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Live Blog: LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 11: Giovani dos Santos #10 of Los Angeles Galaxy kicks the ball against the San Jose Earthquakes during the California Clasico game at Cashman Field on February 11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. San Jose won 1-0. (Photo by David J. Becker/Getty Images)

Curt Onalfo’s LA Galaxy host Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Sunday, March 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET, with the Live Blog beginning at 12 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET. The live blog also includes coverage of FC Lorient vs. Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 play. That match starts at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET. Paris Saint-Germain, in particular, have been hounded by poor, petulant journalism among those who write for L’Equipe.

Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti in a nightclub two days before the match in Barcelona? It is an insult to their professionalism and their club.

A defeat will never justify the dissemination of the most malicious rumours. Shame on those — often L’Equipe — who spreads them without even checking their ‘information’. No credibility.

It is the same thing concerning a supposed request from the Club to the Prefecture to go down the Champs-Élysées if it won a European trophy. False. Totally false. Why publish lies? What is L’Equipe trying to achieve?

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Closure, that’s what. Furthermore, PSG’s return to Paris following their 6-1 defeat to FC Barcelona and 6-5 aggregate loss in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 was not taken very well.

On Wednesday night, upon their return from Barcelona, the Paris Saint-Germain players were confronted and threatened by several individuals at Bourget Airport, despite the club and authorities reinforcing security. These individuals verbally insulted the players before vandalising their cars. Several vehicles were damaged.

In this extremely hostile and aggressive climate, all vehicles were escorted to ensure the safe passage of the players, their families and club staff members. One individual was struck by a car trying to escape the crowd that was physically threatening the players and their families.

A police investigation is underway to establish exactly what happened. The club, and all those present, have informed the investigators of their readiness to help the investigation, to get to the bottom of this regrettable incident.

The club strongly condemns the actions and behaviour of the individuals in question.

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As for the Galaxy, the team is hoping Gyasi Zardes returns to match fitness.

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“If it were up to me, it would be great to have a legacy built on serving others,” said Zardes. “I want to make the most of my opportunity while I’m a professional soccer player or even after my career. I want to provide opportunities for the next generation to succeed. I’m trying to start a club team, and I’m trying to have kids learn things about the game of soccer at a young age. There are so many great athletes in the city of Hawthorne, but they don’t have the knowledge or the resources. I’m just going to try to use the platform that I’ve been blessed with to help the younger generation succeed.”

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