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LA Galaxy Face Shallow Cuts On MLS Roster Compliance Day

GENOA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 29:  The last time the Galaxy faced New England in a Cup match, Clint Dempsey was on the Revs. But I think things worked out for him. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
GENOA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 29: The last time the Galaxy faced New England in a Cup match, Clint Dempsey was on the Revs. But I think things worked out for him. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Good morning everyone! Today's MLS Roster Deadline today, which means the LA Galaxy need to cut down their roster to conform to the 30 player limit. The Galaxy can go with 31, since they'll begin the season with Omar Gonzalez on the Injured Reserve list; but that's not a requirement. This means today is the last day of the beautiful, teal Player In/Player Out chart:

Player Position Status Fee Date
Sean Franklin Defender LA Galaxy Re-Signed 12/23/2011
Adam Cristman Forward LA Galaxy Re-Signed 12/23/2011
Paolo Cardozo Midfielder LA Galaxy Contract 2011 Draft
Sean Alvarado Defender LA Galaxy released ?
Bryan Jordan Midfielder LA Galaxy Re-Signed 12/23/2011
Chad Barrett Forward LA Galaxy Contract ?
Todd Dunivant Defender LA Galaxy Contract ?
Mike Magee Midfielder LA Galaxy Contract ?
Dan Keat Midfielder LA Galaxy Contract 2011 Supp.
Josh Saunders Goalkeeper LA Galaxy Contract ?
Hector Jiminez Midfielder LA Galaxy Contract 2011 Draft
Jack McBean Forward LA Galaxy Contract ?
David Beckham Midfielder LA Galaxy Contract 01/19/2012
Marcelo Sarvas Midfielder LA Galaxy Free 12/6/2011
Nick Noble Goalkeeper - Waived 02/29/2012
Pat Noonan Forward LA Galaxy Re-Entry 12/23/2011
Jose Villarreal Midfielder LA Galaxy Homegrown 12/22/2011
Andrew Boyens Defender LA Galaxy Re-Entry 01/10//2012
Jovan Kirovski Midfielder LA Galaxy Ass. Coach 01/23/2011
Brian Perk Goalkeeper LA Galaxy Contract 01/30/2012
A.J. DeLaGarza Defender LA Galaxy Contract 01/30/2012
Michael Stephens Midfielder LA Galaxy Contract 01/30/2012
Tommy Meyer Defender LA Galaxy Draft Pick 01/12/2012
Kenny Walker Midfielder LA Galaxy Draft Pick 01/12/2012
Bryan Gaul Forward LA Galaxy Draft Pick 01/17/2012
Rafael Garcia Defender LA Galaxy Draft Pick 01/17/2012
Edson Buddle Forward LA Galaxy Free 02/01/2012

Justin Davies Defender LA Galaxy Draft Pick 01/17/2012
Leonardo Defender LA Galaxy Free 02/07/2012
Kyle Nakazawa Defender LA Galaxy Trade (Int. spot) 02/01/2012
Bill Gaudette Goalkeeper LA Galaxy Free 02/29/2012
T.J. Murray Defender LA Galaxy Trailist 01/20/2012
Omar Gonzalez Defender LA Galaxy (inj) Contract 01/05/2012
Juninho Midfielder LA Galaxy Loan 09/07/2012
Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy Contract 01/01/2012
Landon Donovan Midfielder LA Galaxy Contract 01/01/2012
Yuri Gorentzvaig Forward - Released 01/17/2011
Frankie Hejduk Defender not returning Contract Expired 1/30/2012
Dasan Robinson Defender not returning Retired 1/27/2012
Chris Birchall Midfielder not returning Contract Expired 02/06/2012
Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Montreal Impact Traded 11/18/2011
Miguel Lopez Midfielder Quilmes Loan Expired 1/10/2012
Ryan Thomas Defender - Released 2/13/2012
Dustin McCarty Midfielder - Released 2/13/2012
Stephen Posa Midfielder - Released 2/13/2012

By my count, the Galaxy have 27 players under contract, one of whom is seriously injured. It's likely Tommy Meyer and Kenny Walker have already signed contracts, since the Galaxy had to waive Noble to sign Bill Gaudette yesterday. It's likely that one other draft pick has signed, though we won't know who until later today.

The roster the Galaxy took to Arizona had 30 players, but didn't include Robbie Keane (loan), Gonzalez, Kyle Nakazawa, or Jose Villarreal (injured). I have Tommy Meyer, J.T Murray, Justin Davies, Bryan Gaul, Kenny Walker, and Rafael Garcia as the six players whose contract status is unknown but traveled to Arizona with the team.

When Bruce Arena spoke to the local media before heading to Arizona, he said that it was likely five players competing for three spots. Noble and Gaudette simply swapped situations, so the game remains the same. I would speculate that at that point, Meyer had already signed and Arena was fully planning on going with 21 players on the senior roster. Arena admitted that we will see Omar Gonzalez on the Injury List when it's published today. He also said it's highly unlikely the Galaxy go with two players on the injury list, because it's a housekeeping headache.

More info will come out either tonight or tomorrow morning. There shouldn't be any big surprises, but it's likely four guys will be shipping home, not getting to play in the fantastically prestigious Desert Diamond Cup final against the New England Revolution.