CARSON, Calif. – The last two years have been frustrating for Brian Perk and now the longtime LA goalkeeper finds himself possibly searching for greener pastures after his option was declined earlier this month.
Much like the 2013 season, Perk was plagued with recurring concussion issues that rendered him unable to suit up for the Galaxy or their USL PRO affiliate Galaxy II for wide stretches. The 25-year-old ‘keeper saw only brief action for the first team as he appeared in two matches at the beginning of the year while primary starter Jaime Penedo ironed out visa issues after LA’s demise from the CONCACAF Champions League.
In his three appearances, Perk showcased the quality shot-stopping ability that has been a hallmark of his as he made held a 1-0-1 record that included a shutout of Chivas USA in March. However, concussions rendered Perk unable to build on this performance as he was inactive for much of the season, allowing Brian Rowe to seal the No. 2 spot behind Penedo. When Perk did return, he became a staple for Galaxy II appearing in five matches for the club including each of their two USL PRO playoff games.
After having his option declined, where Perk’s career goes from here remains in question. The goalkeeper is up for stage two of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Thursday and if he is not selected, he could be eligible to sign with any club that he wishes. Although injuries forced him into limited action this season, Perk’s stellar shot stopping ability—which has drawn comparisons to RSL starter Nick Rimando— should make him a contender to lock down a job with the Galaxy or elsewhere.
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV was named by U.S. Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos for the team's upcoming training camp in Honduras from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22.
Jamieson, who took part in the team's recent fitness training camp earlier this month, returns to the fold in the U.S. U-20's final training camp of the year. During the training camp, the U.S. will play a pair of matches against Honduras on Dec. 18 and Dec. 21 at Morazan Stadium in San Pedro Sula.
The complete roster is below.
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Jack McBean is heading to Europe for the rest of the month on a pair of training stints, a source close to the situation told LA Galaxy Insider.
The 19-year-old forward is currently training with Championship side Charlton Athletic and will train there for the next eight days until joining up with Scottish club Hibernian for another 10 day training period. A club spokesman confirmed McBean’s training stint.
McBean, who trained in England last year with Blackburn Rovers and Wolves, endured a trying year with Galaxy II in 2014 as he scored five goals in 26 appearances.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy declined options on four players on Thursday and all four players will be available for the two stages of the MLS Re-Entry Draft Process on Dec. 12 and Dec. 18.
LA declined options on Galaxy II stalwarts Rafael Garcia, Chandler Hoffman, Bryan Perk as well as veteran outside back James Riley. The four players join center back Kyle Venter who was waived by the team on Wednesday.
Garcia made 23 appearances as the captain of Los Dos in 2014 while also making 11 appearances for the first team in his three years with the club. In two seasons with the Galaxy, Hoffman made eight appearances -- all of them in 2014 -- for the Galaxy while tallying 13 goals for the team's USL PRO affiliate. Perk, who was dealt with concussion issues for much of the season, appeared in five games for the Galaxy. Lastly, Riley played in just four games after suffering an meniscus injury in March.
LA Galaxy II bolstered their goalkeeping core on Monday by signing 15-year-old LA Galaxy Academy product and U.S. Under-17 international Eric Lopez.
A member of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Florida, Lopez becomes the youngest player to ever sign a professional contract in USL PRO. In addition to a sterling academy career that has seen him suit up for each team from the club's U-13 to U-18 levels, Lopez has trained briefly with the Galaxy first team over the past year.
“Eric is another example of the fully-realized player developmental system that the Galaxy have implemented,” said LA Galaxy Technical Director Jovan Kirovski in a statement. “We are excited to complete this deal and keep talented prospects like Eric within the Galaxy organization as their careers progress.”
LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Oscar Sorto started and went 90 minutes as the U.S. Under-23's fell 3-0 to their counterparts from Brazil on Monday evening in Brasilia.
The 20-year-old Galaxy defender was solid in defense for the USMNT U-23’s and nearly helped set up an equalizer in the second half with a dangerous cross that was ultimately flubbed by former Galaxy Academy forward Mario Rodriguez.
Although the Americans had their chances, the Brazilians dominated from start to finish even going ahead after just three minutes when center back Luan beat U.S. goalkeeper Cody Cropper. The Brazilians then padded their lead with two goals in the second half as Brazilian youngsters Douglas and Vinicius scored.
CARSON, Calif. -- Bradford Jamieson IV enjoyed a stellar season in USL PRO, but it was not good enough to win the 2014 Rookie of the Year award.
USL PRO announced their 2014 awards and Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper John McCarthy was awarded the Rookie of the Year award and the Goalkeeper of the Year honor for his season with Rochester. During his first season in USL PRO, McCarthy recorded an impressive 10 shutouts in 18 appearances for the Rhinos. By comparison, Jamieson tallied five goals for Los Dos in their first season.
In addition to McCarthy winning the two honors Orlando City SC's Kevin Molino took home Most Valuable Player, Sacramento Republic's Nemanja Vukovic won Defender of the Year while Republic head coach Preki won Coach of the Year.
After the announcement of the awards, Jamieson commended McCarthy on his performance on Twitter.
Chandler Hoffman named to USL PRO All-League Team; Andre Auras and Daniel Steres named to second team
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II striker Chandler Hoffman was named to USL PRO' all-League team on Tuesday according to a release from the league.
Hoffman takes home the Best XI honor after a stellar season with Los Dos that saw him score 13 goals for the Galaxy's USL PRO affiliate. Meanwhile, midfielder Andre Auras and center back Daniel Steres were both named to the league's second team. Auras notched two goals and five assists for Los Dos while Steres marshalled the Galaxy II defense while also tallying three goals.
The league's MVP, Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors will all be announced on Wednesday in a press conference in Sacramento ahead of the final between Sacramento Republic and the Harrisburg City Islanders.
Typically a victory for Seattle Sounders FC is hardly met with applause let alone smiles from LA Galaxy circles, but Seattle's U.S. Open Cup triumph on Tuesday may end up benefiting the Galaxy at the end of the season.
By defeating the Philadelphia Union 3-1 in the U.S. Open Cup final, Seattle not only won the Lamar Hunt Open Cup Trophy, but they also clinched one of U.S. Soccer's four Champions League spots. Under MLS and U.S. Soccer's request, those berths were changed by CONCACAF last December to be awarded to the following:
1) MLS Cup winner
2) Supporters' Shield winner
3) Winner of the conference regular season winner opposite the Supporters Shield holder
4) U.S. Open Cup winner.
Also according to CONCACAF, if an MLS team is in possession of two of the honors or if a Canadian team wins any of the above three, then the CCL berth will fall to the team with the next best regular season record.
Just how does all this benefit the Galaxy?
If the Galaxy are unable to catch Seattle Sounders FC in the Supporters' Shield chase -- they currently trail Seattle by three points -- but finish in second at the end of the season, then the CCL berth that Seattle won for finishing with the league's best regular season record will fall to the Galaxy.
Happy to have the (possible) safety net in case the Galaxy don't win the Supporters' Shield? Or do you think that LA should just go out and try to win the Shield -- and MLS Cup for that matter -- anyway?
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II will play their first-ever playoff game on Saturday when they face the Rochester Rhinos at 7:30 p.m. PT at StubHub Center.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the success that Chandler Hoffman has had in USL PRO this season.
Remember that attendance and parking are free for the match.