Saturday Soccer: Galaxy Season Begins Tonight in Colorado Against Rapids

Game preview. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel.

A (very) little more background on Brazilian midfielder lvaro Pires, signed as expected by the Galaxy Friday in time for today’s game, from the team press release:

The 23-year old has trained with the Galaxy for most of the preseason and started all six of the clubs preseason matches, playing 472 minutes in those games, collecting one assist and one caution.

Alvaro is a player that has been on our radar for some time now and were glad to finally have him as a member of the Galaxy, Galaxy Director of Soccer Paul Bravo said. He has done well so far in our preseason and we feel that he will be a tremendous asset to our club.

A native of Jardinopolis, Brazil, just outside of Sao Paulo, Pires signed his first professional contract at the age of 16 with Brazilian side Internacional and broke into the first team at the age of 19. He spent three years there, appearing in a handful of games with the First Division team before trying his luck abroad. He signed with Spartak Nalchik, a club in the Russian First Division.

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