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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Will Kuntz hired for LAFC front office position

Los Angeles Football Club announced the hiring of Will LAFCAssistant General Manager and Vice President of Soccer Operations.

Kuntz will report to General Manager and Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations John Thorrington .

Kuntz was the Director of Players Relations for Major League Soccer and before that he worked 10 years in the New York Yankees organization.

“I’m excited to work with John and the entire LAFC team to build a team that will represent our city, our league and our sport,” Kuntz said. “We are already working hard to be able to field a team that will excite our fans and bring another champion to the city of Los Angeles.”

In his new role, Kuntz will work closely with the team’s executives to bring exciting and promising coaches and players to LAFC that will bring quality to the pitch and represent the community and the club’s growing fan base.

LAFC will join Major League Soccer for the 2018 season and play at the Banc of California Stadium.

The club recently partnered with The Orange County Soccer Club in USL to expand player development.

Last month, the demolition of the Sports Arena was completed and the construction of LAFC’s new Banc of California Stadium began. The stadium is a 22,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium which will bring more than $350 million in private investment to South Los Angeles.

 

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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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100 Percent Soccer column: Galaxy finally signs Jermaine Jones, while Bruce Arena makes play for USMNT stability after turmoil

jones Galaxy guy: Jermaine Jones, seen here avoiding the media at the USMNT camp at StubHub Center, officially signed Wednesday with LA.

Read more about Jones signing with the Galaxy and Bruce Arena taking control of the USMNT program in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

Staff Writer Damian Calhoun has more on the Jones signing here.

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Former Galaxy player Herculez Gomez retires from MLS

Herculez Gomez, who led lead the Galaxy to the 2005 MLS and U.S. Open Cup, announced his retirement Tuesday.

Landover, MD - May 30, 2012 - FedExField: Herculez Gomez (9) of the US Men's National Soccer Team during an international friendly match (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Landover, MD – May 30, 2012 – FedExField: Herculez Gomez (9) of the US Men’s National Soccer Team during an international friendly match
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Gomez was with the Seattle Sounders last year, receiving his third MLS Cup title. His future will lead him to ESPN as a soccer studio analyst.

Gomez was also with the Galaxy for the 2002 MLS Cup.

Gomez will work on ESPN FC as well as studio analyst for the network’s coverage of MLS,U.S. Men’s National Team, and other international soccer competitions. On ESPN Deportes, he will appear on signature soccer studio programs Fuera de Juego and Futbol Picante.

He will debut today on ESPN FC.

Gomez played with five MLS teams: Galaxy (2002-06), Colorado (2007-08), Kansas City Wizards (2008-09), Toronto FC (2015) and the Sounders (2016). He also played with Puebla, Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos, Santos Laguna and Tijuana in Liga MX.

 

 

 

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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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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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MLS Combine: Nick DePuy ready to take next step in professional career

Nick DePuy started his soccer playing in Southern California, as a resident of Irvine.

This week, he’s back, paving the way to the first big professional step on his journey.

DePuy, who attended Mater Dei HS for one year before moving to Colorado, mls_logo-svgis one of participants in this week’s MLS Player Combine. The ultimate goal is to have his named called during Friday’s MLS SuperDraft.

He played four years at UC Santa Barbara.

“It was a great experience,” DePuy said of his time at UC Santa Barbara. “I worked really hard. Coming into my freshman year, I was a high recruit, but I wasn’t guaranteed any minutes.”

It also wasn’t any guarantee that DePuy would end up with the career that he eventually had for the Gauchos.

DePuy arrived at UCSB as a defender and it took a bit of being at the right place at the right time for him to move up the field.

“I ended up starting three games in,” he said. “My second year, I started out as a defender again, at center back, and then one of our strikers went down with an injury.

“My coach, halfway through the season, put me up top. I scored a bunch of goals my sophomore (10) year, had a really good junior year (15 goals).”

After his junior year, DePuy said he started receiving interest from professional teams, but decided to return for his senior year, where he scored just six goals and he added that his last year “was kind of disappointing.”

“We lost a lot of guys that I didn’t think we were going to lose,” he said. “My junior year, we went to the Sweet 16 and we only had three seniors that we knew we were losing.  By the start of summer, we had five or six starters that were either injured of transferred. We had a bunch of new players and a lot young guys as well and I believe that the connection and chemistry wasn’t as good as it was the other years.

DePuy went on trial with clubs in Europe recently. He said that he learned a lot. Now, he’s trying to put everything to use to catch the eye of the MLS Scouts that will result in his name being called during Friday’s SuperDraft.

“It has always been a dream of mine to go professional,” he said. “This has always been a hobby for my, but once my sophomore and junior year hit, I was like this could really happen and my dream is really going to come true.”

 

 

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