The dust has settled, and the Los Angeles-San Diego-Tijuana region has established itself as a footballing hotbed in all of North America. In the world of professional sport, if you do not perform as a player, you will lose your job. It’s an unforgiving beast, and it’s especially commonplace in association football, where managers often tell fringe first-teamers that there is no future for them playing with their team.
Such is the case with Chad Barrett, Andrew Boyens, Bryan Jordan, Kyle Nakazawa, Pat Noonan and Brian Perk, who all saw their option declined by Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday. The list of players on the re-entry process list is shown below.
You have to feel for those who were told the news before the championship celebration at the Home Depot Center tennis stadium. No one likes to be cut, but if you’re not impressive enough to deliver for a team that demands performance, you become a liability, you get waived, and that’s how it goes. That’s life. Either you find a new team or a new career. There is no other option.
Indeed, there were a lot of long faces at that celebration. Some of the top players really wanted to get their holiday started. Mark Rogandino, I will say, was more annoying than helping in firing the crowd up, but he’s a Galaxy employee, and he’s paid to do what he’s paid to do, sad to say.
The league announced this Monday that the Stage One draft of the Re-Entry Process will take place on Friday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. (PT) and the Stage Two draft will take place a week later on Friday, December 14, also at noon. The two drafts will take place via teleconference with all 19 clubs represented. MLS will release the results following each of the calls.
Both the Stage One and Stage Two drafts will be conducted in the same order as the traditional Waiver Draft, with the Galaxy, as MLS Cup champions, currently holding the No. 19 selection in each draft.
Clubs must exercise the option for, or extend a Bona Fide Offer to, all players selected in Stage 1. Players that were out of contract may either accept or reject the Bona Fide Offer. Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Players with option years left on their contract will automatically be added to the drafting club’s roster.
CHI Jay Nolly Option Declined
CHI Gonzalo Segares Option Declined
CHI Corben Bone Option Declined
CHV Juan Pablo Ángel Out of Contract
CHV Peter Vagenas Out of Contract
CHV Danny Califf Option Declined
CHV Moreno, Alejandro Option Declined
CLB Birchall, Chris Option Declined
CLB Hesmer, Will Option Declined
CLB James, Julius Option Declined
CLB Tchani, Tony Option Declined
COL Marshall, Tyrone Out of Contract
COL Palguta, Scott Out of Contract
COL Casey, Conor Option Declined
COL Freeman, Hunter Option Declined
COL Smith, Jamie Option Declined
COL Wynne, Marvell Option Declined
COL Joyce, Ian Option Declined
COL Nane, Joseph Option Declined
COL Wahl, Tyson Option Declined
DC Chabala, Michael Option Declined
DC Maicon Santos Option Declined
DC King, Stephen Option Declined
DAL Guarda, Bruno Out of Contract
DAL Hartman, Kevin Out of Contract
DAL De Guzman, Julian Out of Contract
DAL Sealy, Scott Option Declined
HOU Clark, Colin Out of Contract
LA Barrett, Chad Option Declined
LA Boyens, Andrew Option Declined
LA Jordan, Bryan Option Declined
LA Nakazawa, Kyle Option Declined
LA Noonan, Pat Option Declined
LA Perk, Brian Option Declined
MTL Mapp, Justin Out of Contract
MTL Gardner, Josh Option Declined
MTL Thomas, Shavar Option Declined
NE Murray, Tim Option Declined
NE Gavin, Blair Option Declined
NY Gaudette, Bill Option Declined
NY Keel, Stephen Option Declined
PHI Harrison, Chase Option Declined
POR Palmer, Lovel Option Declined
POR Purdy, Steve Option Declined
POR Wallace, Rodney Option Declined
RSL Paulo Jr. Option Declined
RSL Reynish, Kyle Option Declined
SEA Weber, Andrew Option Declined
SEA White, O’Brien Option Declined
SEA Seamon, Mike Option Declined
SJ Ward, Tim Out of Contract
SJ Corrales, Ramiro Option Declined
SJ Gjertsen, Joseph Option Declined
SJ Opara, Ike Option Declined
SJ Stephenson, Khari Option Declined
SKC Aiyegbusi, Olukorede Option Declined
SKC Sassano, Luke Option Declined
TOR Avila, Eric Out of Contract
TOR Cann, Adrian Option Declined
TOR Hall, Jeremy Option Declined
TOR Harden, Ty Option Declined
TOR Wiedeman, Andrew Option Declined
VAN Thorrington, John Option Declined
One player that will not be cut anytime soon is Robbie Keane, an integral part of the Galaxy’s 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup 2012.
“Robbie, I think we grew up together in Brooklyn. He has the same type of mentality, he is one tough bastard,” Arena told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “[He is] skillful, competitive, a great friend of players, and a great teammate. If you look at it, last year we said we have to get a little bit better and we were incredibly lucky to acquire Robbie.
“Robbie is a clever player, there’s no question about that. I don’t think he relies on out-jumping players, out-running players. He’s a thinker, technically terrific, and he’s just extremely clever.”
“Full credit to the team and the attitude that we’ve shown over the last few months because people wrote us off at the start of the season,” Keane added, “but there are two halves to the season and the second half of the season as fantastic. We certainly were the best team by far in these last few months and we deserved to win it.”