Galaxy: Xavier Waived

The Galaxy waived defender Abel Xavier today, which is not surprising since he and Coach Ruud Gullit had a poor relationship.

“We don’t have any kind of relationship, unfortunately,” Xavier said. “I don’t accept any coach who thinks I pretend to be injured.”

Gullit questioned whether Xavier was actually injured last week when he sat out the game against Chivas USA.

Updated: By the way, Xavier being waived means Argentine Eduardo Dominguez, 29, was placed on the active roster and is likely to play Saturday against the Red Bulls.

The Galaxy released some Xavier stats:

Xavier joined the Galaxy in June 2007 and appeared in 20 games during his 13 months with the club, including 10 matches this season. He started 19 of the 20 matches in which he appeared, playing 1,754 minutes while collecting two assists, five yellow cards and one red.

No word on just how many goals he was guilty of allowing the Galaxy to concede over that time though.
-Nick Green

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  • Anon

    Xavier was right. Everyone in the stands the previous game could easily have diagnosed his inflammed suckitude. I don’t know how Gullit could have thought he was faking that.

    Was Abel’s contract at all guaranteed? Does this help us out on the salary cap at all?

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Well, Scott, then you’ll just love this bilge from Bozo the Mad Genius on the occasion of Un-abel’s waiving:

    Abel has been a wonderful professional at our club and I want to personally thank him for coming to Los Angeles and being a part of the Galaxy family. We wish him continued success in what has already been a long and storied career. This was a difficult decision, but it was necessary.

    Let me provide translation:

    “Abel has been a wonderful professional at our club and I want to personally thank him for coming to Los Angeles and being a part of the Galaxy family.”

    Yes, he was a wonderful professional. Wonderful at ball watching. Wonderful at blowing penalty kicks w/an international championship on the line. Wonderful at blowing up at referees to hide his own deficiencies.

    “We wish him continued success in what has already been a long and storied career.”

    Yes, storied for such feats as ball-watching, blowing PK’s and taking steriods, for which the Premiership banned him for 18 months before Bozo signed him.

    “This was a difficult decision, but it was necessary.”

    Difficult, how, really? Unless Xavier keeps people’s minds off how you played in the back, Bozo?

    Oh, before I forget…

    Hi, Justin and Sahar!

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    BTW, here’s a comment from Ives Galarcep’s blog about why Un-abel may have been released:

    “He kept playing right up until he was released because he made a bunch of money and would’ve caused a ton of problems on the bench. Imagine this scenario: a vain, once-talented, and highly paid veteran is hanging around your locker room but not playing, despite the obvious problems in defense. That’s the kind of situation that causes a team more harm than good.”