Friday Kicks: Galaxy update & more

*Reporter Phil Collin has a Galaxy update before the team heads to Australia next week. Good to see Landon Donovan agreeing with me about the critical need for another striker.

Incidentally, only two Galaxy players will miss out on the trip to Oz (from a Galaxy press relesase):

The only Galaxy players that will not accompany the club to Australia are forward Tristan Bowen and defender Yohance Marshall, each of whom will be on international duty. On Sunday, Bowen will travel to Georgia with the U.S. Under-20 National Team for the Torneo de las Americas, where they will face Colombia and Mexico. Marshall will be in Martinique with the Trinidad & Tobago National Team for the finals of the Digicel Caribbean Cup, a qualifying tournament for next summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

*Galaxy striker Edson Buddle lost out on the MLS MVP award today:

TORONTO (AP) — David Ferreira of FC Dallas has been voted the Most Valuable Player of Major League Soccer.

The Colombian playmaker beat out Edson Buddle of the Galaxy and Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Ferreira played all but one minute this season, running the team from his attacking midfield role. The 31-year-old finished with eight goals and 13 assists.

The MVP award is voted on by players, coaches, GMs and media members. Ferreira earned 20 per cent of the votes.

Buddle received 18.3 percent of the vote to finish second in voting; Donovan finished fourth with 11.9 percent.

*Former Galaxy player Brian Mullan is making his sixth trip Sunday to the MLS Cup.

*UCSB is through to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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