From the press release:
The stellar list of Mexican players features seven FIFA World Cup veterans, including LA Galaxy’s 2016 top scorer Giovani dos Santos, national team captain and Atlas defender Rafa Marquez, and Cruz Azul Goalkeeper and Olympic Gold Medalist Jesús Corona –joined by fellow Cup veterans Alfredo Talavera, Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala and Alan Pulido.
Also on the roster are top Liga MX stars, including Tigres midfielder Jürgen Damm and Pachuca forward Hirving Lozano, who was a key player in his team’s Clausura 2016 title victory.
Here’s the full roster:
Goalkeepers: Hugo González (Monterrey), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul)
Defenders: Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Rafael Márquez (Atlas), Nestor Araujo (Club Santos), Jesús Gallardo (Pumas), Oswaldo Alanís (Chivas Guadalajara), Luis Reyes (Atlas), Jürgen Damm (Tigres), Raúl López (Pachuca)
Midfielders: Jesús Molina (Monterrey), Jesús Dueñas (Tigres), Edson Álvarez (Club América), Orbelín Pineda (Chivas Guadalajara), Érick Gutiérrez (Pachuca)
Forwards: Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy/EE.UU.), Luis Montes (Club León), Angel Zaldivar (Chivas Guadalajara), Alan Pulido (Chivas Guadalajara), Hirving Lozano (Club Pachuca), Elías Hernandez (Club León)
I’m not sure the Galaxy have ever introduced a designated player with less fanfare, but the signing of French midfielder Romain Alessandrini was announced today with no press conference or media availability, which might have some relation to how many butts in seats a journeyman French midfielder who spent half his career in the lower leagues can realistically be expected to attract.
Looks like LA & MLS had to up the offer a bit to get it over the line. I'm told transfer fee is $1.75 million w/salary of $2 million. https://t.co/qbLsKYEjvf
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 31, 2017
And with the above image used in a Galaxy tweet Friday, one of the longest-serving LA players ever — highly-regarded and popular defender AJ DeLaGarza — was gone, heading for the Houston Dynamo for a combined $175,000 in allocation money.
“This decision was extremely difficult to make,” Galaxy General Manager Peter Vagenas said. “A.J. is a champion and will always mean so much to this club, this city and our fans. We thank him for his many contributions to the Galaxy and know he will forever be a part of our family. With that said, we feel that this will give us flexibility to strengthen our roster going forward with the use of additional allocation money.”
From the Galaxy press release:
DeLaGarza was drafted by the Galaxy in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and has been with the club for eight seasons, making 204 appearances and 196 starts in MLS Regular Season matches and 16 appearances and 13 starts in the MLS Cup Playoffs. He will join the Dynamo as a three-time MLS Cup winner as a member of the Galaxy (2011, 2012, 2014).
The defender is one of just five players to make over 200 appearances for the Galaxy, alongside Cobi Jones, Landon Donovan, Kevin Hartman, and Mauricio Cienfuegos.
The trade must have come as quite a shock to DeLaGarza; he hasn’t Tweeted in reaction to the trade.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 14, 2017
Finally, according to MLS the No. 1 rule of the draft is follow your local team. Apparently, no-one told the Galaxy that; they have no picks.