While Chicharito’s signing was the big LA Galaxy transfer and is bound to be the main person in as we gear up for the 2020 season, reports and other evidence has emerged of a new signing, in a sense, in recent days.
Reports out of England this week claim Wolverhampton Wanderers head of sports science Phil Hayward departed that club to take a new opportunity in the United States, without specifically identifying his destination.
But as you can see from the picture above, Hayward was spotted in Galaxy gear talking to Chicharito last week, which is as close to accurate time-dated visual evidence as you’ll see. Furthermore, Corner of the Galaxy reported that the club confirmed it with them, and Hayward is already working with the club. That outlet also discusses the move, along with other Galaxy news and notes, on the latest episode of the Corner of the Galaxy podcast.
Here’s news for your Tuesday:
- Villarreal reportedly joins Filipino club: It’s hard to get coverage on the Philippines Football League over in these parts, but there’s plenty of chatter on social media that former Galaxy homegrown Jose Villarreal has signed a deal with Filipino club Global Makati FC. For example, this instagram account purports to be the club’s official account but has barely any followers, but made a fancy graphic to celebrate his signing.
- It’s an intriguing move, and for Villarreal, who had so much promise but has not realized what many thought he would become, it’s a chance at a fresh start, very far from home. If this is legit, best of luck to him on the other side of the world.
- Intriguing veteran targets: If you’re wondering why some savvy MLS veterans haven’t been signed yet, it’s likely due in part to the ongoing CBA negotiations. Over at The Athletic, Paul Tenorio goes through some of the notable names still looking for a deal. While some may be realistically not be options in MLS moving forward, there are some interesting names, with the ultimate locker room and training guy, Servando Carrasco, among the names listed.
- Possible future transfer targets? With rule changes coming to the Chinese Super League, there could be some foreign players looking for a landing spot elsewhere, and CSL to MLS has been a bit of a pipeline the last couple years. Greg Seltzer goes over some possible transfer targets currently in the Chinese Super League over at MLSsoccer.com.
Today’s question: Kobe Bryant’s birthday falls on one of the El Trafico dates this year. Do you think the Galaxy/both teams/fanbases should do something special in honor of the fallen player? Let’s chat in the comments.