L.A. BLUES: Maykel Galindo fits up top

April, 24, 2012
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CARSON -- The L.A. Blues haven't scored in their first two USL Pro outings this season, but they appear to have an answer for that: former Chivas USA forward Maykel Galindo.

The Cuban star, who scored a dozen goals in his first of four seasons with the Goats and spent last year with FC Dallas, is expected to sign shortly with the Blues, in time to be available for their next game, May 4 against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Maykel Galindo
Ned Dishman/Getty ImagesMaykel Galindo could be exactly what the L.A. Blues offense needs.

Galindo, 31, on Tuesday made his first game appearance since the Major League Soccer season ended last fall, starting up top for the Blues in a 3-2 loss to the Galaxy in a closed-door scrimmage at Home Depot Center. Head coach/general manager Charlie Naimo can envision him there when points are on the line.

“He's going to be great once he gets fit ...,” said Naimo, whose Fullerton-based team dropped 1-0 and 2-0 decisions the past two weekends against the Rochester Rhinos. “He's a good guy, he's probably 60 percent fit right now, so he'll probably pick up another 20 to 25 percent before we get to the next game, and he'll be dangerous.

“If teams don't press us like the Galaxy presses and we have the ball territorially like we've been having it in our other games, he's going to get goals. You're going to have to play different against us when he's on the field, because he's resourceful and he finds ways. Once we get first goals in games, teams are going to have to play different against us. They can't sit all day and counter us, they're going to have to start playing.”

The Blues dominated possession in their games against Rochester but didn't create enough chances and failed to finish the chances that did develop. They expect to be more successful when defenses aren't as packed in as was the Rhinos'.

Naimo said the club “should have a deal done pretty soon” with Galindo, who has delighted just to play -- although the Galaxy had nearly constant possession in the 62 minutes he was on the field.

“It was good to be back,” Galindo said. “I haven't played for a long, long, long, long time. I'm happy to be in L.A., but right now for me it's like I'm starting from zero. It's good to be with the Blues, I'm working hard and I'm so happy to be back and playing a little soccer.”

Galindo was sensational after signing with Chivas from the Seattle Sounders, then a second-tier club, for the 2007 season. He scored 12 goals to lead the Goats, but a recurring sports-hernia injury prevented him from playing at that level afterward. He made only 10 league appearances for Chivas in 2008, just 15 starts in 23 appearances (with four goals) in 2009, and played in just six games in 2010 before he was loaned to the second-tier Tampa Bay Mutiny.

Chivas declined his option in January 2011, and he moved on to FC Dallas, playing in six MLS and three CONCACAF Champions League matches appearances last season. He last played in a match last Oct. 22, FC Dallas' regular-season finale.

WORTH NOTING: Rahman Rezaei, 37, who played in the 2006 World Cup and made 56 international appearance for Iran and spent time in Italy's Serie A with Perugia, Messina and Livorno, has agreed to a deal with the Blues, a club source said, and could be in camp in time for the May 4 and 6 games against Wilmington. ... Defender Cory Miller, who played last season with the Carolina RailHawks in the second-tier NASL, made his Blues debut as a trialist Tuesday and, Naimo said, “showed today he's a guy we should have on this roster.” Whether he's signed likely will be about how needy L.A. is for another backliner. ... Official attendance for last weekend's game was 1,388. Our estimate of those on hand was less than 400, which would make for about 1,000 no-shows, but the Blues claim all but about 500 tickets were used.

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