*If, like me, you took advantage of the holiday break and headed for areas of the state less traveled this weekend, here’s a quick look at local soccer happenings over the long weekend:
*First off, the MLS Supplemental Draft gets under way at 11 a.m. today.
*The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan got an assist in an otherwise dreary
2-0 win Everton-Aston Villa 1-1 draw this weekend, in a game that also saw teammate Robbie Keane make his loan debut fo Villa as a sub. Former Galaxy striker Edson Buddle is also joining Donovan at Everton, albeit on a week-long trial.
*The Galaxy also confirmed Friday that defender Omar Gonzalez will miss seven to nine months after undergoing ACL surgery Friday in Santa Monica, an injury sustained in his first training session on loan in Germany.
*Meanwhile, fellow Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza is in camp with the U.S. National Team, which played the senior squqad in a Home Depot center scrimmage this weekend:
*USWNT Coach Pia Sundhage named 19 players from the World Cup squad to the 20-player Olympic qualifying roster announced this weekend, adding WPS top draft pick Sydney Leroux of UCLA to the mix.
*Chivas USA, which begain pre-season training Monday, announced the rest of their pre-season match schedule before heading to Portland for a previously announced tournament Feb. 27 through March 4:
*Friday, Jan. 27 vs. Ventura Fusion, Time TBD, Oxnard.
*Friday, Feb. 3 vs. FC Hasental, Time TBD, Home Depot Center.
*Tuesday, Feb. 7 vs. Colorado Rapids, Time TBD, Location TBD
*Saturday, Feb. 11 vs. Chicago Fire, Time TBD, Location TBD
*Thursday, Feb.16 vs. Galaxy, Time TBD, HDC.
*Wednesday, Feb. 22 vs. Club Tijuana Xolos, Time TBD, San Diego.
*Lastly, apologies to those of you who follow me at Twitter.com@LAsoccerblog and were subjected to spam this weekend after my account was hacked. Hopefully that has now subsided.