The LA Galaxy made it to the Western Conference semi-finals in 2019. And after multiple years of not making the playoffs, they got exactly what they needed from this season — even if it fell short of the lofty expectations of Galaxy fans.
But with a year under Head Coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto and General Manager Dennis te Kloese, this offseason is looking to be one in which the two new guys can put their definitive stamp on this team.
Complicating matters is that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement needs to be introduced and signed by the players and MLS before the start of the 2020 season. This means the rules by which rosters are built, money changes hands, and even how teams travel, could affect the roster-building that is done in these early days.
So, just like before, we’re bringing together all the important information that you need to know. We’ll give you the results of each trade, transfer, and draft, and we’ll do our best to keep you updated on credible and interesting rumors as they come in.
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 11.27.19 AT 8:00 AM
- 11.27.19 8:00 AM added results of the Re-Entry Draft – Stage 1
- 11.25.19 1:45 PM added results of 2019 End-of-Year Waivers Process
MLS OPTION EXERCISE DEADLINE (NOV. 21 – COMPLETED)
- MLS Clubs must notify the League Office in writing of players whose options they are exercising or declining.
- The results of the deadline will be published below
|OPTIONS DECLINED||Diego Polenta (D), Favio Alvarez (M), Juninho (M), Joao Pedro (M), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (D), Servando Carrasco (M), Matt Lampson (GK), Hugo Arellano (D)|
|OPTIONS EXERCISED||Justin Vom Steeg (GK), Rolf Feltscher (D), Emil Cuello (M), and Cristian Pavon (F)|
|OUT OF CONTRACT||Romain Alessandrini (M), Daniel Steres (D), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (F), Bradford Jamieson IV (F)|
- Midfielder Uriel Antuna’s loan has expired (He’s not expected back)
- Chris Pontius has retired from professional soccer
- The club remains in negotiations with
- Romain Alessandrini
- Diego Polenta
- Daniel Steres
In MLS, the league and the teams do not disclose the length of contracts. So much of this is a guessing game. Jorgen Skjelvik seems to have signed a three-year contract (at the very least) and is technically under contract with the Galaxy for the 2020 season. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll be on the roster in 2020. And Dennis te Kloese said as much in his exit interviews.
A loan seems likely for Skjelvik, and if you remember our rumor about him going to Hammarby during the transfer window saga, then you may have some clue into where the Galaxy could move him.
Additionally, just because the Galaxy declined the option of any player, doesn’t mean they won’t be back. Rolf Feltscher was an example of that last year. His option was declined and he signed a new deal at a lower rate.
As far as the out of contract players, the Galaxy should bring back Daniel Steres — that one seems like a lock. But Romain Alessandrini and Diego Polenta are harder cases. Alessandrini will need to swallow a pay cut and come back as a lower-level TAM player. I think that gets done, but it’s going to be a hard pill for him to swallow.
Polenta is more interesting. He was hit and miss in 2019 and he doesn’t come cheap. Are the Galaxy looking at bringing him back? We’re not 100-percent sure they are. Or at least not at his current salary. That one is also up in the air.
The Galaxy definitely look to be parting ways with João Pedro, and Juninho. And Favio Alvarez didn’t have his loan extended.
Big changes are coming to the Galaxy with just 15 players under contract. With MLS roster reaching up to 30, the club will look to fill those other 15 slots this offseason.
MLS EXPANSION DRAFT (NOV. 19 – COMPLETED)
- Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC may select up to five players each from the eligible player list
- The list of players eligible for selection in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft will be released by MLS on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. PT.
- The LA Galaxy could have, at maximum, one player selected from their roster
- MLS Expansion draft results, and a list of protected LA Galaxy players will be published below
NOTE: The LA Galaxy, with the trade of Dave Romney, look to have a handshake deal put in place that will see Nashville SC NOT SELECT a Galaxy player during the expansion draft. Inter Miami CF can still select someone from the Galaxy.
LA GALAXY PROTECTED LIST
LA GALAXY UNPROTECTED LIST:
|Favio Alvarez||Loan Ended|
|Uriel Antuna||Loan Ended - expected to be sold|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Will not return to MLS|
|Perry Kitchen||Galaxy are shopping him|
|Joao Pedro||Out of Contract?|
|Jorgen Skjelvik||Will not return|
|Diedie Traore||Reserve Roster - Low Risk|
COG ANALYSIS: The Expansion Draft rules state that the Galaxy can protect up to 12 players. This is one more than teams were able to protect in 2018 (EXPANSION DRAFT RULES). There is also a rule that mandates that teams with four or more international players protect at least three of those International players.
With those rules in place, the Galaxy made some very simple choices that only varies from our projected list by one player — Diedie Traore. The Galaxy chose to leave him unprotected, while we originally had him protected. The Galaxy decided to protect 3rd string goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg instead.
The Galaxy left Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Chris Pontius unprotected in the expansion draft. Neither player will return in 2020. But their rights could be drafted by either of the expansion teams. It’s a stupid thing, and neither team will pick them, but it’s still something.
After looking at the Galaxy’s available players, I don’t see anyone picking any of the players they left unprotected. Perry Kitchen could be one of those players on the bubble. But his expensive contract, plus the fact the Galaxy are already shopping his contract around, mean he’s unlikely to be selected by Miami.
NOTES: Designated Players are not exempt from the process and must be protected if teams wish to protect them. Players with a no-trade clause must be protected. To the best of our knowledge, we’re only aware of one no-trade clause (Chris Pontius). But because of Pontius’ retirement, this shouldn’t affect anything.
2019 MLS EXPANSION DRAFT RESULTS:
|NO.||INTER MIAMI CF||TEAM FROM||NO.||NASHVILLE SC||TEAM FROM|
|1.||Ben Sweat (D)||NYC||1.||Abu Danladi (F)||MIN|
|2.||Alvas Powell (D)||CIN||2.||Zarek Valentin (D)||POR|
|3.||Lee Nguyen (M)||LAFC||3.||Jalil Anibaba (D)||NE|
|4.||Luis Argudo (M)||CLB||4.||Brandon Vazquez (F)||ATL|
|5.||Bryan Meredith (GK)||SEA||5.||Jimmy Medranda (M/D)||SKC|
No LA Galaxy players were selected in the MLS Expansion Draft. Several of Nashville’s picks will most likely be traded.
2019 MLS WAIVER DRAFT (NOV. 25 – COMPLETED)
- The End-of-Year Waivers process is conducted in reverse order of 2019 season finish, taking into account postseason performance. Per the Expansion Priority Draft, Nashville SC will have the 25th pick and Inter Miami CF will have the final selection in each round.
- Eligible for selection are players who do not meet the minimum requirements for the Re-Entry Process or Free Agency.
- End-of-Year Waivers Rules
- You can find the complete list of players eligible for the Waiver Draft here.
Four LA Galaxy players will be available in the MLS Waiver Draft:
- Favio Alvarez
- Hugo Arellano
- Tomas Hilliard-Arce
- Bradford Jamieson IV
2019 MLS WAIVER DRAFT RESULTS:
|PLAYER SELECTED||TEAM FROM||TEAM TO||NOTES|
|Haris Medunjanin||Philadelphia Union||FC Cincinnati|
|Jeff Caldwell||New York City FC||New England Revolution|
|Greg Ranjitsingh||Orlando City SC||Minnesota United|
|Danilo Acosta||Real Salt Lake||LA Galaxy||Was on loan to Orlando City starting in 2018|
With the 17th pick in the 2019 MLS Waiver Draft, the LA Galaxy selected defender Danilo Acosta. Acosta is a 22-year-old defender who came up through the Real Salt Lake Academy system and signed a Homegrown contract with them in 2015. He has 37 appearances in MLS as both a member of Orlando City and RSL.
Acosta has made 16 appearances for the US U-20’s and is a domestic player per MLS rules. He will not take up an international slot.
Acosta was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras but considers his hometown, Sandy, Utah.
2019 MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT STAGE 1 (NOV. 26 – COMPLETED)
- The Re-Entry Process (Stage 1 and Stage 2) is conducted in reverse order of 2019 season finish, taking into account postseason performance. Per the Expansion Priority Draft, Nashville SC will have the 25th pick and Inter Miami CF will have the final selection in each round.
- Eligible Players include:
- Players who are at least 23 years old, have a minimum of three service years, and their contract options were not exercised by their clubs. These players will be available at their 2019 option salary.
- Players who are at least 25 years old, have a minimum of four service years, are out of contract, and their clubs do not wish to re-sign them at their previous salary. These players are available for at least their 2019 salary.
- Free Agents that choose to participate.
Only one LA Galaxy player is eligible for Stage 1 of the Re-Entry draft
- João Pedro
MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT STAGE 1 RESULTS:
|PLAYER SELECTED||TEAM FROM||TEAM TO|
|MIKEY AMBROSE||ATLANTA UNITED||INTER MIAMI CF|
|ERIC MILLER||NEW YORK CITY FC||NASHVILLE SC|
|RICHARD SANCHEZ||CHICAGO FIRE FC||SPORTING KC|
|KENDAL MCINTOSH||PORTLAND TIMBERS||NEW YORK RED BULLS|
The LA Galaxy did not make a selection in Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft. Stage 2 will take place on December 3.
2019 MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT STAGE 2 (DEC. 3)
- The Re-Entry Process, Stage 2 is conducted in the same format as Stage 1 and consists of MLS players who were not selected in Stage 1.
- Not all unselected Stage 1 players will be available for selection as players may re-sign with their previous club between stages or may opt-out of the process.
2019 MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT STAGE 2 RESULTS:
|PLAYER SELECTED||TEAM FROM||TEAM TO||NOTES|
2019 FREE AGENCY LIST
MLS has a limited form of Free Agency. We’ll provide a link to the full League Free Agency List (LIST HERE)
There are four Galaxy players that are listed on the Free Agency list
- Servando Carrasco
- Matt Lampson
- Chris Pontius (Retired)
2020 MLS SUPERDRAFT (TBD)
MLS is doing away with the SuperDraft as an event. The draft will now take place via a conference call. We’ll update the date and time when we get a chance.
- 11.19.19 — LA Galaxy sign midfielder Sebastian Lletget to a new multi-year deal using Targeted Allocation Money (ARTICLE)
- 11.12.19 — LA Galaxy trade defender Dave Romney to Nashville SC for $225,000 in General Allocation Money (ARTICLE)
- 11.18.19 — Cristian Pavon has his loan extended. Will become a DP and occupy an international roster spot for the 2020 season (ARTICLE)
- 10.29.19 — LA Galaxy midfielder Chris Pontius announces his retirement from professional soccer
- 11.13.19 — Zlatan Ibrahimovic has departed the LA Galaxy (ARTICLE)
- 11.21.19 — Diego Polenta departed the LA Galaxy (ARTICLE)
*Last updated on 11.21.19
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 star ranking is arbitrarily connected to how likely we feel the deal is, and whether or not we have some information on the subject.
EDINSON CAVANI TO LA GALAXY: ⭐️⭐️
UPDATED RUMOR; 11.14.19 (9:55 AM): More fuel to this fire? Sky Sports in Italy is reporting that Galaxy reps have flown to Paris to meet with PSG about signing Cavani.
As we said below, he fits what GBS is trying to do, is a big footballing name — although my Mom has no idea who he is, so clearly not a home run — and would probably love LA. Which is probably why he also would probably love Miami.
Side Note: People like to pretend Miami is equivalent to Los Angeles. It’s not. No one who has ever lived in both places would make that statement.
We’re upgrading to two stars. BECAUSE WE FEEL LIKE IT AND IT MAKES US FEEL NICE.
Original Rumor; 11.14.19 (7:45 AM): Would PSG be willing to give up striker Edinson Cavani? The answer seems to be yes. But David Beckham and Inter Miami might have something to say about that.
Reports have been swirling since August that the 32-year-old Uruguayan could be coming to MLS from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain. But that location, until now, has always seemed to be Miami.
But whether people are connecting dots or just making stuff up, Cavani is now being linked as a possible replacement to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The fun part is that Cavani would definitely be a fit for GBS and DTK. He’s South American, mobile, and would have a lot of success playing against MLS defenses. But linking him to the Galaxy, at least at this point, is a stretch!
One star. We reserve the right to re-visit this as we see fit.
URIEL ANTUNA TO LIGA MX: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Updated Rumor 11.18.19 — The LA Galaxy left Uriel Antuna off their protected list (as expected) for the Expansion Draft. This is just another signal that Antuna is gone.
The rumblings we have been hearing seem like only a matter of time as Manchester City looks to cash in on Antuna’s MLS and International success from the 2019 season.
Original Rumor 10.25.19 — An ESPN report has pegged Chivas Guadalajara as the likely destination for 22-year-old Uriel Antuna. Antuna, who is on loan from English Premier League side Manchester City, is an up-and-coming Mexican star that has impressed on the international stage this year and City may be looking to cash out.
Rumors have pegged the offer at $11-million with the Galaxy having the ability to match any offer that is put forward for the purchase of the player.
But Dennis te Kloese, in exit interviews, has expressed doubts the Galaxy would be able to hold onto the speedy midfielder.
This rumor seems to be based in reality, and for that reason, we’ve pegged it at ⭐️⭐️⭐️. However, if you’re asking what the likelihood of him not returning to the Galaxy in general is, we’d add another star.
With restrictions on MLS and the amount of money the Galaxy can spend, the amount of money being talked about seems too steep a cost. Afterall, Antuna is not a DP worthy player in MLS. Maybe that needs to change?
ZLATAN TO STAY IN LOS ANGELES: ☠️
Updated Rumor (11.13.19) — We told you not to look too far into the future on this one. And with the official confirmation that Ibrahimovic is leaving the Galaxy, we can put this one to bed. Goodnight sweet prince.
Original Rumor (11.12.19) — Reports are circulating that the LA Galaxy are back in the lead when it comes to retaining the services of the 38-year-old striker.
CoG has asked around about these rumors and the answers were pretty clear. The only person, at least at this point, that seems to understand what Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants is Zlatan.
So for now, at least, we’re not going out on any limb about this rumor.