Weekly Soccer Column: Gold Cup, Olympic qualifying, Women’s World Cup cram 2015 international calendar

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LA Galaxy Re-Sign Cal State Northridge product Rafael Garcia of Granada Hills

Rafael Garcia, 25, has made just 11 first-team appearances since being drafted in the second round in 2012, but the midfielder served as captain of USL Pro team Galaxy II last season.

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Video: Galaxy coach Bruce Arena honored by U.S. Soccer

Bruce Arena is already in the National Soccer Hall of Fame but he was taken aback when U.S. Soccer announced him as the 2014 Werner Fricker Builder Award winner.

It’s the highest honor the U.S. Federation bestows on individuals in the sport.

“It’s the greatest honor I’ve ever received,” Arena said after training camp opened on Friday.

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Name-dropping Soccer Round-Up: Hope Solo, Bruce Arena, Sigi Schmid and more

Busy day in soccer news included:

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LA Galaxy re-signs veteran defender Dan Gargan, drafts Louisville defender and Penn State goalkeeper

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LA Galaxy trade midfielder Marcelo Sarvas to the Colorado Rapids and draft forward Ignacio Maganto from Iona College

Some fans took to Twitter to relay their displeasure with the move that gives the Galaxy “the third allocation ranking and allocation money” in exchange for the 33-year-old midfielder, but with Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard on the way and rumors again heating up about a possible move for former Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan it isn’t seen as much of a surprise.

Sarvas made 88 appearances for the club since 2011 notching 19 goals and 9 assists.

From the club press release:

Maganto, 23, spent four years at Iona College, where he scored 27 goals and notched 14 assists. Born in Madrid, Spain, Maganto spent time with Getafe CF before attending Iona College. He also was a member of Reading United A.C. in the Premier Development League in 2014.

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Video: Major League Soccer renames MVP Award after Galaxy star Landon Donovan

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Despite retiring at the end of last season after 14 years in MLS, Landon Donovan’s name will live on after the league today unveiled its new Landon Donovan MVP Award.

“Landon Donovan’s commitment to growing the game in North America is unrivaled and his contributions to Major League Soccer are immeasurable,” said Commissioner Don Garber. “When he joined MLS in 2001, he showed other American players that this was his ‘League of Choice.’ His legacy will be forever etched in our league’s history, and we appreciate everything he has accomplished, both on and off the field.”

The Southern California native, the all-time leader in MLS goals and assists, said he was “extremely humbled” by the gesture:

“As a child, soccer was merely an outlet for me — a way to express myself,” said Donovan. “To have this prestigious award named after me is truly unimaginable.

Check out the full ceremony:

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Carson’s new Phantom Carriage Brewery hopes to become hangout for LA Galaxy fans

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Let’s face it Carson is a wasteland for most soccer fans on Galaxy gamedays.

There are precious few places to eat or grab a pre- or post-game brew so most fans drive to StubHub Center park, watch the game and drive straight home.

Only a few venture to the likes of Torrance’s Smog City Brewing (Angel City Brigade members often hang out there) or Alpine Village, perhaps the closest options to the stadium with decent craft beer.

So word that brand new Carson brewery Phantom Carriage (the first in the South Bay to offer a cafe) hopes to cater to Galaxy fans is welcome news.

During a recent interview with the principals involved in the brewery that resulted in this Daily Breeze story I was told Galaxy head honcho Chris Klein had already visited the business that has hopes of hosting road game viewing parties and suggested they brew a special beer for the club that may eventually be sold at the stadium.

(And yes, i know the closest thing to that right now is probably Galaxy Defender by Torrance’s Monkish Brewing Co.).

Whether that becomes a reality or not, once the MLS season begins soccer fans might want to check out the Main Street brewery that sits virtually in the shadow of where the Goodyear blimp is docked.

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