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LAFC reels in big fish making Carlos Vela first Designated Player

Here are some social media highlights of LAFC’s signing of Carlos Vela.

of course whenever a member of El Tri heads to MLS, there are some detractors

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USL: Didier Drogba hits amazing strike against LA Galaxy II

Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba still has it.

Drogba, who is now playing with Phoenix Rising FC in the USL, unleashed a wicked shot from approximately 35 yards in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Galaxy II. The ball hit the upper corner for a goal. Galaxy II keeper Clement Diop didn’t have a chance.

Take a look at the video:

https://twitter.com/USL/status/894028997360668672

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Robbie Keane isn’t done with the game quite yet

Robbie Keane ended a spectacular six-year run with the Galaxy. He said then he wasn’t done and this week, he was back in the news with word of his next adventure.

Keane has signed with Atletico de Kolkata of the Indian Super League. Keane had been a free agent since departing last November.

Kolkata is managed by Keane’s former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Teddy Sheringham.

“At this stage of my career, the offer to experience a new league and culture in Asia appealed to me,” Keane said. “To join the current Indian Super League champions is a great pleasure and through hard work, I hope to bring the ATK fans more success and enjoyment over the course of the 2017/2018 season.”

 

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Galaxy game day notebook: Sigi Schmid is back, back again

The Galaxy doesn’t have a lot of time.

Still, Sigi Schmid knows what needs to happen if the club is get things on track this late in the season.

The first area is the defensive effort.

“Sometimes you need a little bit of luck,” Schmid said. “When you look at the goals scored against, obviously that’s no secret to anybody, you can’t be successful if you’re averaging three goals against a game.

“I think offensively this team has capabilities to score goals , but we have to make sure we keep teams off the board to give our offense a chance to carry the team.”

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Sigi Schmid’s Saturday morning plan was supposed to include a stop at a local coffee shop with some of former players with the Seattle Sounders.

Understandably, he might have to cancel those plans.

“I have a lot of friends still in Seattle,” he said. “It’ll be interesting. I have a lot of friends on that sideline and my years in Seattle were fantastic, something I’ll always be grateful for, but now my job is to help the L.A. Galaxy win.

“It means a lot to be able to come back and coach.”

Schmid coached Seattle from 2009-2016. Now, he’s faced with the task of getting the Galaxy of the doldrums and headed upward in the standings. The Galaxy is ninth place in the Western Conference.

“Our expectations, our hopes are to make the playoffs,” Schmid said of the Galaxy. “It is a challenge, but challenges are something we want to embrace. We’re not going to run away from the challenge.”

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Injuries and suspensions have been the theme of this season and tonight, it will impact again.

Dave Romney (hamstring) and Jack McBean (suspension) are both out. Gyasi Zardes is back from the national team and could see time out wide. The Galaxy midfield is crowded, but not as crowded as it will be when Sebastian Lletget returns.

“We’ll figure it out,” Schmid said. “A lot of times things get answered for you because of injuries or suspensions. It just a matter of who looks ready, who looks in form and we’ll come out with a group for the game on Saturday and then we’ve got some more days to train next week and it could change.”

 

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Wild day of events for Southern California soccer fans

The rivalry between the Galaxy and LAFC will hit the field next year. Thursday, they were battling to upstage the other with big news.

First, came the Galaxy’s announcement that they had fired Curt Onalfo and hired Sigi Schmid.

By the time Schmid was leading the Galaxy through his first training session, LAFC dropped the news that they had hired their first coach and it is a familiar face and name in Bob Bradley.

The Galaxy then ended the day with the official word that Johnathan dos Santos, Giovani’s brother, had signed with the club as the third Designated Player.

https://twitter.com/LAGalaxy/status/890766764933431296

what will tomorrow hold?

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