Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe added to U.S. Soccer camp

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.ussoccerlogo

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

 

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Galaxy sign Homegrown Player Hugo Arellano

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 galaxyJuly.

“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

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Long-serving LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza traded to Houston Dynamo

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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.

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Watch the Major Soccer League draft live beginning at noon from the Los Angeles Convention Center here

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Read Staff Writer Damian Calhoun’s take on the Southern California hopefuls who could be drafted today.

Read more here about Thursday’s the National Womens Soccer League draft, which was held Thursday in Los Angeles.

Here’s a list of draft prospects.

Finally, according to MLS the No. 1 rule of the draft is follow your local team. Apparently, no-one told the Galaxy that; they have no picks.

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Mike Munoz named new coach of Galaxy II

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. galaxy

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.”

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Galaxy in damage control mode as soccer fans protest San Diego Chargers move to Carson and MLS schedule released

chargersstubhub 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:

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100 Percent Soccer column: As Bruce Arena swaps Galaxy for faltering U.S. national team what now for club and country?

The U.S. Men's soccer team practice with Coach Bruce Arena at StubHub Center in Carson.  Photos by Brad Graverson/SCNG/01-11-17

The U.S. Men’s soccer team practice with Coach Bruce Arena at StubHub Center in Carson. Photos by Brad Graverson/SCNG/01-11-17

Read Staff Writer Damian Calhoun’s take on the opening day of the USMNT camp in Carson at StubHub Center.

Read the inaugural 100 Percent Soccer column of 2017 and my take on what Arena’s move means here.

And see Staff Photographer Brad Graverson’s images of the first day on the field for the USMNT squad here.

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Gyasi Zardes and Sebastian Lletget receive call-ups for U.S. National Team camp

Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes and midfielder Sebastian Lletget were among the 32 players that received invites to the U.S. Men’s National Team camp.

The camp begins Jan. 10 at StubHub Center. The U.S. will play its first friendly under new galaxycoach Bruce Arena, Jan. 29 against Serbia in San Diego.

Also on the roster is midfielder Jermaine Jones. The Galaxy acquired the rights to Jones last month, but have yet to finalize a new contract.

The U.S. will also face Jamaica, Feb. 3 in Tennessee, players will then be released to their MLS clubs to prepare for the preseason.

Zardes is returning from a broken fifth metarasal in his right foot suffered in August and that sidelined him for the remainder of the MLS season. He has made 31 appearances for the national team.

For Lletget, this is his first national team call-up. Lletget joined the Galaxy during the 2015 season and has made 40 starts, with eight goals and 10 assists.

As expected, the list is made up of all MLS players. This is still a group that has World Cup qualifying experience. There are 15 players among the group with such experience.

“We’re real excited about the camp coming up,” Arena said. “We’re looking forward to working with that group. We want to evaluate these 32 players and try to project ahead to the qualifiers in March and see if any of these players can position themselves to help our team in qualifying.”

Here is the complete list:

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (5): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

DEFENDERS (10): DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (Unattached), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

 

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Bruce Arena fills out his U.S. Men’s National Team coaching staff

Bruce Arena filled out his coaching staff with the U.S. Men’s national soccer team and it has a familiar look.

arenastaffDave Sarachan, Pat Noonan, Kenny Arena and Matt Reis were all added to the staff, all four coached with Arena during his tenure with the Galaxy.

Sarachan was Arena’s assistant from 2000-2002 with the national team and at the University of Virginia (1984-88), D.C. United (1998-99) and as the Associate Head Coach with the Galaxy (2008-2016).

Noonan was an assistant with the Galaxy for the past four seasons and Kenny Arena, Bruce’s son was an assistant with the Galaxy for three seasons.

Reis (Santa Margarita HS) will serve as the goalkeeping coach. He’s held the same position for the past two seasons for the Galaxy.

It was also announced that former U.S. U-20 national team coach Thomas Rongen has joined on as the Chief Scout.

The U.S. will open their January training camp next week at the StubHub Center. They will face Serbia in a friendly, Jan. 29 in San Diego.

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Mike Magee retires after 14-year MLS career

Galaxy forward Mike Magee announced his retirement after a 14-year Major League Soccer career.

Magee, 32, had two stints with the Galaxy. His initial stay was from  2009-2013, scoring 27 goals, helping the Galaxy to the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cups.galaxy

Magee, who was the 2013 MLS MVP with the Chicago Fire, rejoined the Galaxy for the 2016 season. He scored six goals with four assists in 30 games.

He also played with the New York Red Bulls. For his career, Magee scored 70 goals with 38 assists in 316 games.

“I have been fortunate to enjoy an incredible 14-year career in Major League Soccer,” Magee said. “It has been an honor to represent the New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire and the LA Galaxy and to be a part of a league that continues to grow so rapidly in this country.

“I am extremely thankful to everyone that has supported, inspired and guided me on and off the field throughout my time as a professional. I look forward to the next step in this journey as I spend time with my family and friends.”

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