Monday, August 29, 2011
GALAXY: Berhalter's foot not broken
By Scott French
The Galaxy received a little good news over the weekend: Gregg Berhalter's right foot is not broken.
L.A. lists the veteran center back as out because of a sprained foot following his injury during Thursday night's CONCACAF Champions League victory over Costa Rican champion Alajuelense. The team has not provided information on the severity of the sprain nor a timetable for his return.
Berhalter, also an assistant coach, was hurt early in last week's 2-0 victory at Home Depot Center and wore a walking boot after the game.
“I just stepped down,” he said. “I stepped, and I felt something pop in my foot. It might not be that bad. Who knows? We'll get the information [from tests] and go from there.”
Berhalter isn't expected to be available for the Galaxy's Labor Day match at Sporting Kansas City.
WORTH NOTING: Forward Robbie Keane is with Ireland's national team for European Championship qualifiers Friday against Slovakia and Sept. 6 at Russia. The three teams are atop the Group B standings with 13 points. ... Midfielder Chris Birchall is set to make his first appearance for Trinidad & Tobago's national team in two years. The Soca Warriors open their World Cup qualifying campaign Friday against Bermuda and play Sept. 6 at Barbados. ... Keane, Birchall and Landon Donovan, who is with the U.S. team for friendlies Friday against Costa Rica at Home Depot Center and Sept. 6 against Belgium in Brussels, will miss the K.C. game. ... Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who has missed seven games since suffering a broken arm June 25 at San Jose, has been upgraded to “questionable” on the injury list. ... The Galaxy will play an MLS Reserve League match Thursday night at Portland.