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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Curt Onalfo offers update on Pedro and Alessandrini

The Galaxy kicks off 2017 Tuesday with a preseason friendly against Club Tijuana.

New coach Curt Onalfo will not have either Joao Pedro or Romain Alessandrini available for selection. Neither has been in camp as they tend to obtaining their Visa.

Onalfo said he expects the situation to cleared up soon.

“They’ve both been approved with their work visas,” Onalfo said Monday. “It is just a matter of getting it in their hands and getting on a flight. We’re thinking in the case of Joao maybe a couple of days and for Alessandrini, probably a week.”

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Galaxy to make 2017 debut Tuesday night against Club Tijuana

The Galaxy will play their first match under new coach Curt Onalfo, Tuesday night at StubHub Center against Club Tijuana.

The match begins at 8 p.m.

Tijuana is currently tied with Pumas on nine points.

The Xolos have six Americans on the roster: defenders Michael Orozco and John Requejo, forward Amando Moreno and midfielders Joe Corona, Alejandro Guido and Paul Arriola.

Arriola played with the Galaxy from 2012-13.

 

 

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LA Galaxy top target Romain Alessandrini signs as designated player

alessandriniGalaxy get their guy: The Galaxy brain trust — Jovan Kirovski, Curt Onalfo, Pete Vagenas and Chris Klein — welcome French midfielder Romain Alessandrini to the club. (Photo courtesy LA Gakaxy).

I’m not sure the Galaxy have ever introduced a designated player with less fanfare, but the signing of French midfielder Romain Alessandrini was announced today with no press conference or media availability, which might have some relation to how many butts in seats a journeyman French midfielder who spent half his career in the lower leagues can realistically be expected to attract.

Read more from Staff Writer Damian Calhoun here.

A 2013 FIFA article had more on Alessandrini.

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U.S. Soccer releases final 23-man roster for upcoming friendlies

Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes and goalkeeper Brian Rowe were among the six players released back to their clubs from the U.S. Men’s National Team camp.

Zardes, who had missed the previous two days of training, has a “minor” right knee ussoccerlogocontusion and will not play in Sunday’s friendly against Serbia in San Diego or Jamaica, Feb. 3.

Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia), Will Trapp (Columbus) and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) were the other players sent back to their clubs, leaving the U.S. roster at 23.

“I have been extremely pleased with the effort and progress we have seen throughout the January Camp,” U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. “The entire pool of players has performed well and has made our roster decisions very difficult. We are excited to take the next step and look forward to the game against Serbia in San Diego.”

Here is the final roster:

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)

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Alan Gordon confirms he’s signing with Colorado

Galaxy fan favorite Alan Gordon confirmed in an Instagram post that he’s signing with the Colorado Rapids.

Gordon had two stints with the Galaxy. First from 2005-2010 and from 2014-2016. He scored 29 goals with the club.

Note: Colorado confirmed the signing Monday morning.

"I cannot say goodbye to those whom I have grown to love, the memories we have made will last a lifetime, and will never know a goodbye" I want to thank Chris Klein, Bruce Arena and the entire Galaxy @lagalaxy family for giving me another opportunity to represent the club that I love. Thank you to all my galaxy teammates who I will truly miss. You've pushed me and inspired me to be a man I didn't know Was possible for me. You have a brother for life. And now to @angelcitybrigade @lariotsquad and every galaxy fan. We have been through a lot. Thank you first for your forgiveness. Second, for your love and support. I will always cherish the memories we made on the field and the beers we drank everywhere else. Until we meet again. But With every ending is a new beginning. I'm excited and thankful for the opportunity the @coloradorapids have given me and hope to contribute to the successes of both the team and organization. Much love, Gordo

A photo posted by Alan Gordon (@alangordon9) on

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Landon Donovan: I will be playing soccer in 2017

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 Landonlegendsaid 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.

 

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Galaxy adds Portuguese midfielder to roster

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. JP

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.

 

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