Tuesday, December 14, 2010
L.A. Blues sign Mexican GK, former Galaxy MF
By Scott French
L.A.'s new pro team has its first players.
Mexican goalkeeper Oscar Dautt and former Galaxy midfielder Josh Tudela will be unveiled Tuesday among the L.A. Blues' first signings at a combination news conference/fan rally at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium, a source close to the team confirmed.
The club, which will play in the United Soccer Leagues' new USL Pro division next year, has promised to announce three signings at the 11 a.m. event.
Dautt, 34, hasn't played since spending the 2009 Apertura campaign with Lobos BUAP in Mexico's second-tier Liga de Ascenso. He was a Primera Division starter for most of 15 seasons with Monterrey (1998), Toros Neza (1999-2000), Puebla (2000-01, 2003-05 and 2008) and UANL Tigres (2001-03). His last Primera Division season was in the 2009 Clausura with Puebla, but he didn't see action.
Once considered among Mexico's most promising young goalkeepers, he was with Mexico's national team for the 2001 Confederations Cup but did not get into a game.
Tudela, 26, the Galaxy's second-round draft choice in 2007, has been club-less since he was waived July 1, 2009. He had trials last year with Romanian power Steaua Bucharest and Polish club Cracovia, then returned to Los Angeles and became Loyola Marymount University's director of soccer operations.
He played in 23 MLS games in three seasons with the Galaxy, contributing two assists.