The Los Angeles Galaxy have cut five squad players, the club announced today. The players who will no longer be part of the club are goalkeeper Steve Cronin, defenders Mike Randolph and Troy Roberts, and midfielders Brandon MacDonald and Ely Allen.
With that handful of players gone, it whittles the Galaxy roster down to 27. The team needs to be further trimmed to 24 and be salary compliant by March 2, so expect three more players to be released.
Steve Cronin started in goal last season for the Galaxy, and led the league in goals conceded as well as goals-against-average. With the addition of Jamaican Donovan Ricketts, the club cut ties with the 25-year-old.
Mike Randolph patrolled the left flank on nearly 40 occasions fro the club, since joining in 2006. He notched four assists in that time, but failed to lock down a starting position in the squad.
A year before Randolph, Troy Roberts joined. From central defense, he scored twice for LA in 61 appearances. His waiver is perhaps the most unexpected, as he had started nine out of ten matches that Bruce Arena coached last year and the Galaxy are still short of experienced central defenders. However, he didn't see any pitch time in the Pan-Pacific Championship, and the team decided to part ways with Roberts.
Both Ely Allen and Brandon MacDonald joined in the 2008 SuperDraft, and contributed decent numbers to last year's campaign. Allen started one more game than MacDonald with 11, but appeared less overall as MacDonald made six substitute appearances in addition to his 10 starts.
Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com