GALAXY 2011: Fast facts


Anschutz Entertainment Group (Philip K. Anschutz)

President: Tim Leiweke


General manager: Bruce Arena

President of business operations: Tom Payne


Head coach: Bruce Arena

Associate head coach: Dave Sarachan

Assistant coach/reserve team coach: Curt Onalfo

Goalkeeper coach: Ian Feuer

Player/assistant coach: Gregg Berhalter


(with hometowns/local high schools and college)


24 Brian Perk (Rancho Santa Margarita/Tesoro HS and UCLA): Second-year pro awaiting MLS debut

1 Donovan Ricketts (Montego Bay, Jamaica): 33-year-old Reggae Boyz star was MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010

12 Josh Saunders (Lake Forest/El Toro HS and Cal State Fullerton/California): Puerto Rico national-teamer has played 10 games in six MLS seasons


33 Sean Alvarado (West Orange, N.J./UCLA): “Apprentice” defender was signed four days before the opener

3 Gregg Berhalter (Tenafly, N.J./North Carolina): 15-year European vet, L.A. backline anchor nursing a knee injury after illness limited him in 2010

20 A.J. DeLaGarza (Bryans Road, Md./Maryland): Versatile third-year defender is at home at all four backline positions

2 Todd Dunivant (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Stanford): Ninth-year vet a fixture at left back since second L.A. stint began in 2009

5 Sean Franklin (Palmdale/Highland HS and Cal State Northridge): 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year emerged as one of MLS's premier right backs last season

4 Omar Gonzalez (Dallas/Maryland): Towering (6-foot-5) center back was MLS's Rookie of the Year in 2009, a Best XI selection last year

6 Frankie Hejduk (Cardiff-by-the-Sea/UCLA): Iconic outside back returns to So Cal after 15 years in Tampa, Europe and Columbus

22 Leonardo (Sao Paulo, Brazil): Big things expected of 23-year-old center back, on loan from Sao Paulo, now that he's healthy

28 Ryan Thomas (Claremont/Claremont HS and Stanford): Supplemental draft choice will see Reserve League title at outside back


23 David Beckham (London, England): Winger with the golden right foot heads into the final season of his five-year Galaxy deal

8 Chris Birchall (Stafford, England): Trinidad & Tobago national-teamer gets the reins at defensive center midfielder after sharing time last year

30 Paolo Cardozo (Montevideo, Uruguay): Playmaking midfielder, L.A.'s top draft pick, impressed with his skill and creativity during preseason

10 Landon Donovan (Redlands/Redlands East Valley HS): Galaxy's captain and premier player -- the 2008 MLS scoring champ, 2009 MLS MVP and 2010 MLS assists leader -- says he's refreshed and more energetic than he's been in years

16 Hector Jimenez (Bell Gardens/Bell Gardens HS and California): Rookie winger will see time in Reserve League, as occasional sub

27 Bryan Jordan (Temple City/Temple City HS and Oregon State): Versatile attacker will be used primarily on the midfield flanks, but he can play up front or as an outside back

19 Juninho (San Jose dos Campos, Brazil): Central midfielder, on loan from Sao Paulo, took step forward in preseason after winning starting job last season

7 Jovan Kirovski (Escondido): Veteran attacker, 35 on Friday, provides depth in central midfield, can play farther forward if needed

15 Dan Keat (Wellington, New Zealand/Dartmouth): Kiwi youth national-teamer, a supplemental-draft choice, missed most of preseason with a foot injury

21 Dustin McCarty (Maitland, Fla./North Carolina): Supplemental-draft selection, younger brother of D.C. United's Dax McCarty, can play in midfield or as an outside back

26 Michael Stephens (Naperville, Ill./UCLA): Skilled second-year pro, who had eight assists as a rookie, can play anywhere in midfield


9 Juan Pablo Angel (Medellin, Colombia): Regal striker scored 61 goals in four seasons for New York after starring at Atletico Nacional, River Plate and Aston Villa

11 Chad Barrett (Beaverton, Ore./UCLA): Energetic striker scored 30 goals in six seasons with Chicago and Toronto FC

17 Adam Cristman (Glen Allen, Va./Virginia): Big forward scored 10 goals in first two seasons with New England, was slowed by injury in stints in Kansas City, with D.C. United

25 Miguel Lopez (Ensenada, Argentina): 22-year-old forward, on loan from Quilmes, provides skillful option up top

18 Mike Magee (Chicago): Eighth-year vet (at 26) has five goals and seven assists in two seasons with the Galaxy, was limited by injury last year

32 Jack McBean (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS): 16-year-old forward was playing prep soccer earlier this winter, will see time with Reserve League and academy teams and with U.S. U-17s


Goalkeeper: Donovan Ricketts is No. 1, but Arena says Josh Saunders will see more time this season.

Defenders: Sean Franklin at right back, Omar Gonzalez and Gregg Berhalter in the middle, Todd Dunivant at left back. With Berhalter hurt to start the season, Leonardo likely steps in next to Berhalter, and A.J. DeLaGarza also is an option. DeLaGarza and Frankie Hejduk are first-choice outside backs off the bench.

Midfielders: David Beckham on the right, Landon Donovan on the left and Juninho and Chris Birchall in the middle. Expect Paolo Cardozo to get opportunities in the middle, and Michael Stephens is the most versatile backup. Jovan Kirovski provides cover for Bichall.

Forwards: Juan Pablo Angel and, perhaps, a revolving group headed by Chad Barrett. Donovan might be Angel's best partner, but team needs will limit his time up top. Mike Magee and Miguel Lopez will get their chances, and Adam Cristman is coming off an impressive preseason


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Opener: Tuesday at Seattle, 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)

Home opener: Sunday vs. New England at Home Depot Center, 5 p.m. (Galavision/FSN Prime Ticket)

U.S. Open Cup: Enters in third round, June 28

Friendlies: One game likely vs. European power in July or August

CONCACAF Champions League: Enters in group stage, Aug. 16

Home highlights

May 7 vs. New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m.: Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez and Co.

July 4 vs. Seattle Sounders, 7:30 p.m.: Fireworks fest following showdown with former L.A. coach Sigi Schmid

Aug. 6 vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m.: Rematch of November's Western Conference final, won by the Hoops

Sept. 9 vs. Colorado Rapids, 8 p.m.: The reigning MLS Cup champions

Oct. 1 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m.: Could decide Western, Supporters' Shield titles

Oct. 16 vs. Chivas USA, 6 p.m.: The SuperClasico, MLS's only true derby


Home Depot Center (Cal State Dominguez Hills, Carson)

Capacity: 27,000