The LA Galaxy are attempting to clean up the front office and keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic all while navigating the dangers of the MLS silly season. And to do that, they’ll need to make some serious moves throughout the offseason that will lead them to some regular season success.
We’re bringing together all the important information you need to know. We’ll give you the result of each trade, transfer, and draft, and we’ll do our best to keep you updated on the latest rumors surrounding the club – complete with a rumor temperature.
We’ve got it all for you right below. Don’t forget to BOOKMARK THIS PAGE so that you can return to it regularly and pay attention to the date right below. That date will tell you when the tracker was last updated and what information was added.
- This tracker was last updated on 12.14.18 at 1:42 p.m.
- Added results of Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft
- (12.13.18) Updated Caleb Porter rumor
OPTION EXERCISE DEADLINE
- Took place on November 26, 2018
- Results: In the table below
- Galaxy roster now stands at 16 players
- Galaxy are likely to re-sign all three out of contract players
- Galaxy are likely to re-sign some players from the options declined list
- Just because options were declined doesn’t keep the Galaxy from renegotiating a contract with that player
Coverage of the Option Exercise Deadline can be found right HERE on CoG!
|OPTIONS DECLINED||Michael Ciani, Brian Sylvestre, Ariel Lassiter, Sheanon Williams, Ashley Cole, Rolf Feltscher, Baggio Husidic, Servando Carrasco|
|OPTIONS EXERCISED||Sebastian Lletget, Daniel Steres, Bradford Jamieson IV, Justin Vom Steeg|
|OUT OF CONTRACT||Dave Romney, Chris Pontius, Emmanuel Boateng|
2018 MLS EXPANSION DRAFT (COMPLETED)
- Took place on December 11 at 11 a.m. PT
- Galaxy protected 11 players
- Some draft rules HERE
- While Generation adidas and off-budget Homegrown Players are automatically exempt, eligible MLS clubs may protect up to 11 players from selection in the Expansion Draft.
- The list of players available for selection in the Expansion Draft will be released by MLS Communications on Dec. 10.
- FC Cincinnati may select up to five players from the eligible MLS player pool. Only a single player can be drafted from any one club.
Below you’ll find the list of protected and unprotected Galaxy players for the MLS Expansion Draft. The club can protect 11 players. DP’s must be protected if they have a no-trade clause. HG’s are exempt from the Expansion Draft. Players who had their options declined can still be protected in order to maintain the rights of the club to that player. Players who are out of contract are also protected for that reason.
LIST OF PROTECTED/UNPROTECTED PLAYERS:
NOTES ON THE LIST:
The only difference from the list the Galaxy put out and our original projected protected list is that Chris Pontius, who is a free agent this year, was left unprotected and Daniel Steres is left protected.
Pontius is a Free Agent and even if FCC selected him, they’d still have to negotiate for him to come to their team. So picking him doesn’t mean anything and it’s unlikely that FCC would gamble on him.
As for other “big names,” Skjelvik’s salary would preclude FCC from taking him. The same is probably true for Kitchen. Either way, the Galaxy would be okay with losing either player.
Hilliard-Arce is under supplemental roster designation. If FCC were to choose Hilliard-Arce they’d need to guarantee him a senior roster spot. Usually, teams don’t pick up supplemental players and guarantee them that senior spot. So he’s unlikely to be picked.
RESULTS OF EXPANSION DRAFT:
No Galaxy players were selected in the 2018 Expansion Draft by FC Cincinnati.
|1||Darron Mattocks||DC United|
|2||Kei Kamara||Vancouver Whitecaps||Traded to Colorado for INTL slot|
|3||Roland Lamah||FC Dallas|
|4||Eric Alexander||Houston Dynamo|
|5||Hassan Ndam||New York Red bull|
2018 MLS WAIVER DRAFT (COMPLETED)
- Took place on December 12, 2018, at 1 p.m. PT
- Consisting of players who have been waived by clubs and do not meet minimum years of service requirement for Re-Entry Draft or Free Agency; the Waiver Draft is conducted in reverse order of 2018 season finish, taking into account postseason performance, with expansion FC Cincinnati selecting last.
- The list of players eligible for selection in Waiver Draft will be released by MLS Communications by 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 11.
MLS WAIVER DRAFT RESULTS:
The LA Galaxy did not select a player in the MLS Waiver Draft. In total, only four players were selected. Results below.
|PLAYER SELECTED||TEAM FROM||TEAM TO||NOTES|
|Marcus Epps||Philadelphia Union||New York Red bulls||NYRB made a trade with SJ to acquire the no. 1 selection|
|Cristian Martinez||Columbus Crew||Chicago Fire|
|Marco Ureña||LAFC||Chicago Fire|
|Ricky Lopez-Espin||Real Salt Lake||LAFC|
2018 MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT STAGE 1
- Took place on December 14, 2018, at 12 p.m. PT
- The Re-Entry Draft (both stages) is conducted in reverse order of 2018 season finish, taking into account postseason performance, with expansion club FC Cincinnati selecting last.
- The list of players eligible for selection in the Re-Entry Draft – Stage 1 will be released by MLS Communications by 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 13.
MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT STAGE 1 RESULTS:
Only three players were selected in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft. The LA Galaxy did not make a selection.
|PLAYER SELECTED||TEAM FROM||TEAM TO||NOTES|
|Nick DeLeon||DC United||Toronto FC|
|Andre Rawls||New York City FC||Colorado Rapids|
|Donny Toia||Orlando City SC||Real Salt Lake|
2018 MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT STAGE 2
- Will take place on December 20, 2018, at 11 a.m. PT
- Teams selecting players in Stage 2 may negotiate new contracts with the player.
- The list of players eligible for selection in the Re-Entry Draft – Stage 1 will be released by MLS Communications at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 19.
2019 MLS SUPERDRAFT
The 2019 MLS SuperDraft will take place on January 11 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. That will follow the 2019 MLS Combine which returns Jan. 3-9 to Orlando City Stadium, host of 2019 MLS All-Star Game.
The LA Galaxy have the following picks in the MLS SuperDraft: (will update as we get closer)
|ROUND||PICK (ROUND)||PICK (OVERALL)||PLAYER||POSITION||PREVIOUS CLUB|
- Will announce new signings if and as they become available
- Will announce re-signings if and as they become available
- Trades will be announced if and when they become available
The following rumors have not been confirmed unless expressly stated that they have some substance to them. Some of these are ridiculous. We didn’t make them up. Go yell at someone else! Also, the temperature ranking is arbitrarily connected to how likely we feel the deal is, and whether or not we have some information on the subject.
GIOVANI DOS SANTOS TO FC CINCINNATI: COLD
Original Rumor 12.12.18, 10:27 a.m. – Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause. But no Virginia, it’s probably not going to be FC Cincinnati.
It’s no secret that the Galaxy want to rid themselves of Giovani dos Santos who made $6-million last year and could make as much as $6.5-million for 2019 (the last year of his contract). But getting rid of Gio is easier said than done.
Could FCC be looking for a bargain deal on the Mexican International? Sure! Is it likely? No!
Source: FC Cincinnati exploring “all player options” in the league. This includes taking a hard look at acquiring Gio Dos Santos from LA Galaxy for a discounted price.
— MLS Transfers (@MLSTransfers) December 11, 2018
There are seem to be some other avenues the Galaxy are pursuing. And that could include transferring, trading, or buying out his contract. But restructuring someone else’s contract is also a viable option. Or if you want to get really wacky, you can even call for a rule change (raising the ceiling level on TAM) if the Galaxy wanted to keep Gio and all their other current DP’s.
So while this particular rumor doesn’t seem to hold much weight, the Galaxy have been and will continue to explore every option.
A buyout will be their absolute last resort, so don’t expect a quick ending to this current saga.
JUNINHO BACK WITH LA: HOT
Original Rumor: Could Juninho land back with the LA Galaxy? Sometimes these rumors pan out. And sometimes it’s just because fans really hope they’re true.
Juninho was without a club last year and was on loan to the Chicago fire for the 2017 season. But in a crowded midfield does he even make sense?
CoG has spoken to sources that say this could be something. And that this may stretch back a couple of weeks. So talks could be advanced.
So we’re buckled up for the ride.
Does this somehow tie into Zlatan becoming a Designated Player (Read that rumor below)?
THIS IS PEAK CRAZY TIME!!!
Source: LA Galaxy acquiring Juninho
— MLS Transfers (@MLSTransfers) December 11, 2018
ZLATAN BECOMING A DESIGNATED PLAYER: HOT
Update: 12.11.18 10:35 a.m. — Baxter is saying that the deal is done to bring Ibrahimovic back to the Galaxy in 2019 and to make him a DP.
— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) December 11, 2018
Original Rumor: With Baxter hinting that a deal with Zlatan is now done and then with ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle saying that Zlatan’s new deal will definitely make him a DP, does that mean the Galaxy have found a way to move a DP, trade a DP, or buyout a DP?
So many questions! But with these two guys pointing you in that direction, you can count the DP deal as basically done!
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) December 11, 2018
GALAXY LIKELY TO LAND CALEB PORTER AS HEAD COACH: SUDDENLY COLD
Update: 12.13.18, 4:38 p.m. — The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio just filed a shocking report that says that Caleb Porter will sign with Columbus Crew instead of the Galaxy. In the article (Subscription Required), Tenorio reported that Columbus made a final push for Porter who has ties to Ohio.
CoG, in speaking with several sources close to the team earlier this week had been told an announcement would probably be coming later this week to announce Porter as the new head coach. But sources indicated that the deal wasn’t final and didn’t want to say it was done.
But the expectations were that the deal would get done.
That all seems to have changed and the deal has fallen apart.
But Baxter is reporting that newly hired GM Dennis te Kloese pulled the plug on the deal. Te Kloese continues to interview candidates for the position.
Will Dominic Kinnear be that backup plan?! Or will Jason Kreis no get vaulted into the no. 1 spot?!
The made-for-tv-movie of this saga should be very interesting!
A source close to the negotiations confirms @PaulTenorio's story that Caleb Porter is no longer a candidate for the vacant @LAGalaxy coaching job. Apparently new GM Dennis te Kloese didn't feel Porter was the right fit for the club.
— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) December 14, 2018
Update: 12.11.18, 10:10 a.m. — ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle is reporting that the deal is done for Porter.
“The LA Galaxy are set to re-sign forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a new deal as well as hire Caleb Porter as their new coach, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.” READ STORY HERE
Update: 12.11.18, 7:56 a.m. — The Athletic is reporting (subscription required) that sources within the club are stating a deal is imminent with Porter. And this time Jason Kreis seems to be ready to join his staff if he’s hired.
Read the original rumor below to find out about the surprise laker game and why the Galaxy may have had a last-minute change of heart.
Sources tell @KristianRDyer that The LA Galaxy are set to name Caleb Porter as the club's new head coach, with another former MLS head man in the running for a spot on his staff: https://t.co/Qy9kjwyxKZ
— The Athletic Soccer (@TheAthleticSCCR) December 11, 2018
Original Rumor: The Galaxy don’t do subtle. And taking Caleb Porter to a Lakers game where he’d sit courtside with Galaxy President Chris Klein, AEG President Dan Beckerman, and still unannounced General Manager Dennis te Kloese isn’t exactly a quiet acknowledgment of their interest.
Where Dominic Kinnear seemed to be the front-runner who was endorsed by the players, it now seems as if Porter is on the verge of becoming the Galaxy’s next head coach.
Reminder: he’s the college roommate of Klein. So he’s got that going for him.
The Galaxy were close to making an announcement last week on a GM and a head coach. But the decision stalled. And rumors have Kinnear possibly losing the job by trying to demand a two-year contract.
Regardless, Porter seems like the number one choice. And with the announcement of te Kloese expected shortly, Porter is likely to be named the head coach just days later.
The deal isn’t done, yet. But don’t expect some paperwork to get in the way right now.
Hey LA Galaxy fans: Dennis Te Kloese and former Timbers coach Caleb Porter have been courtside at the Lakers game with Dan Beckerman and Chris Klein. H/T to Oregon folk hero @billoram for recognizing Porter.
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) December 11, 2018
GALAXY CLOSER ON RE-SIGNING AT LEAST ONE OUT-OF-CONTRACT PLAYER: HOT
12.3.2018, 11:31 AM – Not much of a rumor here, but CoG is hearing that at least one of the Galaxy’s out-of-contract players could be getting closer to re-signing with the club. We’ll have more on this as we get the information. Remember that Chris Pontius, Emmanuel Boateng, and Dave Romney are all out of contract.
And CoG has theorized before that all three should be coming back to the club. So if one gets over the line, expect at least one more to follow.
ALESSANDRINI SAYING GOODBYE TO THE GALAXY VIA INSTAGRAM: FRIGID
12.3.2018, 11:40 AM – Romain Alessandrini recently posted an Instagram picture that had most fans a little confused. The Frenchman posted, “A tough life experience is made to learn and move forward.. See you soon IG.”
CoG has been able to talk with someone with knowledge of the situation and has been told the post is not Galaxy or soccer related. And that Alessandrini’s status with the club has not changed. He is still a Galaxy player.
This is good information, and it should leave Galaxy fans a little more “relaxed” at the start of what could be a busy week.
ASHLEY COLE OFFERED NEW CONTRACT BY THE GALAXY: COLD
The Sun, out of the UK, is reporting that the Galaxy have offered Cole a contract that is less than half of his salary from last season ($723,000). That would put Cole on a $250,000 per year salary. But at 38-years-old before the season starts in 2019, is he worth another gamble?
I’m not buying it for now. But we’ll keep an eye on it and see if it becomes something more.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC TO AC MILAN: COLD
Update: 12.9.2018, 9:00 PM — AC Milan spoke to the Italian media today saying that the transfer saga between them and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was over.
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain at the Los Angeles Galaxy after the Major League Soccer club agreed with his requests, according to AC Milan sporting director Leonardo,” ESPN wrote in an article about the public statements.
And as we’ve been telling you since the rumors first surfaced, the negotiations seemed to have stalled out because of some simple facts.
Ibrahimovic is under contract with the Galaxy for 2019 and they seem to have met his demands — although we don’t know publicly what those demands were.
If assumptions are to be believed, that means that the Galaxy have figured out a way to get Zlatan more money. And if they’ve given him more money then under the current rules they must have opened up a DP slot.
There still seems to be plenty to this saga still to be spelled out, but for the moment, Ibrahimovic seems destined to return to the Galaxy for the 2019 season.
AC Milan confirmed to the Italian media Sunday that Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be leaving the @LAGalaxy Negotiations ground to a halt over the last few days and a January transfer has been abandoned. “Ibrahimovic will not return to Milan,” a club official told Sky Sport Italia
— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) December 10, 2018
Original Rumor: Let’s get this one out of the way.
No, we’re not linking to any of those Italian newspapers and now we’re not raising the level of this rumor to HOT!
The facts are that Ibrahimovic has a contract in 2019 with the Galaxy. The Galaxy have said they won’t force him to perform for that contract. Ibrahimovic said he has some wishes/demands for the Galaxy and that if they want him back they have to meet those demands.
It’s been speculated that he wants more money which would mean the Galaxy have to open up a Designated Player slot – a slot they don’t have. It’s also likely that he wants a stable General Manager and a stable head coach and that depending on those things, and the Galaxy competing for a title with player acquisitions, he’ll be back with LA.
If the Galaxy screw any of that up, the AC Milan deal that is supposedly for 18 months and worth about $2.2-million (which doesn’t sound like enough) might be something he’d take.
Keep in mind that Zlatan could be doing all of this to force the Galaxy into making good moves and to make sure his contract with the Galaxy sees a significant raise.
As one source said, “Zlatan is good at keeping his name in the news.” That same source told CoG that the reports out of Italy were “inaccurate” and that Ibrahimovic remains a Galaxy player.
So this one isn’t true. It could become true, but you don’t give out journalism awards for guessing at something, printing it as fact, and then ultimately being right because of a change in the situation. Facts say this one isn’t close to being over the line.
But we’ll tell you if we think that’s changing. And you can trust us. We promise!
Wasn’t it nice of the Zlatan rumors to take off Thanksgiving?
GALAXY INTERESTED IN PSG MIDFIELDER LASSANA DIARRA: COLD
At 33-years-old and playing a position the Galaxy have some depth at (defensive midfielder) this one feels like a bit of a stretch. But he’s not getting much playing time at Paris Saint-Germain and the club seems likely to move him this winter.
Does that mean he’s coming to Major League Soccer? The article (in French) points out that several MLS clubs are interested and that the Galaxy were the only one named.
But it seems just as likely he could join the technical staff at PSG during this transfer window as well.
GALAXY CLOSING IN ON JASON KREIS AS HEAD COACH: DEAD
Original Rumor: For a few brief hours on Saturday morning, Yahoo sports’ Doug McIntyre had Jason Kreis as the Galaxy’s primary target for their new head coach. The former Real Salt Lake, NYCFC, and Orlando City manager was apparently now in front of Dominic Kinnear for the job.
CoG was skeptical, and Kevin Baxter was sticking to his guns on the Galaxy still leaning heavily toward Kinnear.
23 Thoughts: LA Galaxy closing in on Jason Kreis – sources https://t.co/sdRDe2QiOM
— Doug McIntyre (@ByDougMcIntyre) December 8, 2018
So it didn’t come as much of a surprise when McIntyre turned around and said he got the story wrong. That Kreis looks like he could actually join Kinnear as an assistant coach if Kinnear was hired.
Based on conversations I’ve had over the last few hours, not sure my reporting on Kreis is accurate. Seems he’s in the running to be an assistant coach on Kinnear’s staff, if Kinnear is hired, not the other way around. Nothing finalized yet. My apologies, Galaxy fans. https://t.co/VXPsHVFOm2
— Doug McIntyre (@ByDougMcIntyre) December 9, 2018
These things happen, but with the Galaxy seemingly closing in on Kinnear, it’s nice to know that a coaching staff may also be in place as the season ramps up with considerable speed from here on out.
The following rumors have been confirmed and are no longer rumors. They are facts! Rumors will not move from unconfirmed to confirmed unless an official and trusted source has confirmed such details.
DENNIS TE KLOESE TO BECOME GENERAL MANAGER OF GALAXY: CONFIRMED
UPDATE: 12.6.18 3:13 PM — LA Times reporter Kevin Baxter has reported that Dennis te Kloese will be announced as general manager/head of soccer operations. The official announcement should come early next week.
This report is now confirmed.
ORIGINAL RUMOR: We’ve reported on it plenty. Kevin Baxter has had talks with Dennis te Kloese. Te Kloese says he needs time to get his head around the job. It’s very likely the Galaxy offered Te Kloese the job. But he hasn’t said yes. And it’s possible that he could say no. This is the most important hire the Galaxy could make. And right now, it’s all on pause until Te Kloese makes a decision.
UPDATE: 11.28.18 10:53 AM — Sam Stejskal is reporting that a deal may be done soon. Te Kloese would take over as President of Soccer Operations. Included in that report is that Dominic Kinnear is a serious candidate to continue as permanent head coach.
CoG has been telling you that te Kloese was considering the position and that he seemed to be the only candidate who had been offered the position. Te Kloese would be joining the Galaxy with international ties across countries and at least a somewhat working knowledge of how MLS operates having been with the league with Chivas USA.
Sources: The LA Galaxy are close to hiring Dennis te Kloese as their head of soccer operations. I’m told that te Kloese recently met with Dom Kinnear, who has emerged as a serious candidate to continue as full-time head coach. https://t.co/ylUg2KoE94
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) November 28, 2018
UPDATE: 12.3.18 11:25 AM — Looks like a social media mistake by someone within the Mexican Federation posted a picture of what looks like a going away party for te Kloese. Couple that with rumors of te Kloese being in or around StubHub Center over the past couple of days (possibly as early as Wednesday and as late as Saturday) looks to be drawing this to a tidy conclusion.
If we are playing the guessing game, I’d imagine an announcement of some sort could be made this week. Even if that is to just set a date for the press conference.
UPDATE: 12.6.18 8:35 AM — CoG was told to expect a GM announcement within a week. The speculation on why it’s taking so long is probably due to MLS Cup and the usual “media blackout” that surrounds the league’s biggest game.
But there doesn’t seem to be any doubt that the GM everyone is talking about is Dennis te Kloese. Te Kloese has been spotted around StubHub Center for the past week at least. Making contact with some players and parents of an academy U-15 training. And generally, as we understand it, doing the job of the GM.
In fact, his involvement may even go back as far as the last two weeks.
The discussions out of Mexico seem to indicate that te Kloese will vacate his Mexican Federation position by the end of the year. But that timeline seems overly extended and te Kloese should be named GM within the next seven days.
Also tied together in this particular update is the fact the Galaxy may also have a head coach lined up. And with Dominic Kinnear being the only public name, he seems to be in the current pole position to get the job.
Good or bad, it looks like the Galaxy are wrapping up the two biggest front office vacancies in short order. And they’re doing so just before MLS holds its expansion draft.
- FC CINCINNATI
- TORONTO FC
- ORLANDO CITY SC
- COLORADO RAPIDS
- CHICAGO FIRE
- SJ EARTHQUAKES
- MINNESOTA UNITED FC
- HOUSTON DYNAMO
- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
- MONTREAL IMPACT
- VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
- *LA GALAXY*
- PHILADELPHIA UNION
- DC UNITED
- FC DALLAS
- LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB
- REAL SALT LAKE
- COLUMBUS CREW
- NEW YORK CITY FC
- SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
- SPORTING KC
- NEW YORK RED BULLS
- PORTLAND TIMBERS
- ATLANTA UNITED
**Allocation Order accurate as of 12.12.18**