CARSON, CA - MARCH 20: Shalrie Joseph #21 of the New England Revolution passes the ball past Leonardo #22 of the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first half during the MLS match at The Home Depot Center on March 20, 2011 in Carson, California. The Revolution and the Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
The LA Galaxy had a reserve match yesterday, not against an MLS reserve team but against the LA Blues. Adam Cristman, Chad Barrett, and Hector Jimenez all got in on the scoring action, as the Galaxy held on to win 3-2. Barrett has been in and out of the 11, but Cristman has yet to make an appearance with the senior team this season and Jinenez has been listed as a sub a couple times but doesn't even make the stat page on mlssoccer.com.
The other positive thing to come out of yesterday's reserve match was Leonardo getting his first minutes of active play since his knee injury last year. Leonardo played ten minutes of junk time, and surely took it easy out there, but it's an important milestone as he looks to get back on the pitch with the Galaxy.
GALAXY: Leonardo back, briefly, vs. Blues - Soccer Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
CARSON -- Leonardo hadn't made a game appearance in more than a year, and if he's not quite ready to jump back into battle, he deserves some reward....
Raul Mendiola also continues to get time with the reserve team, getting some second half action yesterday. LA is making it clear they see a future for him here, even as he's been courted by teams in Europe.