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17 December 12:24 pm

As part of their season review series, MLSsoccer.com has put up four pieces that reflect upon the LA Galaxy's MLS Cup-winning season. 

Perhaps, the most interesting is a look at Robbie Keane's influence through statistics from Opta. The main realization that the article comes to? Keane was MLS' best forward after he returned from international duty with the Ireland at the European Championships. 

Also worth reading is MLS' analyst Matthew Doyle's piece on whether the Galaxy should re-build. 

What are your thoughts on the two pieces? 

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17 December 10:56 am

The New York Red Bulls have signed Brazilian dead ball expert Juninho Pernambucano.

The 38-year-old Brazilian midfielder has quite the resume having spent the peak of his powers with French club Olympique Lyon and lastly Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. The former Brazilian International is coming off the heels of a successful season with Vasco da Gama in which he generated seven goals and eight assists. 

NYRB has yet to announce a head coach, but multiple sources -- both Soccer By Ives and Big Apple Soccer -- have reported that the club's new head man will be Scottish head coach Gary McAllister. 

A few more news stories to get your morning going...

*The Canadian national federation has announced that they will take on the U.S. National Team on Jan. 29 in a friendly at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas

*Vancouver Whitecaps FC may be after an "oldie but goodie" of their own, albeit in a completely different sense. Vancouver PR confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that head coach Martin Rennie met with midfielder Davide Chiumiento over the weekend. Reports out of Vancouver have linked the midfielder with a potential return to BC Place. Chiumiento was a first team regular for Vancouver before being sold to Swiss club FC Zurich in July. 

*The father and agent of U.S. International Mikkel "Mix" Diskerud confirms that there has been contact between his son and Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter about a potential move to JELD-WEN Field. 

*Longtime FC Dallas captain Daniel Hernandez was fired by FCD just a month after transitioning into a full time assistant coach role with the club.

*Brazilian club Corinthians won the World Club Cup by defeating European Champion Chelsea FC 1-0 on Sunday. Mexican club Monterrey finished in third after defeating African champions Al Ahly. 

*Lionel Messi has now scored 90 goals during the 2012 calendar year after tallying two goals in FC Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid. 

*The new women's soccer league has a name and a logo. The new league, which begins in Spring will be called the National Women's Soccer League or NWSL for short. Follow the new league on Facebook and Twitter

16 December 1:30 pm

Another day and two more evaluations completed.

On Saturday, I reviewed second-year midfielder Dan Keat, who made a total of three appearances in 2012, but saw much of his season limited after undergoing surgery on his right knee. Following Keat was teenage forward Jack McBean, who led the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign and Reserve League squad in scoring.

We’ll have reviews on goalkeeper Bill Gaudette and rookie midfielder Kenney Walker later today.

You can find my evaluations for Keat and McBean below.

Dan Keat

Jack McBean

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15 December 1:45 pm

The LA Galaxy’s decision to deal away Edson Buddle to the Colorado Rapids on Friday could have a major impact on two of the club’s brightest attacking prospects -- Jack McBean and Jose Villarreal.

On Friday, the LA Galaxy dealt veteran forward to the Rapids in exchange for allocation money and Colorado’s first round pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. With Buddle dealt away and question marks around Landon Donovan, Mike Magee and Pat Noonan returning, the teenage forwards looked poised to play a significant role alongside Robbie Keane in 2013.

After a season in which both teenagers excelled in brief stints with the first team particularly during CONCACAF Champions League play, Arena seems ready to give his youngsters added responsibility next season.

 “I think that Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean are ready to get more minutes with the first team. They’ll placed in a competitive situation in preseason and given an opportunity to show us what they can do, but they’re certainly much more advanced than they were [signed],” said Arena. “We think that they’re talented players and they need to continue to move forward professionally, they’re still in some cases young kids so they’ve got to continue to grow and hopefully they can contribute more. I think the past year for both of them was good. We’re very pleased by those two players.”

Both players as well as recent Homegrown signing Oscar Sorto and Academy defender Javan Torre were both called up to the upcoming U.S. Under-20 camp in Florida.

14 December 6:25 pm

It was a frantic Friday for the LA Galaxy and you can read more about that here (and here), but my LAGalaxy.com player evaluations are rolling right along.

Today, I reviewed midfielder Paolo Cardozo and forward Adam Cristman, both of whom saw their time with the Galaxy cut short in midseason. Cardozo, the club’s first round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft was dealt to Chivas USA for defender David Junior Lopes on April 10 after making just a single appearance during the 2012 season. Meanwhile, Cristman was forced to retire due to concussion symptoms in July after making two appearances for LA.

The complete schedule for the evaluations can be found here.

You can  find my evaluations for Cardozo and Cristman below.

Paolo Cardozo

Adam Cristman

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14 December 5:51 pm

Former LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has reportedly closed the door on a move to Australia in albeit a strange place.

Reports coming out of Australia state that Perth Glory owner Tony Sage spoke to Beckham during a performance of the Spice Girls’ new stage music and Sage asked him about a potential move to the A-League.

"I got the chance to chat to David and, of course, I asked him about coming to Australia," Sage told footballaustralia.com.au. "He looked me in the eye and basically said, 'That would be nice, but it's too far away from my businesses."

Beckham, 37, ended his six-year stint with the LA Galaxy on Dec. 1 as he helped lead the club to a second straight MLS Cup title by defeating the  Houston Dynamo, 3-1 at The Home Depot Center. Since announcing his intention to depart the United States, Beckham has been linked to clubs across the globe including in England, France, the Middle East and China as well as a potential MLS ownership bid.

"It would have been great to have him at Perth Glory, but it looks like that won't be happening," Sage added. "I just don't think he'll be coming to Australia, full stop.”

Will this end rumors linking Beckham to Australia? Probably not.  Beckham has repeatedly stated that he expects to announce his next move by years-end.

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14 December 4:37 pm

In his teleconference with local reporters following Friday’s Re-Entry Draft, Bruce Arena touched on a number of topics as the Galaxy look ahead to  the 2013 season.

Friday was a busy one for the club as they acquired the rights to midfielder Colin Clark and goalkeeper William Hesmer while trading Edson Buddle to the Colorado Rapids for allocation money and a 2013 first round supplemental draft pick.  But the day began with the club trading a 2013 international roster spot and the club’s natural first round draft pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft to Chivas USA for the second selection in Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft, which they used to select Clark. 

With midfielders David Beckham and Christian Wilhelmsson already departed and Landon Donovan’s status still up in the air, Arena admitted that Clark’s selection is part of a plan to add depth to the club's midfield.  

“That’s an area where we've got to focus on and add some depth to a number of positions there,” said Arena. “At the same, I feel pretty good where we’re at and we’re going to move forward and try to improve everything.”

Hesmer’s selection in the second round of Stage Two could have some impact on the current status of goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who is still currently out of contract. Prior to missing the entire 2012 season after undergoing a hip procedure in April, Hesmer served as the Columbus Crew’s number one ‘keeper for five years helping the team win two Supporters’ Shields (2008-2009) and one MLS Cup (2008).

However, the Galaxy remain in conversations with Saunders to, potentially, bring him back for 2013.  

“We’re communicating,” Arena said. “And we haven’t resolved anything contractually.”

Two of the four Galaxy players available for selection in Stage Two were selected as Chad Barrett was chosen with the fourth overall pick to the New England Revolution while defender Bryan Jordan was selected in the third round by the San Jose Earthquakes.  Meanwhile, Pat Noonan and Andrew Boyens were not selected, but Arena has not closed the door on either of those two returning next season.

“I’m sure that we’ll have some dialogue,” said Arena. “No decisions have been made at this time.”

Nearly an hour after the draft’s completion, the Galaxy dealt away Buddle for allocation money and a supplemental selection  in a move that was described by Arena as primarily due to salary cap concerns. Although the amount of allocation money that LA received is not public information, Arena shed some light on the club’s current salary cap situation.

“Certainly, we don’t divulge publicly where we stand with the salary cap,” said Arena. “But there’s not a team in the league that would tell you that they could use more [allocation money] given the circumstances but having said that, we’re in pretty good shape.”

Apart from Friday's madness surrounding the Re-Entry Draft, Arena told reporters that the club is “close” to reaching an agreement with goalkeeper Brian Perk, who reportedly agreed to terms with the club and opted out of the Re-Entry Draft Process earlier in the week. The same cannot be said about midfielder Kyle Nakazawa, who also opted out of the process, but according to Arena, nothing has been resolved at the moment.

The Galaxy head coach and general manager also reiterated that the club remain in contact with Homegrown target and CSU-Bakersfield forward Gyasi Zardes about a potential Homegrown contract. 

“There’s continued discussions with the people that represent him," said Arena. "We’re working to see if that’s something that can come to closure.”

14 December 1:13 pm

Edson Buddle is on his way to the Colorado Rapids.

The LA Galaxy announced on Friday that they have traded the 31-year-old forward to the Rapids in exchange for Colorado’s first round MLS Supplemental draft pick and allocation money. The move comes after the Galaxy acquired the rights to Colin Clark and William Hesmer in Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft. 

Buddle re-joined the Galaxy in February after a brief stop with German second division club Ingolstadt 04. The forward was limited to just 25 appearances in all competitive competitions during the 2012 season after undergoing  right knee surgery in May.  The U.S. World Cup veteran also made a pair of appearances during LA’s 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals defeat to Toronto FC in March.

Buddle ended his 2012 season with three goals and a single assist.

14 December 12:22 pm

The LA Galaxy made two selections in Friday’s Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft.

LA selected midfielder Colin Clark in the first round of Stage Two and later picked up goalkeeper William Hesmer in stage two before ending their Re-Entry Draft in round three. 

After trading up for the second pick in Stage Two, the Galaxy acquired Clark formerly of the Houston Dynamo. A versatile midfielder who can play on either flank, Clark made 14 appearances for the Dynamo in the regular season with a single goal. 

A round later, the Galaxy picked up Hesmer, a veteran goalkeeper who has spent his last six seasons with the Columbus Crew. Hesmer missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing a hip procedure in April. Prior to his injury, Hesmer was Crew's number one goalkeeper for five seasons helping the club win their lone MLS Cup in 2008 and Supporters' Shields in 2008 and 2009.

Only two of the four LA Galaxy players available for selection in the Re-Entry Draft was selected as forward Chad Barrett was picked in the first round by the New England Revolution and right back Bryan Jordan was picked up by the San Jose Earthquakes in the third round. 

The Galaxy will now have seven days to make a genuine offer to Hesmer and Clark. Even if an agreement cannot be reached, LA will still hold the right of first refusal for the two players.

 

14 December 11:37 am

 

The LA Galaxy have prepared themselves to be active in the Stage Two of the  MLS Re-Entry Draft.

On Friday, the Galaxy announced that they have acquired the number two position in Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft from Chivas USA in exchange for the club’s natural first round supplemental pick, an international roster spot and the number 19 position in stage two of the Re-Entry Draft. 

Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft will take place at noon PT.