Curt Onalfo offers update on Pedro and Alessandrini

The Galaxy kicks off 2017 Tuesday with a preseason friendly against Club Tijuana.

New coach Curt Onalfo will not have either Joao Pedro or Romain Alessandrini available for selection. Neither has been in camp as they tend to obtaining their Visa.

Onalfo said he expects the situation to cleared up soon.

“They’ve both been approved with their work visas,” Onalfo said Monday. “It is just a matter of getting it in their hands and getting on a flight. We’re thinking in the case of Joao maybe a couple of days and for Alessandrini, probably a week.”

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Galaxy to make 2017 debut Tuesday night against Club Tijuana

The Galaxy will play their first match under new coach Curt Onalfo, Tuesday night at StubHub Center against Club Tijuana.

The match begins at 8 p.m.

Tijuana is currently tied with Pumas on nine points.

The Xolos have six Americans on the roster: defenders Michael Orozco and John Requejo, forward Amando Moreno and midfielders Joe Corona, Alejandro Guido and Paul Arriola.

Arriola played with the Galaxy from 2012-13.

 

 

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Orange County SC acquires Salomon Wbias on loan

Orange County SC announced Thursday the signing of Mexican youth national team defender Salomón Wbias on a season-long loan from from Pachuca of Liga MX.

Wbias, 20, is a central defender and has played at the U-15, U-17 and U-20 Mexican National teams.

“We are thrilled to welcome a world class talent like Salomon to our organization and demonstrate our intention to showcase some of the most talented young players from Orange County and around the globe” Orange County SC General Manger Oliver Wyss said.

Orange County SC is the USL affiliate of Los Angeles Football Club, who will debut in Major League Soccer next year.

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MLS announces ownership groups vying for expansion franchises

A total of 12 groups haves ubmitted official applications for the next round of MLS expansion

After reviewing expansion applications and meeting with each ownership group, Major mls_logo-svgLeague Soccer will announce the four expansion teams in groups of two based on the following timeline:

**Two new expansion teams before the end of 2017. Teams 25 and 26 will begin play in MLS by the 2020 season.

**Two additional expansion teams will be announced at a later date. The timeline for selecting clubs 27 and 28 will be decided later this year.

Here are the 12 cities applying for expansion:

Charlotte

Cincinnati

Detroit

Indianapolis

Nashville

Phoenix

Raleigh/Durham

Sacramento

St. Louis

San Antonio

San Diego

Tampa/St. Petersburg

From MLS: With the addition of Atlanta United and Minnesota United FC, MLS will have 22 clubs playing during the 2017 season. In addition, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) will join the League in 2018. Also, MLS is making progress with plans for an expansion team in Miami, which would bring MLS to 24 clubs. In December of 2015, MLS announced plans to grow to 28 teams.

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LA Galaxy star Gio dos Santos named to Mexico squad to play Iceland Feb. 8 in Las Vegas

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From the press release:

The stellar list of Mexican players features seven FIFA World Cup veterans, including LA Galaxy’s 2016 top scorer Giovani dos Santos, national team captain and Atlas defender Rafa Marquez, and Cruz Azul Goalkeeper and Olympic Gold Medalist Jesús Corona –joined by fellow Cup veterans Alfredo Talavera, Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala and Alan Pulido.

Also on the roster are top Liga MX stars, including Tigres midfielder Jürgen Damm and Pachuca forward Hirving Lozano, who was a key player in his team’s Clausura 2016 title victory.

Here’s the full roster:

Goalkeepers: Hugo González (Monterrey), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul)

Defenders: Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Rafael Márquez (Atlas), Nestor Araujo (Club Santos), Jesús Gallardo (Pumas), Oswaldo Alanís (Chivas Guadalajara), Luis Reyes (Atlas), Jürgen Damm (Tigres), Raúl López (Pachuca)

Midfielders: Jesús Molina (Monterrey), Jesús Dueñas (Tigres), Edson Álvarez (Club América), Orbelín Pineda (Chivas Guadalajara), Érick Gutiérrez (Pachuca)

Forwards: Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy/EE.UU.), Luis Montes (Club León), Angel Zaldivar (Chivas Guadalajara), Alan Pulido (Chivas Guadalajara), Hirving Lozano (Club Pachuca), Elías Hernandez (Club León)

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LA Galaxy top target Romain Alessandrini signs as designated player

alessandriniGalaxy get their guy: The Galaxy brain trust — Jovan Kirovski, Curt Onalfo, Pete Vagenas and Chris Klein — welcome French midfielder Romain Alessandrini to the club. (Photo courtesy LA Gakaxy).

I’m not sure the Galaxy have ever introduced a designated player with less fanfare, but the signing of French midfielder Romain Alessandrini was announced today with no press conference or media availability, which might have some relation to how many butts in seats a journeyman French midfielder who spent half his career in the lower leagues can realistically be expected to attract.

Read more from Staff Writer Damian Calhoun here.

A 2013 FIFA article had more on Alessandrini.

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U.S. Soccer releases final 23-man roster for upcoming friendlies

Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes and goalkeeper Brian Rowe were among the six players released back to their clubs from the U.S. Men’s National Team camp.

Zardes, who had missed the previous two days of training, has a “minor” right knee ussoccerlogocontusion and will not play in Sunday’s friendly against Serbia in San Diego or Jamaica, Feb. 3.

Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia), Will Trapp (Columbus) and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) were the other players sent back to their clubs, leaving the U.S. roster at 23.

“I have been extremely pleased with the effort and progress we have seen throughout the January Camp,” U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. “The entire pool of players has performed well and has made our roster decisions very difficult. We are excited to take the next step and look forward to the game against Serbia in San Diego.”

Here is the final roster:

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)

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