2011 Expansion Draft List: Los Angeles Galaxy

2011 Expansion Draft List: Los Angeles Galaxy

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 10, 2011
  • 5 Comments
  • 2011 Expansion Draft, Features

LA has another week or so before they release their protection list. (Getty Images)

This is it – the final club in our Expansion Draft protection lists – the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy won this year’s Supporters’ Shield trophy for the best record in the league and now are 90 minutes away from winning another MLS Cup.

To recap, I’ve already looked at the Chicago FireChivas USA, the Colorado Rapids, the Columbus CrewD.C. UnitedFC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, the New England Revolution, the New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union, the Portland TimbersReal Salt Lake, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Seattle Sounders FCSporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Keep in mind the rules of the expansion draft, to read more about them click here.

Protected List: 

1. Landon Donovan – No need to explain this one.

2. David Beckham – Gotta protect him even if he isn’t coming back next year (which I think he still will).

3. Robbie Keane – Another one with no explanation needed.

4. Omar Gonzalez – Best defender in the league, period.

5. Juninho – Another highly underrated midfielder in this league.

6. AJ DeLeGarza – Really continued to improve in 2011, I see more growth out of this guy in 2012.

7. Sean Franklin – One of the best fullbacks in MLS.

8. Josh Saunders – Likely their #1 keeper going forward.

9. Chris Birchall – International player that will likely need protected.

10. Todd Dunivant – Another un-sung hero of this club.

11. Mike Magee – Don’t laugh at this one, if the Galaxy have to protect another international then obviously Magee won’t be here but he was pretty big for them down the stretch this year.

Home Grown/Generation adidas Players:

  • Jack McBean

Unprotected List:

  • Donovan Ricketts
  • Gregg Berhalter
  • Frankie Hejduk
  • Dan Keat
  • Chad Barrett
  • Hector Jimenez
  • Adam Cristman
  • Dustin McCarty
  • Leonardo
  • Brian Perk
  • Miguel Lopez
  • Michael Stephens
  • Bryan Jordan
  • Ryan Thomas
  • Dason Robinson
  • Paolo Cordozo
  • Sean Alvarado

Notes:

I know I may get blasted for having Magee on this list but whatever. I know they may have to protect another international and that is fine. Take your pick between an injured center back like Leonardo, or some randomly used guys like Cardoza, Lopez or Jimenez.

LA has a roster full of stars – that we know – but they also have a roster full of aged players as well. You could easily make the case for them protecting both keepers (Ricketts and Saunders) too. For the most part 10 of those 11 were easy picks to make. Keep the main guys in the attack, along with securing the defense for the future.

  • Ned Smitty

    You’re right, they’ll have to to take a hard look at the number of internationals required to be kept, but if I’m Montreal I’d grab Leonardo and hope he heals.

  • I wonder if Montreal goes for Ricketts, who at times was a very good goalkeeper. And they don’t have a MLS starter quality keeper yet.

    Now that you have done all the lists, are you going to make any predictions of picks? Or are you going to wait like most ppl until the Official protection lists come out?

    (I hope not, you do a great job guessing and its fun!)

    • Thanks, I haven’t decided what I’ll do yet. If I have time between now and MLS Cup I just may.

  • I can’t see LA keeping 2 keepers protected.  Even Perk wouldn’t be a bad selection as an every-day backup.  Isn’t Stephens a development player or underage player or something?

  • I could imagine both keepers not getting protected. Both keepers are MLS quality, and if LA lose a keeper, it’s the one that’s not protected. But, if you don’t protect either keeper, then one will stay, meanwhile, there’s another name that can be protected.