COG Studios, Calif. — Welcome to the 2019 Rumor Tracker. This is where we’re going to gather to keep you updated on the latest rumors surrounding the LA Galaxy.
Here’s your big warning: All the rumors, that are contained below, are a mixture of speculation, research, plausibility, and fantasy. How much of each of those items each rumor consists of is up to you to figure out.
We’ll provide a complete arbitrary guide to each rumor, and attempt to give context where we’re able to. Sometimes we’re able to corroborate rumors, and sometimes they just get reported because someone was bored at work.
Enjoy! And if you find a rumor that isn’t on our tracker, make sure to tag us on Instagram or Twitter and use the term, “PUT IT ON THE TRACKER, GOOSE!”
THE TRACKER WAS LAST UPDATED ON: 3.27.19 at 9=8:25 a.m.
- (3.27.19) Updated Giancarlo Gonzalez rumor
- (3.16.19) Added a non-existant Pato rumor
- (3.14.19) Updated Nikola Djurdjić rumor
- ⭐️ = COLD
- ⭐️⭐️ = NOT AS COLD
- ⭐️⭐️⭐️ = WARM
- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ = HOT
- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ = REALLY HOT
- ✅ = RUMOR CONFIRMED
- 💀 = RUMOR DEAD
DEFENDER GIANCARLO GONZALEZ TO THE LA GALAXY: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
UPDATE (3.27.19) — This rumor may have just taken a turn. And it may indicate that the Galaxy
Gonzalez, who finished up his international duty with Costa Rica this week, is apparently on his way back to Bologna, in Italy. That could mean nothing or it could mean something. And we’re not sure which way to bend on this one.
It’s common for international players to have hiccups coming into the league as it requires an ITC and a P-1 visa. However, it’s also possible that the Galaxy, who need to move up in the allocation order to get Gonzalez, haven’t gotten that deal done and/or may not be able to get that deal done.
It’s a tall ask to move up 11 spaces and Toronto knows they’re in the driver’s seat.
This could all mean nothing, as well. It might just be that Gonzalez is going back to Italy to pack his things and get his life in order before moving halfway across the world.
Either way, we’re going to patiently
UPDATE (3.17.19) — CoG has learned that the Galaxy
The move would temporarily mean the Galaxy would use their last International slot. Although, that doesn’t mean it would stay that way.
Gonzalez would is expected to take over the starting spot for Dan Steres.
Twitter account LAG Rumors was first to report this update.
UPDATE (3.15.19) — This transfer continues to build steam as the Galaxy are linked more heavily with the Gonzalez. Now we have Bologna’s coach, Sinisa Mihajlovic, signaling that the Galaxy
This report of the press conference comes from everadoherrera.com with the most important quote added below.
“We received a proposal from the Galaxy to find out if there was any availability on our part to let it go. We are waiting for an official offer. We wait for a sign from them. The boy would accept to go, but he said he wanted to give 100% until he was here. The market in the United States is open until May, “Mihajlovic told a news conference.translate on everardoherrer.com
We told you three days ago there is serious interest from the Galaxy, and this report seem to
UPDATE (3.12.19) The LA Galaxy are indeed in pursuit of Giancarlo Gonzalez. The Costa Rican right center back is currently playing with Bologna in Serie A.
In reference to the defender, CoG has learned there is an interest from the Galaxy and it is an avenue they are looking to explore.
This could be another player that Dennis te Kloese has had his eye on and is likely the second player we’ve been expecting the Galaxy to target.
Gonzalez would have to be acquired through the allocation process and would take the last international slot the Galaxy have (8 of 9 currently filled). And in order to take over the top spot in the allocation order, the Galaxy — currently 11th in that process — would need to move up higher. Probably into the no. 1 or no. 2 spots. That will cost money and the team they’re trading with will need to be okay with falling to no. 11.
But the pressing issue of where the Galaxy should be focused is another argument.
With injuries of unknown duration to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romain Alessandrini, the Galaxy are especially heavy on midfielders and defenders, and rather light on game-changing attacking talent. Shouldn’t a backup no. 9
Add to it that Dan Steres has been the most consistent defender in the first 180-minutes, and had a fairly solid preseason as well. Is that really the weakest link on the backline?
The last thing the Galaxy want to do is have a repeat of the Robbie Rogers situation — that is, depending on a player to be healthy, not having a reasonable backup in place, and then acting surprised when the player they were depending on isn’t healthy.
It’s crunch time for te Kloese and Guillermo Barros Schelotto. They seem to be reaching their second big crossroad after handling the Giovani dos Santos situation satisfactorily. But a mistake
ORIGINAL RUMOR (2.14.19) Former Columbus Crew defender, Giancarlo Gonzalez seems to fit the Galaxy perfectly. And while the original rumor dates back to the middle of February, the club is now in a much better financial decision to make such a move.
Gonzalez is a 31-year-old center back who is with Bologna in Italy’s Serie A. He’s also a Costa Rican International who spent time in Columbus before having himself a tournament in the 2014 World Cup.
The Galaxy would need to come up with two things in order to land Gonzalez. They’d need to use one of their 2 open International Slots, AND they’d need to move way up in the allocation order. Gonzalez is an allocation signing, and the Galaxy would need to jump up 11 spots to take Toronto’s no. 1 allocation ranking.
While he’s clearly on the back side of his career, but that doesn’t mean the Galaxy aren’t keen to take a look. Especially if the price is right.
GALAXY IN TALKS FOR SERBIAN STRIKER NIKOLA DJURDJIC: ⭐️⭐️
UPDATE (3.14.19; 5:15 p.m.) — That was short-lived. But it’s always better when news can quickly be stamped out.
Kevin Baxter of the LA Times is reporting that the Galaxy
It’s not totally crazy that something could still come out of this, but for now, we’ll step it back by a star.
ORIGINAL RUMOR (3.14.19) — The LA Galaxy may be ready to get that backup striker they lost when Ola Kamara transferred to China last month.
According to a report out of Swedish newspaper Expressen, the Galaxy
Djurdjic has scored 107 goals in 316 career games and is signed on a contract through December 31,
In the 2017/18 season, he’s made 48 appearances (Allsvenskan, Superligaen, Sydbank Pokalen, Reserveligaen) for Hammarby and has scored 16 goals. He’s also added 11 assists during that stretch with over 3,600 minutes played.
The article reports that the Galaxy
As a special side note, Both the LA Galaxy and Hammarby are wholly, or partly owned by AEG. The two clubs have shared board members over the years with Galaxy President Chris Klein sitting on the Hammarby board at one point. Although it’s unclear if that’s still the case.
Our gut tells us to pay attention to this deal. But with rumors buzzing around Giancarlo Gonzalez, it’s difficult to tell which one is the prime focus.
And the Galaxy would be using their last International Slot for either of them. Although, that can still be worked around and shouldn’t be viewed as an impediment to any move.
MIDFIELDER JOE CORONA TO THE GALAXY: ✅
UPDATE (3.6.19) — The LA Galaxy have announced the signing of midfielder Joe Corona using TAM. Corona will be added to the Galaxy roster and should be available for selection this Saturday when the Galaxy travel to take on FC Dallas at 12:30 p.m. (PT) on Univision and UniMas.
“Joe is an experienced and quality player who can immediately address an area of need for our club,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese. “I am familiar with Joe from his time in Liga MX and think he can be an impactful player on our roster. We are excited to welcome Joe to our team and look forward to his contributions.”
ORIGINAL RUMOR (3.6.19) — The LA Galaxy are in hot pursuit of Tijuana midfielder, and sometimes USMNT player, Joe Corona. Doug McIntyre, from Yahoo Sports, was first to report it with Kevin Baxter, and others confirming it after.
CoG had heard rumblings of the move since Tuesday morning (not that it matters now).
The Galaxy, flush with cash, roster room, and many needs
He’s a 28-year-old midfielder that has 23 appearances with the senior U.S. team but is probably on the outside looking in, now. And his time with Tijuana has seen him find loans within LigaMx (Veracruz, Sinaloa, América).
In 2018, he made 31 appearances with América.
The deal is for Targeting Allocation Money (TAM) and would indicate that Corona would make a salary between $530,00 and $1.5-million. Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to a DP to free up $1.5-million in TAM and the sale of Ola Kamara free’s up a certain amount as well with his salary of $925,000 (also TAM).
Corona would be expected to fill a central midfield that is riddled by injuries and is need of a playmaker. Could Corona be that playmaker? Or could his inclusion in the midfield free someone else to be that playmaker? Or could Schelotto be aiming for a 3-4-3 that doesn’t need a no. 10?
Lot’s of questions that need answers. But Corona is incoming.
DEFENDER ADIL RAMI TO THE GALAXY: ⭐️
UPDATE (3.5.19) — Speaking to sources, COG believes there is nothing to the rumor. Rami seems happy in Marseille. Although him being in contact with MLS is something that actually seems to have happened. For now, we put this one on the shelf.
ORIGINAL RUMOR (3.4.19) — With money to spend, the Galaxy
Does that mean that Adil Rami is coming to the Galaxy at the age of 33? Rami, who is romantically involved with 51-year-old Pamela Anderson — yes, that Pamela Anderson — and is coming back off a muscle injury that saw him miss the last month.
In total, he’s missed 81 days with injury since the ’17/18 season.
But maybe the Galaxy are looking for a bargain. And maybe, with Romain Alessandrini on the team, the Marseille connection is strong enough to overcome this.
We’re digging into the details to see if this one has any legs, but it feels more like a “Michael Ciani” than “Jelle Van Damme,” in our opinion.
WINGER RICARDO CENTURIÓN TO GALAXY: ⭐️
Original Rumor 2.13.19 — Reports out of Argentina are saying the Galaxy have been offered 26-year-old Ricardo Centurión. Centurión was recently moved down to train with the reserves after pushing his coach during a game.
So already, we’re off to fun start.
This report is probably not true and the Galaxy probably don’t have the cap space to entertain this particular deal. He most recently moved from Genoa to Racing for around $6-million.
The Galaxy do need some depth on forward, but this doesn’t seem like a realistic get. Not with the Galaxy still trying out how to get down from 4 DP’s.
Could a loan happen? Maybe. But it all seems like a stretch.
BOCA JUNIORS HAVE OFFERED SEBASTIÁN VILLA: ⭐️
Original rumor (2.13.19) — The Galaxy are once again linked with a Boca Juniors player. 22-year-old Sebastián Villa, who hasn’t seen much playing time with the Argentine giants, is rumored to have been offered to the Galaxy.
Because of the Galaxy’s salary cap situation, this right-winger would probably have to come on loan.
If you add the fact that Guillermo Barros Schelotto apparently orchestrated his move to Boca, and you might be able to move this rumor into the “possible” category.
But for now, this seems unlikely and we wouldn’t be holding our collective breaths.
PATO TO THE LA GALAXY? QUACK! QUACK!: 🦆🦆
ORIGINAL RUMOR (3.16.19) — Alexandre Pato — yes, THAT Pato — is now a free agent as his separation from Tianjin Quanjian of the Chinese Super Leauge is now complete.
The 29-year-old Brazilian striker has been linked to the Galaxy before, but only because of his near obsession with the club’s social media accounts.
Therefore, we can assume a couple of things. He likes Los Angeles, AND he’d be willing to join the club for TAM deal (that second one is pure conjecture).
Listen, this is purely selfish rumor. You know what the Pato rumor means to the show. So we’ve ranked it in Pato’s and not stars. If there is anything, AND WE MEAN ANYTHING, to this, we’re going to jump right on it.
Move over Panda, it’s the Pato and Pato show! Coming Soon to a CoG Podcast near you!
LA GALAXY CURRENT ROSTER
**Roster accurate as of 3.6.19**
INTERNATIONAL ROSTER SLOTS
- ROMAIN ALESSANDRINI
- URIEL ANTUNA
- JONATHAN DOS SANTOS
- ROLF FELTSCHER
- ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC
- DIEGO POLENTA
- JORGEN SKJELVIK
- DIEDIE TRAORE
*The Galaxy’s ninth INTL slot was received from the Columbus Crew on 3.1.19 and is good until 12.31.19
** The Galaxy’s tenth INTL slot was received from NYCFC on 4.3.19 and is good until 12.31.19
MLS ALLOCATION ORDER
- 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
- FC CINCINNATI
**Allocation Order accurate as of 1.23.19**
MLS ALLOCATION PLAYER LIST
**Allocation Player list accurate as of 12.21.18**