LA Galaxy sign West Ham United “flop” and San Francisco native Sebastian Lletget

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Sebastian Lletget, a U.S. youth international who managed all of one FA Cup appearance with England’s West Ham United signed with the LA Galaxy today as rumored for the last couple of days.

The 22-year-old midfielder cost the Galaxy $50,000 in allocation money to buy his rights from the New England Revolution; no word on whether the London club wanted to move him off the payroll as the end of the English season nears or received transfer money, too.

The Sun, one of England’s most sensational tabloids, branded Lletget “a flop” after his lone appearance for the Hammers, a 5-0 loss.

“Sebastian is a young, talented attacking player who we think can find success in our team,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said.

(Translation: Especially given the lack of creativity in the center of the park for the Galaxy so far this season).

He joined West Ham way back in 2009 and has also played for the U.S. USMNT U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams.

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Video: LA Galaxy sensation Bradford Jamieson IV named to U.S. Under-20 World Cup squad

Here’s the full squad, which is quite different from the U-20 version that qualified for the tournament in New Zealand:

Goalkeepers — Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)

defenders — Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen; Greenwood, S.C.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria)

midfielders — Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora) Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires,)

forwards — Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

The U.S. plays against Myanmar May 30; New Zealand June 2 and Ukraine June 5 in its group games. Camp opens Monday in Carson.

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MLS Rewind: LA Galaxy miss PK in stoppage time and fail to punish Real Salt Lake in drab 0-0 draw


Game story.

The Galaxy extended their unbeaten streak to five despite missing a stoppage time penalty on the road gifted to them by two atrocious Real Salt Lake errors in yet another “ugly” game (if I hear or see that one more time I am going to….fill in the blank).

Quotable:

“It wasn’t very good,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said for the umpteenth time this season. “But it wasn’t crazy.”

Notable:

Forward Robbie Keane missed his fifth-straight match with an injury.

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Bottom Line:

“We’ll take the point and get out of here,” Arena said.

Next for the Galaxy: FC Dallas at 5:30 p.m. Saturday live on 5:30 p.m. PT broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Ghastly LA Galaxy overshadowed by magic of Lionel Messi and other high-quality events on sports landscape

messigoalBarca Bombs Bayern: Lionel Messi and Barcelona were rampant Wednesday in all but gutting Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League hopes with a masterful 3-0 win over a quality opponent that left the jaws of even cynical soccer reporters dropping (Associated Press photo).

I’d like to thank Lionel Messi and Barcelona for eloquently making the case for my weekly 100 Percent Soccer column in today’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich where the quality of soccer on display was quite simply stunning.

Next up later today: Lowly Real Salt lake against a LA Galaxy team nowhere near firing on all cylinders.

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MLS Preview: Missing influential midfielder Javier Morales, struggling Real Salt Lake seek revenge against LA Galaxy at 6:30 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable Sports Net

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A capsule game preview is here from MLS beat reporter Phil Collin, while this is the Salt Lake City perspective from sister paper The Salt Lake City Tribune.

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New 5-a-side soccer center opens May 15 in Norwalk with free tournaments

us53dSoccer Central: The new Urban Soccer 5 Center in Norwalk (Image courtesy US5).

Free 5-a-side soccer tournaments will be held May 15-25 at Norwalk’s Urban Soccer 5 Center as the new 10-field facility opens.

The facility is intended for all age groups hosting kids’ games and corporate events, while HD cameras capture the action that can be streamed live or replayed later from the LED lighted fields.

The venue also includes a soccer shop, cafe for lunch and breakfast and private lockers and individual showers.

Urban Soccer 5 center will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Check it out:

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MLS Monday Video Rewind: “Lousy” LA Galaxy saved by late-goal Alan Gordon again in fortunate 1-1 tie with Colorado Rapids

Game story

The Galaxy are on arguably the worst four-game uneaten streak in club history with only another Alan Gordon header saving them from an ugly looking loss to an unimpressive Colorado Rapids side in front of a sparse crowd and now head out on a three-game road swing, their longest of the season.

Quotable:

“That’s my family,” said Long Beach native Alan Gordan of the fans chanting his name. “I paid them to say that. If you want fans, you’ve got to invite the family.”

Notable:

The Galaxy are winless (0-2-2) when trailing at half time and after conceding the first goal this season.

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Bottom Line:

“The game was lousy, and everything with it was lousy,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena was quoted as saying after the game.

Next for the Galaxy: at Real Salt Lake 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on Time Warner Cable SportsNet

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MLS Preview: Robbie Keane and Marcelo Sarvas KO’d from tonight’s LA Galaxy-Colorado Rapids dust up at StubHub

Game preview

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