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Elliott joins in Galaxy training

April 15, 2010, 5:17 PM

By: Scott French

Former Galaxy midfielder Simon Elliott trained Thursday with the club, possibly the first step in a longer trial that could lead to roster spot.

The New Zealand national team veteran, who starred at Stanford University, was waived May 22 by the San Jose Earthquakes. He made a dozen starts last season for the Quakes after two and a half years with London club Fulham.

Elliott, 35, played with the Galaxy from 1999 to 2003, starting 136 games and scoring 10 goals with 39 assists. He was traded to Columbus in January 2004 for a 2005 first-round draft choice, which was packaged in a deal for defender Todd Dunivant, goalkeeper Steve Cronin and a draft pick, and headed to based Fulham following two seasons with the Crew.

The Galaxy has one open senior roster spot, and Elliott could provide cover in central midfield for Dema Kovalenko and rookie Michael Stephens.

Defender Gregg Berhalter, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, trained Thursday for the second time this week and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Real Salt Lake at Home Depot Center. Kovalenko missed the session and is questionable Saturday with a hamstring strain.

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