Thursday Kicks: Galaxy won’t leave this Chad hanging & more

i-223141c33d816cf6fd8802d3ded9c053-dohseattle.jpgDoh! Seattle Sounders’ Osvaldo Alonso, right, and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, react during Wednesday’s 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids (AP Photo).

*Seattle midfielder Brad Evans will miss the MLS season-opener against the Galaxy Tuesday after suffering an injury Wednesday in the Sounders’ final preseason game. Fredy Montero had two of Seattle’s goals. Game story here.

Check out the highlights:

*UCLA product Chad Barrett has already found a very different Galaxy team from the side he left behind in Toronto. Reporter Phil Collin talked to the UCLA product Wednesday and filed this story.

*U.S. soccer great Mia Hamm has downplayed the influence David Beckham has had on the soccer scene here because his continued commitment to England has affected his appeal. Hamm told the The Associated Press that change has come “to some degree” but “it’s still evolving.”

*JP Dellacamera will work Fox Soccer Channel’s 14 Friday night telecasts and 17 Saturday games after moving from ESPN, Fox confirmed Thursday night.

Former U.S. national team star Eric Wynalda will host the pregame, halftime and postgame shows with Christopher Sullivan, his teammate on the 1990 U.S. World Cup team. Former Galaxy midfielder Kyle Martino succeeds Sullivan as the color commentator, while Brian Dunseth becomes sideline reporter.

*The Chicago Fire have signed 6-2, 190-pound striker Orr Barouch, 19, of Woodland Hills, a former Chivas USA youth player.

From the Chicago Fire press release:

Born in Haifa, Israel and raised in Woodland Hills, Barouch began his professional career at the age of 17 with the Tigres UANL youth system. After graduating from El Camino Real High School and entertaining options with Belgian side Club Brugge, the former Chivas USA youth product joined the Mexican club’s reserves in September of 2009. While with the Monterey, Mexico based club, Barouch appeared in 24 matches, scoring one goal, primarily as a left winger, while helping Tigres to a first place finish in the Mexican U20 Apertura tournament. Barouch joined the Fire on trial during the club’s Florida phase of preseason camp.

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  • Studs Up

    The Seattle-Colorado game was called the “Community Shield” match. Is this a sanctioned MLS competition or just drummed up by Seattle? Don’t recall if it had taken place in years past.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    It’s a Seattle creation.