As readers of this blog learned Wednesday from beat writer Scott Wolf, neither David Beckham (sore hamstring) or Landon Donovan (flu) practiced with the team yesterday and could miss tonight’s game against the New England Revolution, who will have Taylor Twellman on the bench.
So possibly no stars for the Galaxy, but there will be fireworks after the game. It’s live on Prime at 7:30 p.m.
Chivas USA plays Saturday at Home Depot Center (and yeah, they have fireworks, too) against San Jose. The Earthquakes are the lowest-scoring team in MLS so naturally they are bidding to sign a - 37-year-old Brazilian midfielder.
In other unexpected player news, former Galaxy player Joseph Ngwenya is trying out for former Galaxy Assistant Coach Martin Zuniga and his boss Jurgen Klinsmann at Bayern Munich.
From the interminable award department: Becks and Donovan as well as Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Luciano Emilio (D.C. United) and Matt Reis (New England Revolution) are up for the MLS Best Player of the Year Award at the 16th annual ESPY’s. Donovan has won the last two years.
Fans can vote through July 12 at www.espys.tv The show airs at 6 p.m. July 20 on ESPN.
Not to be outdone Univision has their own set of awards for Latino athletes such as Cuauhtmoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Omar Bravo (CD Guadalajara) and Guillermo Ochoa (Club Amrica) who are up for North American Soccer Player of the Year. (I nominate Univision for the Creatively Named Category Award, by the way).
There are 10 categories in the “Tecate Premios Deportes” awards airing July 20.
Other nominees: Cuauhtmoc Blanco, Juan Pablo Angel, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Claudio Suarez – and Jonathan Bornstein (?).
In the W-League Thursday, the Seattle Sounders beat the Ventura County Fusion 3-0.
In the PDL tonight, the San Fernando Valley Quakes play at the Lancaster Rattlers in a 7 p.m. game at Pete Knight High.
Enjoy the holiday and break away from the bar-b-que occasionally to check back here on the Galaxy’s progess tonight where I’ll blog the game highlights.