Galaxy Waive Pires, Franchino and Barlow; Chivas USA Waives Zotinca

Brazilian Alvaro Pires, veteran Joey Franchino and youngster Jeremy Barlow were waived by the Galaxy today.

Franchino started 10 games for the Galaxy this season, but did not appear to be part of Coach Bruce Arena’s plans; Pires, another hold-over from the Lalas-Gullit era, had also fallen out of favor under Arena.

They will be available for other clubs to pick up in the waiver draft later today.

The Galaxy also announced their travel roster for the trip to New Zealand. It includes UCLA product Leonard Griffin, who was originally drafted by the Chicago Fire and played this year with the USL Portland Timbers.

Landon Donovan, eyeing a move to Germany, will not make the trip.

Neither will goalkeeper Steve Cronin (scheduled to receive surgery to remove a plate in his right hand after injuring it in August), Charles Alamo, Edson Buddle, Ante Jazic, Vardan Adzemian, Eduardo Dominguez and Israel Sesay .

The travel roster: goalkeepers Josh Saunders and Josh Wicks; defenders Sean Franklin, Michael Gavin, Leonard Griffin, Chris Klein, Mike Randolph, Troy Roberts and Julian Valentin; midfielders Ely Allen, David Beckham, Eddie Lewis, Brandon McDonald, Mike Muoz and Josh Tudela; forwards Tristan Bowen, Alan Gordon, Bryan Jordan and Jovan Kirovski.

The Galaxy plays against an all-star squad Dec. 6 in a 10:30 p.m. game the club announced today Fox Soccer Channel will show live.

Updated: Chivas USA announced today they have waived defender Alex Zotinca.

He had played in just four games this after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery following a preseason injury. Chivas USA signed Zotinca from the Kansas City wizards in february 2007.

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