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.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.