The players had their next to last day off ahead of the season opener (which is just 10 days away) today but will be back in for a pair of sessions on Thursday. But even though the players were at home with their feet up, that does not mean that we were as well.
Some big announcements have been finalized over the last couple of days, with the final touches being put on our new radio deal with AM 570.
We've also announced the schedule for Fan Fest, which will be held at The Home Depot Center on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and will give most fans their first chance to see the team up close this season...
FAN FEST SCHEDULE
10:30 a.m. - Gates Open
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Open Practice
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Equipment Sale
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Silent Auction
11:30 a.m. - Contest #1 – Fan with most Galaxy gear
11:45 a.m. - Contest #2 – Fan with oldest ticket stub
12 p.m. - Contest #3 – Fan with biggest Galaxy tattoo
12:40 p.m. - Contest #4 – Player/Coach Look-A-Like
12:45 p.m. - Contest #5 – Oldest and Youngest Fan
12:50 p.m. - Contest #6 – Parent/Child Trivia
1:15 p.m. – LA Galaxy Player and Coach Introductions
(Visit Miss LA Galaxy and her Court once you get to Fan Fest to sign up for all of the contests)
Season ticket holders will also be invited to a special State of the Galaxy Address which will be held inside the Stadium Club. However, seating is limited for this event, so get your seats early.
What has not been announced but will be for the first time here is that the training session at Fan Fest will include a scrimmage with local PDL side San Fernando Valley Quakes.
Other notes from inside the team...
- Edson Buddle is close to a return to full training. He's been out since February 23 with a dislocation of the SC joint in his right collarbone, an injury that he picked up in the 2-1 win over Sydney FC in Hawaii. He's been doing fitness work with the rest of the team this week and may be ready to join in to soccer activities early next week.
- Ante Jazic has also stepped up his rehab efforts and has been outside, running the last couple of days as he stays on course for a return to action early into the regular season following ankle surgery.
- Rounding out the injury front, Charles Alamo dropped in for a while on Tuesday. His spirits were up after undergoing knee surgery last month and he says that he is already ahead of schedule which is of course, a good thing. He was on the bike doing some cardio so that his fitness levels will up once he's ready to get back on the field.
In addition to rehab, the three aforementioned players and the rest of the guys did a bunch of media on Tuesday as well. A bunch of the local and national broadcast partners were out to shoot the guys reading taglines and doing intros for ESPN, FSC, FSN and others, while also taping their DiamondVision intros and taking some marketing photos.
Everyone seemed to have fun with it and we'll have the video posted soon to prove it.