LA Galaxy unveil new jersey for 2016 MLS Season

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If you have $144.99 burning a hole in your pocket (or over $200 if you want it personalized with your favorite player’s name) then you’ll be glad to know the new Galaxy jerseys are now available.

The jersey is little changed from last year, per the Galaxy’s description:

The new Galaxy primary kit will continue the traditional sash featured in previous years while providing a classic update in two contrasting bars of the Galaxy’s primary colors. The bars highlight the team’s new crest, which will be the only team in MLS to feature a single Gold Star, signifying the Galaxy’s record five MLS Cup Championships.

Galaxy players will greet fans at a Supporters’ Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the club’s This is LA retail Pop-Up Shop at Blends, 725 S. Los Angeles St. Mike Magee, Jeff Larentowicz, Dan Kennedy and Dan Gargan will be in attendance.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos will sign autographs and meet fans at the same location.

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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.

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

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Fox acquires U.S. English-language TV rights to air Mexico home games

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Fox Sports has secured the English language broadcast rights to Mexican National Team games through the 2018 World Cup, the network announced today.

Fox Sports 1 will televise all El Tri home matches, including a highly anticipated qualifier between Mexico and the United States from the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, should both teams advance in World Cup qualifying.

“Outside of Mexico, the United States has more El Tricolor supporters than anywhere else in the world,” said David Nathanson, head of business operations for Fox Sports. “FOX Sports is now home to the most prestigious tournaments featuring El Tricolor including the 2016 Copa America Centenario, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup for which Mexico will represent the CONCACAF region, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.”

The first game under the deal airs Wednesday when Mexico, under new coach Juan Carlos Osorio, faces Senegal.

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Nigel de Jong officially signs with LA Galaxy

Photo by Luca Bruno/AP

Photo by Luca Bruno/AP

The L.A. Galaxy officially announced the signing of Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong today, adding the 31-year-old World Cup veteran to fill the team’s final roster spot for the 2016 season.

A product of the famed Ajax Academy, De Jong’s club career made stops in the Netherlands (Ajax), Germany (Hamburger SV), England (Manchester City) and Italy (A.C. Milan) before coming stateside. He also played for the Netherlands in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

“Nigel is an experienced midfielder who will help the players around him get better,” said LA Galaxy coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “He will add qualities on the field that can strengthen our team in all areas.”

De Jong’s contract with Milan was terminated through mutual consent on Monday, clearing the way for the 31-year-old to join the Galaxy on a free transfer. He was previously tied to the Italian club until 2018, but has been linked to the Galaxy since January.

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USMNT opens 2016 with win over Iceland

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Photo by Micah Escamilla/The Sun

The young guns looked good for the U.S. men’s national team in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Iceland, but veteran Jozy Altidore surely impressed as well. The 26-year-old scored once and got the hockey assist on Michael Orozco’s goal in the 59th minute.

The Toronto FC forward was active up top for the United States during his 75 minutes on the StubHub Center pitch, making dangerous runs and drawing four fouls. Injuries have hampered Altidore in recent years and he said he is focused on maintaining his health to have a successful year.

“I’m just trying to work that much harder, to be that much fitter. To me, the biggest thing is health. trying to keep the injuries to a minimum because that has hurt me int he past couple of years. Continue reading

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LA Galaxy win preseason game, reportedly sign Nigel de Jong

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Photo by Victor R. Caivano/AP Photo

The L.A. Galaxy opened their preseason with a 2-1 win over Armenian side FC Shirak while officially closing their books, reportedly completing a deal with Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong, according to the L.A. Times. 

De Jong reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth less than $1 million that includes targeted allocation money. De Jong would fill the final roster spot for the Galaxy, who also announced the signings of Ashley Cole and Jelle Van Damme last week. The Times reports that the combined salary of the three players is less than $1.7 million.

The 31-year-old World Cup finalist from 2010 negotiated out of the final two years of his contract with A.C. Milan that was slated to expire in 2018.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena repeatedly lamented the team’s defensive woes that led to the team’s early playoff exit last season, saying it was necessary to strengthen the defense during the offseason to contend for a sixth MLS Cup. De Jong surely fits the bill in that regard. He is a bruising defensive midfielder known for his physicality. He once kicked Spain’s Xabi Alonso in the chest during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final:

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In game news, the Galaxy won their preseason game against FC Shirak with a brace from Jose Villarreal.

 

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LA Galaxy, USMNT open 2016 campaigns at StubHub Center in Carson this weekend

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