Together with his switch paperwork accomplished and his immigration paperwork so as, Jonathan dos Santos, the most recent addition to the Galaxy roster, shall be in uniform for Sunday morning’s essential Western Convention showdown with the Portland Timbers (eleven a.m., ESPN, ESPN Deportes).
The identical can’t be stated of captain Jelle Van Damme. The Belgian defender is suspended for the subsequent two matches, the primary for yellow-card accumulation and the second after drawing his third purple card of the season in final month’s draw with Seattle.
And given Van Damme’s feedback forward of final week’s MLS All-Star Recreation in Chicago, he appears torn over whether or not he needs to return in any respect.
Van Damme, midway via his second season within the U.S., has cut up with spouse, Elke Clijsters, a former tennis participant. The breakup has value him time with son Cruz, 7, and daughter Cleo, 6, who stay in Belgium.
“I simply need to return,” Van Damme informed mls.com. “My group is aware of the state of affairs. [The Galaxy] all the time revered my state of affairs they usually helped me out wherever they might. However I really feel the second yr is getting more durable and more durable.”
Belgium media outlet HLN Sport say Royal Antwerp has provided Van Damme a two-yr deal to return residence, however the Galaxy answered by saying the 2-time all-star isn’t on the market.
“He’s staying,” group president Chris Klein stated. “He’s underneath contract with us and our intention is to maintain him.”
Van Damme has had an uneven season with the Galaxy (6-10-5). At occasions he’s been a vocal and inspirational chief for a younger group in want of course; he’s additionally been reckless and uncontrolled, incomes eight yellow playing cards and three suspensions, each league highs.
“It’s what’s it,” stated Sigi Schmid, who changed the fired Curt Onalfo as coach eleven days in the past. “He’s an incredible participant. And we’ve received to ensure we hold him on the sector slightly bit greater than he’s been.”
Nevertheless, Schmid sidestepped a query about Van Damme’s rumored departure.
“I don’t fear about these issues,” he stated. “You hear issues on a regular basis and if you wish to drive your self loopy, you learn all that stuff.”
Van Damme isn’t the one defender Schmid can be lacking Sunday in a recreation the Galaxy can’t afford to lose in the event that they hope to remain within the playoff race. Rookie Bradley Diallo can also be suspended for yellow-card accumulation and there are few good decisions for replacements.
Versatile Dave Romney missed the final recreation due to a balky hamstring and should not be one hundred%. Behind him are rookies Nathan Smith and Hugo Arellano and midfielder Jermaine Jones, who slotted into Van Damme’s middle again place for the ultimate minutes of the Seattle recreation.
Sunday’s kickoff was moved up two hours, to eleven a.m., in an effort to keep away from a warmth wave that would drive temperatures on Portland’s synthetic-turf subject above one hundred levels.
The Galaxy entered the sport driving a six-recreation winless streak in MLS play, though their 5 street wins lead the league. They usually haven’t misplaced in Portland since September 2013.
As for Dos Santos, delays in his paperwork prevented him from coaching with the Galaxy final week, making it unlikely he’ll begin towards the Timbers.
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