Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Galaxy moves

Life's been busy lately so I haven't been able to post much but the Galaxy made a few interesting moves in the last couple of days. Nothing earth-shattering but moves that could affect the team going forward.

First, Director of Soccer Paul Bravo left the team and took over a similar position with Colorado. It doesn't seem like a big loss to the Galaxy. Bravo's key moves included scouting and bringing in Eduardo Dominguez, who was about as big a bust the Galaxy has had in the last several years. With Bruce Arena around running things, it seems this move was waiting to happen.

Then, shortly after that the Rapids traded a second-round draft choice to the Galaxy for the rights to Ty Harden. Interesting. It makes me wonder if Bravo has some information that would lead him to believe that Harden is ready to return to MLS. If so, Colorado paid a relatively low price for a player with upside. Although I thought Harden was overmatched at times and really lacked speed, he did have some potential. He had the body to withstand the rigors of a central defender and was a smart player, knew the game. I guess I wouldn't be surprised if Harden resurfaces with the Rapids next season.

Also, the Galaxy acquired Mike Magee from New York. The former prospect long ago became a marginal player but he did have a bit of a resurgence over the summer but strangely did not play much in the playoffs. John Wolyniec had beaten him out for playing time and since Wolyniec scored in MLS Cup 08, who are we to disagree with that decision? Still, the Galaxy are banking that Magee still has something to offer. It's difficult to pinpoint a spot for him because a lot will depend on Landon Donovan's status but Magee could challenge for playing time, possibly even a starting spot, even if Donovan returns from Bayern Munich.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I thing Magee's issues stem from years of playing at the swamp. That turf does a number on teams. Maybe playing on grass will help him stay healthy. SO do you think the galaxy are going to make a mve and try to sign Gonzalez god that would be huge.