Galaxy Making Changes for 2014

What switches should the Galaxy make in the offseason?
by Jamie Pham   |   Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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The Los Angeles Galaxy’s season ended when Real Salt Lake scored a pair of unanswered goals to beat them on aggregate goals, eliminating the Galaxy from the MLS playoffs.

The winning goal was scored on a RSL set piece, something they have had trouble defending all year long and have cost them many points. Part of the blame can be put on their former No. 1 goalkeeper, Carlo Cudicini, who was slow at times and very hesitant coming off his lines. Cudicini’s last appearance was on August 11th in a 3-3 draw against FC Dallas. The Galaxy have since signed Panamanian international Jaime Penedo.

With the offseason starting a bit early for the Galaxy, the front office and team needs to ponder what they are going to do next in terms of cutting players loose and signing new players who can help them reach the playoffs again next year.

LA manager Bruce Arena said the club had signed midfielder Baggio Husidic (whose rights were acquired from the Colorado Rapids along with Pablo Mastroeni earlier in the season) and also re-signed veteran defender Todd Dunivant. Husidic spent 2012 playing in Sweden with Hammarby.

Robbie Keane told reporters while he is with the Irish National team that he and the Galaxy have “verbally agreed a two-year contract, maybe extending to three.”

There are some players who have out of contract/team options, though:

Player Name Age 2013 Compensation Contract Status
Sean Franklin 28 $248,333 Team option
Marcelo Sarvas 32 $184,375 Out of contract
Hector Jimenez 25 $46,500 Out of contract

The salary cap will rise to $3.1 million, which will help a little, but to re-sign everyone will be a little tricky especially if they want to make more than what they did in 2013.

It will hard to see any of these three players leave especially Sarvas, whose pairing with Juninho, helped strengthened LA’s midfield.

Mastroeni said he is going to talk to his family and ponder retirement during this offseason. Laurent Courtois is likely going to do the same.

LA also needs to make a decision on players that make a lot of money but haven’t had a lot of playing time, either letting them go or re-signing them at a lower salary.

The Galaxy currently have five players making more than $70,000 who played in only a handful of games (with the exception of Cudicini who started the first 21 games of the season):

Player Name Age 2013 Compensation MLS games played (2013) Other competitions (2013)
Colin Clark 29 $80,000 11 1
Carlo Cudicini 40 $150,000 21 1
Chandler Hoffman 23 $97,500 0 2
Pablo Mastroeni (traded to Galaxy in June) 37 $200,000 9 4
Michael Stephens 24 $106,005 10 5

It’ll be a long offseason, but it seems the Galaxy are already off to a hot start. We’ll see where it goes from here.They definitely need to sign a dynamic striker or midfielder to help the pressure off Keane and Landon Donovan. Gyasi Zardes has the potential of being this type of player and the Galaxy surely hopes he matures into this position in 2014.

Jamie PHAM

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LA Galaxy
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Former tour manager turned sports blogger, Jamie spends loads of time reviewing the Los Angeles sports scene and is a big MLS and USMNT supporter.
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