Notes from the final LA Galaxy practice session ahead of CCL clash

06 March 8:31 pm

Notes from the final LA Galaxy practice session ahead of CCL clash

By Adam Serrano

A total of 19 players traveled with the LA Galaxy to Costa Rica for Thursday's CONCACAF Champions League first leg against C.S. Herediano.

During the portion of Wednesday's at Estadio Elano Rosabal Cordero open to the media, the following group was spotted. 

GK: Carlo Cudicini,  Brian Perk

DEF: Todd Dunivant, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin, A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Oscar Sorto

MID: Marcelo Sarvas, Hector Jimenez, Juninho, Rafael Garcia, Michael Stephens, Greg Cochrane

FWD: Robbie Keane, Mike Magee, Charlie Rugg, Chandler Hoffman, Jack McBean

A full recap of training with thoughts from Keane, Magee,  Dunivant, and Juninho can be found here

A few notes on the roster and the team's training are below...

*18 players will dress for the match.

*All but five players (Carlo Cudicini, Oscar Sorto, Greg Cochrane, Charlie Rugg, and Chandler Hoffman) have CONCACAF Champions League experience.

*Six players on the roster have scored away goals in the CCL (Robbie Keane, Mike Magee, Sean Franklin, Michael Stephens, Jack McBean, and Sean Franklin).

*Jack McBean leads the Galaxy in goals scored for the 2012-2013 tournament with three goals, but Juninho is the all-time leading scorer in the competition with five. 

*Seven players (Todd Dunivant, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Robbie Keane, and Mike Magee) were on the field for LA's last trip to Costa Rica (a 1-0 loss to Alajuelense). Six players were with the Galaxy, while Sarvas was still with Liga. 

El Rosabal is a turf field. According to several team members, it is uneven with a few dead spots that seem to kill the momentum of a pass. It compares unfavorably to turf fields in Seattle and Portland. 

*Following practice, Sarvas offered the following thoughts on his negative reception at the airport on Tuesday: "I'm glad that my mom is in Brazil and she can not hear what they say."