- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 15, 2008
- 2 Comments
The LA Galaxy’s latest attempt to address their defensive problems are now in the shoes of Greg Vanney. The club dealt for Vanney’s player rights today from DC United.
The news of the Galaxy trading for Vanney doesn’t surprise many after the recent retirement of defender Ty Harden. According to Ives, Harden is retiring after one season of MLS play due to his desire to go work for a charity orginization. Yeah, one of LA’s better defenders would rather go work for charity than play for the Galaxy. Plus, the shock of the retirement of Harden put even more pressure on the Galaxy to get a defender with the recent news that Abel Xavier is having a terrible preseason with the Gals.
Also, everyone knew Vanney’s days were numbered once DC went out and had a field day in the winter transfer season last month by signing five players, two of them being defenders. DC has been unbelievable this off-season at making deals and getting things done with players they want and don’t want.
Its weird to think that last year the core of United’s club is now gone and they have brand new faces to fill those wholes.
Honestly, this is a smart move for both sides, Vanney goes back to the place that he began his career and DC gets rid of a high contract (again). I had a feeling a couple weeks ago that the Galaxy would trade for Vanney, with a young backline this season they needed a good MLS veteran to anchor it and we all knew DC would be willing to trade him about anywhere.
UPDATE: Steve Goff is reporting that Quavas Kirk will head to DC United in the trade. Solid move by DC and even LA to a degree in this deal.