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30 January 1:54 pm

CARSON, Calif. – There was a time when youth players in the U.S. turned to the U.S. U-17 Residency program to develop the best and brightest, but according to LA Galaxy Technical Director Jovan Kirovski, those days may be coming to a close.

On Wednesday, the club announced the creation of a USL PRO team LA Galaxy II which will serve as yet another path to develop young players for LA’s first team. During my Q&A with Kirovski – who was one of the spearheads of the USL PRO project — for LAGalaxy.com, the Technical Director was asked about whether the Galaxy Academy could one day surpass the development that players receive at residency. 

“We’re at that stage now. We feel like we have quality coaches who are just as good if not better than [Bradenton], we have a USL team that no one has. With young kids, it’s better to be at home and be close to your family. When I left to go to Europe, I had nothing like this,” Kirovski told LA Galaxy Insider. “Now we have coaches in place, we have teams in place, and just a place to develop young local kids to be close to their family. It’s an ideal set up and way different than before. Back then, going to Europe made sense, but now, I’m not so sure.”

And Kirovski was quick to note that it is the league’s development that is the reason that players of all age are choosing to stay in the U.S. rather than head to Europe.

“We’re moving forward,” said Kirovski. “If you look at how far we’ve come in the last 10 years in terms of the fan support in places like Seattle, Portland and L.A., the new clubs coming in, the resources put into Academies league wide and companies like AEG investing in the USL PRO team and the Academy. We’re moving forward.  It’s still going to take time, but we’re going in the right direction.”

30 January 11:25 am

On Wednesday, the LA Galaxy II became a reality and a day later, the USL PRO's newest club received its first ever regular season schedule.

Galaxy II will be open the season on March 22 against the Los Angeles Blues at StubHub Center -- the same day as LA's first team match with Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium --  before taking on Sacramento Republic a week later. LA Galaxy II's first road game will take place on April 25 with the team traveling to Arizona to take on Phoenix FC Wolves. 

The Blues match will not be the only time that the dates of a USL PRO match will coincide with Galaxy first team games a total of 12 games. In two instances, Galaxy II will play directly following first team matches: May 25 vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC and June 8 against Dayton Dutch Lions.

Check out the complete schedule below...

LA Galaxy 2014 USL Regular Season Schedule

DATE

TIME (PT)

OPPONENT

LOCATION

3/22/2014

7:30 PM

Los Angeles Blues

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

3/29/2014

7:30 PM

Sacramento Republic FC

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

 

4/07/2014

7:30 PM

OKC Energy FC

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

4/13/2014

3:00 PM

Sacramento Republic FC

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

4/19/2014

7:30 PM

Los Angeles Blues

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

4/25/2014

7:10PM

Phoenix FC Wolves

Peoria Sports Complex

4/27/2014

4:00PM

Los Angeles Blues

TBD

 

5/05/2014

7:30 PM

Charlotte Eagles

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

5/10/2014

TBD

Dayton Dutch Lions

TBD

5/17/2014

TBD

Sacramento Republic FC

TBD

5/25/2014

8:00 PM

OKC Energy FC

StubHub Center - Main Stadium

 

6/01/2014

TBD

Sea Sounders FC Reserves

Starfire Sports Complex

6/08/2014

8:00 PM

Dayton Dutch Lions

StubHub Center - Main Stadium

6/11/2014

7:30 PM

Rochester Rhinos

StubHub Center - Main Stadium

6/14/2014

TBD

Charleston Battery

Blackbaud Stadium

6/21/2014

7:10PM

Phoenix FC Wolves

Peoria Sports Complex

6/28/2014

4:30PM

Orlando City SC

ESPN Wide World of Sports

 

7/05/2014

7:30 PM

Phoenix FC Wolves

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

7/13/2014

3:00 PM

Real Salt Lake Reserves

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

7/19/2014

5:00PM

OKC Energy FC

Pribil Stadium

7/26/2014

7:00PM

Los Angeles Blues

TBD

7/30/2014

4:00 PM

Harrisburg City Islanders

Skyline Sports Complex

 

8/02/2014

4:00PM

Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Highmark Stadium

8/09/2014

7:30 PM

Phoenix FC Wolves

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

8/16/2014

5:00PM

OKC Energy FC

Pribil Stadium

8/24/2014

12:00 PM

WilmingtonHammerheadsFC

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

 

9/01/2014

7:30 PM

Richmond Kickers

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

 9/06/2014

TBD

Sacramento Republic FC

TBD

 

29 January 5:57 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy Academy product Jacob Muchnick was among the 36 players selected by U.S. U-14 Boys National Team head coach Tony Lepore for their training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida from Feb. 1 to Feb. 9. 

During the training camp, the players will train twice during the day while also taking on local club sides on Feb. 5 before ending the camp with a match against the U.S. U-17 Residency side on Feb. 8.  

To date, Muchnick is one of the rising stars of the Galaxy U-13/14 side with one goal in 10 appearances for LA's youngest Development Academy team. 

The complete roster is below. 

GOALKEEPERS: Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Chandler Cree (CASL RailHawks Academy; Cary, N.C.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtics; Baltimore, Md.), Hunter Pinho (PDA; Cranford, N.J.)

DEFENDERS: Charlie Asensio (Georgia United; Rosewell, Ga.), Coby Atkinson (Boca United; Sunrise, Fla.), Zico Bailey (Las Vegas Heat; Las Vegas, Nev.), Connor Hester (Braddock Road; Middleburg, Va.), John Hilton (Chivas USA; Long Beach, Calif.), Jaylin Lindsey (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.), Dorian Morrison (FC Golden State; Chino Hills, Calif.),  Ian Murphy (FC Golden State; Redlands, Calif.), Carlo Ritaccio (BW Gottschee; Westbury, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (NYSC; Riverside, Conn.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)

MIDFIELDERS: George Acosta (Weston FC; Miami, Fla.), Carlos Anguiano Dias (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Pablo Arias (New York Red Bulls; Ledgewood, N.J.), Jake Arteaga (LAFA; Glendora, Calif.), Andrew Carleton (United Futbol Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), Jon Paul Fernandez (BSC; Stamford, Conn.), Seth Kuhn (PA Classics; Wyomissing, Pa.), Jacob Muchnick (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Matteo Ritaccio (BW Gottschee; Westbury, N.Y.), Amos Shapiro-Thompson (New England Revolution; Worthington, Mass.), Sean Zawadzki (Crew Soccer Academy; Olmsted Falls, Ohio), Jesus Sahagun (Weston FC; Miami, Fla.)

FORWARDS: Wilmer Cabrera (Colorado Rapids; Aurora, Colo.), Jalen James (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Niccolo Lemoine (Ballistic USC; Pleasanton, Calif.), Ricky Mendez (Marin FC Alliance; San Rafael, Calif.), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Travian Sousa (Ballistic USC; Lanthrow, Calif.), Arturo Vasquez (LAFA; Mira Loma, Calif.), Timothy Weah (New York Red Bulls; Rosedale, N.Y.), Tristan Weber (United FC; San Clemente, Calif.)

29 January 2:04 pm

The announcement of LA Galaxy II has sprouted considerable buzz on social media including a hilarious hashtag called #LAGalaxyIIMovies.

I compiled a brief Storify on the buzz. Let me know your favorites or your own ideas in the comments section or on Twitter. 

Check it out below. 

29 January 12:39 pm

Following the announcement of the creation of USL PRO side LA Galaxy II, new Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo and club President Chris Klein addressed the new venture.

Check it out below.

29 January 12:08 pm

The LA Galaxy announced on Wednesday the creation of their new USL PRO side LA Galaxy II. 

With the announcement, the Galaxy become the first MLS team to field a side in the American third division. The team will be coached by former LA assistant Curt Onalfo and play their home games at StubHub Center. News of the team first surfaced last July when Galaxy club President Chris Klein and Technical Director Jovn Kirovski each told LA Galaxy Insider about the possiblity of the team. 

“The LA Galaxy are taking a monumental step for player development in North America,” said Galaxy President Chris Klein said in a statement. “The creation of LA Galaxy II, through USL PRO, provides the Galaxy with a fully realized player development program starting with the Under-12 Academy teams through the LA Galaxy first team. The investment of AEG and the Galaxy in LA Galaxy II allows us to continue to develop the best players in Southern California and lessen the gap between the Academy and the LA Galaxy.”

LA Galaxy II will play a 28-game slate in USL PRO and will consist of LA first team players, it's own signings and Galaxy Academy players. 

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29 January 11:38 am

Three members of the LA Galaxy Academy were called up for the U.S. U-15 Boys’ upcoming training camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday. 

Galaxy goalkeeper Erik Lopez, defender Ateno Ajeakwa and forward Hanif Wright were  among the 20 players called up by U-15 head coach Hugo Perez for the camp which will run from Jan. 31-Feb. 9. During their training camp, the U.S. will take on Al Jazira FC on Feb. 3, Oman on Feb. 4 before ending their time in the Middle East with two friendlies against the United Arab Emirates on Feb. 6 and 8.

The Galaxy Academy were one of three teams with three players called up to the squad joining FC Dallas Academy and the New York Red Bulls Academy. 10 native Californians were named to the roster including Northern California native Ben Lederman who is currently with Spanish giants F.C. Barcelona. 

The complete squad is below.

GOALKEEPERS : Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Erik Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)

DEFENDERS: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Ateno Ajeakwa (LA Galaxy; Gardena, Calif.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester FC; Saddle River, N.J.), Edwin Lara (Unattached; San Leandro, Calif.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

MIDFIELDERS: Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Christopher Goslin (UFA Elite; Locust Grove, Ga.), Ben Lederman (Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Nicholas Taitague (FC Richmond Magic; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)

FORWARDS: Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Leonardo Marquez (Odyssey South; Visalia, Calif.), Marty Raygoza (FC Golden State; South El Monte, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Hanif Wright (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

28 January 6:51 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena addressed the media for the first time on Tuesday.

During the scrum, Arena touched on LA’s new emphasis on experience in 2014 as well as the addition of his son Kenny Arena as assistant coach.

Arena’s comments are below…

(On the changes that team has made this offseason…)

ARENA: “There have been changes, I don’t think a considerable amount, but we have additions that are important for our team. I’m going to include Jaime Penedo as an addition since he came in so late. The combination of those players gives us both quality and experience in a lot of positions. A big part of this team this year is that we’re going to have good depth and experienced players that can play a lot of roles throughout the season. … We’re hopeful that our team is a little bit better and a little bit more consistent because if there as a weakness last year, it’s that we were inconsistent. We were one of the top teams in league in terms of scoring goals and believe it or not, one of the top teams defending. Yet, I don’t think the results were consistent. I’m hoping that we have a little bit more quality and a little bit experience this year that will allow us to play more consistently.”

(On why the team decided to emphasize experience this offseason…)

ARENA: “It’s important. We had young players playing a lot of minutes last year, which was good experience for them, but we still need more quality  and more experience on the field at times.”

(On how important the year is for Robbie Rogers…)

ARENA: “I think it’s an important year for him. I think it’s an important year for a lot of players, not just Robbie. Robbie’s had an outstanding preseason to date, four good days. I feel good about that.”

(On bringing his son Kenny Arena as an assistant coach…)

ARENA: “That might have been one mistake that we made this offseason, but you can’t be perfect. He’s a good coach and has a lot of experience. He’s been around a head coach for about 33 years now and he knows [the profession] inside and out. He’s was hired on merit not on bloodline.” 

28 January 2:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy are searching for depth at right back and to remedy that, head coach Bruce Arena has brought in a pair of trialists into training camp.

On Tuesday, Arena revealed to reporters that MLS veteran Dan Gargan and Matheau Hall of the USL PRO’s Los Angeles Blues will train with the club during the preseason. Gargan, who has spent nine years in MLS has had stints with the San Jose Earthquakes, Chicago Fire, Toronto FC, Chivas USA, and the Colorado Rapids. The 31-year-old made eight appearances with six starts and tallied one assist in league play for the Earthquakes in 2013. Hall, on the other hand, has been a regular with the Blues for two seasons and appeared in 23 contests for the USL PRO outfit in 2013.

“A.J. DeLaGarza is penciled in right now as our right back, but Dan Gargan is a player with a lot of experience in this league and Matt Hall is a player that I noticed with the L.A. Blues last season. We’re going to look at them in preseason and make a decision there," said Arena. "We do have Oscar Sorto as well who we believe we’re going to be moving along and give him some opportunities as well.”

Also training with the club is 25-year-old goalkeeper Cody Laurendi. The Florida native spent last season with the NASL's Ft. Lauderdale Strikers after three seasons with the Puerto Rico Islanders.

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28 January 1:31 pm

On Tuesday, the LA Galaxy held their first media availability to truly kick start the 2014 preseason.

The session lasted nearly an hour as the players and head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media. Also present at training was the Vice President of Pumas UNAM Mario Trejo and Herbalife distributors from Mexico City. The Galaxy are scheduled to play Pumas in a closed-door scrimmage in Feburary.  

Below are a few social media highlights from training.

Lastly, it’s never too early to project the starting lineup for the March 8th season opener against Real Salt Lake, so my projected 11 is below.

------------------Jaime Penedo------------------

DeLaGarza—Gonzalez—Leonardo—Dunivant

Donovan-----Juninho----Sarvas--------Zardes

----------------Keane------Samuel------------------