In less than a week, the United States and Mexico will trim down their provisional rosters for the Oct. 10 showdown between the two federations at the Rose Bowl. After he was left off the team for two international friendlies earlier in the month, dos Santos is hopeful he can make the cut when rosters are trimmed Oct. 1.
“For me, it’s always a dream come true going to the national team,” dos Santos said Thursday after training with the LA Galaxy. “It’s only a pre list so hopefully I can be on the final list.”
Thursday was dos Santos’ first meeting with the media in almost exactly a month. In eight appearances with the Galaxy, he has scored three goals and notched six assists. In his six MLS caps, he has two goals and three assists, but the Galaxy have struggled offensively lately, not scoring a goal in MLS play since the 70th minute of a 5-1 shellacking of NYC FC on Aug. 23. The Galaxy came away from a CONCACAF Champions League game against Central FC on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw and resume MLS play Sunday against FC Dallas in a game that’s expecting a capacity crowd. It will be final game for dos Santos and the Galaxy before rosters are trimmed for the CONCACAF Cup game.
“I think I know I have to play a very good game before that game (on Oct. 10),” dos Santos said, “and hopefully I can show what I can bring to my national team.”