Perhaps the Galaxy are disinclined to repeat the public relations debacle that ensued over the aborted start of Frank Lampard’s MLS career at NYCFC or perhaps they genuinely don’t know, but the club hasn’t said precisely when Liverpool veteran Steven Gerrard could make his first appearance for the club.
However, club spokesman Brendan Hannan said this week via email that Gerrard — currently on vacation in Portugal — officially becomes available when the MLS summer trade window opens Wednesday, July 8
“He should arrive in late June/early July to begin training,” Hannan said. “We have (home) matches July 11 against Club America and July 17 against San Jose Earthquakes which should serve as his arrival matches.”
The Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team held a signing day for members of the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Unified team Tuesday at Stub Hub Center. Landon Donovan talks to team members about his support of the Special Olympics. Photo by Robert Casillas / Daily Breeze
Over 30 Special Olympics Unified athletes “signed” Galaxy contracts, got a pep talk from coach Bruce Arena, met with Galaxy President Chris Klein and spent time with the now-retired Landon Donovan and defender Omar Gonzalez.
The Galaxy fail to hit a single shot on target and can’t score; Vancouver took one shot that hit the frame, scored and won the game. Pretty simple game, huh? Still, let’s point out in fairness that once again LA were forced to put out a different starting XI as injuries and international absences have forced the club to do every MLS game this season.
Check out why Omar Gonzalez never did make a big-money move to a top European club in the clip below:
“We should have shot a few more times,” said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.
“We’re doing the best we can,” he added. “It’s been a little bit of a patchwork job (up front) in the first half of the season,” he added. “That’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes. No excuses, but we’re a little bit short handed in a lot of the spots on the field and it shows with some of our quality.”
At the same time the Galaxy were drawing a meager 13,391 and 20,195 for their last two home MLS games against Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo respectively, they were selling out the vast Rose Bowl for an exhibition game against Barcelona.
First-choice Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo will miss Saturday’s MLS contest at StubHub Center against the Vancouver Whitecaps after he was called up to Panama’s squad for two friendlies set for Wednesday and Saturday against Ecuador.
The 33-year-old stopper has made more than 100 appearances for Panama.
Oft-injured striker Robbie Keane, meanwhile, will leave immediately after the game for a Ireland friendly against England scheduled for Sunday that precedes a June 13 Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in Dublin. He will miss the Galaxy game that day against the Columbus Crew.
The Ireland captain and all-time leading scorer has made just six MLS appearances for the Galaxy this year.
It took more than four months, but the Galaxy announced today they have finally signed goalkeeper Troy Wolverton, a fourth-round draft pick out of Penn State.
“Andrew is a talented young player,” said coach Bruce Arena. “He will give our team depth at the goalkeeper position going forward.”
An injury kept Wolverton out of the club’s preseason camp, which is perhaps just as well; third round draft pick Daniel Keller was released by the club in February. Wolverton becomes the second 2015 draft pick to make the club’s roster, joining midfielder Ignacio Maganto
Here’s the skinny on Wolverton’s college career, per the Galaxy:
The 21-year old goalkeeper spent four years in net at Penn State University, compiling a 38-23-8 record as a starter while recording 225 saves and 32 shutouts and a .53 goals against average. During his senior season, he earned honors on the 2014 All Big-Ten Second Team, recording 64 saves and nine shutouts in 19 matches.