LA Galaxy Sign Two LA Galaxy II Players For U.S. Open Cup Game
By Jerry Stephens
The LA Galaxy have signed two LA Galaxy II players from the USL on a short-term loan for their U.S. Open Cup game against the Portland Timbers on June 29th.
The LA Galaxy have announced that they have signed midfielder, Alejandro Covarrubias, and defender, Lee Nishanian, to short-term loans. These two players are from the Galaxy’s USL team, Galaxy II. They will be with the first team for their game against the Portland Timbers on June 29th.
These players are being called up because of the U.S. Open Cup Match against Portland. The whole first team will not be able to compete in the game and it is a good chance to see how some younger players handle a tough situation against an MLS team. This Round of 16 match-up will between two MLS sides as they look to advance to the quarter finals.
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The game is set to take place in Portland, Oregon at Providence Park on June 29th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. PST. It will be broadcasted free on YouTube. Major League Soccer allows teams to sign USL players to short-term loan agreements for “CONCACAF Champions League, AMWAY Canadian Championship, U.S. Open Cup, and exhibition matches. An MLS club may sign a player to a maximum of four short-term agreements each season.” (LAGalaxy.com)
This is the second time that Covarrubias has been signed to a short-term loan this year. It is Nishanian’s first time being called up this season. Both have been vital in LA Galaxy II’s success in the USL this season as Covarrubias has record one goal and one assist in 15 appearances. Nishanian has recorded one assist in 15 games.
Los Angeles will be looking to move on in this year’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament with a win over Portland. The club has won the trophy in 2001 and 2005. They were also the runner-ups in 2002 and 2006.
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It will be interesting to see if either of these two young and talented players will make an impact with the first team against the Timbers. They may get a chance to play or they may just be insurance players that will be on the bench. Keep an eye on these two prospects in the team’s game against Portland.