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Four Star Daily: First Kick 2013 and a news roundup of LA Galaxy news items

MLS First Kick for the Galaxy on March 3rd, MLS reserves teaming up with USL-Pro and much, much, more

Harry How

Before we get to clippings, first a couple nuggets of news. MLS announced the dates of each team's home opener for the 2013 season known as First Kick. The Galaxy will open up 2013 on March 3rd, their earlier opening to an MLS season ever. They will face the Chicago Fire on this Sunday; kickoff and broadcast info will be announced in the coming weeks as part of the full schedule announcement. MLS is sticking with a 34 match schedule next year.

NASN is reporting that MLS is working with USL-Pro to do a combined third tier - reserve league (link). If an MLS team has a USL-Pro team nearby (the Galaxy have the Los Angeles Blues) they shall provide five players and pay their salary. How this would affect rosters is unclear, as if there isn't a USL-Pro team nearby the MLS reserve team will become a USL-Pro team. This seems like it would decentivize (new word) teams like the Galaxy from holding a full reserve roster, but we'll see as more details come out.

Now, first up in the LA Galaxy news roundup of news items related to the LA Galaxy, Brian Straus gives his breakdown of the Buddle trade:

LA Galaxy deal Edson Buddle to Colorado - SOCCER - Sporting News
Edson Buddle’s second stint with the LA Galaxy failed to live up to his first, and on Friday the underperforming striker was traded to the Colorado Rapids.

Then, David Beckham tells Australia thanks, but no thanks:

David Beckham transfer: Perth Glory give up on bid | The Sun |Sport|Football
AUSTRALIAN A-Leage team Perth Glory have admitted defeat in their audacious bid to bring David Beckahm Down Under

Finally, the LA Daily News has a wrap-up of all the recent Galaxy transactions, but you already read all this here at LAG Confidential of course:

Galaxy acquire Colin Clark from Houston, Will Hesmer from Columbus; Edson Buddle traded to Colorado - LA Daily News
With a thinned midfield and salary cap complications to deal with, the Galaxy moved up in the MLS re-entry draft to acquire Colin Clark from Houston and also parted ways with forward Edson Buddle.