ICYMI: Reaction to a wretched LA Galaxy performance against the Seattle Sounders

Galaxy beat writer Damian Calhoun described Sunday’s pitiful performance by the Galaxy against the previously unimpressive Seattle Sounders as “disappointing“; in contrast, much of the other reaction out there was considerably less charitable.

You can read my take on the LA Galaxy in my 100 Percent Soccer column Thursday.

In the meantime, gnaw on this:

(The shuttle doesn’t operate until after the 90 minutes are up; I left at half time explaining that the game really was over, but no bus was available. A kindly supervisor spared me from watching the rest of the second half though, giving me a ride to my car at Harbor Gateway Transit Center).

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Dos Santos brothers launch their first soccer camp in Los Angeles

Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos will hold their first official soccer camp, July 24-28 at the Toyota Sports Complex (555 Maple Ave, Torrance CA 90503).

The brothers aim to provide the opportunity to boys and girls between the ages six-16 to enjoy high performance training, based on the values and methods that the they have acquired throughout their careers.

The program has been designed and will be conducted by their father, former professional player and Technical Director of the project Zizinho dos Santos.

Participants will be able to register online at www.2santosofficial.com. Fans can follow @2SantosWorld on social media for exclusive content, updates and information about the project and the Dos Santos brothers.

The camp will be two sessions, from 8:30 a.m. -noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

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Kevin Hartman named director of LA Galaxy Girls Academy

Former Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was named Director of the LA Galaxy Girls Academy, Monday.

The Galaxy are the first team in MLS to operate fully-funded Girls Academy teams, with play beginning in the Fall.

“This club has meant so much to me throughout my career and I am deeply humbled to be able to lead this unique, innovative and monumental initiative from the LA Galaxy,” Hartman said. “Development among youth soccer players is critical, and providing the appropriate resources and platforms to facilitate that development is an important step. I am thrilled to be a part of implementing a structure for girls throughout Southern California to develop to grow and develop in a professional environment free of charge.”

Hartman was a member of the Galaxy from 1997-2006, making 243 appearances and winning two MLS Cup (2002 and 2005).

The academy will consist of players from the U-14 to U-19 level, competing in the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy League. Each team will consist of up to 23 players from within a 75-mile radius of StubHub Center, home of the Galaxy.

The U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy League focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to maximize elite female youth player development. Increasing the training to game ratio, playing fewer but more meaningful games and providing assistance for coaching education and development are just some of the standards and best practices the program will promote.

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Galaxy Tuesday update: Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy retires, Manchester United tickets go on sale

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The week ahead for the Galaxy: Orlando City SC

The Galaxy will look to build off of last Friday’s 2-0 victory over Montreal when they visit Orlando City SC, Saturday (Noon; Fox/11).

Orlando City SC defeated the New York Red Bulls 1-0, Sunday. Servando Carrasco scored the lone goal.

Orlando City has scored just four goals this season, but they’ve certainly made them count. They’re 3-1 and in second place in the East. All three victories have come at home.

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Sebastian Lletget feeling good despite injury setback and upcoming surgery

Sebastian Lletget rode the emotional roller coaster during the World Cup qualifier against Honduras in San Jose.

One moment he was celebrating the opening goal that he scored that he scored in the fifth minute and less than 15 minutes later he was being subbed off following a left foot injury.

The injury turned out to be a Lisfranc injury, forcing Lletget to the sidelines for 4-6 months. Surgery was set for Wednesday.

“I know it is bad luck, but it is part of the game,” Lletget said Tuesday. “It took me a couple of days to really process everything, but I feel better now and I’m looking forward to just getting to that rehab stage.

“It is going to be a learning process for me.”

Lletget a San Francisco native, scored the goal in front of family and friends in attendance at Avaya Stadium.

“The first couple of days it was just so hard,” he said. “It was like did that even happened? It was a lot go through, but with anything in this sport, you go around and ask a lot of guys, especially the older ones, they’ve had a lot of setbacks in their careers and they’ve comeback stronger. I’m going to take their advice.”

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Galaxy defender Hugo Arellano called into U.S. U-20 camp

Galaxy defender Hugo Arellano was on the 25-man U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team roster that coach Tab Ramos has assembled in London. The camp is the first international training camp of the year as the U.S. begins preparations for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea next month.

The U.S. is grouped with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia.

Cal goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann (Newport Beach) is also on the roster.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), James Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.), Justin Vom Steeg (Fortuna Dusseldorf; Santa Barbara, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion F.C.; Allentown, Pa.), Marcello Borges (University of Michigan; Kearny, N.J.), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), John Nelson (Internationals SC; Medina, OH), Keaton Parks (Plano, Texas; Unattached), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC; Arlington, Mass.), Brandon Terwege (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Bridgeview, IL), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, IN), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Bridgeview, Ill.), James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday F.C.; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Yosef Samuel (Bethlehem Steel FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.)

FORWARDS (6): Sebastien Des Pres (Blackpool FC; San Diego, Calif.), Felipe Hernandez (Swope Park Rangers; Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC, Tucker, Ga.), Stephen Payne (Estoril Praia; Birmingham, Ala.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Columbus, OH), Mason Toye (PDA, South Orange, N.J.)

 

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Galaxy weekend preview: Galaxy receive good news for a change on injury front

The Galaxy is in Vancouver tonight for a meeting with the Whitecaps. Tonight, could be the first time this season and first time since last August that the club could have Giovani Dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes on the field together.

Curt Onalfo said both are available. Dos Santos said he’s 100 percent. Zardes said he’s healthy and ready to go.

The Galaxy is on turf tonight and that could ultimately be the deciding factor if Onalfo uses both players.

Tune in at 7 on Spectrum SportsNet and see who will be in the starting 11.

Game day reading:

Sebastian Lletget to undergo surgery

Return of Dos Santos and Zardes will benefit Galaxy

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