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LA Galaxy contract situation for next year: Defense returns, offensive questions

The LA Galaxy have their entire back line under contract, as well as their forwards, but there are some questions in the midfield that need answering.

Harry How

Today is day one of the MLS offseason, so to prep ourselves for the roster moves to come, let's see who the Galaxy have under contract and what holes LA will have to fill.

This is the salary information published at the beginning of the year (all according to the Players Union) , updated with contract statuses according to the LA Times.

Player Name Base Salary ($) Guaranteed Compensation ($) Contract Status
Chad Barrett 220,000.00 253,333.33 ?
David Beckham 3,000,000.00 4,000,000.00 Option
Andrew Boyens 62,500.00 65,783.33 ?
Edson Buddle 255,000.00 255,000.00 One Year
Adam Cristman 75,000.00 75,000.00 Retired
A.J. DeLaGarza 90,000.00 112,500.00 One Year
Landon Donovan 2,400,000.00 2,400,000.00 One Year
Todd Dunivant 140,000.00 146,750.00 One Year
Sean Franklin 205,000.00 228,333.33 One Year
Rafael Garcia 33,750.00 33,750.00 ?
Bill Gaudette 60,000.00 63,255.00 Traded
Brian Gaul 33,750.00 33,750.00 ?
Omar Gonzalez 180,000.00 257,000.00 One Year
Hector Jimenez 44,000.00 44,000.00 ?
Brian Jordan 55,000.00 55,000.00 ?
Juninho 50,000.00 65,625.00 Loan Expires
Robbie Keane 2,917,241.00 3,417,242.75 Two Years
Dan Keat 46,200.00 68,700.00 ?
Dvid Junior Lopes 47,250.00 47,250.00 ?
Mike Magee 124,135.00 126,635.00 Free
Jack McBean 70,000.00 91,000.00 ?
Tommy Meyer 44,000.00 57,750.00 ?
Kyle Nakazawa 51,150.00 51,150.00 ?
Pat Noonan 70,000.00 70,000.00 ?
Brian Perk 76,000.00 110,100.00 ?
Leonardo Ribeiro da Silva 90,000.00 131,250.00 ?
Marcelo Sarvas 135,000.00 161,875.00 One Year
Josh Saunders 74,545.00 77,678.75 Free
Michael Stephens 72,050.00 93,300.00 ?
Jose Villareal 33,750.00 35,625.00 ?
Kenny Walker 33,750.00 33,750.00 ?
Cristian Wilhelmsson 168,000.00 190,650.00 Option

So for sure, as of this moment, the Galaxy roster next season will look like this:

Buddle, DeLaGarza, Donovan, Dunivant, Franklin, Gonzalez, Keane, Sarvas

The players with options are Beckham and Wilhelmsson, but Beckham has declined his option and Wilhelmsson could be deemed too expensive to bring back.

The eight starting players under contract for next year aren't enough to make a starting lineup, but the rumor mill has the Galaxy going after Dan Kennedy for the keeper spot. One of Mike Magee and Juninho will be back, if not both, which just leaves the DP spot which rumor has will either be filled by Kaka or Frank Lampard.

How the reserves shake up will likely take longer to find out. Hector Jimenez, Michael Stephens, and Jose Villarreal got extended looks this year; the rookies should all be back. Everyone's forgotten about Leonardo, who made a solid chunk of change to rehab for two years.