Galaxy’s Séga Coulibaly relishes a new team and a new country – press telegram
Séga Coulibaly was signed by the Galaxy in late April and, after visa issues, arrived in time to watch the club’s final game against San Jose on May 29 from one of the luxury suites at Dignity Health Sports Park.
During the recent international break, Coulibaly was finally able to join the Galaxy during training.
“He fitted in really well,” Galaxy coach Greg Vanney said Wednesday. “The guys gave him a really warm welcome, which is no surprise with our group of players. He trained well. He has a great football IQ and understands what he’s trying to do on the pitch.
“What really surprised me was his willingness and eagerness to communicate. His English is decent, better than average for a player moving to a new country for the first time, but he has spoken very clearly in this capacity, which is nice to see him feeling so comfortable.
Vanney has said Coulilbaly will be available for the club’s June 19 game with Seattle.
Coulibaly, who was born in Mali, celebrated his 25th birthday on Wednesday and made his press briefing in English.
“I am very happy to be here,” he said. “I feel like I’m at home and can’t wait to play again.
Coulibaly signed a two-year contract, with a one-year option. He signed his first professional contract with Rennes in the French Ligue I. In 2018, he signed a three-year contract with Ligue 2 club AS Nancy.
Coulilbaly said he had options to stay in Europe, but wanted to take the leap to a new challenge.
“I want to see other things. I want to take a big step for myself and improve myself as a player and as a man, ”he said. “I think the United States is a country that I will love. I want to discover other things.
“It was my choice to come here. I want to discover and grow as a man and a player.
Coulilbaly said he was a Lakers fan “because of LeBron James” and that he was a hockey fan.
Vanney said Coulilbaly was on the Galaxy radar in late 2020.
“I started watching closely towards the end of December,” Vanney said. “We were able to put on boots on the pitch in France to watch it live. I watched a lot of matches from him.
“He played in a club (AS) in Nancy, which was a club I almost went to when I was in France (as a player). He had a lot of qualities that I found intriguing. A lot of them are just his starting points as a center-back, his understanding of position, the sharpness of his movement, things like that.
“At first I felt like he was always trying to get comfortable with a new coach, a new system… I don’t think any of us watching him, we didn’t rush so fast to try to close the deal. We wanted to see how he grew within the position and I thought as the season wore on he became more comfortable and I thought he was doing really well.
Dos Santos Injury Update
Jonathan dos Santos left the Galaxy game on May 29 against San Jose with a calf injury. He joined the Mexican national team for the CONCACAF Nations League but did not play. He has returned home and will continue the treatment. Vanney said he was “optimistic” dos Santos will be available for the next game on June 19.