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Xavier Gone

Two sources tell me this morning that the Los Angeles Galaxy is planning to waive Portuguese defender Abel Xavier and his $156,000 salary. The Galaxy, which just acquired Argentine back Eduardo Dominguez, is in New York for tomorrow's match against the Red Bulls. Xavier, 35, made nine starts and 10 league appearances this season and 19 and 20 respectively over two years. What is the Galaxy up to? The club has also been trying to dump forward Carlos Ruiz ($460,000) as well. More details to come.....

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2008; 11:01 AM ET
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He could always pick up work as a practice cone...if he misses watching players round him and shoot on goal.

Posted by: Matt | July 18, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

How much does Dominguez make? or is that one of those details?

Posted by: sitruc | July 18, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm. One fewer reason to hate LA with a vengeance, ... but we'll always have plenty of other reasons.

Posted by: Postmaster | July 18, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Freeing up around $500K? Hmmmm, what other grandfathered DP player is out there for them to court?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 18, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

they should have released him even without the new blood

Posted by: sidenetting | July 18, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Was Xavier on the Jose Carvalo month-to-month plan? Because if he wasn't, I thought his contract was guaranteed as of July which case, LA can waive him all they want, but his salary still hits the cap. This isn't MLS circa 1999.

Jus' sayin'.

Posted by: EdTheRed | July 18, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

If Landon got an offer abroad that he'd take at the end of the year, WHO would LA bring in to replace him up front? Bidding war between Seattle, LA, and Red Bull for Henry? Bring in Michael Owen?

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | July 18, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

About time, I think I can hear Cronin cheering from here. Maybe LA isn't planning on making a big marketing splash, just upgrading its roster with higher quality role players, glue guys. Ha, I crack myself up.

Posted by: danj | July 18, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse


Just wondering if Xaviers salary continues to count against the cap, but Dominguez salary gets paid with allocation money this year... and the next year with X of the book, Dominguez is under the cap ?

Posted by: Ben | July 18, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Funny how the Galaxy and DC United have been #1 and #2 in scoring goals and #1 and #2 in surrendering goals this season. As much as I dislike Lalas (and everything LA Galaxy), at least he's made a personnel change in defense.

Meanwhile, DC United's FO continues to play around with mids and forwards!? As many here on the Blog continue to say - wouldn't a solid central D (or at least a better back-up defender while Peralta is out) or some GK competition be a wise move!!??

Posted by: Redd | July 18, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I understand Keller is available on a free transfer. Lalas said one big splash move for galaxy?

Posted by: tower0surfer | July 18, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Was the bleached ones contract moved to month-to-month or is Alexi and company commited to paying the remaining balance against the salary cap, and if so where is their space for the new signings?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 18, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

this happened because nolberto solano is joing the galaxy probably. the galaxy already sent an offer

Posted by: Einar | July 18, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Cobi Jones is still on the bench, Postmaster.

Posted by: sitruc | July 18, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Anyone waived these days is on month to month or some other arrangement.

Posted by: Goff | July 18, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I will miss his hair.

Posted by: stairs | July 18, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

My guess is that the league is going to give McBride to them flat out as soon as they free up some money.

Lalas is thinking, they'll give up fewer goals without Xavier, and a striker tandem of McBride and Donovan (or Buddle while Donovan's on National Team duty) will keep the high-flying Galaxy putting David Beckham's crosses in the net.

I'm kidding of course.

Posted by: TCompton | July 18, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

EdtheRed, I'm wondering the same thing (and Goff just answered) -- it was not coincidence that he was "injured" the other day when they played Chivas USA.

It is nice that MLS is in a position that we don't have to take in any foreign scrub that wants to play here...

Posted by: RK | July 18, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Klinsy to bring Landon to Bayern?

Jus' dreamin'.

Posted by: EssEff | July 18, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they'll bring Mathis back -- he can do something strange with his hair.

Posted by: RK | July 18, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Sayonara! As a Galaxy fan, I've grown tired of gritting my teeth when the ball is in the back and Xavier was in the area.

Posted by: Nick | July 18, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

No doubt that Galaxy would bring another jucy player who can draw a lot attention.

Posted by: arlington4united | July 18, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

One wors sums up the Galaxy: Lalas.

Posted by: Friendship Heights | July 18, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Isn't his salary locked in? .... I don't think waiving at it makes it go away.

Posted by: Josh | July 18, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

awww. that really sucks. LA is always more fun when they are losing and giving up really bad goals.

Posted by: Glenn | July 18, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Once again, players waived after the July 1 contract deadline are most likely on a month-to-month deal or have another arrangement.

Posted by: Goff | July 18, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe the Galaxy are still holding Pires too, the guy is over the hill.

Posted by: delantero | July 18, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad he's gone. Now we should go after a quality GK (Keller)and a Def mid player (Joseph).

Posted by: DAVE | July 18, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

pires has to go!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 19, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Where did Xavier land?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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