MLS Video Preview: Gio Dos Santos expected to make MLS LA Galaxy debut against Seattle Sounders live at 1 p.m. on ESPN

giodiveDiving into MLS: After making his Galaxy debut midweek in the CONCACAF Champions League, Giovani Dos Santos is expected to play today in the nationally televised game against the Seattle Sounders (Photo by Staff Photographer Stephen Carr).

Game Preview

Here’s the Seattle perspective.

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CONCACAF Champions League Video Highlights: LA Galaxy romp 5-1 over out-classed T&T opponent in Carson

"Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos,10, scores his first goal as a member of the L. A. Galaxy against Trinidad & Tobago's Central FC, in the second half of a CONCACAF Champions League match, at the Sub Hub Center.     Carson Calif.  Thursday, August ,06, 2015.     (Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze) "

“Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos,10, scores his first goal as a member of the L. A. Galaxy against Trinidad & Tobago’s Central FC, in the second half of a CONCACAF Champions League match, at the Sub Hub Center. Carson Calif. Thursday, August ,06, 2015.
(Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze) “

Game story.

Gio Dos Santos mishit the ball that bobbled into the net for his first Galaxy goal, but hey, a goal is a goal:

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Irvine native Dave Romney becomes first LA Galaxy II player to sign MLS contract after impressing in debut against Houston

romneyDefender Dave Romney has signed a pro contract with the LA Galaxy, the club announced today (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy).

In the wake of Galaxy coach Bruce Arena calling left back Dave Romney “our best player” after his MLS debut against Houston, the Galaxy has signed the Irvine native to an MLS contract.

“Dave is an athletic and versatile defender who provides depth to our backline,” Arena said. “Curt Onalfo has done a tremendous job developing players with LA Galaxy II and we are excited to see Dave continue to develop as a player.”

The University of San Francisco product made 17 appearances for the Galaxy reserve team this season.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Bolstered by mid-year additions Steven Gerrard and Gio Dos Santos, the LA Galaxy season starts now

gerrardgioGalaxy Guys: Mid-season additions Steven Gerrard and Giovani Dos Santos are game changers; can they help change the course of LA’s season, too?

Emphatically responding to big-name foreign acquisitions by MLS rivals, the LA Galaxy have shown the league and Southern California they are not to be out-spent or outmaneuvered in the transfer market.

If the Galaxy were a strong favorite to defend their MLS Cup this fall before the arrivals of the likes of Steven Gerrard, Giovani Dos Santos, Donovan Ricketts etc., what must the odds be now?

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Mexican star Giovani Dos Santos completes journey from Europe to LA and MLS with the Galaxy

giointroGalaxy Gio: Giovani Dos Santos addresses the media today at his introductory press conference at Stubhub Center in Carson as coach Bruce Arena looks on (Photos by Staff Photographer Steve McCrank).

Staff Writer Thuc Nhi Nguyen has more on the arrival of Dos Santos in MLS.

Check out a photo gallery here.

giofansFan favorite: After being mobbed upon his LA arrival at LAX Sunday, Gio Dos Santos had plenty of fan support at his introductory press conference in Carson, too.

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Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts returns to LA Galaxy on salary cap roundabout as Jaime Penedo exits club

drickettsRicketts’ Returns: Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is back with the Galaxy for their late-season MLS drive. (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy).

Donovan Ricketts’ LA Galaxy goalkeeping career ended because of salary cap issues; now it may resume for the same reason as first-choice goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and his $178,125,00 salary exits the club by mutual agreement.

The deal was “announced” — I’m not kidding — by Steven Gerrard who let it slip during an interview last night during the MLS All-Star game telecast. Coach Bruce Arena later confirmed the negotiations.

Ricketts, who made 70 appearances for the Galaxy between 2009 and 2011 — second most for a club netminder after Kevin Hartman, — was making $260,000 a year with Orlando.

So how does the deal pencil out for the Galaxy if Ricketts makes more than Penedo, who made a total of 54 Galaxy appearances?

Because it turns out, “a portion” of Ricketts’ salary with Orlando is being paid by his previous club, the Portland Timbers. Assume Orlando are doing the same to unload Ricketts to the Galaxy.

I’m guessing the Galaxy could be on the hook for only something like $65,000-$70,000 for Ricketts until the end of the year.

That’s good business for the club.

They get rid of a goalkeeper who clearly did not enjoy Arena’s full confidence and trust this season — Penedo made 16 appearances this season — for a 38-year-old who backstopped the Galaxy to an MLS Cup in 2011.

As a Daily Breeze colleague remarked it’s a typical piece of Bruce business. Ricketts’ replacement in the starting XI with the Galaxy was Josh Saunders; he made just over $77,000 in 2012 with the Galaxy.

“Donovan is one of the most experienced and successful goalkeepers in MLS,” said Arena. “He is familiar with our team and has proven to be a player capable of winning championships. We are happy that he is once again a member of the LA Galaxy and look forward to his contributions to our club.”

Nearing age 40, Ricketts is clearly a short-term solution for the Galaxy, but one Arena clearly believes could result in another MLS Cup this year.

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