Expansion Draft List: LA Galaxy

Expansion Draft List: LA Galaxy

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 22, 2008
  • 26 Comments
  • Expansion Draft

Alright, I didn’t expect to get into this just yet but felt that it was worth starting up. I will be doing a team-by-team list of who I think will and won’t be protected in this year’s expansion draft. Hard to believe but we are nearly a month away from MLS Cup and from the next expansion draft.

The expansion draft is something we will just have to get use to over the next few years. I’m fairly sure that the rules from the last two drafts will carry over into this year’s edition. With only one team on the block I figure every club will have to protect 11 players (Generation adidas players are auto-protected). Designated Players (DP) can NOT be exposed.

I’m starting this off with the LA Galaxy. Let’s face it they stand a good chance of being last place this season so why not.

As always, feel free to list who you think will and won’t be protected from this bunch.

The Protected:

  1. David Beckham – Duh.
  2. Landon Donovan – Another duh, even if he does decide to bolt to Europe this winter. (But if the Galaxy know for sure that he is don’t be shocked to see him left unexposed since his contract will be too high for Seattle to take on.)
  3. Edson Buddle – Had a monster year, expect the Galaxy to keep him on.
  4. Steve Cronin – Probably their only keeper that they have that will be protected, even that is an iffy situation.
  5. Sean Franklin – One of the few rookies up for ROY this year, he has to be protected since he isn’t a GA.
  6. Alan Gordon – More than likely he will be protected
  7. Chris Klein – Solid vet that they cannot let go…
  8. Eddie Lewis – Another duh really.
  9. Peter Vagenas – I wonder about Vagenas but there is a good chance he will be protected
  10. Mike Randolph – Young defender that they need to keep.
  11. Ante Jazic – Canadian defender that I think they need to keep as well.

Not Protected, Could Be Taken:

  1. Brandon McDonald – Rookie should some promise this year.
  2. Troy Roberts – Defender that could be taken.
  3. Greg Vanney – Would Seattle take on a high contract for an aged defender? I doubt it but you never know.

Not Protected, Probably Won’t Be Taken:

Everyone else.

For the most part I doubt any Galaxy player will be selected by Seattle unless for some reason the expose a big name like Buddle or a rookie like Franklin. I just don’t see it happening either way. LA as we all know have a lot of work to do this off-season and I expect Seattle doesn’t want to deal with some trash that LA is willing to throw out.

  • kris

    I agree with most of this. I would leave Beckham off and definitely Donovan off. Donovan plans on going abroad this winter, there is no point in someone snatching him up when he's just going to leave. As for Beckham, there is a no trade clause in his contract, no point in freezing him when he can't leave regardless. <br />
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    How about DC next? That team will be torn apart this winter. Who do they think is worthy to stay? As of right now, Kirk and Martinez are the BIG ones to go. Kirk's generation adidas contract ends this year, he has not been able to prove his worth or anything for that matter. Gonzalo Martinez is old, slow and has really gone down the drain since June.

  • Drew Epperley

    They have to protect Beckham…even if he has a no-trade clause. <br />
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    As for who is next, DC is up but I will probably knock out Toronto, San Jose and Dallas before I get to DC. But yes they do have a load of work this off-season.

  • Kirk

    Drew – I think you need to update the Golden boot stats. I believe Ching is up to 13.<br />
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    Can't wait to see your take on who teams like Houston, Columbus, and Chicago leave exposed. Top performers have a lot to lose. Especially a team like Houston that has relied pretty heavily on its bench the last 2 years.

  • Bill

    If landon left, wouldn't the owner of landon get major allocation money? Then if he came back, his rights would be worth a lot. Yallop might even trade for the rights. Not the worse bet.

  • kris

    I agree with most of this. I would leave Beckham off and definitely Donovan off. Donovan plans on going abroad this winter, there is no point in someone snatching him up when he’s just going to leave. As for Beckham, there is a no trade clause in his contract, no point in freezing him when he can’t leave regardless.

    How about DC next? That team will be torn apart this winter. Who do they think is worthy to stay? As of right now, Kirk and Martinez are the BIG ones to go. Kirk’s generation adidas contract ends this year, he has not been able to prove his worth or anything for that matter. Gonzalo Martinez is old, slow and has really gone down the drain since June.

  • They have to protect Beckham…even if he has a no-trade clause.

    As for who is next, DC is up but I will probably knock out Toronto, San Jose and Dallas before I get to DC. But yes they do have a load of work this off-season.

  • Kirk

    Drew – I think you need to update the Golden boot stats. I believe Ching is up to 13.

    Can’t wait to see your take on who teams like Houston, Columbus, and Chicago leave exposed. Top performers have a lot to lose. Especially a team like Houston that has relied pretty heavily on its bench the last 2 years.

  • Bill

    If landon left, wouldn’t the owner of landon get major allocation money? Then if he came back, his rights would be worth a lot. Yallop might even trade for the rights. Not the worse bet.

  • ron

    doesn't landon have to be protected as a dp?<br />
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    he becomes one next year.

  • American Dust

    Boy did LA mess up taking Lewis when they could have had Gibbs or what? Gibbs helped put Colorado back in the chase and might have done the same for LA, but what did Lewis bring? And thing about the age difference…

  • ron

    doesn’t landon have to be protected as a dp?

    he becomes one next year.

  • Boy did LA mess up taking Lewis when they could have had Gibbs or what? Gibbs helped put Colorado back in the chase and might have done the same for LA, but what did Lewis bring? And thing about the age difference…

  • Joseph D'Hippol

    Protecting Vagenas instead of McDonald makes no sense. Vagenas makes far more money, doesn't have the energy he once did and can do little except square pass and back pass. McDonald has shown in the past couple of games that he is a far more dynamic player who has the potential to shut down people. If the Galaxy is protecting Vagenas over McDonald, it's only because of a sense of misplaced loyalty.

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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Protecting Vagenas instead of McDonald makes no sense. Vagenas makes far more money, doesn’t have the energy he once did and can do little except square pass and back pass. McDonald has shown in the past couple of games that he is a far more dynamic player who has the potential to shut down people. If the Galaxy is protecting Vagenas over McDonald, it’s only because of a sense of misplaced loyalty.

  • Joseph D'Hippol

    One more thing: The Galaxy should in no way protect Chris Klein. Yes, Klein is a solid pro but he's done. As a defender, he has no field sense (in the Galaxy's 1-0 loss at Columbus, Klein was supposed to mark Alejandro Moreno when Moreno scored on a header). He gets dispossessed easily with the ball at his feet and he doesn't have the speed to cover even average forwards.<br />
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    Instead, the Galaxy should protect Julian Valentin from Wake Forest. Granted, he's only played on the reserve team but he has big potential and is very tough.

  • Thanks for the articles. We’ll link you on our site.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    One more thing: The Galaxy should in no way protect Chris Klein. Yes, Klein is a solid pro but he’s done. As a defender, he has no field sense (in the Galaxy’s 1-0 loss at Columbus, Klein was supposed to mark Alejandro Moreno when Moreno scored on a header). He gets dispossessed easily with the ball at his feet and he doesn’t have the speed to cover even average forwards.

    Instead, the Galaxy should protect Julian Valentin from Wake Forest. Granted, he’s only played on the reserve team but he has big potential and is very tough.

  • Kaiser

    G's have to leave Vanney, Gordon, Vagenas, and Klein unprotected! Each one of them is overpayed and losing them would be an advantage, because they could use the money to help rebuild. I'm sad that only 1 might be taken. They need to protect the younger guys like McDonald<br />
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    I could see Klein being takenby Seattle, because he would be a nice veteran presence on what might be a young team.

  • Kaiser

    G’s have to leave Vanney, Gordon, Vagenas, and Klein unprotected! Each one of them is overpayed and losing them would be an advantage, because they could use the money to help rebuild. I’m sad that only 1 might be taken. They need to protect the younger guys like McDonald

    I could see Klein being takenby Seattle, because he would be a nice veteran presence on what might be a young team.

  • Cannon Girl

    Skippy!!!!! Where ya been? Can't believe I&quot;m putting this in writing but I think I was actually starting to miss you—NOT! Just joking…glad you're back. Gordon and Klein are good but inconsistent players and Pete &quot;own goal&quot; Vagenas should've been waived before the 2008 season ever started for failing to step up his game after his performance in last year's Superliga final. I'm sure Becks has asked himself &quot;What have I gotten myself into?&quot; more times than any of us can count. I do agree that new soil would do Chris and Alan a world of good. Who knows…maybe Pete too…just as long as it's not to San Jose. My Joe and his Quakes are the best and we want to keep them that way—WHO-HOOOOO—GO QUAKES!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

  • Cannon Girl

    Drew, why would they still need to protect Becks if he has a no-trade clause?

  • Cannon Girl

    Skippy!!!!! Where ya been? Can’t believe I”m putting this in writing but I think I was actually starting to miss you—NOT! Just joking…glad you’re back. Gordon and Klein are good but inconsistent players and Pete “own goal” Vagenas should’ve been waived before the 2008 season ever started for failing to step up his game after his performance in last year’s Superliga final. I’m sure Becks has asked himself “What have I gotten myself into?” more times than any of us can count. I do agree that new soil would do Chris and Alan a world of good. Who knows…maybe Pete too…just as long as it’s not to San Jose. My Joe and his Quakes are the best and we want to keep them that way—WHO-HOOOOO—GO QUAKES!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

  • Cannon Girl

    Drew, why would they still need to protect Becks if he has a no-trade clause?

  • Kaiser

    Cannon Girl,<br />
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    Nice to hear from you, too. I knew you missed me!

  • Kaiser

    Cannon Girl,

    Nice to hear from you, too. I knew you missed me!