800 try, 2 are selected

The Galaxy says that 800 hopefuls ponied up $130 each to try out for the team over the weekend — and if so, that's a brilliant cash-generating promotion for the team. Anyway, only two got a call back. Laurent Merlin, a 22-year-old former French leagues forward, and Rui Fortes, a 24-year-old midfielder from Portugal, were asked to work out with the team for a week. Merlin lives in France and came over for the tryout, and Fortes lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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