We saw this coming about a month ago, but today the LA Galaxy made it official: Defender Robbie Rogers, who had yet to play a minute this year, was put on the Season Ending Injury (SEI) list, effectively prematurely ending his 2017 season.
The move will provide some cap relief for LA. How much exactly? Rogers was set to earn a base salary of 225,000 and the season is basically 25% complete. We also know the paperwork was filed around the time the rumor was first reported. Whatever the specific amount, its likely the Galaxy will have a decent chunk of change to work with.
Update: Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano has shed light on the mystery surrounding how the move will affect the salary cap.
Per MLS rules & regulations, the #LAGalaxy will receive a roster spot due to Rogers' SEI status but will be responsible for budget charge— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) May 11, 2017
As expected, the Galaxy will receive a roster spot. Unexpectedly, LA will not receive any salary cap relief. Which isn’t the worst news in the world, after all we don’t know exactly how much in funds the Galaxy have in reserve. But the announcement is a bit of a buzzkill.
LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers has been placed on the team’s Season Ending Injury (SEI) list, the club announced today. Rogers, 29, received surgery during the offseason for nerve damage sustained in his left ankle.
A 10-season veteran of MLS, Rogers has tallied 184 appearances, 78 of them with the Galaxy. He’s won two MLS Cups, with Columbus Crew in 2008 and with Galaxy in 2014. Last season, he made 19 starts for the Galaxy in addition to postseason starts in each of the team’s three playoff matches.
The LA Galaxy season continues this Sunday, when the Galaxy travel to face New York Red Bulls at 3:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 14 at Red Bulls Arena. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.