PM Notes: Galaxy return to practice field, College Cup Elite Eight set

CARSON, Calif. -- On Sunday, the LA Galaxy returned to the practice field with a near 90 minute session at The Home Depot Center ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo. 

Bruce Arena offered these thoughts on the holiday break and Sunday's session: "I think it was a good break for our guys, obviously, it was a little slow getting back into things, but I think for the first day back, it was a good training session."

LA will train for the remainder of the week ahead of Saturday's Cup final. 

A few other notes to get you through your Sunday evening.... 

*Just eight teams remain in the race for the NCAA's College Cup. In the Elite Eight, Indiana will travel to face North Carolina, Georgetown will host University of San Diego, Creighton heads to Connecticut, and Maryland will host Louisville.  The winners will advance to the College Cup in Birmingham, Ala. which run from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9

*The Liga MX Apertura finals are set as Toluca will face Club Tijuana. Toluca defeated Club América while Club Tijuana bypassed Leon. Both Toluca and Club Tijuana now advance to the 2013-2014 CONCACAF Champions League. Could we see a potential LA vs. Club Tijuana match up in the 2013/2014 tournament? It'd sure be a tantilzing one. 

*Staying in Mexico, former Colombia and Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero was hospitalized on Sunday after complications from a stroke. [Link in Spanish] Galaxy fans may remember Calero for making two saves in Pachuca's penalty kick shootout victory over the Galaxy in the 2007 Superliga Final.

*Take your last chance to vote for Marcelo Sarvas who is in the quarterfinals of's Latino del Ano.

*MLS Commissioner Don Garber will announce MLS' 2012 Best XI during his "State-of-the-League" teleconference at 1 p.m. PT on Monday.