The Galaxy and MLS have focused most recently on improving their youth development systems as competition heats up for potential future professionals (Mexican clubs are increasingly poaching promising U.S. youngsters, for instance) with the latest example being the merger of club teams LA Galaxy South bay (formerly the South Bay Force) and Exiles SC into a Southern California superclub of sorts.
Yet the Galaxy have concentrated so far on experience rather than youth ahead of the 2014 MLS season.
The U.S. completes World Cup qualifying tonight, while Landon Donovan remains a doubt for the Galaxy’s next two games Wednesday against the struggling Montreal Impact and Sunday against the Earthquakes.
*As if on cue, Sports Illustrated is reporting this morning we now have the answers to those questions and the Galaxy are reportedly set to announce a new contract for Donovan on Wednesday.
That’s a little sooner than I anticipated, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a relatively short-term deal through next year’s World Cup that still allows Donovan to keep his post-tournament options open.
What do you think of the new Donovan deal and its implications for the national team?
**The Galaxy confirmed this morning that the club will “make a major announcement regarding the future of forward Landon Donovan” at a noon Wednesday press conference.
It figures in a column about the Galaxy’s visibility among general sports fans in Southern California, the piece would go AWOL — on our own web sites (and we’re still awaiting the return of the dedicated soccer page on our websites since a radical redesign last week, in case you were wondering, BTW).
Still, you can belatedly read the column online as the Galaxy embarks on their final 10-game MLS stretch as well as the start of the CONCACAF Champions League tonight in Carson here.
Incidentally, regular Galaxy sellouts at home may be a thing of the past in Carson, but not elsewhere.
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced today that fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s game against the Galaxy.