LA Galaxy re-sign Juninho to multi-year contract, optimistic on Landon Donovan

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The LA Galaxy have re-signed key midfielder Juninho, have identified a midfield Designated Player, and are optimistic about Landon Donovan's return.

Update: In the official release on the signing, the Galaxy have confirmed it is a transfer and not another loan deal, and that it is a multi-year contract. The 24 year old is now permanently transferred to the Galaxy.

In an interview with beIN Sport Bruce Arena confirmed that not only will the LA Galaxy have Mike Magee and Marcelo Sarvas in the midfield next year, but that Juninho has been re-signed. It's not clear if it's on another loan deal, or if this is Juninho finally signing a contract with the LA Galaxy. It was also mentioned in this interview that the Galaxy are looking for a DP to slip into the midfield.

Arena said candidly that Kaka is not on the Galaxy's radar, but declined to comment on Frank Lampard. So it's Frank Lampard. On the topic of Landon Donovan Arena said things won't be finalized until the report date. Jurgen Klinsmann has said Donovan won't be involved with the first World Cup Qualifier in February as he isn't in the January camp. Sounds like there are two coaches waiting to hear what Donovan wants to do next.

Still, I fully expect Donovan to suit up with the Galaxy at least for one more year. Waiting for things to be finalized is way different than having no clue. The interviewer said Arena sounded optimistic, even if Arena deflected with "you never know".

Juninho makes seventeen known to be on the senior roster. The roster chart as of now:

Player Name Base Salary '12 ($) Guaranteed '12 ($) Contract Status 2013 Cap Hit (min.)
1. Robbie Keane 2,917,241.00 3,417,242.75 Two Years $367,000
2. Landon Donovan 2,400,000.00 2,400,000.00 One Year $367,000
3. Omar Gonzalez 180,000.00 257,000.00 One Year $269,850
4. Sean Franklin 205,000.00 228,333.33 One Year $239,750
5. Marcelo Sarvas 135,000.00 161,875.00 One Year $169,968.75
6. Todd Dunivant 140,000.00 146,750.00 One Year $154,087.50
7. Leonardo 90,000.00 131,250.00 ? year(s) $137,812.50
8. Mike Magee 124,135.00 126,635.00 Signed ?
9. A.J. DeLaGarza 90,000.00 112,500.00 One Year $118,125
10. Brian Perk 76,000.00 110,100.00 Signed less than 2012
11. Michael Stephens 72,050.00 93,300.00 ? year(s) $97,965
12. Jack McBean 70,000.00 91,000.00 Homegrown none
13. Dan Keat 46,200.00 68,700.00 ? year(s) $72,135
14. Colin Clark $105,427 $110,427 Signed ?
15. Carlo Cudicini ? ? Signed ?
16. Gyasi Zardes ? ? Homegrown none
17. Juninho 50,000.00 65,625.00 Signed ?
21. Tommy Meyer 44,000.00 57,750.00 Rookie
22. David Junior Lopes 47,250.00 47,250.00 ?
23. Hector Jimenez 44,000.00 44,000.00 ?
24. Jose Villareal 33,750.00 35,625.00 Homegrown
25. Rafael Garcia 33,750.00 33,750.00 Rookie
26. Brian Gaul 33,750.00 33,750.00 Rookie
27. Kenny Walker 33,750.00 33,750.00 Rookie
28. Brian Rowe 33,750.00 33,750.00 Rookie
29. Oscar Sorto ? ? Homegrown
William Hesmer $170,000 $181,000 Re-Entry
Josh Saunders 74,545.00 77,678.75 Free none
Total 2013 cap hit thus far: ?
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