Caracas FC defender Leo Bautista is trialling with LA Galaxy. "It's great having this experience," he told through an interpreter. "It's been fabulous so far.

"For any player on any team, it's very important on a personal and professional level to go out and play abroad," he said. "When this opportunity came up, I was very interested.

"With the grace of God, hopefully the coaches will like what they see."

LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena says: "Like all foreign players, there's a little transition period. They have to come into this league and environment and see how the game is played here. You have to adapt to a new culture and a new game.

"He's made progress. You want to see him move forward day in and day out, and I think he's been fairly steady. I think in the new few weeks we'll be seeing a lot more out of him."