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Are Uly Llanez and Alex Mendez off to Europe?

Also: Do the Galaxy play their kids enough?

Could a pair of LA Galaxy academy products soon be heading to Germany? This Keith Costigan tweet has raised more than a few eyebrows.

According to the veteran Fox Sports broadcaster, Ulysses Llanez (17) and Alex Mendez (18) have spurned first-team contract offers from LA, with both electing to head to the Bundesliga to further their careers.

The news is not entirely surprising but disappointing nonetheless. The U.S. U-20 internationals (along with Efrain Alvarez) make up the trio of exciting young talent the Galaxy academy have managed to cultivate. The idea of Llanez and Mendez leaving without the club receiving a dime of compensation for their development is tough to swallow.

Chris Klein is out of bullets

Serious questions should be asked about the team’s approach to developing talent. Are the Galaxy giving enough first-team minutes to young stars? It’s certainly up for debate.

(If you ask us, it wouldn’t hurt to see Alvarez make an appearance off the bench)