Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thursday Training

The sun was back out this afternoon at The Home Depot Center as the Galaxy were back at work preparing for Saturday's game against the Rapids.

We'll have photos and audio a bit later, but to tide you over until then, here are a few notes from today's session.

  • Landon did not train with the club today as he was on a plane to New York where he will re-join the rest of the U.S. National Team for their game against Argentina on Sunday. Donovan is still stuck on 99 caps but will hope to become the 11th centurion in U.S. history. He missed the losses to England and Spain because of tightness in his right groin, but will hope to have recovered enough to play a role in Sunday's friendly, which is the final tune-up for the U.S. before World Cup Qualifying begins on June 15 against Barbados.
  • David Beckham trained while wearing a soft, Velcro brace on his right wrist. Beckham has been diagnosed with a sprained right wrist, which he told the media first felt sore a few weeks ago. But have no fear, David is fully fit and ready to go on Saturday against the Rapids.
  • Charles Alamo, who has been out since undergoing knee surgery in February, was working out on the side with Chris Neville. Alamo, who just began running a few weeks ago, participated in some drills that worked on his lateral movement, while also taking part in some small diving drills, the first drills that he has done with his goalkeeping gloves on since his injury.
  • Mauricio Cienfuegos was back out at the training field, this time with his family, as he enjoys some time off during the Salvadoran offseason, Joining him was another former Galaxy player, Clint Mathis. Mathis, who recently helped Ergotelis F.C. avoid relegation in the Greek Super League, is enjoying some time off after completion of his inaugural season in Greece. Alexi Lalas and Paul Bravo were also in attendance at today's practice, making for four former MLS All-Stars watching the proceedings.
  • While those four were watching today's session, three members of the Galaxy Rios U20s participated in the session. Kyle Nakazawa was back after training on Tuesday, and he was joined by midfielder Rafael Garcia (Cal State Northridge) and defender Everett Pitts (UC Irvine). Those three players helped the Rios earn a 5-1 win over the LA Legends, a local PDL side, on Wednesday evening. Nakazawa scored once, as did Tristan Bowen, Travis Bowen, David Estrada and Camillo Rojas as the Rios won handily over the Legends reserve team. They are back in action on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Lancaster when they take on the Lancaster Rattlers.


charlesj27 said...

I'm sorry to keep asking this... but, any news on Carlos Ruiz? Is he still okay (meaning: NOT more injured)? I'm assuming that Alvaro, Joey, Ely, Brandon, David, Chris, Sean, Greg, Alan, Edson, and Abel are fit, ready, and in-line to put a full-strength performance against Colorado Rapids this coming Saturday. Please LA Galaxy team - we cannot keep losing games and giving away valuable points!!! Stop playing nervous, hap-hazard, dis-oriented soccer... the other teams will exploit each and every weakness out there on the field. Stay sharp, controlled, in-posession... and, always pushing forward - towards goal/net. The team MUST improve... it must improve in midfield and in defense! I can't state these facts enough!!! Good luck?!

charlesj27 said...

I'm glad to hear that Charles Alamo is continuing on the path to full recovery. I hope his strength, his spirits, his drive & determination has not diminished one bit. So four (4) MLS All-Stars were there to watch the training today. Good! Wow - Clint Mathis was here visiting. Nice! I hope the video snippets that you guys are putting together will have commentary from Mauricio, Clint, Kyle, Tristan, David Estrada, and Camillo Rojas. It'll be nice for our Galaxy fans to see and get acquainted with the Galaxy RIOS members. They seem to be playing very well. Keep it up, youngstas'!
I want to congratulate David Beckham on his steady, confident, responsive, alert, opportunistic performance with the English National Team. It's soooo good to have you back with the Galaxy.
I truly hope that Landon will earn his 100th cap on Sunday, June 8th. I wish him complete recovery, strength, drive, concentration, focus, and fortune. Please come back UNINJURED, Landon... we need your skill, pace, awareness, and technique on our LA Galaxy team.
Here's to wishing and hoping that our team is fully ready & prepared for Saturday's game against Colorado. Come on guys, we seriously need the points to stay at the top in the Western Conference!!! Play HARD! Go GALAXY !!!

Cal said...

Thanks again for providing updates on the Rios.

And I agree with the above comments, maybe we should get some photos or short video of our Rios squad. Maybe some quotes about what its like to be affiliated w/ the Galaxy while still playing college or HS or whatever.

Anyways, hopefully we won't miss LD tomorrow.