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Kovalenko to Galaxy

A deal we hinted at several weeks ago is about to be finalized: Veteran midfielder Dema Kovalenko from Real Salt Lake to Los Angeles for a draft pick and some allocation money. The Galaxy also acquired forward Mike Magee from New York earlier today for a draft pick.

By Steve Goff  |  January 15, 2009; 1:54 AM ET
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that means Bruce and Co adressed all major issues... Wow...

GK: Ricketts
DM: Kovalenko
Depth: Maglioranzi, Griffin, Magee, Kirovski

all that's missing = Central defenders with the rumoured Honduran Bautista among others...

Posted by: Ben7LA | January 15, 2009 2:34 AM | Report abuse

oh sure, Kovalenko for Beckham. Potayto, potahto...

Posted by: troy6 | January 15, 2009 6:40 AM | Report abuse

This is where Arena's knowledge of the national pool and MLS experience come in handy: he's salary-constrained, so he has to find guys who may not be top-shelf, but can contribute. As a result, LA will be a much better team this year, with or without Beckham and Donovan.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | January 15, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

magee and kovalenko...this is great. i think arena is trying to relocate the red bulls to LA

Posted by: jj7643a1 | January 15, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Here's the thing about Kovalenko: he's not everyone's cup of tea but now that he's gotten a bit more self-control, he adds bite to your midfield (and if there was a midfield that was excessively soft last year, it was LAG's). Dema is a great addition for that team. Magee--meh--he's depth and used right that's a plus. On the whole, LAG has gotten better in part because Arena is assembling parts that compliment rather than the proverbial "horse by committee" syndrome.

It will be interesting to see what nonsense TFC and MoJo engage in. That's a team that can be counted on to make sure things are never dull--yet at the same time rarely make sense in the big picture.

Posted by: JoeW1 | January 15, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Kovalenko has now played for both Evil East and Evil West...

Posted by: Barracudas | January 15, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

If DEMA is brough in to play all 90 minutes, every match @ D-MID, then does LA have to draft SAM CRONIN? Hmmm .. ..

Maybe the best DEF on the board, not named Marshall .. ..

No MARSHALL's allowed in the LA defense every again!

Posted by: Samminish | January 15, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

On top of old Smoky all covered with Cheese

We've got Dema, he'll break your knees . . .

Posted by: delantero | January 15, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Dema, in the bright lights of L.A.!

Break a leg, kid.

Posted by: joedoc1 | January 15, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know this -- the draft will be televised (ESPN2, 2pm). Yeah, ESPN2 -- not even the ocho.

Posted by: Reignking | January 15, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Aw, crap.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | January 15, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The draft is on TV? I hope you all set your digital VCR thingys.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 15, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I have always liked Dema's style and hustle. I wish he was still playing for the black and red

Posted by: hoyasaxadc | January 15, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Only those D&D dorks would do that. Or use their IPhones to do it.

Posted by: Reignking | January 15, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

A good move for RSL moving Kovalenko's $200k salary when he was mostly a backup for RSL. However, failing to protect Sturgis and losing him to Seattle in the expansion draft is now looking more ominous. RSL, once very deep at the DMid position (Beckerman, Kovalenko, Sturgis and Cutler) is suddenly thin. It will be interesting to see who they pick up to provide cover for Beckerman (although Robbie Russell can play DMid in a crunch). I think they might use some of the salary cap space to increase Wingert's salary from $65K.

Posted by: timoteo1 | January 15, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

why would i dvr the draft when i can just obsessively refresh soccer insider all afternoon?

Posted by: stairs | January 15, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

At this point, it really looks like Arena is trying to build around both David and Landon not being there next year.

Posted by: strago | January 15, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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