Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they will be playing a preseason friendly with the Colorado Rapids on February 22 at Harder Stadium on the campus of UC Santa Barbara to close the preseason campaign.
“We are excited to play in Santa Barbara against the Colorado Rapids,” Arena told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “Since this game will be our final preseason game of the year, we consider this game to be critically important to the development of our team as we head into our season opener on March 3.”
Meanwhile, the two trialists who arrived in camp today were known to the public: 19-year old Mathaus Ferreira de Souda and Marcus Vinicius Gregorio de Souza, known as Marquinho. The latter played for a number of Brazilian clubs, the most notable being Fluminense.
“It’s easy to play with [Mathaus] because he’s Brazilian where there is a different style,” said Galaxy defender Leonardo to Serrano. “He’s played good. He’s only had two or three days to adapt himself to [the U.S.] and he’s done okay.”
The jury is still out on whether or not these two players will be on the final roster, but they did take part in the Galaxy’s 7-2 annihilation of UCLA in preseason action at the Home Depot Center. Here was the first-half lineup, according to Adam Serrano of the LA Galaxy Insider.
And here was the second-half lineup.
Opare—Ferreira (Trialist) —Leonardo—-Gaul
Sean Franklin and Charlie Rugg scored braces for the Galaxy. Also on goal were Michael Stephens, Omar Gonzalez and Hector Jimenez.
LA Galaxy 7, UCLA 2
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
LA – Michael Stephens (Jack McBean) 13’
LA – Omar Gonzalez (Juninho) 29’
LA – Sean Franklin (Jack McBean) 41’
LA – Sean Franklin (Mike Magee) 45’
LA – Hector Jimenez (Jack McBean) 57’
LA – Charlie Rugg (Hector Jimenez) 64’
UCLA – Reed Williams 66’
LA – Charlie Rugg (Bryan Gaul) 78’
UCLA – Evan Raynr 82’
LA Galaxy: Brian Perk (Brian Rowe 46’); A.J. DeLaGarza (Kofi Opare 46’), Omar Gonzalez (Matheus Ferreira 46’), Tommy Meyer (Leonardo 46’), Todd Dunivant (Bryan Gaul 46’); Sean Franklin (Paul Arriola 46’), Marcelo Sarvas (Rafael Garcia 46’), Juninho (Hector Jimenez 46’), Michael Stephens (Greg Cochrane 46’); Mike Magee (Andy Reimer 57’), Jack McBean (Charlie Rugg 57’).
Sean Franklin, one of the goal-scorers of that contest, is arguably the old man of the Galaxy, with Landon Donovan on sabbatical for the time being. A stalwart in the back line, Franklin’s leadership and football savvy has been a boon for Los Angeles for the past two years.
“I still do get excited about practice and wanting to train well,” Franklin told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “It’s a lot different from my first day here. Not just the coaching staff and players but the demands of training sessions and wanting to do the best at your best position and working hard to have a spot on the team.
“I tell the new guys, ‘Just listen, I’ll put you in the right spots. And if I don’t, then it’s my fault.’ I just try to help them as far as getting in the right position and being a threat going forward.
“I’m starting my sixth season, and I feel it’s my job to step up and help players if they don’t know. I’m still asking questions how to get better.”