100 Percent Soccer column: Grizzled Galaxy foreign legion isn’t blocking development of young Americans, says coach Bruce Arena

coledamme Oldies, but goodies: Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said the signings of veterans like Ashley Cole and Jelle Van Damme should help, not hinder, the development of young American players at the club (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy).

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100 Percent Soccer Column: LA Galaxy gamble on older generation in search of MLS success

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New Galaxy signing Ashley Cole, who once dismissed MLS as a place players go to sit on the beach and then had to backtrack when he joined LA, is among a slew of 30-plus players coach Bruce Arena has signed to push for another MLS Cup.

All have plenty of experience — but some know little about the demands of MLS.

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100 Percent Soccer Column: Departure of LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez gives promoted Daniel Steres an opening on back line

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It was a case of good timing when LA Galaxy II captain Daniel Steres sat down Monday with the Los Angeles Newspaper group to discuss his promotion to the first team the week before.

The next day Omar Gonzalez was shipped to Liga MX.

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BTW: Steres was inspired by the luminary likes of Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and Carles Puyol, a Catalan who played for Barcelona, the pride of that fiercely independent Spanish region.

Here’s why:

“I just like the tenacity that they played with,” Steres said. “I’m kind of a more calm, easy-going guy and I just like to watch them, how they get into tackles, how everything mattered with them, especially Puyol. He won every single ball, everything was just stuck in and hard and Ramos bought a little more flair.”

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