Galaxy get their guy: The Galaxy brain trust — Jovan Kirovski, Curt Onalfo, Pete Vagenas and Chris Klein — welcome French midfielder Romain Alessandrini to the club. (Photo courtesy LA Gakaxy).
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.
Read more from Staff Writer Damian Calhoun here.
A 2013 FIFA article had more on Alessandrini.
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.
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.
Imagine: How the Chargers’ fightforla website imagines an NFL game would look like at StubHub Center in Carson.
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:
Here are the dates the Chargers WON’T be playing in Carson:
(Photo courtesy StubHub Center).
Galaxy fans can watch the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal against the Colorado Rapids that kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday on the largest video screen in MLS from the newly-renovated Stadium Club at StubHub Center.
From the Galaxy press release:
Doors for the watch party will open at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. kickoff, with free parking available for all guests in attendance.
There will be various food options featured, with drink specials available for guests, including $2 beers, $5 Bloody Marys, $5 mimosas, coffee and soft drinks. The watch party will feature various prizes and giveaways for fans, with Cozmo and the LA Galaxy Star Squad set to be in attendance. Fans will also have the opportunity to take photographs with all five of the LA Galaxy’s MLS Cup trophies, which will be inside the Stadium Club. In addition to the LA Galaxy-Colorado Rapids match on GalaxyTV, there will also be NFL games shown on televisions inside the Stadium Club.
The Galaxy lead the two-game, aggregate score series 1-0.