LA Galaxy Off-Season

In 2015, these were the players who had starter minutes and substitution minutes later in the season:
Defense
Gonzalez - transferred to Pachuca in Mexico Liga MX
Remain under contract:
Rogers - 1/12 contract extension
DeLaGarza
Leonardo
Gargan

Midfield/Forwards
Vayrynen - out of contract not returning
Zardes - contract in negotiation
Juninho - UPDATE 12/24 Transferring to Club Tijuana
Remain under contract:
Gerrard
Lletget
Husidic

Forwards/Midfield
Gordon - out of contract but in negotiations UPDATE: has signed a new contract.
Remain under contract:
Keane
Dos Santos

Goalie
Ricketts - Galaxy has signed Kennedy
Rowe - remains under contract

As you can see, most of the pieces of the 2015 team remain with the club.

Some of the prospects and lesser utilized backups (Brian Perk, Andrew Wolverton, Tommy Meyer, Kenney Walker, Edson Buddle and Charlie Rugg) are out of contract. These prospects and backups (Rafael Garcia 1/12 contract extension, Bradford Jamieson IV, Ignacio Maganto, Raul Mendiola, Dave Romney, Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal 1/12 contract extension)  remain under contract.

The MLS has a salary cap but some flexibility is provided by the targeted allocation money (TAM) and homegrown player funds. And finally, there are the designated player rules (DP).

The writers at LAG Confidential have concerns about the new keeper, and Dos Santos' role. Armchair Analyst Doyle at MLSsoccer is concerned about the direction of the Galaxy in his look at the defeat in the knockout round.

Started following the Galaxy in 2010 as a result of the USMNT World Cup effort and the signature moment that Donovan provided. It has been a good run since then 2010 (lost in conference finals), 2011 (won MLS Cup), 2012 (won MLS Cup), 2013 (lost in conference semi-finals), 2014 (won MLS Cup), and 2015 (lost in knockout round). Easy to get spoiled with 3 MLS Cups in 6 years!

As of now, I don't see myself "jumping" ship to LAFC. And besides, they aren't going to be actually playing until 2018! Go Galaxy!

UPDATE: There is talk that LA is looking to bring in 35-year old Ashley Cole. Seems to me to be a head-scratcher to make that move. The team needs to get younger not older! I can't see the rationale of the move unless they are getting him at a real bargain price. Otherwise, I would think the Galaxy would want to spend its salary cap money on players with a little more upside and years left/to go in the legs.

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