Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
New look in LA with 'King Neptune'
by Ridge Mahoney, May 15th, 2007 8:30AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

The makeover of MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy, which Coach Frank Yallop began nearly a year ago when he replaced Steve Sampson, continues with one of the more exotic signings in league history.

Portuguese defender Abel Xavier, whose dyed-blond beard and curly hair once earned him the nickname 'King Neptune' has joined the Galaxy after being released by English Premier League club Middlesbrough. He will be eligible to play once the U.S. secondary transfer window opens June 15.

Xavier, 34, played for Portugal at the 2000 European Championship and 2002 World Cup and accumulated 20 caps. He has played for 10 clubs in Europe: Liverpool, Everton and Middlesbrough (England); Estrela Amadora and Benfica (Portugal), Bari and Roma (Italy); Real Oviedo (Spain); PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands); and Galatasaray (Turkey).

He can play either central defender or right back, and while the team could trade right back Chris Albright to free up a roster spot and salary-cap space to accommodate Xavier, it already has room on the 18-man roster. Yallop could choose to play him in central defense and move rookie Ty Harden, who is on the developmental roster but has been starting regularly, to the bench.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"We've got to make sure we right that and get them back for that. I don't ...
August brings no change to Sounders' fortunes    
The way things are going, the Seattle Sounders' season may remembered as before and after Tukwila. ...
Farfan hero, Alvarado goat in Mexico    
Gabriel Farfan came off the bench and scored the winning goal five minutes later to lead ...
Ontario's K-W United FC takes PDL crown    
Top-seeded Kitchener-Waterloo United FC became the third Canadian team to win the PDL championship in the ...
MLS: Seeing isn't believing after 39-goal Saturday    
On a day when Frank Lampard, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Tranquillo Barnetta, among others, made their league ...
What Thay're Saying: Chris Rolfe    
"That was the craziest game I've ever been a part of, in pro soccer." -- D.C. ...
Video Pick: Mourinho tosses medal to young Arsenal fan    
Jose Mourinho brought a smile to the face of a young Arsenal fan when the Chelsea ...
What They're Saying: Economics professor Bruce Corrie    
"There are a number of positive benefits it could have to engage youth, build values, provide ...
Crowd Count: Chattanooga FC draws record 9,236 fans    
For the second year in a row, Chattanooga FC set a National Premier Soccer League attendance ...
Charlotte snaps Rhinos' USL unbeaten streak at 19 games    
The Charlotte Independence got goals from brothers Alex Martinez and Enzo Martinez as well as Pole ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives