FROM Nick Green
Goodbye, Chivas USA Los Angeles is down to one soccer team. On Monday , Major League Soccer announced that it was shutting the team down, “effective immediately.” Chivas USA first entered the league in 2004 with the idea of appealing to the city’s Latino soccer fans. But during a rocky decade, the team never had its own stadium, and was never a contender for the league title. What went wrong?
New Women’s Pro Soccer League Kicks Off The Women's United Soccer Association got a big push in 1999, when Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and their teammates won the Women's World Cup . But even with tens of millions of dollars, the Association folded in 2003. Yesterday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, a new league called Women's Professional Soccer played its first game. There are seven teams, including the Sol of Los Angeles, which features Marta, Brazil's world player of the year. Nick Green is soccer columnist for the Daily News .
Will Beckham Play on Saturday? Sunday night, most of Hollywood will show up at a party for David Beckham , the soccer super-star who’s joining the Galaxy . Six-hundred household names will actually get to see him. But the fans who bought up all the tickets for Saturday’s game may not. The coach says an ankle injury puts the chances at 50-50 that Beckham will play.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?