Galaxy facing injury concerns as preseason continues

The start of the 2017 season is quickly approaching and the Galaxy might be without two returning starters for the March 4 opener.

Forward Gyasi Zardes, who missed the end of the regular season after suffering a broken bone in his right foot in August, recently had “minor” surgery on his right knee, coach Curt Onalfo confirmed Tuesday.

Zardes originally injured the knee during training camp with the U.S. Men’s National Team, forcing him to miss the two friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica.

“He’s progressing fine with his rehab,” Onalfo said. “Hopefully, he’ll be able to start moving early next week.”

Defender Robbie Rogers is bothered by an ankle injury that has kept him off of the training field.

“He’s still recovering from his ankle surgery,” Onalfo said of Rogers. “I don’t anticipate him to be available to start the season.”

Rafael Garcia has replaced Rogers at right back in each of the two preseason games so far.

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Jermaine Jones feeling fine ahead of upcoming season

The Galaxy 2017 season could hinge on the health of midfielder Jermaine Jones.

Jones, 35, joined the club after a shortened 2016 with the Colorado Rapids. Jones played in just five regular season games last year and four playoff appearances. He totaled three goals and two assists.

He’s played 45 minutes in the Galaxy’s first preseason game and 62 in last Saturday’s game against San Jose.

As he prepares for the upcoming season, Jones said he’s feeling great.

“I really don’t feel 35,” Jones said Tuesday. “When you’re around with the young ones, you feel always young. Then I have five kids at home, they always keep me young too. I would say I’m 29-30, maybe.

“To be honest, I feel really good and I think my numbers always show that I’m still in the shape that I can go.”always feel young.”

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Galaxy preseason report: San Jose scores late goal to down Galaxy

Olmes Garcia scored in the 89th minute to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 victory over the Galaxy at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

Joao Pedro made his preseason debut for the Galaxy. Giovani dos Santos returned to the Galaxy and the starting lineup after playing with Mexico in a midweek friendly.

Here is how the Galaxy starting XI looked:

 

 

 

 

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Galaxy takes preseason trip to Las Vegas

The California Clasico hits Las Vegas this weekend as the Galaxy and San Jose meet in a preseason contest Saturday from Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

Last year, the Galaxy defeated the Earthquakes, 1-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,500.

Tickets start at $20, but there will be a $5 increase on the day of the game. Visit www.californiaclasico.com for more information

The starting 11 went 45 minutes for the Galaxy in Tuesday’s 1-1 against Club Tijuana. Coach Curt Onalfo plans to increase that time tonight.

“We’re two weeks in so 45 minutes is perfect,” he said. “The goal by the end of this week is to push to 60 and then keep moving it up to 90.”

 

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Galaxy forward Ariel Lassiter looking to grow from Tuesday’s preseason opener

With forwards Giovani dos Santos (international call-up) and Gyasi Zardes (knee) not available for Tuesday’s preseason friendly against Club Tijuana, the Galaxy turned to the “kids” at the starting forward positions.

Temecula’s Ariel Lassiter, 22, and Newport Beach’s Jack McBean,22, both started at forward and went the first 45 minutes.

It was fitting that both Lassiter and McBean opened the preseason in the starting lineup. They’re both in seemingly the same position as the season approaches. The Galaxy will be looking for someone to pick up the slack from the departure of Alan Gordon, Robbie Keane and Mike Magee.

Forwards Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes will carry the brunt of the offense, but if both are taken away for national team duty, then opportunities will be there for Lassiter and McBean to pick up the slack.

“It was OK,” Lassiter said of his performance Tuesday. “I would have liked to get more chances on the ball, but I think that’s all part of preseason and all a part of us being on the pitch for the first together and getting chemistry together and just being able to find each other in the right spots. I’m sure we will and I think toward the end of the first half, the first group, we started get a little bit of a rhythm. I think against San Jose it will be better.

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Galaxy II coaching staff finalized

The coaching staff for LA Galaxy II was finalized Wednesday.

Mike Munoz was hired recently as coach to replace Curt Onalfo. Laurent Courtois and Claine Plummer were added to the staff. Plummer will take role of Goalkeeper coach.

Courtois, 38, was a player/coach for the team’s first season in 2014. His professional career dates back to 1998, with stops at AC Ajaccio, Toulouse, Istres, Grenoble and Lyon. He also played in the Premier League with West Ham United and Spain with Levante.

Plummer has had coaching stops with Chivas USA, Cal State LA, UCLA, Chicago Fire Academy, Jamaican National Team and Real Salt Lake Academy. As a player, he was a member of A.D. Limonese in the Costa Rican First Division after four years as a starting goalkeeper for Cal State LA.

“Laurent is a great addition to our staff, not only because of his extensive experience in soccer, but also his experience with soccer in Los Angeles,” Muñoz said. “With our goalkeeping position, Claine’s wide range of experience and success coaching soccer at the youth and collegiate level is going to make him a very effective piece of this staff.”

Los Dos will kick off the 2017 campaign at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium on Saturday, March 25 when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.

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