Thursday Notes: Yi becomes LA Galaxy Under-18 head coach, U.S. Under-17 squad announced

Former MLS defender Alex Yi has taken over as head coach of the LA Galaxy Under-18's.

Yi replaces Eddie Soto, who will now serve as the head coach of the LA Under-15's. For a little bit more on Yi, read his bio here. 

A few other notes from the day...

*Former FC Dallas forward Brek Shea completed his move to Stoke City. 

*The San Jose Earthquakes were unable to secure another loan or full transfer for midfielder Simon Dawkins who moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Aston Villa

*D.C. United extended head coach Ben Olsen's contract through the 2014 season. 

*On Wednesday, i spoke to several LA Galaxy players about their upcoming friendly against Club Tijuana

*Lastly, the LA Galaxy kick off their preseason slate on Friday against the U.S. Under-17 national team. U-17 head coach Richie Williams announced the squad earlier in the day...

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion; Todd, N.C.), Paul Christensen (Seattle Sounders; Woodinville, Wash.)

DEFENDERS (8): Conor Donovan (NC Alliance; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake Academy; Tucson, Ariz.), Elijah Martin (Unattached; Fresno, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summitt, Mo.), Tommy Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.), Caleb Smith (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington, Texas)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Junior Flores (Unattached; Manassas Park, Va.), Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.J.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio)

FORWARDS (6): Bradford Jamieson (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Nathan Kohl (Crew Soccer Academy; Hilliard, Ohio), Rubio Rubin (unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls; South Orange, N.J.), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC; Garland, Texas)