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March 9, 2007

Galaxy hopefuls could learn future
By Luis Bueno and Andrea Canales

Galaxy coach Frank Yallop is expected to make a decision soon on the status of four trailists hoping to land a spot on the club.

The Galaxy have given long looks at MLS veterans Ritchie Kotschau and John Thorrington as well as former Ipswich Town defender Darren Currie and Canadian Kevin Harmse.

"I won't keep them hanging too much longer," Yallop said. "I'll make a clean decision on what we've got and what we see going into the season. Things change quickly in this game and what with injuries and all that stuff."

Having had the quartet around has done the team well, even if it does not lead to any permanent jobs.

"A lot of the guys have done really well. I'm happy with the trialists," Yallop said. "We've got some quality players coming in and it's pushing the players that we do have. It's good."

Of the four, the most intriguing name is Currie. He and Yallop share a similar bond, one that has allowed Currie better exposure with Yallop. Both have plied their trade with Ipswich Town.

"Obviously, I know Darren. He was at Ipswich when I'd go back and watch them play," Yallop said. "I used to like the way he played."

A familiarity with Currie and the player's contract situation seemed a perfect fit for both sides and Yallop decided to offer Currie an opportunity to play for the Galaxy.

"With his contract being up this summer, we felt this was a chance to watch him play. It's a different league, a different style that sometimes looks easier to play in, but it's not. The good footballers still find a way to play well."

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