LA Galaxy draft Georgetown’s Josh Turnley

Josh-TurnleyThe Galaxy made their first and only selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday, taking Georgetown defender Josh Turnley in the third round.

Turnley was selected with the 42nd overall pick after a four-year college career at Georgetown during which he started three seasons and was named a All-Big East second teamer after his senior year.

The Galaxy passed on their two fourth-round picks and traded their first-round pick to Colorado for targeted allocation money last week.

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CSUDH product Tony Alfaro drafted by Seattle Sounders

Tony Alfaro

Tony Alfaro

The Seattle Sounders selected Cal State Dominguez Hills All-American Tony Alfaro in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft with the 27th overall pick.

Alfaro is the first player to be picked in the MLS draft since Kei Kamara went in the 2005 class and the fourth player ever from CSUDH. The left-footed defender played a team-high 1,954 minutes for the Toros this year, starting every match but one. He scored six goals, five coming on penalty kicks.

Alfaro was named a first-team All-American by the NSCAA and a second-team All-American by Division II CCA after his senior season when he was named the California College Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Year.

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Galaxy sign 21-year-old Emmanuel Boateng

Emmanuel Boateng

Emmanuel Boateng

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.

The Galaxy have 26 of their 28 roster spots filled for 2016 after also signing forward Mike Magee on Thursday.

“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.

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Galaxy trade SuperDraft pick, pick up TAM

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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

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Mike Magee returns to LA Galaxy

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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 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.

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Alan Gordon re-signs with LA Galaxy

Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze

Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze

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.

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LAFC notebook: Hamm committed to bringing women’s team to LA

City council member Curren Price, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Will Ferrell, Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm. (Photo Thuc Nhi Nguyen/LA Daily News)

City council member Curren Price, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Will Ferrell, Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm. (Photo Thuc Nhi Nguyen/LA Daily News)

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

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MLS releases 2016 schedule

stubhub 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.

The Galaxy also have 18 nationally televised matches (six on FS1, four on UniMas, seven on ESPN).

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Galaxy sign free agent midfielder Jeff Larentowicz

Jeff Larentowicz  (Photo courtesy Chicago Fire)

Jeff Larentowicz (Photo courtesy Chicago Fire)

The L.A. Galaxy announced the signing of free agent midfielder Jeff Larentowicz on Wednesday.

“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.

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