Los Angeles Soccer: Oscar Pareja
The Colorado Rapids opened the Southern California portion of its preseason camp Sunday in Oxnard with a 0-0 draw against the Ventura County Fusion.Quincy Amarikwa came closest to scoring, putting a 27th-minute header over the crossbar, in a sloppy first encounter under new coach Oscar Pareja at Oxnard College. The Rapids have three more games in California, Tuesday against Chivas USA at Home Depot Center and Friday night and Saturday afternoon against San Jose at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Pareja used a largely reserve lineup in both halves. Veterans Tyrone Marshall, Hunter Freeman and Wells Thompson were in the starting XI, and Drew Moor and Marvell Wynne saw time in the second half.
The Fusion hasn't surrendered a goal in 2½ hours against Major League Soccer opposition. The Premier Development League powerhouse beat Chivas USA, 1-0, on Jan. 27 at Oxnard College.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish on Thursday finally confirmed what everybody already knew, that he's trying to sign Galaxy forward Robbie Keane on a two-month loan deal.
McLeish is looking to bolster a Villa attack that has scored just 22 goals in 20 games, the sixth-worst total in the 20-team English Premier League.
“We're having a look at it and trying to pursue it, so that's the latest, although nothing is actually done and dusted as yet,” McLeish told reporters. “If we don't know by Monday, then it'll probably be not done. That's why I don't want to say too much, in case it doesn't happen, but we're certainly pursuing it, and at the moment both parties are keen.”
Keane, an Irish striker who signed with the Galaxy in August, is training with his former club Tottenham through Jan. 20. British wire service The Press Association reported that Villa would pay nearly $775,000 to the Galaxy.
WORTH NOTING: Nothing official on David Beckham's new contract with the Galaxy is expected for another week or so, but new Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti -- who was in charge at AC Milan during the English star's first Serie A loan stint -- says he's staying with L.A. “We had the possibility to have Beckham,” Ancelotti told reporters after PSG returned to Paris following a winter break in the Middle East. “But Beckham decided to stay in Los Angeles because his family requested him.” Reports have Ancelotti now looking to bring in forward Ivorian forward Didier Drogba. ... Reports in Sweden claim former Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter's next signing as Hammarby's head coach likely will be forward Billy Schuler, who turned down a Generation adidas contract from Major League Soccer after helping North Carolina to the NCAA title.