Galaxy midfielder Romain Alessandrini was selected the 2017 Galaxy Player of the Year and Ashley Cole earned Defender of the year honors, the club announced Thursday.
In his first year with the Galaxy and MLS, Alessandrini ended up as one of only four players to record at least 10 goals and 10 assists this season. Alessandrini led the Galaxy with 13 goals and added 12 assists.
Cole made 29 starts and was the Galaxy’s most dependable and consistent defender.
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.”