For what it’s worth, English tabloids were aflutter this weekend with “exclusive” news of an apt opponent and venue for the Galaxy’s David Beckham to collect that 100th England cap he craves.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy begin the second week of training camp today. Here’s an update from the team on who remains in camp:
Thirty-three players, including eight of the clubs 10 draft picks will begin their second week of training with the Galaxy on Monday. With just more than a week remaining before the clubs first preseason game and the team scheduled to fly to Hawaii in one week, Ruud Gullit and the rest of his coaching staff will be continuing the clubs preparations for the Pan Pacific Championship and the opening match against Gamba Osaka on February 20.
Forward Landon Donovan was the last player under contract to enter camp, training for the first time on Friday after helping the U.S. National Team earn a 2-2 draw with Mexico in a friendly last week in Houston.
While four trialists were released from camp last week, one new face joined Galaxy camp over the weekend as 2007 USL First Division Rookie of the Year Jay Needham arrived in Los Angeles. The Texas native played for the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2007 after being selected by D.C. United in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. A central defender who is also capable of playing as a defensive midfielder, Needham played four years at SMU and was named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy as a senior in 2006, one year after he helped lead SMU to the College Cup.
Finally, former Galaxy striker Clint Mathis made a huge impression this weekend on his debut in Greece, scoring a vital late equalizer for his struggling new team.