However, I will follow the lead of selected, but absent Galaxy All-Stars Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane and skip the whole thing with an eye on Friday’s Galaxy-San Jose Earthquakes game — just like those missing players from LA.
Could the Galaxy add to their back to back MLS Cup titles of a couple of years ago? Maybe.
But it’s clear after the disappointment of last season, no one is taking anything for granted including rising hotshot Gyasi Zardes who seems to have exactly the right attitude:
“I just take it in by day,” he said after Saturday’s game. “Now this game is over, I don’t look back. I don’t fantasize over all the goals I scored. I start looking at now. When I’m in the game, in that moment, in my head, I’m thinking ‘zero goals, nothing. ‘Prove myself.’”
The USL Pro team plays the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 4 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be streamed at the club’s website.
Meanwhile, Galaxy defender Oscar Sorto is heading to a U.S. U-23 camp in the Bahamas along with two Southern California products who are with Mexican clubs.
Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez, but not Landon Donovan, withdrew from Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game roster because the Galaxy plays San Jose in Carson Friday, two days after the annual exhibition game.
But in recent days the Galaxy have jettisoned Opare and his $48,500 salary as well as Brazilian forward Samuel and his $50,000 wage packet.
Could the likes of central defender Leonardo (not a fan favorite, to put it mildly) and his $105,000 salary be next as well as perhaps veteran left back Todd Dunivant, ($160,750) who is seemingly being supplanted because of injuries and age by the younger Robbie Rogers, who has made the Galaxy a greater attacking threat out of the back after switching from a winger role? And, let’s not forget DP Omar Gonzalez, who still harbors European ambitions, despite the World Cup not being quite the shop window he may have envisioned.
The key question: just what will moving up in the allocation order do for the Galaxy.
Meanwhile, would you pay $300 to watch Manchester United train — that’s right, train at 7 p.m. today at the Rose Bowl? Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:
General admission tickets to the open training session, which cost $20, are available for purchase via Ticketmaster. Limited VIP Tickets for Manchester United’s open training are also available for $300, and include field level seating and an autograph session following training. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the LA Galaxy Foundation. Packages for the open training session and the Chevrolet Cup match between Manchester United and LA Galaxy can be purchased by calling 877-3GALAXY (342-5299) or visiting www.lagalaxy.com/manutd.
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Despite goals from top goalscorers Robbie Keane and “Cubo” Torres respectively — both added to the MLS All-Star Game roster incidentally — the Galaxy and Chivas USA both fell to Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United respectively.