From the press release:
The stellar list of Mexican players features seven FIFA World Cup veterans, including LA Galaxy’s 2016 top scorer Giovani dos Santos, national team captain and Atlas defender Rafa Marquez, and Cruz Azul Goalkeeper and Olympic Gold Medalist Jesús Corona –joined by fellow Cup veterans Alfredo Talavera, Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala and Alan Pulido.
Also on the roster are top Liga MX stars, including Tigres midfielder Jürgen Damm and Pachuca forward Hirving Lozano, who was a key player in his team’s Clausura 2016 title victory.
Here’s the full roster:
Goalkeepers: Hugo González (Monterrey), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul)
Defenders: Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Rafael Márquez (Atlas), Nestor Araujo (Club Santos), Jesús Gallardo (Pumas), Oswaldo Alanís (Chivas Guadalajara), Luis Reyes (Atlas), Jürgen Damm (Tigres), Raúl López (Pachuca)
Midfielders: Jesús Molina (Monterrey), Jesús Dueñas (Tigres), Edson Álvarez (Club América), Orbelín Pineda (Chivas Guadalajara), Érick Gutiérrez (Pachuca)
Forwards: Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy/EE.UU.), Luis Montes (Club León), Angel Zaldivar (Chivas Guadalajara), Alan Pulido (Chivas Guadalajara), Hirving Lozano (Club Pachuca), Elías Hernandez (Club León)
I’m not sure the Galaxy have ever introduced a designated player with less fanfare, but the signing of French midfielder Romain Alessandrini was announced today with no press conference or media availability, which might have some relation to how many butts in seats a journeyman French midfielder who spent half his career in the lower leagues can realistically be expected to attract.
Looks like LA & MLS had to up the offer a bit to get it over the line. I'm told transfer fee is $1.75 million w/salary of $2 million. https://t.co/qbLsKYEjvf
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 31, 2017
And with the above image used in a Galaxy tweet Friday, one of the longest-serving LA players ever — highly-regarded and popular defender AJ DeLaGarza — was gone, heading for the Houston Dynamo for a combined $175,000 in allocation money.
“This decision was extremely difficult to make,” Galaxy General Manager Peter Vagenas said. “A.J. is a champion and will always mean so much to this club, this city and our fans. We thank him for his many contributions to the Galaxy and know he will forever be a part of our family. With that said, we feel that this will give us flexibility to strengthen our roster going forward with the use of additional allocation money.”
From the Galaxy press release:
DeLaGarza was drafted by the Galaxy in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and has been with the club for eight seasons, making 204 appearances and 196 starts in MLS Regular Season matches and 16 appearances and 13 starts in the MLS Cup Playoffs. He will join the Dynamo as a three-time MLS Cup winner as a member of the Galaxy (2011, 2012, 2014).
The defender is one of just five players to make over 200 appearances for the Galaxy, alongside Cobi Jones, Landon Donovan, Kevin Hartman, and Mauricio Cienfuegos.
The trade must have come as quite a shock to DeLaGarza; he hasn’t Tweeted in reaction to the trade.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 14, 2017
Finally, according to MLS the No. 1 rule of the draft is follow your local team. Apparently, no-one told the Galaxy that; they have no picks.
Logan Pause, who served as head coach of the Chicago Fire’s PDL affiliate, while also an assistant coach with the senior squad after a 12-year MLS playing career, has joined the OC Blues team, as head coach, the USL club announced today.
“We went through an exhaustive search over the last couple of months to identify a head coach who not only could succeed in the USL, but also understands the importance of developing talented professional soccer players within Orange County and for our partner club LAFC,” GM Oliver Wyss said. “We feel that Logan is the prototype of what we were looking for based on his experience, passion, work ethic and commitment to the community.”
The Blues have struggled for market visibility since the club began playing in 2011, are now under new ownership and are affiliated with MLS expansion club LAFC.
The Blues attracted just over 1,000 fans a game last season in Irvine, one of the lowest home averages in the USL.
A rebranding is under way.
Galaxy fans are not reacting well to the news that lumbering pointy-ball players will rip up their pristine soccer field that will now be marred by ten yard lines all over the place:
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 12, 2017
I would rather have the monster truck rally every week at StubHub Center than have the Chargers play on that sacred pitch. #LAGalaxy
— LA Galaxy Outsider (@LAGoutsider) January 12, 2017
Here are the dates the Chargers WON’T be playing in Carson:
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 12, 2017
— Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90) January 12, 2017
— Ike D (@IkeDOfficial) January 12, 2017
Chargers say StubHub Center will seat 30,000. Smallest venue in the league this season was Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum at 53,286.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) January 12, 2017
— Sasha Jovanovic (@sasha_civic_gis) January 12, 2017
The Raiders just added a 9th home game to their 2017 schedule. #StubHubCenter
— XTRA 1360 (@XTRA1360) January 12, 2017
So, the Chargers are going to inhabit the Galaxy’s Stub Hub center. we all know how much NFL/MLS grass surfaces mix! whee!!
— 3rd Degree (@3rdDegreeNet) January 12, 2017
— Angel City Brigade (@ACBrigade) January 12, 2017
— Sev Sarkissian (@sevsarkissian) December 31, 2016
Man people seem like they're in a pretty good mood today it's almost like THE GALAXY HAVE TO SHARE THEIR STADIUM WITH THE CHARGERS HAHAHHAHA
— colton kiser (c) (@coltonkiser_) January 12, 2017
Chargers move to Los Angeles, move into the Galaxy's stadium, and then change team name to Chivas NFL.
— Steven Sandor (@stevensandor) January 12, 2017
— Dom (@lovsicfrs) January 12, 2017