Former Galaxy great Landon Donovan isn’t ready to head into retirement just yet. Or is he?
On the United States of Soccer show with Jason Davis, Donovan said he will be playing in 2017, he’s just not sure yet.
“I will be playing soccer in 2017,” Donovan told Davis. “I don’t know if it will be in a rec league on Sundays or on a big national field in front of a lot of people.”
Recently, Donovan has been linked with a move to Real Salt Lake.
Donovan, 34, ended his brief retirement following the 2014 MLS Cup in September, joining the Galaxy for the end of the season.
The Galaxy continued to strengthen its midfield today, adding 23-year Portuguese midfielder Joao Pedro.
Pedro, who’s full name is Joao Pedro Almeida Machado, played with Vitoria Guimaraes of Portugal’s first division. He was added to the Galaxy as a Special Discovery Player through Target Allocation Money.
Pedro will occupy an international roster spot and will officially join the Galaxy pending the receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa.
“He’s an extremely talented midfielder who has experience playing at a high level in Portugal,” Galaxy general manager Peter Vagenas said. “He is only 23 years old and has the best years of his career front of him.
“We identified him as a top target this off-season and we think he can immediately help strengthen our midfield.”
Pedro has been with Vitoria Guimaraes since 2005.
Herculez Gomez, who led lead the Galaxy to the 2005 MLS and U.S. Open Cup, announced his retirement Tuesday.
Landover, MD – May 30, 2012 – FedExField: Herculez Gomez (9) of the US Men’s National Soccer Team during an international friendly match
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)
Gomez was with the Seattle Sounders last year, receiving his third MLS Cup title. His future will lead him to ESPN as a soccer studio analyst.
Gomez was also with the Galaxy for the 2002 MLS Cup.
Gomez will work on ESPN FC as well as studio analyst for the network’s coverage of MLS,U.S. Men’s National Team, and other international soccer competitions. On ESPN Deportes, he will appear on signature soccer studio programs Fuera de Juego and Futbol Picante.
He will debut today on ESPN FC.
Gomez played with five MLS teams: Galaxy (2002-06), Colorado (2007-08), Kansas City Wizards (2008-09), Toronto FC (2015) and the Sounders (2016). He also played with Puebla, Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos, Santos Laguna and Tijuana in Liga MX.
U.S. Soccer has announced that Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe has been added as a replacement for injured Seattle keeper Stefan Frei.
Frei suffered a right ankle sprain.
Rowe made 31 appearances last season, posting a 12-5-14 record with nine clean sheets for the Galaxy.
He joins David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) and Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls) as the keepers for the January camp.
The U.S. faces Serbia Jan. 29 in San Diego followed by Jamaica in Tennessee, Feb. 3
The Galaxy announced the signing of Galaxy II defender Hugo Arellano as a Homegrown Player, Friday.
Arellano, who is a product of the LA Galaxy Academy, is 18 years-old. He made eight appearances for Los Dos last year after signing his professional contract with the club in July.
“Hugo is a young, talented defender who we have seen develop as a member of our Academy and LA Galaxy II,” Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo said. “In addition to his time with Los Dos, he is highly regarded at the youth international level and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow both on and off the field as a member of the Galaxy.”
Arellano is from Norwalk and becomes the sixth Galaxy Homegrown Player on the first team roster, joining Gyasi Zardes, Jose Villarreal, Raul Mendiola, Bradford Jamieson IV and Jack McBean
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.
The Galaxy continued their off-season of promotions to fill out their coaching vacancies as they announced that Mike Munoz, previously a coach and Director of the the LA Galaxy Academy, has been named coach of Galaxy II (Los Dos) replacing Curt Onalfo.
Munoz had been with the Academy since 2013. The former Los Alamitos High product played with Chivas USA and the Galaxy during his MLS career.
“I am greatly honored and excited to take over as LA Galaxy II Head Coach,” Muñoz said. “I have an enormous amount of respect and gratitude for this club. We have a very young and talented roster that will continue to grow and develop as professionals that can ultimate benefit the LA Galaxy as they pursue more MLS Cups. I am thankful to Chris Klein, Peter Vagenas and Curt Onalfo for the opportunity and look forward to getting to work.”
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: