LA Galaxy to introduce Giovani Dos Santos at 1 p.m. Tuesday live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet

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Mexican star Giovani Dos Santos will be introduced to fans and the media at 1 p.m. Tuesday in a press conference from the club’s plush Stadium Club that will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.

The press conference follows the former English Premier League player’s first practice session with the club.

Dos Santos “will be available for selection” Thursday for the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign opener against Central FC of Trinidad & Tobago, Galaxy officials said today

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Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts returns to LA Galaxy on salary cap roundabout as Jaime Penedo exits club

drickettsRicketts’ Returns: Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is back with the Galaxy for their late-season MLS drive. (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy).

Donovan Ricketts’ LA Galaxy goalkeeping career ended because of salary cap issues; now it may resume for the same reason as first-choice goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and his $178,125,00 salary exits the club by mutual agreement.

The deal was “announced” — I’m not kidding — by Steven Gerrard who let it slip during an interview last night during the MLS All-Star game telecast. Coach Bruce Arena later confirmed the negotiations.

Ricketts, who made 70 appearances for the Galaxy between 2009 and 2011 — second most for a club netminder after Kevin Hartman, — was making $260,000 a year with Orlando.

So how does the deal pencil out for the Galaxy if Ricketts makes more than Penedo, who made a total of 54 Galaxy appearances?

Because it turns out, “a portion” of Ricketts’ salary with Orlando is being paid by his previous club, the Portland Timbers. Assume Orlando are doing the same to unload Ricketts to the Galaxy.

I’m guessing the Galaxy could be on the hook for only something like $65,000-$70,000 for Ricketts until the end of the year.

That’s good business for the club.

They get rid of a goalkeeper who clearly did not enjoy Arena’s full confidence and trust this season — Penedo made 16 appearances this season — for a 38-year-old who backstopped the Galaxy to an MLS Cup in 2011.

As a Daily Breeze colleague remarked it’s a typical piece of Bruce business. Ricketts’ replacement in the starting XI with the Galaxy was Josh Saunders; he made just over $77,000 in 2012 with the Galaxy.

“Donovan is one of the most experienced and successful goalkeepers in MLS,” said Arena. “He is familiar with our team and has proven to be a player capable of winning championships. We are happy that he is once again a member of the LA Galaxy and look forward to his contributions to our club.”

Nearing age 40, Ricketts is clearly a short-term solution for the Galaxy, but one Arena clearly believes could result in another MLS Cup this year.

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MLS All-Star Game Video Preview: Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard withdraw from contest at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Tottenham Hotspur on Fox Sports 1 and UniMas

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Galaxy duo Gyasi Zardes (four goals and two assists in 18 games this season) and midfielder Juninho (four goals and three assists in 23 games this season) replaced Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard on the MLS All-Star Game roster today after the veterans withdrew through injury.

You can bet coach Bruce Arena didn’t want to see his fragile veterans play an unnecessary game, Commish picks or no.

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ICYMI Monday Video Rewind: Mexico wins Gold Cup, Andrea Pirlo’s stunning MLS debut and more

GCMexicoMagnífico Mexico: Mexico jolted Jamaica’s unlikely Gold Cup hoes with a 3-1 victory Sunday in Philadelphia (Associated Press Photo).

Read the game story here. And circle Oct. 9 on your calendar.

Think Steven Gerrard had a great MLS debut for the Galaxy the other week? Then check out the second half eight-goal explosion that occurred when former Juventus midfielder played his first game Sunday for NYCFC:

As for the Galaxy, LA lost on the road 3-0 to Houston. It’s now about 10 months since the Galaxy won away from home if I recall correctly. And no, you don’t want to see highlights.

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Weekend TV Soccer Schedule: MLS, World Cup draw, Gold Cup and the return of Liga MX

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Kickoff is at 6 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.

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Kickoff is at 4:45 p.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1

A complete Liga MX TV schedule is here.

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Video Highlights: Barcelona fans subsidize MLS as LA Galaxy lose another meaningless, expensive exhibition game

GerrardheaderOver their heads: Steven Gerrard needed the minutes Tuesday (Photo by Staff Photographer Keith Birmingham).

Can you hear Galaxy fans now: Thanks, Eurosnobs!

Hey, someone has to pay those massive contracts to the likes of Steven Gerrard and Giovani Dos Santos.

Game story.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena put the exhibition game in perspective, observing that unlike last year’s crushing loss to Manchester United, “we are not embarrassed at all by our performance.”

“I think us playing our full team for 90 minutes doesn’t mean a thing and a win in these games as opposed to a loss is insignificant, I don’t think it matters,” he said. “Did you see us play Juventus two years ago? Were you standing up and shouting that our league is great because we won an exhibition against Juventus? It is an exhibition, relax. It is good for both teams. I think tonight was good for the fans, mission accomplished. We have a more important game on Saturday; we are trying to get our team ready for that.

The Galaxy play the Dynamo in Houston Saturday.

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Whittier artist-illustrator Dave Walston captures LA Galaxy players in caricature

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Whittier artist Dave Walston kindly allowed us to feature some of his excellent work here. Check out his website for more.

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I’ll let you decide who the last two are of after the jump.

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Video Preview: 2015 MLS All-Star Game features LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane against former club Tottenham Hotspur at 6 p.m. July 29 on Fox Sports 1

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Capital Cities will play a free concert in Denver Sunday ahead of the MLS All-Star Game the following Wednesday. The roster for that game was announced Saturday with Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Steven Gerrard (a Commissioner’s Pick along with NYCFC’s Frank Lampard, natch) representing the Galaxy.

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