There is a possibility that the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves and Los Angeles Blues could be facing each other outside of closed-door scrimmages and the peculiar U.S. Open Cup matchup.
That’s because Major League Soccer and the United Soccer Leagues announced today that a partnership has been made in which the MLS Reserve League teams will face teams in USL Pro in interleague matches.
For teams like the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves and especially the new faces on Bruce Arena’s side, this is a great opportunity to get their feet wet and get some game experience under their belts while taking on teams that feature MLS talent from years past.
“This partnership represents the first step in a long-term alliance between MLS and USL Pro to connect domestic professional soccer through a system that benefits player development, competition and the overall business of our sport,” said MLS executive vice president of player relations and competition Todd Durbin to MLSsoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle. “Over the past several years, USL Pro has made great strides in restructuring in a manner that serves to complement the objectives of MLS.
“This is a win-win for all involved and it demonstrates our strong commitment to growing North American professional soccer at all levels.”
So how does this work? Well, as stated before, each USL Pro team will play a pair of interleague games against MLS Reserve sides. Now each USL Pro team has been paired with a single MLS team to play a home-and-home series. The only exception to this rule is Antigua Barracuda FC, who will have to play both interleague matches at the MLS Reserve side’s home pitch.
The interleague matches will count towards the USL Pro and MLS Reserve League standings. At least four MLS players will be loaned out to their USL Pro affiliate. The catch: club affiliations between MLS and USL Pro sides will be tailored to each team’s specific needs. So there is a possibility that the Blues (who, according to the View’s opinion, are a more-than-logical match for the Galaxy) may not be named the USL Pro affiliate to the Galaxy.
Therefore, fans who want to see the Blues and Galaxy Reserves square off in Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium (where the G’s have had a few noteworthy U.S. Open Cup matches in) will have to play the waiting game for the time being.
Meanwhile, former Los Angeles Galaxy bookend David Beckham is back on the news again…through his son Brooklyn. According to reports, Brooklyn Beckham, who played on the LA Galaxy Academy Under-14s, has earned a tryout. Cue another catch: the tryout is with one of Manchester United’s Premier League rivals, Chelsea.
It’s not easy to follow in the footsteps of your old man. Just ask the old man himself.
“They’ve got a great life set up for them,” Beckham told The Times through the Daily Telegraph. “Obviously our boys and little girl are very lucky. But I think, as a parent, you always worry: ‘Have they got the hunger that I had as a kid?’ I’m as hard on my boys as my dad was. They always ask, ‘Did I play well?’ I’ll say, ‘You did alright, could have done better…”‘
He may be in his early teen years now, but if all goes well, the world might be seeing another Beckham play UEFA Champions League football. How’s that for a swell deal? Stay tuned…