Tuesday’s column: Galaxy’s Juninho combines style and substance

i-6612a0951672d639855f01eee66ae958-juninhorogers.jpgGalaxy mifielder Juninho fends off the Columbus Crew’s Robbie Rogers; the Brazilian has become a fixture in the starting lineup this season combining flair with sheer hard work (AP Photo).

The Galaxy are fielding nominations from the media for the team MVP and defender of the Year awards that will be handed out at the final home game of the season.

And while there isn’t a category for it, if they were Juninho would get my vote as the most improved Galaxy player this season. Read more here.

Despite the absence tonight of some big name players,in the wake of Saturday’s win over Real Salt Lake the Galaxy can wrap up the regular season title against the Red Bulls tonight (5 o’clock ESPN2) who are struggling to make the playoffs.

Also, a familiar name for Galaxy fans is replacing Landon Donovan on the USMNT roster for its two upcoming friendlies.

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  • S & E Down

    He is my MVP. I had to defend him when people were asking for his head last year. I remember asking him why so many Brazilian midfielders are named Juninho. He said because we are intelligent. Touch.

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    He is my MVP. I had to defend him when people were asking for his head last year. I remember asking him why so many Brazilian midfielders are named Juninho. He said because we are intelligent. Touch.

  • S & E Down

    He is my MVP. I had to defend him when people were asking for his head last year. I remember asking him why so many Brazilian midfielders are named Juninho. He said because we are intelligent. Touch.

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    He is my MVP. I had to defend him when people were asking for his head last year. I remember asking him why so many Brazilian midfielders are named Juninho. He said because we are intelligent. Touch.

  • UCLABZ

    My question is how are they going to keep him once his contract is up? They are paying him pennies on the dollar currently (I think I remember 100K guaranteed salary). The good news for the Galaxy is (as far as I have heard) the rest of the soccer world is unaware how good this kid is.