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Thursday, May 12, 2011
GALAXY: Man City is coming to town

By Scott French

The Galaxy have a second friendly on their schedule now, announcing Thursday that they'll meet England's Manchester City FC on July 24 at Home Depot Center.

The game will come eight days after L.A. meets Real Madrid at the Coliseum. Man City also is slated to play the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 18. All of these matches are part of the World Football Challenge series of exhibitions this summer in North America.

Man City, which is in renaissance under Italian manager Roberto Mancini and a succession of big-money foreign owners. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and United Arab Emirates-based Abu Dhabi Group took over the club in September 2008 and have lavished millions on top players, spending more than $203 million on the transfer market, most in the English Premier League,  heading into this season.

The Blues, who Saturday meet Stoke City in the F.A. Cup final, are led by Argentine forward Carlos Tevez, Ivorian defender Kolo Toure, English midfielder Gareth Barry, Spanish midfielder David Silva, Italian forward Mario Balotelli and Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong.

Man City is fourth in the EPL standings with a 19-9-8 record and this week clinched a berth in next season's UEFA Champions League. Two games remain in the EPL season.

DAVIES SIGNED?: Have the Galaxy signed former U.S. youth international Kyle Davies off waivers from FC Dallas? Reports Wednesday out of New York say yes -- and the Galaxy is listed on his stats page on Major League Soccer's website -- but a club official said negotiations were still ongoing.

Davies, 22, from Northern California, played in 14 games for Dallas in 2009-10 after arriving in a trade from Real Salt Lake. He missed most of last season after fracturing his right arm in the Hoops' opener.

The center back will provide needed depth to the Galaxy's backline. Two central defenders -- Leonardo and Sean Alvarado -- are out for the year with torn knee ligaments, and veteran Gregg Berhalter is just returning from a sprained knee that had sidelined him since February.

Davies played in two matches for the U.S. at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. His teammates included Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens and reserve goalkeeper Brian Perk and Chivas USA midfielder Gerson Mayen.

SURGERIES: Alvarado underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He was hurt in the Galaxy's MLS Reserve League loss last week to Chivas USA.

Leonardo is tentatively slated to undergo surgery later this month on the torn ACL in his right knee. The Brazilian center back, injured April 17 against Chicago, has already had surgery on a torn lateral collateral ligament in the knee.