LA Galaxy Weekly Update: February 14

Galaxy begin 10-Day training camp in Arizona

Cardozo vs SJ

Photo Credit: 
Robert Mora / LA Galaxy

CARSON, Calif. – Three weeks after gathering for preseason physicals, the LA
Galaxy headed to Scottsdale, Ariz. this week for the start of a 10-day training
camp. While visiting the Grand
Canyon State,
the club will hold seven training sessions and play three games, including one
against the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids and two versus the
expansion Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

This is the third time
in Arizona
for the Galaxy in as many years. A total of 26 players made the trip, though
just 24 were on Sunday’s morning flight from LAX - Gregg Berhalter arrived
Sunday night while Adam Cristman is scheduled to arrive on Monday night. In
addition to the 26 players, a total of 13 coaches and staff members made the

In addition to their
training sessions, which began on Monday, the team will make a handful of
visits to the Athlete’s Performance facility in Phoenix, one of the region’s most
state-of-the-art fitness centers. 


HIGH FIVE: The Galaxy officially added five
players to their roster on Monday, agreeing to terms with MLS SuperDraft
selections Paolo Cardozo and Hector Jimenez, as well as Supplemental Draft
picks Dan Keat, Ryan Thomas and Dustin McCarty
. All five joined the club for
the start of preseason training three weeks ago. The contracts for Cardozo and
Keat will each be finalized pending the receipt of their ITCs.

A native of Uruguay,
Cardozo was selected by the Galaxy in the first round of the 2011 MLS
SuperDraft after impressing at the annual MLS Combine. Jimenez, who was raised
in nearby Bell Gardens, Calif., was taken one round later by the Galaxy
with the 34th overall pick of the SuperDraft. The team then made
three more selections in the Supplemental Draft, selecting New Zealand
native Dan Keat as the third overall pick, followed by Stanford standout, Ryan
Thomas, and UNC midfielder Dustin McCarty.

McBEAN PLAYS 17 MINUTES IN U.S. WIN: The U.S. Under-17 National Team earned a 3-1 win over
Cuba in their first game of
the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Galaxy forward Jack
McBean, who is the only professional on the U.S.
roster, made his first appearance in an official competition for the U.S., entering
the match in the 73rd minute, replacing Mario Rodriguez. The
16-year-old, who is the youngest player ever to sign with LA, made his
international debut in a friendly against Jamaica in January. The Newport Beach, Calif.
native will officially join the Galaxy following the 2011 CONCACAF U-17

If the U.S. win their next game at the tournament,
they will advance to the quarterfinals, which would leave them one win away
from a berth in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

heading to Arizona for a 10-day training camp, the Galaxy took on the San Jose
Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center last week in a preseason game
. San Jose opened the
scoring, but the Galaxy came from behind to equalize late in the game, earning
a 1-1 draw.

The Earthquakes gained an early lead
in the fourth minute with a close-range goal from Ike Opara. With only six
minutes remaining in the match Paolo Cardozo whipped a left-footed
freekick into the box for Mike Magee, who rose above the San Jose defense to head past Earthquakes
goalkeeper Jake Gleeson from six yards out, earning the Galaxy a 1-1 draw.

Defender Todd Dunivant made his
first appearance for the Galaxy since undergoing a sports hernia surgery in the
off-season. He started the match at left back and was replaced in the 34th
minute by Frankie Hejduk.

The Galaxy have played three games
so far this preseason, compiling an 0-0-2 record against MLS opposition, having
also played to a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers last Tuesday. LA beat Loyola Marymount
University in their first
game of the preseason on February 4.

 The LA Galaxy will play Club Tijuana
Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente of Mexico’s
Liga de Ascenso in the "San Diego Clasico", presented by Freeway
Insurance, on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Torero
Stadium on the campus of the University
of San Diego.

Club Tijuana
is coached by former Club America
and Mexican National Team midfielder Joaquín Del Olmo, who in his first season
with the club guided the Xoloitzcuintles to their first title last December,
winning the Liga de Ascenso Apertura Season. Led by their captain Javier
Gandolfi, goalkeeper Adrian Zermeno and forward Raúl Enríquez, last season,
Club Tijuana posted an impressive 11-1-5 record and only conceded seven goals
all year, including playoffs. Five games into the Clausura Season, the
Xoloitzcuintles have an 0-1-4 record after posting a 2-2 home draw against Merida on Sunday.

Tickets are on sale now starting at
just $25 by calling the University
of San Diego’s JCP Ticket
Office at (619) 260-7550 or by clicking here.


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