Kobe Bryant got involved in MLS, in a sense, on Wednesday, as he came to a promotional event in Los Angeles on Wednesday to promote his Bodyarmor drink. I was on hand as the Laker legend, a known soccer fan, answered questions, like does he want to get involved in MLS team ownership? (“I have looked at several opportunities. I’m not really big on owning franchises — sports teams, per se — but you never know. If the right opportunity comes along, then I’ll definitely look at it.”)
The big question, at least locally: Which Los Angeles MLS team does Bryant support?
“Really? Ask me something better,” he said, shutting down that line of questioning.
Welp, guess that remains a mystery. To be fair, Bryant said he did come down and watch David Beckham (and the Galaxy) when the Englishman first joined up. Maybe he’s a Galaxy fan but didn’t want to make it awkward at LAFC’s stadium? Maybe he doesn’t follow MLS that much at all? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Here’s more news for your Thursday:
- Galaxy sign young GK Lopez: Eric Lopez has been climbing the ranks in the Galaxy organization, and he made the latest step on Wednesday, signing a first-team homegrown contract. The 20-year-old joins after five years with Los Dos, and will probably continue to see some time with them as he develops.
- Victoria Block Party: The team announced they will be hosting a “block party” on Feb. 8 at Dignity Health Sports Park, to celebrate the opening of Victoria Block. The event will include a training session by the Galaxy, open to the public. More details on the team’s website.
- Chicharito update: Corner of the Galaxy still thinks Chicharito will be signed, but while the Spanish-language press has been declaring a deal done for a couple days now, Josh Guesman thinks the announcement won’t come this week. We know the Galaxy like big reveals, and one expects they’ll go all-out for this one so the prep (to say nothing of the final details being ironed out) may need some time.
- LA’s big question? Matt Doyle at MLSsoccer.com asks a big question for each team heading into the 2020 season and his question for the Galaxy? Can they fix the defense?
Which leads us to our question of the day: Do you agree that solidifying the defense is the big priority for the Galaxy? Or is that need to replace goals with a bonafide star more critical? Leave a comment below! Let’s chat.