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Galaxy Moves

You might have already heard that Los Angeles dropped goalkeeper Steve Cronin (22 starts in 2008), who is now looking for work with the USL1 Portland Timbers but could end up back in MLS. You might have seen that 23-year-old defender Mike Randolph (15 starts) has, indeed, been waived. And now the Insider is hearing that 23-year-old midfielder Brandon MacDonald (10 starts) has also been let go.

As the Insider has been telling you for weeks, the Galaxy is also close to a resolution on a loan agreement with Honduran club Platense for defender Osman Chavez.

Galaxy officials did not want to comment on personnel issues today, but said roster moves are likely to be announced Wednesday.

MacDonald had one goal last year, and it was a gem:

By Steve Goff  |  February 24, 2009; 6:36 PM ET
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Wow, color me surprised about Randolph. I know they thought highly of him at one point. I guess he was yet another victim of the reduced roster spots.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | February 24, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Yallop was the one that thought highly of Randolph. Mike didn't have nearly the year last year he did in 2007.

Brandon MacDonald is the surprise. We LA fans thought he was going to be the real deal at DM...

Posted by: EricB1 | February 24, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

As a Galaxy fan I'm very very disappointed that Randolph got released. What does this mean anyways? He's no longer on the roster? Either way, LA still has his rights, no? Since Bosman hasn't made its way to MLS yet.

I bet this will turn into another situation where we get rid of a player and he goes somewhere else and becomes great *cough* robbie findley *cough*

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | February 24, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Randolph, happy to see him go, but furious about the McDonald situation. I hope it's not true. Didn't Arena make a lot of noise about building for the future. His personnel decisions suggest the opposite--he's trying to produce instant results (with a lot of players who have seen better days). Is he on the short leash, too?

Posted by: fed-up-united | February 24, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Unrelated to LAG, but wow, today's Champions League match on ESPN2 was quite dull. Some good saves by Julio Cesar but other than that, an uninspired match. Juninho's freekick vs Barca makes up for it though

Posted by: carmines757 | February 24, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I was running the Lyon/Barca jawn on the computer while the ESPN2 match barely kept my eyes on the TV...I'm sure the next leg of Inter/ManU will be somewhat more entertaining... Unless it goes to penalties???
carmines757, no love for Henry's equalizer? Come on now.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

LA is clearing room in the salary cap for when Beckham returns with Kaka and Ronaldinho.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 24, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Pretty shocking to see Cronin, Randolph and McDonald let go but every coach sees things differently. BA is clearly saying the future is NOW.

Posted by: euroman | February 24, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

They're just making room for Xavier's return.

Posted by: muskratinator | February 24, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Just looked at that vid and wow - I had no idea that Beckham dude was black!

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, McDonald waived ?! that's a surprise in the negative way.

I don't mind the other moves so far.

Posted by: Ben7LA | February 24, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

His personnel decisions suggest the opposite--he's trying to produce instant results (with a lot of players who have seen better days). Is he on the short leash, too?

Yes, fed-up-United. Leiweke is neurotic about making the playoffs (Leiweke is neurotic, period, but that's another issue) and will not tolerate another season out of the playoffs. Expect Arena to resign after this season and go to Philadelphia.

As far as the moves go, McDonald is expendible with Kovalenko on the roster(though I thought he had some promise). Randolph, for some reason, has been buried since Gullit tried (and failed) to turn him into a flank midfielder. Somebody else will sign Randolph and will appreciate him for what he is.

What's really interesting is that Kammarman has been named "director of football operations," similar to the title that Paul Bravo had as the Galaxy's "director of soccer." Whose idea was this? Why make this appointment now, less than a month before the season? Why not make it earlier in the off-season? Perhaps most importantly, is Kammarman supposed to be a buffer between Arena and Leiweke? Hmmm....

Posted by: JosephDHippolito | February 24, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

wow whats going on in the galaxy camp

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | February 24, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

LA's loss...potentially DCU's gain?? Any chance of seeing either of these guys trial with DC? Randolph will probably head up to San Jose, but you never know given our issues in defense.

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | February 25, 2009 1:55 AM | Report abuse


No DC fan would want Cronin anywhere near the team. Randolph would be redundant here (Burch, Wallace, possibly Zaher), as would McDonald (Simms, Jacobson, Olsen, McTavish).


With Dunivant, Miglioranzi, and Griffin, LA has dealt with left back. Arena clearly didn't trust Randolph, so that's no surprise. His youth and speed will make it easy to latch on somewhere else. I don't see him ever amounting to much, though, because of his mental lapses

Cronin sucked. Him being cut is also not a shock.

McDonald is the only one of the group with potential to be a good player. He wasn't going to start ahead of Kovalenko, but he was their depth at the position. Tudela is still on the roster, but I doubt he would make any other MLS squad. They have no one else. It's a bizarre decision to say the least.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 25, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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