A planned season preview turned more into an extended injury report. Read the column here.
Other Galaxy injuries not mentioned in the column include those to bit part players Leonard Griffin (who will also miss the season opener with a left abdominal strain) and Stefani Miglioranzi, who is listed as probable with a right knee bruise.
And just to illustrate the turnover on the Galaxy’s roster, the team observed that 13 of the 25 players currently on the Galaxy roster were not with the club for the final game of the 2008 MLS regular season.
Left over from my conversation with Bruce Arena Monday were some of the most candid comments I’d heard him make over the Galaxy’s struggles to sign players in light of their almost maxed out salary cap:
“We’ve been in a bit of limbo with our salary cap because of some of the unknowns with Landon and David. Our hands have been tied a little bit with trying to make considerable improvements in our roster, so that’s been a little bit of an issue. … That’s impacted our ability to make some changes and that handcuffed us a little in the (aborted) Osman Chavez deal. We weren’t able to make that signing because of that.”
Both the Galaxy and Chivas USA gave players the day off Monday, but the likes of Edson Buddle and Alan Gordon were out on the training ground continuing their rehab from their respective injuries. I took the opportunity to ask Gordon what he thought of the entire David Beckham “will he stay or will he go?” soap opera and his delayed return to the Galaxy from AC Milan:
“It’s good to have him (coming) back – he’s a quality player – everybody is seeing it right now. He’s still got it. It’s a matter of putting the pieces together to make it work for the team and make him work for the team. When he comes back he’s got to be on board so the team can be successful. We need him. It will be good as long as he has the right attitude, which I think he will… If we can be organized by the time he gets here, it can be a good thing.”
I also asked Gordon about his personal goals for the season:
“I want to score more goals than I got last year. I want more playing time than I got last year. Last year I got five goals in about half a season worth of minutes – so if I get more minutes I’m going to get more goals. I had a lot of chances last year that could have gone either way. If I finish those chances I could have a good year.
“I’ve had a good preseason I felt I’ve worked my way into Bruce’s favor. Obviously Edson had a good season last year, Landon is going to be up there so there’s competition (for places), but I think that’s good. There’s no bad blood between me and Edson. We’ll both get time and maybe we’ll (get) time together.”
As a bonus, here’s a story on former celebrity Galaxy fan Drew Carey turned Seattle Sounders co-owner.
I’ll be away from the computer most of the day, so expect minimal blogging.