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Jurgen Damm says he’s not joining the LA Galaxy

Guess we should cross that one off the transfer list.

Tigres UANL v Leon - Torneo Apertura 2019 Liga MX Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images

There had been rumors in recent months that Mexican winger Jurgen Damm could join the LA Galaxy this summer, but regardless of when the summer transfer window actually opens now because of the coronavirus pandemic, the player himself has denied he’s coming to the Galaxy.

“It is not the Galaxy, nor any team that you imagine,” Damm told the “Jorge Ramos y su Banda” show on Tuesday. ”I will speak at the relevant time. At no time did I want all this to be public,” he added.

Damm, 27, is both a player who seems like he’s been the ‘next big thing’ in Mexican soccer for about eight years and also a player who doesn’t seem like he’s fully taken off in his career. That being said, he’s been a regular for Tigres the last five years so he’s no pushover, either.

If you’re not familiar with Damm, as you can tell his name sounds pretty German and his father’s family is German, so he holds a German passport, which opens up some doors for him to move to Europe a little more easily. Frankly, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t go to Europe, and at his age, he can’t really afford to wait to go over there, or else his chance may never come.

So, scratch Damm off the list of Galaxy targets, at least for a little while longer.

More news for Thursday:

  • Anschutz among top 10 richest sports owners: Galaxy owner Phil Anschutz has been ranked the eighth richest sports team owner in the world by Forbes. His net worth is listed as $11 billion, with another LA sports team owner, LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, leading the list with a net worth of over $52 billion.
  • A messy Pavon transfer coming? Clarín has a long dive into the intrigue behind Cristian Pavon’s player rights and the situation regarding the looming loan option from Boca Juniors to the Galaxy. While it seems pretty likely LA will pick up the (very pricy) option and they won’t have to worry about the ramifications, the story says claimants could be going to court to recoup money they think they’re due from the deal. Sounds messy!
  • Corona compares MLS, Liga MX: Joe Corona did an interview with TUDN where he was asked to compare the Galaxy with Club América and MLS with Liga MX. No real surprises, but Corona also says a bit about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and how he didn’t have a problem playing with the star.
  • Ranking 1996 jerseys: The league is 25 years old this week, and in a fan poll, the Galaxy’s debut jersey ranked firmly middle of the pack on MLSsoccer.com. To be fair, the winner, D.C. United’s debut jersey, is the only one that looks modern, the rest look very dated.

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