Wednesday, February 1, 2012
GALAXY: Nakazawa on his way?
By Scott French
The Galaxy might be picking up former UCLA star Kyle Nakazawa today from Philadelphia. Reports in the Union's market have the midfielder from Palos Verdes Estates headed home in exchange for an international roster slot and two second-round draft choices.
The prospective trade was first reported early Wednesday morning by The Philly Soccer Page, which cited “a source.”
(UPDATE, 10:36 a.m.) A Galaxy official said the team would be confirming Nakazawa's acquisition later in the afternoon.
Nakazawa, 23, has started 22 matches in 36 Major League Soccer appearances since joining the Union in 2010 following an All-America senior campaign at UCLA. He's a skilled midfielder with superb dead-ball skills who has scored once and assisted three goals in league play with Philadelphia.
Union coach Peter Nowak has massively revamped his roster after guiding the club to the MLS playoffs in its second season.
Nakazawa (Peninsula HS) played in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup and with the U.S. under-20 national-team. He developed with Irvine Strikers, one of Southern California's top youth clubs.
WORTH NOTING: SoccerItalia, an American website that covers the Italian game, reports that Lazio might have interest in out-of-contract striker Edson Buddle, who is tipped to return to the Galaxy. Because FC Ingolstadt canceled the goalscorer's contract, a move the German club announced on its website Tuesday, Buddle can sign within Europe on a free transfer even though the transfer window closed, the website reported. The Galaxy hold Buddle's MLS rights.
ELSEWHERE: In other MLS news ...
Philadelphia traded French forwardSebastien Le Toux, one of MLS's best attackers the past two seasons, to Vancouver for allocation money.
New Colorado coach Oscar Pareja completed his staff by hiring former U.S. under-17 national team coach Wilmer Cabrera as an assistant coach. Cabrera, 44, was a defender on Colombia's 1990 and 1998 World Cup teams.
Danish forward Rajko Lekic cemented his departure from New England by signing an 18-month contract with Danish club Lyngby.
Chicago winger Patrick Nyarko, a U.S. permanent resident, told MLS's website he would not hesitate to change allegiances from his native Ghana to the U.S. should Jurgen Klinsmann want him with the national team.