Galaxy Trade For Klein

Galaxy Trade For Klein

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 21, 2007

Looks like the LA Galaxy aren’t done just yet with dealing players. It was learned early this morning that the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake have swapped some players. I think it is always interesting when teams at the bottom of the barrel decide to trade players with one another.
RSL has shipped veteran midfielder Chris Klein to LA in-exchange for Nathan Sturgis and Robbie Findley. This deal comes days after the Galaxy sign Honduran forward Carlos Pavon to a deal.

Oddly enough it makes sense to me that the Galaxy do this kind of a deal. Sign a 30-some year old forward and ship out some young products and bring in a veteran midfielder. It has been no secret that the Galaxy have been lacking some midfield control in their lineups in games that they weren’t playing RSL. So in that notion it is a good deal for them. It is always good to have another solid veteran in the clubhouse and I think Klein is a solid one to have.

As for RSL, some may say they were a bit stupid to give up on a veteran player like Klein and I can understand that but in all reality I believe coach Jason Kreis is just rebuilding this club to the mold that he wants. I don’t think there was any beef between he and Klein over the years but when there is growing frustration surrounding the club’s play it makes sense to make a deal like this and bring in a couple fresh faces.

Also, I like the fact that RSL is dumping some salary in this deal. Many do believe that Klein is a little overpaid and a little past his time. And if you are going to unload someone that is thought to be overpaid it is always good to get a couple players that aren’t even in their prime yet like Sturgis and Findley.

I like RSL getting Findley in this deal as much or more as getting Sturgis. Sturgis has some ties with the U20 National team and Freddie Adu.  I’ve said it many times before that I believe RSL is missing a big piece in the midfield. Now I don’t know if Sturgis is really that player but it is a good start. And throwing Findley up with Alecko Eskardarian is a great move I think. I am very eager to see how those two pair up together.

Solid deal for both clubs but it will take some time to see if it truly pays off. Though I am beginning to believe that RSL may have gotten the better end of the stick here.