-1. Update: Chivas USA remains undefeated, after pulling off an impressive tie against Vancouver last week despite being reduced to 10 men 13 minutes into the match when midfielder Agustin Pelletieri was sent off for a foul on Pedro Morales.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
When: 4 p.m. Where: StubHub Center. On the air: TV: None; Radio: 1330. Records: Chivas USA 1-0-0, Vancouver 1-0-0. Record vs. Vancouver (2013): 1-1-1. Update: Chivas USA won its season opener against the Chicago Fire, 3-2, a week ago. Defender Bobby Burling's header in the 88th minute gave Chivas USA the victory. The Whitecaps also won their season opener, 4-1, over the New York Bulls. Vancouver's Kenny Miller, who played most of that game as an attacking midfielder, scored two goals in the match.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 There's no doubt which team is No. 1 in high school soccer in California. That would be the Loyola Cubs, who won the Southern California Regional championship in Division I with a 2-1 victory over Carlsbad on Saturday at Warren High. Sean Pleskow scored both goals. He broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 77th minute. Loyola finishes 30-0-6 in what was the best season in school history.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Paul Arriola probably isn't the most representative example of a Mexican soccer player. Born in California, he played for two U.S. national teams and, as a teen, trained at the Galaxy's academy in Carson. Though he could see Mexico from his house in Chula Vista, he never spent much time there and his Spanish is very much a work in progress. But Arriola, in his second year with the Tijuana Xolos, is representative of the direction Mexican soccer is headed. Because in recent years that country's top club teams have recruited dozens of U.S. citizens just like him to come play south of the border - something that would once have been unthinkable.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
SOCCER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL Championships Friday Boys Division III: St. Margaret's 2, Farmersville 0 Girls' Division III: San Diego Parker 3, Marymount 2   Saturday, at Warren Girls' Division II: #1 San Diego Cathedral vs. #3 Carlsbad La Costa Canyon, 10:30 a.m. Boys Division II: #4 San Diego Southwest vs. #2 Royal, 1 p.m. Girls' Division I: #1 San Diego Westview vs. #2 Chino Hills, 3:30 p.m. Boys Division...
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March 14, 2014 | Sandy Banks
He's a hefty, baby-faced teenager, a head taller than his teammates, and the anchor of a high school soccer team that won a city championship this month. Watching him on the field this week, I found it hard to believe that this time last year Canoga Park High goalie Mauricio Garcia was battling leukemia. The cancer sidelined him in the fall of 2012 as Mauricio was preparing for soccer tryouts. He was front-runner for the goalie spot, but he'd been struggling during tough workouts.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Top-seeded Loyola received two goals from Lucas Hodges to defeat Corona, 4-2, to advance to the championship game of the Division I Southern California soccer regional. Loyola will face Carlsbad on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Downey Warren. Carlsbad eliminated Birmingham, 1-0. In Division II, Royal got a winning goal in overtime from Junior Gonzalez to defeat Canoga Park, 2-1.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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