LA Galaxy Announce 2019 LA Galaxy Special Olympics Unified Roster

LOS ANGELES (Wednesday, April 17, 2019) – The LA Galaxy have signed 20 new players to contract for the club’s LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Unified Team ahead of the 2019 season. The LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team will kick off the 2019 season at Dignity Health Sports Park on Friday, April 19 following the LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo MLS match when they face the Houston Dynamo Special Olympics Unified team. Tickets to the match can be purchased at www.lagalaxy.com/tickets

The athletes were announced during the 2019 LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team signing ceremony on April 3 at Dignity Health Sports Park. At the ceremony, LA Galaxy Assistant Coach Dominic Kinnear and LA Galaxy players Daniel Steres, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Ethan Zubak and Joe Corona presented each player with their 2019 jersey before welcoming them to the club. After participating in an open tryout earlier in the season, the 20 players were selected based on three criteria: (1) their ability to value and work with teammates of all abilities, (2) their commitment to the Play Unified experience and their teammates, and (3) their understanding of the game of soccer and its rules.

The players signed will attend regular practices starting this month at Dignity Health Sports Park. In addition to a mix of friendlies hosted over the summer, the team will travel to Red Bull Arena on Saturday, May 4 to face off against New York Red Bulls Unified team.

The LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Soccer Team Exchange program is a partnership between the LA Galaxy and Special Olympics Southern California that brings individuals with and without intellectual disabilities together as teammates, ages 16-25, to participate in unique training, competition and social experiences.

The goal of Unified Sports is to bring people with and without intellectual disabilities together to compete, learn and grow on the same team – as equals. Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports breaks down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a fun way. It was inspired by a simple principle: playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

The 2019 LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team schedule and roster are below.

2019 LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California Unified Team Games

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

Friday, April 19

LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team vs. Houston Dynamo Unified Team

Dignity Health Sports Park

Saturday, May 4

LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team vs. New York Red Bulls Unified Team

Red Bull Arena

August (Date TBA)

LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team vs. LA Galaxy Boys’ and Girls’ Academy in August

Dignity Health Sports Park

 

NAME

ROLE

JERSEY #

HOMETOWN

Keven Ramirez Batres

Athlete

1

Los Angeles

Rebecca Lagos

Partner

3

Hawaiian Gardens

Daniel Saucedo

Partner

4

San Pedro

Bodey Waldeck

Athlete

5

Santa Clarita

Karen Delgado

Partner

6

Los Angeles

Rigoberto Cervantes

Athlete

7

Los Angeles

Cristian Valencia

Athlete

8

San Pedro

Douglas Molina

Athlete

9

North Hills

Eric Silva Ortega

Partner

10

Hawthorne

Neyber Serrano

Partner

11

North Hills

David Huerta

Athlete

12

Los Angeles

Logan Jones

Athlete

13

Simi Valley

Juan Ortega

Partner

14

Hawthorne

Jose Chavez Jr.

Partner

20

Los Angeles

Jonathan Compton

Partner

21

Compton

Jose Conde Jr.

Athlete

22

Los Angeles

Giber Camacho

Partner

23

Inglewood

Edwin Perez

Athlete

24

Los Angeles

Matthew Louis

Partner

26

Redondo Beach

Armando Saucedo

Athlete

32

San Pedro