Lots of news out of a just-concluded Galaxy teleconference call with GM and Coach Bruce Arena that included:
*Confirmation the Galaxy will formally announce the signing of Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas, 30, in the next few days. Arena saw the Alajuelense player twice this year in person when the Costa Ricans played the Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League and was impressed by the “experienced two-way player.”
*David Beckham going to French club Paris Saint-Germain is not yet a “done deal” despite reports from the French press today that a lucrative contract with the team is almost finalized. Arena said the Galaxy remain “keenly interested in keeping the player here.”
*The Galaxy extending contract offers to a pair of Academy players. My sources tell me that one of them is Inglewood’s Jose Villarreal who has been a busy lad this year playing with the U.S. Under-23 team, while also training in Europe with Belgium’s KV Westerlo (who eventually took a pass at this time), Denmark’s Brondby and Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen, Bochum and Kaiserslautern.
Brondby and a couple of Belgium clubs remain interested and I’m told the midfielder is “weighing his options.”
*No decision has yet been made on whether out of contract veteran Jovan Kirovski will return to the club.
*Word the Galaxy have extended contract offers to Sean Franklin and Juninho; the players are mulling their options and Franklin could decide this week.
*That the Galaxy picked the players they did in the Re-Entry Draft because, “we were able to select some players for some positions we needed cover for,” Arena said. The Galaxy have seven days to reach an agreement with the players on a new contract before they can look elsewhere.
“If we get some of them or all of them (signed) they all will be a positive asset for our team,” Arena added.
*Confirmation reserve striker Adam Cristman remains on the Galaxy roster.