I talked to Paul Bravo, the Galaxy’s director of soccer, in what I believe was the first in-depth interview he has given since his appointment in late August for my weekly column.
A couple of things left out of the column for space reasons:
*Bravo said the team is looking for a consistent goal scorer (goodbye Carlos Pavon?), a holding midfielder to protect the back line (goodbye Pete Vagenas, Kevin Harmse?) and some pace wide in left midfield.
Meanwhile, the English player Croatia said they fear most in Wednesday’s European qualifier is David Beckham, which probably tells you how mediocre this England team is than anything else.
The UCLA men Monday were awarded a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
More details here.
Finally, U.S. Men’s Paralympic Team midfielder Marthell Vazquez, originally from Long Beach, was named the Most Valuable Player of the recently-concluded 2007 Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vazquez was the leading scorer for the U.S. with four goals. The U.S. team finished in 10th place.