This Is The Los Angeles Galaxy: Bryan Jordan

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJune 24, 2010

CARSON, CA - APRIL 17:  Bryan Jordan #27 of the Los Angeles Galaxy looks to play the ball during their MLS match against Real Salt Lake at the Home Depot Center on April 17, 2010 in Carson, California. The Galaxy defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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This is Part 19 in a series of articles on the players that make up the 2010 Los Angeles Galaxy.

One of the rising young stars itching to get his name across on the big stage is Bryan Jordan of the Los Angeles Galaxy. The No. 27 is a utility player on the pitch, able to play as a forward, a wide midfielder, or a defender.

His versatility has made him a smash hit with the Portland Timbers. Now he looks to continue to provide another wrinkle in Bruce Arena's 4-4-2 system.

Bryan Jordan was born on September 13, 1985 in Pasadena, California. Pasadena, as you all should know by now, is the home of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl Game, held at the stadium of the same name. Before the Home Depot Center was erected, the Galaxy played all their home matches at the Rose Bowl from 1996 to 2003.

Aside from the New Year's Day hoopla surrounding the Granddaddy Of Them All, Pasadena is a city of the arts. PasadenART Weekend is a three day citywide event which, as of 2007, encompasses ArtNight, ArtWalk, ArtHeritage, ArtMarket, and ArtPerformance, a vibrant outdoor music event showcasing emerging and nationally recognized talent.

The Norton Simon Museum is another major attraction, which features European paintings, sculpture, and tapestry; remarkable sculpture from South Asia; and an extensive Sculpture garden in a beautiful landscape with a pond.

Pasadena is also an educational hotbed. The California Institute of Technology (also known as CalTech) is home to 31 Nobel Prize-winning alumni and faculty, as well as some of the best pranksters in the world. Pasadena City College is known for their journalism programs.

Major shopping destinations in Pasadena include Old Pasadena, Paseo Colorado, the Rose Bowl Flea Market and South Lake. Some of the wealthiest Americans in the world reside or formerly resided on South Orange Grove Boulevard, including Adolphus Busch, David and Mary Gamble, William Wrigley Jr., Thaddeus Lowe and Henry Markham.

As a youth player, Jordan played for the Rams of Temple City High School, scoring 46 goals and 28 assists, with a career record 22 in his senior year.

Jordan continued his career at Oregon State, where he played alongside current Galaxy teammate Alan Gordon. In 68 appearances, Jordan scored 15 goals, with five in both his junior and senior campaigns.

Jordan finished his career at Oregon State with Pac-10 All Academic first team honors in two of his seasons with the Beavers and an All-Pac-10 honorable mention in his senior season.

Before signing with the Portland Timbers, Jordan played with the San Fernando Valley Quakes of the USL Premier Development League, making seven appearances.

Jordan played 1,506 minutes in 26 appearances for the Timbers in 2007, scoring five times en route to a USL First Division semifinals appearance. His first professional goal came in a 1-0 exhibition win over Necaxa on May 9, 2007.

Jordan would appear nine more times with the Timbers in 2008, scored five goals and an assist. But for Bryan, bigger ambitions and dreams lay ahead.

You see, before the 2008 season began, Jordan was on trial with the Galaxy. He featured in the Pan-Pacific Championship in Hawaii, as well as their Asian tours in China and Hong Kong and was even a hit with the locals.

The manager at the time, Ruud Gullit, was so impressed by Jordan's hard work that he decided to give him a contract on March 26, 2008.

Jordan made his MLS debut on May 10, 2008 as a substitute for Joe Franchino in LA's 2-1 defeat to the New York Red Bulls. On September 6, Jordan earned his first start and goal against Real Salt Lake.

Jordan went on to make seven appearances and four starts with the Galaxy, and he also scored four goals in seven appearances with the reserve side.

2009 proved to be a watershed year for Jordan, who made 19 appearances with a number of them off the bench as a substitute. His only goal of the season came on April 18 against the San Jose Earthquakes in a 1-1 draw.

Jordan started and played the full 120 minutes in the U.S. Open Cup Play-In Game defeat vs. Colorado on April 7, converting his spot kick in the game’s deciding penalty shootout. He was also instrumental in the 2-2 draw with AC Milan, scoring on a DavidBeckham corner in the friendly.

Hard work can get you to places that were initially meant to simply just visions and pies in the sky.

Places like Portland, Honolulu, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Bryan Jordan has seen them all and played in them all.

Now he looks to help lift a trophy in a city whose MLS Cup dream is beginning to turn into reality with every win and result: Toronto.


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