Thursday Kicks: Galaxy re-sign defender DeLaGarza to new contract & more

*Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza was re-signed to a new multi-year contract, the club announced today.

The versatile 24-year-old, who can play either full back or in central defense as he did in college at Maryland defender, is on track for a career high in starts and minutes in his third year with the club.

He’s appeared in all but two of the 18 MLS games the Galaxy has played so far this season.

DeLaGarza was scheduled to earn about $55,000 this year, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union; the Galaxy did not release the new contract terms.

*Los Angeles-based Fox Soccer Channel announced today that the U.S.-Panama Gold Cup semifinal Wednesday was watched by 381,000 viewers, a new all-time high for the tournament. This year’s Gold Cup is attracting 82 percent more viewers than the last tournament did in 2009. Saturday’s U.S.-Mexico final is expected to set a new record for viewers.

*Real Madrid have announced their travel roster for the three World Football Challenge games they will play in the U.S. this summer, including against the Galaxy July 16 at the Coliseum.

The squad (Spanish unless noted):

Goalkeepers – Iker Casillas, Antonio Adn.

Defenders – Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal), Pepe (Portugal), Sergio Ramos, Marcelo Viera (Brazil), Alvaro Arbeloa, Raul Albiol, Ezequiel Garay (Argentina), David Mateos

Midfielders – Fernando Gago (Argentina), Kak (Brazil), Lassana Diarra (France), Xabi Alonso, Sergio Canales, Pedro Len, Mesut zil (Germany), Sami Khedira (Germany), Hamit Altintop (Turkey), Nuri ahin (Turkey), Jos Callejn, Roysten Drenthe (Netherlands)

Forwards – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Karim Benzema (France), Esteban Granero.

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  • http://www.shorttermhousingdenver.com/ JoeyMas

    I’m glad they re-signed him. I was starting to question their reasoning skills when it came to new talent and retaining old talent