And they were the busiest MLS team in the draft period.
This is all subject to agreeing terms with these players, of course.
I’m guessing the suddenly budget-conscious Galaxy will ask Hejduk ($96,000 salary in 2011), Boyens ($60,000), Leitch ($106,00) and Conway ($80,000) to take salary cuts to stay in the league. Noonan only made $48,000 this year with the Sounders.
These are all classic Bruce Arena picks, known quantities he has either worked with before or has seen a lot of over the years.
I thought Hejduk should have retired based on what little we saw of him, Boyens was often a defensive liability for Chivas USA, while virtually all the picks merely add depth in reserve to a Galaxy squad especially thin in the back, aside from possibly Robinson.
Does this mean out of contract defender Sean Franklin and the club expect him to head to Europe? And one has to wonder whether you can’t say the same about the increasingly impressive Omar Gonzalez.
What do you think?
Full draft details are here.
Tweeted a noncommittal sounding Robinson this morning: “Interesting day thus far…”
Bruce Arena will share his thoughts with Galaxy reporters in a 1 p.m. conference call: Stand by for more.