Galaxy striker Gordon traded to Chivas USA

i-fb438288a7e5de987fe9fca7061b1db6-alangordon.jpgAlan Gordon, center, being congratulated after scoring a rare goal, won’t be teammates with Landon Donovan and David Beckham anymore (AP Photo).

As was rumored earlier today, under-performing striker Alan Gordon was sent down the Home Depot Center hallway for an unspecified fee.

Gordon, 28, was the Galaxy’s longest-tenured player – he had been with the club seven years – but had often been kept out of the starting lineup this season by rookie Tristan Bowen.

Gordon had 16 goals in 99 regular season MLS games for the Galaxy after the Oregon State product was drafted in the sixth round of the 2004 SuperDraft. He had just one goal in a dozen games this season.

His best season was in 2008 when he had five goals and seven assists in 26 games

It’s a somewhat curious move for Chivas USA considering they have been dealing with under-performing strikers of their own including Maykel Galindo and the now -departed Maicon Santos.

As for the Galaxy, that leaves only Donovan, Edson Buddle, Bowen, Mike Magee (who is on the disabled list right now) and little-used Bryan Jordan as listed forwards on the roster.

Hmmm. Are the Galaxy setting themselves up for a big move at striker before the international transfer window closes mid-month?

Anyone with any thoughts on that?

Updated

Also, the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez was added to the U.S. roster today for the game against Brazil next week in place of the injured Chad Marshall, while striker Jozy Altidore replaced Jermaine Jones. While Jones, who was presumably about to make his U.S. debut, had initially accepted the invitation to play it sounds like his German club, Schalke 04, wanted him to stick around for pre-season after about a year out through injury.

In contrast, I guess, Altidore’s Spanish team doesn’t really need him around.

Updated

The Associated press has quoted Jones as saying in a statement released by his agent:

“I would like to thank Bob Bradley and the U.S. federation greatly for my first official invitation,” Jones said in a statement released by his agent. “It is an honor that I have been working towards for over a year, and while I initially felt like I was ready to make my first appearance, it is also extremely important to me that I am 100 percent fit for my first national team game and that I make a good impression on the manager and my teammates. “I hope to receive another invitation and finally fulfill my goal of playing with the U.S. national team in the very near future.”

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  • Inigo Montoya

    Gordo! Never failed to give everything he had. Looking a bit better lately, as he recovered from injury.

    Even with him off the team, I expect he’ll do as much for the Galaxy the rest of this season as Beckham will…

  • Ben

    I’m not too sad about Gordon’s departure as a player, but did it have to be to the local rivals.

    A left or central midfielder would be my preffered choice, so Buddle can play upfront with Bowen or Donovan.

  • The Wolf

    Hey Nick-

    By any chance do you know if Gordon and Mathis’ salary caphit comes off the books in light of recent events?

  • Limey

    Thank goodness, i wish him well but this is long overdue.

  • anonymous
  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    Yes.