Galaxy's new goalkeeper likes challenge of defending MLS title

The Galaxy's new goalkeeper, Carlo Cudicini, said Thursday he's ready to help the team win its third consecutive Major League Soccer title.

"It's an honor to be here," the Italian veteran said after the team's practice at Home Depot Center. "What they did in the last two years was amazing."

Cudicini, 39, was acquired in late December from Tottenham Hotspur, a British team in the English Premier League where Cudicini largely had played in a reserve role.

"I wasn't that happy at Tottenham" and the prospect of being the regular goalkeeper with the Galaxy "was a major factor in coming to play for a very successful franchise," he said.

The 6-foot-1 Cudicini said the Galaxy's two consecutive championships mean its MLS rivals are "really up to make it really hard for you during the season. That's a great challenge for us."

Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said Cudicini had "made a great impression on everyone" since arriving this week.

"He's a good, experienced goalkeeper," Arena said. "I sense he'll be very good in organizing our [defensive] backline and he'll be technically very good in goal as well."

The Galaxy's season opener is a home game March 3 against the Chicago Fire.


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