*Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens and Chivas USA utility man Jorge Villafaa were both named today to a 10-day training camp in Frisco, Tex., involving 23 players that begins Sunday.
Senior squad regulars Dallas’ Brek Shea and New York Red Bull Juan Aguedelo are among five newcomers to the roster.
The camp and a Feb. 23 game against their U-23 Mexican counterparts marks the final chance for players to impress Coach Caleb Porter ahead of Olympic qualifying, which begins March 22.
“I think Mexico is going to be about as close to a qualifying atmosphere as we can possibly get,” Porter said. “We’re going to have, for the most part, our entire group together for the first time.”
Goalkeepers – Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
Defenders – Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafaa (Chivas USA)
Midfielders – Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Gent), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy)
Forwards – Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia)
*The Galaxy beat Chivas USA 3-2 this morning in Carson. Pat Noonan, Adam Cristman and Dan Keat scored for the Galaxy as LA sprinted to a 3-0 lead at the half; Trialist Cesar Romero and Michael Lahoud replied for the Goats in the second 45 minutes.
*Single game Galaxy tickets went on sale today for the club’s 17 home MLS games starting at $30. Call 1-877-3GALAXY.
However, tickets for mini-plans, for as few as three games, start at $22 a game.
The Galaxy went undefeated at Home Depot Center last season.
*Landon Donovan was named Everton’s Player of the Month after assisting on five of Everton’s eight goals in January, and added another lovely dish against Chelsea last weekend. Donovan returns toi the Galaxy after Saturday’s fifth-round FA Cup match against Blackpool (live 6:30 a.m. Fox Soccer).
*The Premier Development League, which includes five teams in Southern California, released its 2012 season schedule today.
The season begins April 22 when the newly-named LA Misioneros (formerly LA Legends) visits the Fresno Fuego.
*Loyola Marymount University announced today its 11-member 2012 recruiting class, highlighted locally by Bay League Player of the Year Michael Meissner of Palos Verdes High.
“Michael is a very versatile and talented attacking player,” said Coach Paul Krumpe. “He is one of the top players in the South Bay, which is an area that has produced some of our best players. I expect him to be able to contribute in our midfield in a variety of positions.”