Green & Juma selected in Open Tryout
The LA Galaxy announced today that the club has selected midfielder
Andrew Green of Valencia, Calif. and defender Abdul Razzaq Juma of
Anaheim, Calif. from over 200 participants in the 2010 Galaxy Open
Tryouts at The Home Depot Center. Over two days, the Open Tryout
participants were evaluated in a series of 7v7 games in Round 1 before
concluding with an 11 v 11 game against the Galaxy U-18's in Round 2.
By being selected, Green and Juma have been invited for a trial in May
with the Galaxy's U-20 team, which competes in USL Super-20 League.
After several days of evaluation and deliberation, the Galaxy Open
Tryouts Assessors selected Green and Juma as the two top players from
the Open Tryouts based on their technical, tactical and athletic
coaches and former players including Ralph Perez (Former Assistant Coach
- U.S. National Team and LA Galaxy, Current Head Coach - University of
Redlands), Rolando Uribe (Head Coach - California Institute of
Technology, Head Coach U-14 U.S. National Team), Bill Swartz (Head Coach
- Pomona-Pitzer College) and Paul Broome (Former Defender - LA Galaxy,
Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas).
"On day one, we looked for players that caught our eye, in particular
those demonstrating elite physical condition with the speed, power and
agility to compete for a roster spot, and at the players' tactical
skill, positioning and touch on the ball," said Perez, an assistant
coach with the 1990 U.S World Cup team. "We felt both Andrew and Abdul
should have another chance to try and compete for a spot."
Currently, Green is training with the Hollywood United Hitmen of the
Premier Development League (PDL), while Juma recently played at Cypress
Here are a few facts about this year's Open Tryouts...
• More than 200 players participated including wait listed players
• 9 players from outside of the United States participated
• Two Players from United Kingdom, France and Mexico and United Kingdom
as well as Brazil, Japan and Taiwan
• Furthest distance traveled to attend - 5,680 miles (Japan)
• Players from out of California - 23
• State with the most players from outside of California - Nevada (four)
• Furthest distance traveled within U.S.A. - 2,285 miles (Key West,