Before I head out to tonight’s Galaxy game at Cal State Fullerton there’s time to note that:
*Former Galaxy midfielder Sasha Victorine, who was most recently with Chivas USA, has retired because of injury, the club announced today.
The UCLA product has accepted a front office job with former club Kansas City Wizards, who traded him to Chivas USA in 2008. He will also serve as the club’s color commentator for its TV broadcasts.
Victorine, 32, made just 15 appearances for Chivas USA in 2008 and 2009, scoring two goals before injury derailed his career. In ten MLS seasons Victorine played 242 games and scored 32 goals and 41 assists,
“I’d like to thank all of my teammates that I’ve played with over the years, and all of the fans who have given me their support,” said Victorine. “Growing up in Orange County, I feel lucky that I was able to play in front of my home fans for so much of my career. I am now eager to start the next phase of my career.”
Victorine spent the first five years of his career with the Galaxy, which drafted him out of UCLA.
*Chivas USA beat UCLA 5-0 in a scrimmage at Home Depot Center today, with striker Maykel Galindo scoring a second half hat trick and Michael Lahoud and trialist Mario Padilla, most recently a defender with Mexican team Necaxa, adding the others.
Chivas USA lineups:
First half – Dan Kennedy, Carey Talley, Emilio Viades, Carlos Borja, Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Lahoud, Marcelo Saragosa, Sacha Kljestan, Gerson Mayn, Mario Padilla, Chukwudi Chijindu
Second half – Dan Kennedy, Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umaa, Yamith Cuesta, Ante Jazic, Blair Gavin, Ben Zemanski, Jesus Padilla, Jorge Flores, Osael Romero, Maykel Galindo
*Lastly, there’s no resolution on a new MLS labor agreement yet. A statement from the two sides was issued this afternoon:
“This week Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union met in Washington, D.C. under the auspices of George H. Cohen, the Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). MLS and the Players Union have agreed to continue collective bargaining agreement discussions with the FMCS.”