first_img“Merlin and Fortes are raw, but they showed some potential and therefore their adventure will continue,” Galaxy President and General Manager Alexi Lalas said. “It remains to be seen if both can adapt to the MLS level.” Merlin, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound forward/midfielder, is a native of Marseille, France who came up through the youth system with Olympique de Marseille. Fortes is a 5-11, 180-pound midfielder who spent several years with the minor-league Rhode Island Stingrays. “They have a chance of being molded into professional players,” Galaxy head coach Frank Yallop said. The 800 players who assembled at Home Depot Center on Saturday were cut to 133 players who were invited back for a second day of trials on Sunday. Those players were divided into eight teams for 60-minute, full-field matches before being narrowed down to 30 players for a final match on Sunday afternoon. From staff, wire reports CARSON – Two players from the more than 800 who participated in open tryouts with the Galaxy over the weekend have been invited to a one-week trial starting today. Laurent Merlin, 22, and Rui Fortes, 24, played in three games and have been invited to continue with the Galaxy in preseason camp. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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