Los Angeles Soccer: Wilmer Cabrera

GALAXY: Nakazawa on his way?

February, 1, 2012
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.

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Galaxy's McBean leads U-17 quintet

June, 9, 2011

The U.S. U-17 World Cup roster is out, and five players from the L.A. area -- including 16-year-old Galaxy forward Jack McBean -- are on it.

McBean, a Corona del Mar High School sophomore who signed at the end of January with the Galaxy through Major League Soccer's Home Grown Player mechanism, is the only first-team Major League Soccer player on coach Wilmer Cabrera's 21-man roster for the June 18-July 10 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. McBean has played with the Galaxy's reserve and academy teams but hasn't yet featured for the first team.

McBean and three others from the area -- midfielder Esteban Rodriguez and forwards Mario Rodriguez and Paul Arriola -- were part of the U.S. team that won the CONCACAF championship in February. Goalkeeper Wade Hamilton is the fifth local player.

Arriola lives south of San Diego but plays for Alta Loma's Arsenal FC, with Hamilton.

The Americans will face the Czech Republic (June 19 in Torreon), Uzbekistan (June 22 in Torreon) and New Zealand (June 25 in Pachuca) in Group D play.

Here's a list of the locals, with hometown, local high school and club team:


  • Wade Hamilton (Murrieta), Murrieta Vallety HS/Arsenal FC


  • Esteban Rodriguez (Palmdale), Bell Gardens HS/Cosmos Academy West


  • Paul Arriola (Chula Vista), Arsenal FC
  • Jack McBean (Newport Beach), Corona del Mar HS/Galaxy
  • Mario Rodriguez (North Hollywood), Poly HS/Central Aztecs

Jack McBean plays provider, U.S. wins title

February, 27, 2011

Galaxy forward Jack McBean came off the bench to set up two goals as the U.S. captured CONCACAF's under-17 boys championship Sunday with a 3-0 overtime triumph over Canada.

McBean (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar), who last month signed a "Home Grown Player" contract with the Galaxy, came on for fellow Southern Californian Marco Rodriguez (North Hollywood/Poly HS in Sun Valley) with 10 minutes to go in regulation. He set up goals by Andrew Oliver and Alfred Koroma as the Americans won the first U-17 title CONCACAF has awarded since the mid-1990s.

Nathan Smith broke the scoreless draw two minutes into overtime with a 35-minute strike. Oliver made it 2-0 eight minutes later on a breakaway from McBean's throw-in, his fourth goal of the tournament, and Koroma netted the finale in the 119th.

Jack McBean

Both teams finished with 10 players after Oliver and Canada's Marco Lapenna were sent off after a scuffle in the 117th minute.

Palmdale's Esteban Rodriguez (Bell Gardens HS) went the distance again for the U.S. The midfielder was the only American to play every minute of the tournament -- and the only U.S. player to start all five of the team's games. Mario Rodriguez and McBean saw action in for games.

Both teams had already qualified for the June 18-July 10 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

The U.S. had previously won the tournament in 1983, when it was a U-16 event, and in 1992. Coach Wilmer Cabrera, a former pro defender who represented Colombia at the 1990 World Cup in Italyc and played at the 1998 World Cup in France, has posted an 8-0-0 mark in FIFA U-17 qualifiers. The Americans were 3-0-0 two years ago at the CONCACAF championship in Mexico, but the semifinals and final were canceled over swine-flu virus concerns.

"It was a good final, and Canada was a great opponent," Cabrera told U.S. Soccer's Web site. "A lot of things happen in finals, and I'm really happy about this one. This is the first time we've won a championship like this at this level, and I'm proud of the kids and the work they did. To come here, play five games and win all five shows that they've been doing a good job."

Panama, which beat Jamaica, 1-0, in the third-place game, and the tournament-host Reggae Boyz also qualified for the World Cup. The draw will be held May 17 in Mexico City.

Fourteen countries have qualified for the 24-team tournament, including host Mexico. The others, aside from the CONCACAF teams: Australia, North Korea, Japan and Uzbekistan from Asia; Burkina Faso, Congo, Ivory Coast and Rwanda from Africa; and New Zealand from Oceania. South America will provide another four teams, and Europe will qualify six.

Galaxy's Jack McBean ready for U-17 qualifying

February, 11, 2011

The Galaxy's newest and youngest forward has obligations more pressing than competing for playing time in Major League Soccer. Jack McBean, just 16, is off for Jamaica with the U.S. under-17 national team to play in qualifiers for this summer's FIFA U-17 World Cup.

McBean, a Corona del Mar High School sophomore who last month signed a Home Grown Player contract with the Galaxy, is among four players with local ties on U.S. coach Wilmer Cabrera's 20-player roster for the 12-nation CONCACAF U-17 Championship that kicks off Monday in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Forward Mario Rodriguez, from North Hollywood, is among seven players in their fourth semester of residency and is one of the team's most experienced players, with 18 under-17 caps. Esteban Rodriguez, from Palmdale, has 14 caps. The fourth local player, Paul Arriola, is from the San Diego area but plays club soccer for Alta Loma's Arsenal FC.

The U.S. will face Cuba in a Group B opener Monday and Panama next Friday. The title game is Feb. 27. The top four teams will advance to the June 18-July 10 World Cup in Mexico.

Local players on the roster (with hometown, local high school and club affiliation):
  • F Paul Arriola (Chula Vista), Arsenal FC
  • F Jack McBean (Newport Beach), Corona del Mar HS/Los Angeles Galaxy
  • M Esteban Rodriguez (Palmdale), Bell Gardens HS/Cosmos Academy West
  • F Mario Rodriguez (North Hollywood), Poly HS (Sun Valley)/Central Aztecs