Ap 7, 2012; Kansas City, KS, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy goal keeper Bill Gaudette (1) warms up before the game against Sporting KC at Livestrong Sporting Park. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
According to New York based sports agent Ron Waxman, who represents Bill Gaudette, the Galaxy keeper has been traded to the New York Red Bulls. According to New York Red Bulls beat writer Franco Panizo, Gaudette was traded for a draft pick. He will be New York's third goalkeeper, likely brought on to mentor New York's young keeper core (Ryan Meara is 21, Jeremy Vuolo 24).
This brings the Galaxy down to two goalkeepers in Josh Saunders and Brian Perk. Gaudette started three matches for the Galaxy while Saunders was on Behavioral leave and Perk was recovering from Sports Hernia surgery. Gaudette was still the third keeper on the roster, giving up the starting role as soon as Perk was able to return.
The Galaxy carried three goalkeepers all of last year with Donovan Ricketts, Josh Saunders, and Brian Perk. When Ricketts injured his arm in a midseason match against San Jose, Saunders earned the starting position; keeping it even when Ricketts was brought off the injured list. The Galaxy protected Ricketts from the expansion draft, then traded him to Montreal.
This is the second dump of salary the Galaxy have had this transfer season, without a corresponding pickup. Adam Cristman retired with pervasive concussion symptoms, he was making $75,000 this season. Now the Galaxy have cleared Bill Gaudette who was slated to make $63,255 this season. That's two roster spots and $138,255 cleared off the books. Will there be a corresponding addition to follow?
The Galaxy have announced the draft pick received was a second round pick in the 2014 Supplemental Draft