As I write this almost 400 would-be Galaxy players have begun four days of games (and cuts) at Home Depot Center.
The big winner: the Galaxy. If memory serves players paid $150 apiece for the ultra long-shot Galaxy “trial,” which works out to $60,000.
In Torrance today, defender Ante Jazic is signing autographs, getting his picture taken with fans and getting asked the question, “when are you getting traded?” (I kid about the last one) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at a Sports Authority store at 3610 Torrance Blvd. Galaxy gear is 40 percent off and they’re handing out free tickets to games. The Redondo Beach resident is one of the most approachable Galaxy players.
Finally, Sydney FC was confirmed Friday as the fourth and final participant in this month’s Pan-Pacific Championship. Despite the name, neither the Galaxy nor Sydney are champions of anything, of course.
Chivas USA Preseason Schedule
Here’s the Western Conference champions’ tentative California schedule (all games at the HDC unless noted):
10 a.m. Tuesday vs. New York Red Bulls
2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 16 vs. Japanese U-23 National Team
Noon Monday Feb. 18 vs. D.C. United
10 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 20 vs. UC Riverside
5 p.m. Saturday Feb. 23 vs. Columbus Crew @ Santa Clarita
TBD Saturday March 1 @ Fresno Fuego
10 a.m. Saturday March 15 vs. San Diego State
10 a.m. Wednesday March 19 vs. Cal State Fullerton
U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Pia Sundhage cut 11 players from training camp in Carson Friday, brought in three and sent defender Becky Sauerbrunn to the Under-23 team.
Incoming: defender Stephanie Cox, a starter at last year’s Womens World Cup, after being given last week off to rest and recuperate from the college season (she was the only player on the World Cup team to go straight into a collegiate season); Under-23 defender Rachel Buehler; and midfielder Kacey White, who Sundhage has likely seen playing in Sweden with AIK in Stockholm.
Outgoing: goalkeeper Cori Alexander; defenders Amy LePeilbet, Brittany Taylor, Lindsay Huie and Manya Makoski; midfielders Jen Buczkowski, Tina DiMartino, Sarah Huffman, Noelle Keselica and Joanna Lohman; and forwards Tiffany Weimer and Christie Welsh.
Full camp roster:
Goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Kristen Luckenbill (Paoli, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.); defenders Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.); midfielders Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.); forwards Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Heather OReilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).
The 26 players train though Feb.17 at the HDC before Sundhage chooses a 20-player roster for the Algarve Cup, set for March 5-12 in southern Portugal.
The NCAA champions announced Friday they will play Mexico at 7 p.m. Friday Feb 22 at the Coliseum.
The USC press release tells us why:
USC head coach Ali Khorsoshahin served as an assistant to Mexico head coach Leonardo Cuellar at the 1999 Womens World Cup and continues to serve on Cuellars staff.
Loyola Marymount announced Friday they have received letters of intent from teammates at Punahou School in HawaiI, defender-midfielder Brittney Sanford and striker Erin Rementer, along with midfielder-forward Caroline Helfrich (Moraga, Calif.) and defender Marissa Zamora (Danville, Calif) to join the Lions in the fall of 2008.
“Although Erin and Brittany have taken the same path to LMU, individually they will impact our team in separate ways,” Coach Joe Mallia said. “Erin is a dynamic athlete who has the ability to change games in the attack. She is a great one-vs.-one player going towards the goal. Brittanys biggest impact will be felt on defense, where she is strong in tackles and tremendous in the air. She is also a leader with a great work rate and technically poised on the ball.”
Helfrich spent a year living in Florence,Italy, where she played for the boys Rondinalla Scuola di Calcio, the soccer school that feeds players to Italian club Fiorentina.
From the Daily Breeze