The opportunities were limited for Bradford Jamieson IV in his previous three years with the Galaxy.
He played in 12 games, with six starts for a total of 519 minutes.
Now, at a wise age of 20, Jamieson has taken advantage of this year’s opportunity to play himself into a valuable sub for coach Curt Onalfo.
Entering Saturday night’s game against San Jose (7:30 p.m., Univision) Jamieson has appeared in seven MLS games this season.
“I’ve been able to make a decent amount of impact in the minutes that I’ve played,” he said. “All that is just taking it day-by-day basically to make sure that when I’m called upon, I’m able to do the job.
“Sometimes the minutes don’t come and sometimes it’s frustrating, but the important thing is to train every day like you’re going to be playing on the weekend, so when you get to the weekend, it is not new or anything like that.”
Jamieson’s impact was felt instantly in a pair of recent games. He assisted on the tying goal in his seven minutes of playing time against Houston on June 17, then forced a penalty that helped the Galaxy salt away a 3-1 victory over Colorado on June 21.
He went a full 90 minutes in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup victory over Sacramento Republic FC, scoring a sensational goal after a solo run that started near midfield, beating several defenders in the Galaxy’s 2-0 victory.
“On our development of him, there was the big emphasis on trying to get him to be a two-way player,” Onalfo said. “Defensively he’s very good, but you can see offensively he just makes things happen. He’s growing physically. You can see he looks more mature, he looks stronger. And I’m encouraged with it. I just want that to continue, because he’s a player that can help us.”
Jamieson signed as a Galaxy Homegrown Player in 2014 and made his MLS debut that year. He made seven appearances in 2015, just three last year and is already up to seven this season.
He’s another of the long list of Galaxy II players who have helped the club stay afloat amidst the string of injuries that has plagued them this season.
“I did the core of my work with Galaxy II, which helped me get proper minutes and learn a lot about the nitty-gritty things of being a pro,” Jamieson said. “As a young player, you’re more eager. There are a lot of new experiences, but not getting into a match gives you time to really study and make sure you’re ready.”
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