Galaxy pass on first round of MLS Re-Entry Draft

Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was one of eight players whose contract option was declined by the Galaxy.

Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was one of four former LA Galaxy players to not be taken in Friday’s MLS Re=Entry Draft. (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy)

While FC Dallas traded up to the No. 1 spot of Friday’s MLS Re-Entry Draft to take former Portland Timbers forward Maximilano Urruti, the LA Galaxy passed on the first stage of the draft.

Sporting Kansas City was the only other team to make a selection during the first stage of the draft Friday, picking former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Alec Kann.

Former Galaxy players Brian Perk, Tommy Meyer, Charlie Rugg and Donovan Ricketts were not chosen in the first stage, but are still eligible for the second stage, which takes place on Dec. 17.

In the second stage, picks will negotiate new deals with their new clubs, while first-stage picks are signed for their current contract option for 2016. Continue reading

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LAFC named John Thorrington as Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations

John Thorrington (center) answers questions at his introductory press conference on Tuesday. He was named LAFC's Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations. Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star News

John Thorrington (center) answers questions at his introductory press conference on Tuesday. He was named LAFC’s Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations. Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star News

In its first hire on the technical side, LAFC named John Thorrington to Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations on Tuesday.

In his new position, Thorrington, 36, will oversee player and personnel decisions leading up to LAFC’s inaugural season in 2018.

“The teams that fans most readily and most passionately identify with are those that represent what is great about their city,” Thorrington said at Tuesday’s press conference at Exposition Park near the proposed site of the team’s stadium. “And that is exactly the type of team I intend to build — a team that will excite our fans, make our fans proud and deliver a championship-caliber team to those fans.”

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John Thorrington talks about taking inspiration from other MLS expansion clubs as he builds LAFC, what he wants his team’s on-field product to be and who he will rely on to shape the club.

Tom Penn, John Thorrington and Peter Guber speak at the press conference on Thorrington’s hire.

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Galaxy decline options on eight players, make offseason roster changes

Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was one of eight players whose contract option was declined by the Galaxy.

Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was one of eight players whose contract option was declined by the Galaxy. (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy)

One day after the Portland Timbers officially ended the 2016 MLS season with an MLS Cup victory, the LA Galaxy announced its first roster changes of the offseason. The club declined contract options on eight players: forward Edson Buddle, defender Tommy Meyer, goalkeeper Brian Perk, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, forward Charlie Rugg, midfielder Mika Vayrynen, midfielder Kenney Walker and goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton.

Walker has already signed with USL club FC Cincinnati.

Alan Gordon is currently out of contract, but Galaxy president Chris Klein told LAGalaxy.com that he is confident the team will re-sign the 34-year-old forward. Continue reading

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Kenney Walker signs with USL club FC Cincinnati

Courtesy LA Galaxy

Courtesy LA Galaxy

Kenney Walker, a LA Galaxy midfielder since 2012, was announced as one of the first signings for first-year USL club FC Cincinnati on Monday. A Galaxy spokesperson confirmed the move, as Walker was one of eight players to have their contract options declined. Walker is one of FC Cincinnati’s first 10 signings in club history.

Walker, a native of Ohio, joined the Galaxy as a second-round draft pick out of Louisville in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He played in 17 games in his four seasons with the Galaxy, starting eight of them.

FC Cincinnati is preparing for its inaugural season, which will begin in 2016.

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Portland Timbers win MLS Cup over Columbus

Photo courtesy Portland Timbers Twitter

Photo courtesy Portland Timbers Twitter

The Portland Timbers officially finished the 2015 MLS season with a 2-1 victory over Columbus on Sunday to win their first MLS Cup in franchise history.

The Timbers scored the fastest goal in MLS history to take the lead 27 seconds into the game, then scored again in the seventh minute.Columbus pulled one back in the 18th minute but never found the equalizer. “I don’t think it has sunk in yet that there’s no next game,” Timbers coach Caleb Porter told reporters. “We’re raising the trophy and we’re the best team in MLS this year.” 

The Crew, meanwhile, were singing a much different song as they watched the Timbers celebrate on their home field.

“To me, it’s not about just getting up and walking away,” Kei Kamara told reporters. “It’s about seeing the other guys, how they feel, what that celebration is like, because you want to do that.”

MLS highlights from the match

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MLS Cup Video Preview: Columbus Crew SC hosts Portland Timbers at 1 p.m. Sunday on ESPN and UniMas

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Galaxy provide Thanksgiving cheer to local families

Galaxy turkeys Retired Galaxy stars Cobi Jones and Todd Dunivant were on hand today as the club presented needy families with holiday trimmings. (Photo courtesy Herbalife Foundation).

In a holiday change of pace, the Galaxy scored enough fowls today to partner with nonprofit youth center A Place Called Home to distribute food and provide Thanksgiving dinners to more than 1,200 Los Angeles families.

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