Tuesday’s Column: Galaxy’s Five-Day Camp a Fantasy Come True

Photos by Steve McCrank

Coach Ralph Perez leads the Galaxy fantasy Camp

I’ve always been curious about the annual Galaxy Fantasy Camp held at Home Depot Center.

Does former Galaxy defender Abel Xavier guest lecture and demonstrate “The Art of Playing Effective Central Defense”? Does former Galaxy GM Alexi Lalas stop by to speak on “How to Build A Winning Team”?

O.K., maybe not.

So I accepted the invitation Saturday to get a little taste of why about 40 wanna be pros a year fork over $1,000 (not including airfare and hotel) to spend five days training like real soccer players.

Read about it here.

Thanks to coach Ralph Perez, camp director Blane Shepard and, especially, the 40 campers who allowed me to gate crash their fantasy camp experience.

And in case anyone was wondering, yes, my muscles are still sore.


Poetry in motion (that’s Rafa Melgoza on the ball, BTW).

Photo Courtesy of the Galaxy


Barely five minutes into warm-up drills and your trusty soccer columnist wonders if he’ll get through the day.

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!
  • charlesj27

    That is awesome, that you participated in this camp. Good sport! Yeah, you will be sore for a couple of days. But, I hope you got an appreciation for how much dedication a soccer player who wants to improve and progress have to put in week-in and week-out. Bravo!

    Nick replies: Oh yeah, and I was there for a little over half a day. Frankly, I got an appreciation for the work put in by campers who were there the entire five days. Pass the Aleve, please.

  • joni


    It was a pleasure playing with you (go team 4!)at camp. Keep up the great work on this blog, you speak for all soccer players in sharing your love for the game to the greater populous.

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  • GP, G.PAUL

    ahhha yes, goood times, I loved this camp finally I found some of our photos…..

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    It’s so nice of you to share your camp pics and experience, Nick..hope I was there also, I am huge fan of soccer and I really wonder how is it to be a team.

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