Expansion Draft List: LA Galaxy

Expansion Draft List: LA Galaxy

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 18, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • 2009 Expansion Draft
The mix of young and old make the Galaxy a tough team to figure out for the expansion draft. (Getty Images)

The mix of young and old make the Galaxy a tough team to figure out for the expansion draft. (Getty Images)

We are quickly working our way through the 15 MLS clubs as we gear up for next week’s expansion draft. The new kids on the block, the Philadelphia Union will get to select 10 players from the list of unprotected players that each club will have to submit by next Monday. Today we get a look at one of the two MLS Cup participating teams, the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Protected Available Exempt
David Beckham Gregg Berhalter Tristan Bowen
Chris Birchall Alan Gordon
Edson Buddle Leonard Griffin
A.J. DeLaGarza Bryan Jordan
Landon Donovan Jovan Kirovski
Todd Dunivant Chris Klein
Alecko Eskandarian Dema Kovalenko
Sean Franklin Eddie Lewis
Omar Gonzalez Yohance Marshall
Mike Magee Stefani Miglioranzi
Donovan Ricketts Kyle Patterson
Tony Sanneh
Josh Saunders
Julian Valentin

This club has a lot of old and a lot of young. Mostly older guys will be left off the protected like with the exception of Beckham and Donovan of course. But for the most part we know Gonzalez will graduate from the GA contract based on his playing time this season.

Some folks may question why I would have someone like Esky on the protect list. I just think his upside when he is healthy is tough to overlook. Plus I couldn’t find a younger guy to take his place. Maybe Bruce Arena will go with an older player to replace someone like him but for now I like his chances of being protected.

See someone I missed on here? Let’s hear it.

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    I would protect Jordan over Magee, though Magee is one of Arena's favorites. Jordan is Nowak's type of player: He works hard on both sides of the ball, plus he has excellent speed and good touch. You heard it here first: If Jordan is exposed, Philadelphia *will* take him.

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    I would protect Jordan over Magee, though Magee is one of Arena's favorites. Jordan is Nowak's type of player: He works hard on both sides of the ball, plus he has excellent speed and good touch.

    You heard it here first: If Jordan is exposed, Philadelphia *will* take him.

  • Big E

    Kovalenko is a Philly guy, and Nowak might take him but he has a bloated salary. Julian Valentin is a PA kid and Alan Gordon might be a decent forward for a expansion side.

  • Big E

    Kovalenko is a Philly guy, and Nowak might take him but he has a bloated salary. Julian Valentin is a PA kid and Alan Gordon might be a decent forward for a expansion side.

  • Kaiser

    I agree on Jordan. The kid is all hustle, is an excellent complimentary player, and can play in several different spots on the field (plus I believe his salary is next to nothing). Hate to leave Magee unprotected, but don't see anyone else. I like the strategy of leaving all the old guys unprotected (Berhalter, Klein, Lewis, Kovalenko, Kirovski). They have all provided a veteran backbone to the team, but losing one won't kill that backbone, and would actually free up some $$$.

  • Kaiser

    I agree on Jordan. The kid is all hustle, is an excellent complimentary player, and can play in several different spots on the field (plus I believe his salary is next to nothing). Hate to leave Magee unprotected, but don't see anyone else.

    I like the strategy of leaving all the old guys unprotected (Berhalter, Klein, Lewis, Kovalenko, Kirovski). They have all provided a veteran backbone to the team, but losing one won't kill that backbone, and would actually free up some $$$.