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Angel City Football Club forward Christen Press (left) eludes a Washington Spirit defender. Courtesy Angel City FC

Angel City defs Spirit for first road win

LOS ANGELES (CNS)Christen Press scored in the 42nd minute and Didi Haracic made one save for the shutout as the Angel City Football Club defeated the reigning National Women's Soccer League champion Washington Spirit, 1-0, May 16 at Washington.

Press controlled a long free kick by Vanessa Gilles about 30 yards from the goal, drove past defender Morgan Goff and put a curving right-footed shot from about 15 yards around defender Emily Sonnett and past goal- keeper Aubrey Kingsbury inside the right goalpost for her first goal of the regular season.

The lone shot on goal for Washington (1-1-0) came two minutes into first-half stoppage time when Anna Heilferty took a shot from just inside the penalty area that Haracic went to the ground to corral.

The other two shots on goal by ACFC (2-1-0) came in the second half, with Kingsbury making saves on Gilles' header in the 49th minute and Savannah McCaskill's arching shot from the right side of the penalty area in the 55th minute.

ACFC led 11-9 in shots before a crowd at Audi Field announced at 7,433.

"We were feeling the effects of the loss last week, and wanted to put that right," ACFC coach Freya Coombe said, referring to last Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Orlando Pride. "We've shown that when we're really on it, we're a
really tough team to break down and beat, as well as being exciting in the offense and the attack. We wanted to get back to that this week and I felt that we did."

Galaxy provides food during pandemic


LA Galaxy teams with Chancho’s Tacos provided meals to those impacted by coronavirus  

LOS ANGELES (MNS)The LA Galaxy and Chancho’s Tacos sent the LA Galaxy-branded taco truck to various sites throughout Los Angeles last April 6-10 to offer thousands of meals to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including medical workers at Dignity Health, volunteers at Carson elementary schools and those working in local grocery stores. 


The LA Galaxy Chancho’s Taco Truck was stationed each day outside of different areas throughout Los Angeles to provide meals.

The LA Galaxy Chancho’s Tacos Truck made stops at two hospitals within Dignity Health’s Southern California network: the Glendale Memorial Hospital and the Northridge Hospital. Additionally, the truck stopped at a Northgate Grocery Store in Norwalk and two local Carson elementary schools, part of the club’s Champion Project: Curtis Middle School and Stephen M. White Middle School. Dignity Health is the official healthcare partner of the LA Galaxy. 

"The show of support from our communities has been overwhelming, as our caregivers, staff, and physicians face the growing needs of COVID-19 patients," said Julie J. Sprengel, president of Dignity Health’s Southwest Division. "The generosity of the LA Galaxy and Chancho’s Tacos is greatly appreciated."

In March, the LA Galaxy announced the launch of the Together At Home campaign, a club-wide initiative to support, engage and inform LA Galaxy fans and the Los Angeles community amidst effects from COVID-19. 

LA Galaxy to compete in Group F of the ‘MLS is Back Tournament’

Group F consists of the LA Galaxy and Western Conference sides Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers and LAFC

LOS ANGELES (MNS)The LA Galaxy will compete in Group F of the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, Florida, which is set to kick off on July 8. The Galaxy will play group stage matches against the Portland Timbers, Houston Dynamo and LAFC, who round out Group F.

Major League Soccer today conducted the official live draw for the MLS is Back Tournament to determine the group stage matchups of the competition. Each club will play three group stage matches, all counting towards the 2020 MLS regular season standings, and the tournament winner will earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.

Similar to a FIFA World Cup format, the tournament will feature a continuous schedule of matches with group stage play featuring 16 consecutive days of action beginning on July 8 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The top two teams from each group along with the four best third-place finishers will move on to the knockout stage.

MLS is Back Tournament Groups

Group A
Orlando City SC, Inter Miami CF, New York City FC, Philadelphia Union, Chicago Fire FC, Nashville SC

Group B
Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, San Jose Earthquakes

Group C
Toronto FC, New England Revolution, Montreal Impact, D.C. United

Group D
Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City, Colorado Rapids, Minnesota United FC

Group E
Atlanta United FC, FC Cincinnati, New York Red Bulls, Columbus Crew SC

Group F
LAFC, LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers

The MLS is Back Tournament winner will earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, regardless of whether it is a U.S. or Canadian club. The winner would replace the berth previously awarded to the MLS regular season points leader in the conference opposite of the 2020 Supporters’ Shield winner. In addition to matches that count in the regular season standings and the Champions League berth, players will have the opportunity to earn additional bonuses as part of a $1.1 million prize pool.

Metropolis News Service.

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