LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 25: Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy controls the ball against the Philadelphia Union in the second half of the MLS match at StubHub Center on May 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

FOLLOW LIVE: San Jose welcome LA Galaxy to Stanford Stadium for California Clasico

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After two weeks of dedicating itself to World Cup-watching and Open Cup-playing, Major League Soccer is back, ready to continue its nine-match weekend tonight in Palo Alto, Calif. Making one of their rare appearances at Stanford Stadium, Clarence Goodson and the San Jose Earthquakes will welcome Landon Donovan and their Calfornia Cup rivals, the LA Galaxy.

NBCSN will broadcast the match tonight at 10:30 p.m. Eastern, with a free stream available on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Los Angeles visits Northern California with 17 points on the season, five points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Because of early season scheduling that allowed them to participate in Champions League, the Galaxy have only played 12 games, five fewer than fifth place Vancouver. On points-per-game, Bruce Arena’s side has the fifth-best in the West, but ahead of their meeting with the Earthquakes, LA sits seventh.

San Jose is one point behind its rivals despite playing an extra match and will be without three of its key components. The team’s main attacking threat, Chris Wondolowski, is with the United States in Brazil, while one of the teams best defenders, Victor Bernárdez, is just returning after his time with Honduras. Shea Salinas, San Jose’s main provider, is out, leaving Mark Watson with a hole to fill on the left wing.

Arena’s not without his own concerns, given Omar Gonzalez is still at the World Cup, but the team will have its two best attackers. Landon Donovan, controversially left out of the U.S. national team, will be at the Galaxy’s disposal, while Ireland international Robbie Keane will be the most dangerous man on the field.

In front of what’s always a large crowd at Stanford Stadium, San Jose will be looking to give their fans a three-point welcome back to the MLS regular season. Los Angeles, on the other hand, will try to take advantage of its shorthanded hosts to continue its climb up the Western Conference ladder.

Here are your lineups:

San Jose: Busch; Barklage, Harden, Goodson, Stewart; Cato, Stephenson, Pierazzi, Cronin; Djalo, Lenhart

LA Galaxy: Penedo; Gargan, Opare, Meyer, Rogers; Husidic, Ishizaki, Sarvas, Donovan; Keane, Zardes

USC wins NCAA women’s soccer national championship

Southern California's Morgan Andrews celebrates after scoring a goal against West Virginia during the first half in the NCAA Women's College Cup soccer final, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Katie Johnson broke a tie in the 75th minute and Southern California won the NCAA women’s soccer title Sunday, beating top-ranked West Virginia 3-1 at Avaya Stadium on Sunday.

The second-seeded Trojans (19-4-2) also won the College Cup in 2007.

The Mountaineers (23-2-2) lost for the first time since a 1-0 setback to Georgetown on Sept. 18. West Virginia had a 17-game unbeaten streak snapped, and allowed three goals for the first all season.

Johnson, who also had the winning goal in USC’s 1-0 semifinal victory over Georgetown on Friday, was wide open in front of the net when Leah Pruitt took a pass up the left sideline, beat defender Easther Mayi Kith, and delivered a perfect cross. Johnson simply rolled the ball into the goal to the right of goalkeeper Rylee Foster.

Johnson scored again off an assist from Nicole Molen in the 87th minute.

The Trojans got on the board just 1:22 into play after Julia Bingham directed a corner kick to the top of the penalty box, where Savannah Levin headed the ball forward to Morgan Andrews, whose header from 5 yards eluded Foster.

West Virginia’s Ashley Lawrence, a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic team, tied it in the 66th minute when she ripped a shot from the top left corner of the penalty box just inside the near post.

After USC took the 2-1 lead, the Mountaineers nearly drew even in the 81st minute on a shot by Heather Kaleiohi that was stopped on a diving save by goalkeeper Sammy Prudhomme.

The Mountaineers outshot USC 21-8 and held a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Trojans joined North Carolina (21 titles), Notre Dame (3) and Portland (3) as the only multiple winners of the College Cup.

USC won its 126th national team title on the same day its men’s water polo team lost 10-8 to Cal in the NCAA final just 45 miles away in Berkeley.

West Virginia, in its first College Cup final, was hoping to claim its first NCAA title in any sport besides its co-ed rifle team, which has won 18 national titles.

VIDEO: 70-yard volley from Chile is nearly impossible to believe

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His name is Alejandro Camargo, and he scored what might just go down as the best goal of 2016 on Sunday: an impossibly perfect volley from well beyond the halfway line.

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Miguel Pinto is the opposing goalkeeper whose long-range clearance, which covered about 50 yards during the final seconds of Universidad de Concepcion’s clash with O’Higgins in the Chilean first division, was taken off the fly, first-time, by the Argentine midfielder to seal a 3-1 victory for the home side.

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“The coach told us Pinto was always playing in advance of his goal, so I closed my eyes and hit it,” Camargo said after the game.

“Hit it and hope” has never looked so good.

Roma fans stay away from derby to protest new security barriers

A view of a huge section of empty seats as Roma fans desert derby in protest over security barriers, during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Roma, at the Rome Olympic stadium Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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ROME (AP) Roma’s most ardent supporters stayed away from the derby match against Lazio in protest at barriers introduced at the start of last season in their area.

Normally filled with supporters waving huge banners, lighting flares and singing, half of the “curva sud” — southern end — of the Stadio Olimpico was left empty for Sunday’s match.

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Three of Roma’s locally born standouts held a meeting with the “ultra” fans during the week. Captain Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi asked the supporters to return, and the club itself has also tried to resolve the matter.

But the appeals had no effect.

In contrast, Lazio fans filled the northern end of the stadium as usual.

The plexiglass barriers were put in place by city officials for security reasons.

VIDEO: “Behind The Badge: Watford FC” — Episode 2

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In Episode 2 of Behind the Badge: Watford FC, watch the players’ recovery after a win against Leicester, a look at the club’s one-of-a-kind internship program and a flashback to a memorable moment in Watford’s history.

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To watch past episodes of Behind The Badge, including last season’s edition featuring a look inside Crystal Palace, head over to the full archive by clicking here.

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First episode: Watch full episode, here
Second episode: Above video
Third episode: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Fourth episode: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. ET – NBCSN