Kaka, Orlando City
Chris Wondolowski, San Jose
Frank Lampard, New York City FC
Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake
Giovani dos Santos, LA Galaxy
Although the LA Galaxy didn’t make a selection on the first day of the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, the club announced two new signings, including 21-year-old forward Emmanuel Boateng.
After featuring for Sweden’s Helsingborgs IF, Boateng, a native of Ghana, will be added to LA’s roster as international, pending visa and transfer certificate approval.
“Emmanuel is a talented, young, attacking player who will add valuable depth to our offense,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. “He will continue to develop as a player and we are excited to add him to our roster.”
Boateng was named 2012 Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year while attending the Cate School, a boarding school in Carpinteria. He earned a scholarship to the school at 15 years old after joining the Right to Dream Academy, a soccer development program in Africa.
He played one year of soccer at UC Santa Barbara and signed his first professional contract with Helsingborgs in 2013. He scored four goals in 37 appearances with the club.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena traded his highest MLS SuperDraft pick since 2009 on Thursday, shipping the 12th overall selection to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for targeted allocation money (TAM).
TAM was introduced last year to add financial flexibility for clubs to sign players for more money without affecting the salary cap. Continue reading
The LA Galaxy announced the signing of forward Mike Magee on Thursday, welcoming the MLS veteran back to the team for his second stint.
Magee played in LA from 2009-13, winning two MLS Cups with the Galaxy before joining the Chicago Fire. He returns to LA after three years with the Fire, including a MLS MVP-winning campaign in 2013.
— Mike Magee (@magee9) January 14, 2016
“Mike has shown that he is one of the most versatile and effective players in our league,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. “He is familiar with our club and will be a key part of our team on and off the field. We look forward to Mike joining to our roster.”
Magee was traded to the Fire, his hometown team, in 2013 in exchange for Robbie Rogers, who recently signed a contract extension with the Galaxy. Magee has scored 64 goals in 286 MLS appearances in his 13-year career, adding 34 assists.
The Galaxy officially announced the re-signing of forward Alan Gordon on Monday, confirming an Instagram post the 34-year-old posted over the weekend. Gordon was part of MLS’ first-ever free-agency class, but was considered a favorite to re-sign with LA during the offseason.
In 29 appearances and seven starts, Gordon scored five MLS goals last year, three of which came in game-winning fashion. He also scored four goals in CONCACAF Champions League play.
He started his MLS career with the Galaxy in 2004, but bounced to Chivas USA, Toronto FC and San Jose before rejoining the Galaxy midway through the 2014 season. He earned a call-up to the U.S. men’s national team in 2015 for the Gold Cup, appearing in a semifinal match against Jamaica. He’s on the roster for the national team’s 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.
The Galaxy have 24 of their 28 roster spots filled after Gordon’s signing.
— @XolosOfficial (@xolosofficial) January 7, 2016
— Omar Gonzalez (@Omar4Gonzalez) December 31, 2015
What a day today. January 8️⃣ our Opening Game and My Birthday as well. ⚽️8️⃣. Very Happy with all that's happening in my life. #27
— Juninho (@Juninho8TJ) January 8, 2016
No guarantee either will start or even get on the field, but would be interesting to see two former Galaxy guys face off.
In other notable Liga MX games this opening weekend, Club America plays Puebla at 3 p.m. Saturday on Univision, while Chivas faces Veracruz at 3 p.m. Sunday on Univision Deportes.
LAFC announced its crest and colors yesterday in a carefully scripted press conference that also included two new owners in actor Will Ferrell and video game mogul Brandon Beck. It was quite the affair: There were streamers, chants and a Lakers drum.
Next, there will a stadium, an academy and eventually a team for LAFC. U.S. Soccer great and LAFC co-owner Mia Hamm hopes the club will also bring a women’s team to Los Angeles.
“I know it’s a business, but if there’s any place in the country that has a fan base and support, it’ll be here in L.A., in Southern California,” Hamm said Thursday after the press conference. Continue reading
MLS released its 2016 full schedule on Thursday. The season kicks off with 10 games on Sunday, March 6, and wraps with another (hopefully) epic Decision Day with all 10 games kicking off at the same time.
The LA Galaxy start their season with a home match against DC United at 7 p.m., and close the regular season at home against FC Dallas.
LA plays rival San Jose three times (on the road March 19 and June 25 and at home May 22). The Galaxy play their first two games against Western Conference foe Seattle on the road (July 9 and July 31) and host the Sounders on Sept. 25.
“Jeff is an experienced and proven midfielder in our league,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. “He gives our team another veteran presence on the field and in the locker room. We are excited to add Jeff to our roster and look forward to his contribution this season.”
Larentowicz, 32, figures to be the replacement for Juninho, who was transfered to Liga MX side Club Tijuana last month. Larentowicz, an 11-year MLS veteran, is part of the league’s first free agency class. The midfielder has previously played for the New England Revolution, Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire.
The Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes was included in the roster for the annual USMNT camp in Carson that starts next week as was a whole bunch of youngsters with an average player age of just 24.
“We start out our year with a January camp where we give the opportunity to the next wave of players to come in and make an impression and see if they are ready to step it up into international level, if they are ready to understand what it takes to become a National Team player,” said Klinsmann. “This camp will be a little bit different because we’re going to mix it almost half-and-half with senior players that are already National Team players or some that are older and maybe get the chance to play their first cap, and a lot of the Under-23 players that hopefully qualify us for Rio de Janeiro. This will be more of an identification camp and a development camp. We want to give those players a head start into their very busy year 2016, but we also want to make it clear to them that it’s a huge opportunity that you have to understand what it takes to step it up and to become an international-level player.”
From the Galaxy press release:
Zardes earns the call up after making 19 appearances for the USMNT in 2015, tying Claudio Reyna’s 1994 record for most caps by a U.S. player in their debut year with the National Team. He earned his first-ever call up to the USMNT during last year’s January camp and made his first start at StubHub Center in a 2-0 win over Panama, where he provided the game-winning assist to Clint Dempsey. In all, the Galaxy Homegrown Player score three goals and added three assists for the U.S. in 2015. Last season in MLS play, Zardes finished the campaign with six goals and four assists, bringing his Galaxy total to 26 goals and 10 assists in three seasons with the club.
The U.S. concludes camp with friendles against Iceland (12:45 p.m. Jan. 31 ESPN2) and Canada (7:15 p.m. Feb. 5 Fox Sports 1, UniMás, UDN).