MLS Cup 2012 is over and the Galaxy have been crowned champions of MLS, but the work for next year is already beginning. The team declined options on six players in advance of next season. Those six players will be available for selection in Stage One of the MLS Re-Entry draft.
The six players who had their options declined are Brian Perk, Andrew Boyens, Bryan Jordan, Kyle Nakazawa, Pat Noonan, and Chad Barrett. The club can still resign any of those players before Thursday, December 6. Stage One of the draft will take place on Friday December 7th and Stage Two will take place on Friday December 14th.
Clubs must exercise their option, or extend a Bona Fide Offer to all players selected in Stage 1. Players that are out of contract may either accept or reject the Bona Fide Offer, if a player rejects the offer the drafting team holds the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Players with option years left will be added to the roster of the team that drafts them.
There are 63 players throughout MLS who will be available in the Re-Entry draft including former Galaxy players such as Danny Califf, Juan Pablo Angel, Alejandro Moreno, Ty Harden, and Chris Birchall.
The Galaxy will have to make decisions regarding their six players for next season.
Brian Perk is the most likely to be retained. Perk has been developed by the Galaxy and has looked good when forced into action for the team. He lacks ideal height for a goalkeeper but makes good reactionary saves. Nick Noble is the other backup goalkeeper on the roster but has yet to see significant action in anything other than reserve leagues.
Andrew Boyens was acquired last season via the MLS Re-Entry process and the New Zealand international started two games in the beginning of the season for the team before getting injured. Boyens became a fixture for the reserve league squad, providing a veteran presence next to Tommy Meyer. The team needs center back depth with Omar Gonzalez possibly leaving to try his luck in Europe and may look to bring back Boyens as cover.
Bryan Jordan is unlikely to return after spending the past five seasons with the club. Jordan has moved around positionally throughout his time with the club, most recently as a right back. Jordan is still not a consistent defender. He has great speed and is a good crosser but the Galaxy will most likely move on from this long term project to clear roster space for a more natural right back, a position where they do not have a lot of depth.
Kyle Nakazawa was acquired last season from Philadelphia in exchange for an international slot. The Galaxy were not using the slot and acquired a young player with potential. However, Nakazawa dealt with injuries throughout the year and only played in five games, starting two. The Galaxy may look to bring him back again next season hoping he can overcome the injuries and provide some depth on the wings or as a withdrawn forward.
Pat Noonan was also acquired via the MLS Re-Entry Phase 2 last season. Noonan was a veteran presence for the squad’s reserve players. He was a regular fixture on the reserve league teams and helped them reach the top of the Western Division with his steadying influence. His first team role was limited to 10 appearances, nine of which came as a substitute. However, he came off the bench to score the game-tying goal in an April matchup against Dallas.
Chad Barrett was loaned to Valarenga in Norway in July. The Galaxy are unlikely to bring him back because his salary was fairly large on the MLS spectrum. The team also did not need him as much with Landon Donovan shifting to forward and Edson Buddle returning to the squad. It is hard to see the club bringing back Barrett unless he is okay with a reduced salary and limited playing time which is unlikely.