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LA Galaxy Announce 2019 LA Galaxy Special Olympics Unified Roster

April 17, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - LA Galaxy News Release

LOS ANGELES - The LA Galaxy have signed 20 new players to contract for the club's LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Unified Team ahead of the 2019 season. The LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team will kick off the 2019 season at Dignity Health Sports Park on Friday, April 19 following the LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo MLS match when they face the Houston Dynamo Special Olympics Unified team. Tickets to the match can be purchased at www.lagalaxy.com/tickets.

The athletes were announced during the 2019 LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team signing ceremony on April 3 at Dignity Health Sports Park. At the ceremony, LA Galaxy Assistant Coach Dominic Kinnear and LA Galaxy players Daniel Steres, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Ethan Zubak and Joe Corona presented each player with their 2019 jersey before welcoming them to the club. After participating in an open tryout earlier in the season, the 20 players were selected based on three criteria: (1) their ability to value and work with teammates of all abilities, (2) their commitment to the Play Unified experience and their teammates, and (3) their understanding of the game of soccer and its rules.

The players signed will attend regular practices starting this month at Dignity Health Sports Park. In addition to a mix of friendlies hosted over the summer, the team will travel to Red Bull Arena on Saturday, May 4 to face off against New York Red Bulls Unified team.

The LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Soccer Team Exchange program is a partnership between the LA Galaxy and Special Olympics Southern California that brings individuals with and without intellectual disabilities together as teammates, ages 16-25, to participate in unique training, competition and social experiences.

The goal of Unified Sports is to bring people with and without intellectual disabilities together to compete, learn and grow on the same team - as equals. Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports breaks down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a fun way. It was inspired by a simple principle: playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

The 2019 LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team schedule and roster are below.

2019 LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California Unified Team Games

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION

Friday, April 19 LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team vs. Houston Dynamo Unified Team Dignity Health Sports Park

Saturday, May 4 LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team vs. New York Red Bulls Unified Team Red Bull Arena

August (Date TBA) LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team vs. LA Galaxy Boys' and Girls' Academy in August Dignity Health Sports Park

NAME ROLE JERSEY # HOMETOWN

Keven Ramirez Batres Athlete 1 Los Angeles

Rebecca Lagos Partner 3 Hawaiian Gardens

Daniel Saucedo Partner 4 San Pedro

Bodey Waldeck Athlete 5 Santa Clarita

Karen Delgado Partner 6 Los Angeles

Rigoberto Cervantes Athlete 7 Los Angeles

Cristian Valencia Athlete 8 San Pedro

Douglas Molina Athlete 9 North Hills

Eric Silva Ortega Partner 10 Hawthorne

Neyber Serrano Partner 11 North Hills

David Huerta Athlete 12 Los Angeles

Logan Jones Athlete 13 Simi Valley

Juan Ortega Partner 14 Hawthorne

Jose Chavez Jr. Partner 20 Los Angeles

Jonathan Compton Partner 21 Compton

Jose Conde Jr. Athlete 22 Los Angeles

Giber Camacho Partner 23 Inglewood

Edwin Perez Athlete 24 Los Angeles

Matthew Louis Partner 26 Redondo Beach

Armando Saucedo Athlete 32 San Pedro

LA Galaxy Season Ticket Memberships for the 2019 Major League Soccer season at Dignity Health Sports Park are now available. Galaxy fans can go to www.lagalaxy.com/since96 to secure their 2019 LA Galaxy Season Ticket Memberships. Fans can also call 1.877.3GALAXY (342.5299) and press 2 when prompted to secure Season Ticket Memberships.


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