Missing star: Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, arguably the club’s biggest star – and box office draw – won’t play against the Galaxy later this month. The forward, who wants to exit the club, is seen here training with Argentina at Copa America (AP Photo).
*The Galaxy have released the squad for Manchester City’s U.S. tour.
City faces the San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps in the World Football Challenge before heading to Home Depot Center July 24 for a game against the Galaxy. Tickets start at $30.
Striker Carlos Tevez, who is the subject of a $80 million (or so) bid from Brazilian club Corinthians and wants to move back home to be closer to his family, is not on the roster. He is currently with Argentina at Copa America.
Here’s the squad for the reigning FA Cup holders:
GOALKEEPERS – Joe Hart, Eirik Johansen, Loris Karius, Stuart Taylor
DEFENDERS – Jrme Boateng, Dedryck Boyata, Gal Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Ryan McGivern, Micah Richards, Stefan Savi, Frederic Veseli
MIDFIELDERS – Gareth Barry, Nigel De Jong, Adam Johnson, Andrea Mancini, James Milner, David Silva, Denis Suarez, Yaya Tour, Vladimir Weiss, Shaun Wright-Phillips
FORWARDS – Mario Balotelli, Edin Deko, John Guidetti
*Former Galaxy and Chivas USA striker Alan Gordon is heading to his fourth MLS club in two years.
The Long Beach native was traded back to California today, joining the San Jose Earthquakes from Toronto in a deal that saw forward Ryan Johnson go in the opposite direction, while midfielder Jacob Peterson and defender Nana Attakora also made the move south.
“We are rebuilding the club and this deal was necessary to continue that process” said Toronto FC Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter.
Gordon has spent eight years in MLS, scoring 21 goals in 116 appearances including four in eight games this season.
The trade means Gordon is set to return to Home Depot Center Aug. 20 to face the Galaxy – unless he gets traded again.
*Speaking of former Galaxy personnel, Sigi Schmid has signed a contract extension with the Seattle Sounders that could bind him to the club through 2015.
“From the moment we hired Sigi I knew it was the right decision, and that he was the right man for this particular club,” said Adrian Hanauer, owner and general manager. “I feel that even more strongly today.
The two-time MLS Coach of the Year led the Galaxy to its first MLS Cup triumph in 2002.
Schmid, 58, grew up in Torrance and is the MLS career leader in wins with a 148-107-82 record.
*And while we’re hearing about Galaxy old boys, the last time I saw Pete Vagenas at a Galaxy practice this season he was just hoping to get back in MLS; now he has quite a different outlook on what really matters in life.