The No. 2 goalkeeper for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy will be back for another run. Backup goalkeeper Brian Perk signed a new deal with the Galaxy, albeit for lower pay, after pulling out of the Re-Entry process.
“I think there’s been a pretty good understanding with the Galaxy,” Perk told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French. “This being home for me, being here three years, I think this is the place I want to play. [This is] part of the business. It’s unfortunate [to go through this]. As a player, all you really want to do is play soccer and win championships, like we’ve done. This is the place to do it. It would be unfortunate if numbers got in the way.
“[I've grown] on the mental side – really, decision-making, stuff along those lines. Being a goalkeeper, that’s basically everything. You may have the tools to do the job, but it’s just making the right decisions in the right situations that either makes you or breaks you.”
Meanwhile, the jury is still out of starting goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who credits the team’s successful MLS Cup defense to a similar successful soul-searching process. Saunders made five saves en route to the Galaxy’s 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Dec. 1.
“It was a great year for us, it was obviously difficult all around, but we battled through adversity and came out on top,” Saunders told LA Galaxy Insider’s Adam Serrano. “We continued the belief that we were going to win battle back and win a championship and we did.
“[The year] had its ups and downs. But heck, when you’re holding a trophy at the end of the year; it’s hard to go against that. We’ve competed for trophies; we’ve won the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup. It’s been awesome and it’s been very successful for me personally. I love the guys on the team and I love the fact that we’ve won a lot so it’s nice.”
Saunders is currently out of contract and will need to come to terms with a new deal, according to Arena. “We’ll have ongoing discussions with him and his agent to see where he stands,” the manager said. “And we’ll make the decision as we go on.”
SBNation blog, The Goat Parade has Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy coming to the Galaxy. Kennedy, last season, had 109 saves in league action, and while he is one of the most consistent goalkeepers in Major League Soccer, the rest of the team is not up to par. Kennedy jumping ship to the Galaxy would give Saunders some competition at the No. 1 spot, potentially moving Perk down to the No. 3 spot at goalkeeper.
Meanwhile, the David Beckham saga goes on. After a successful six-year run with the club, there is talk of Qatari club Al-Sadd pursuing Beckham in January, according to tribalfootball’s Andrew Slevison. Currently, Becks is linked to moves from Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco and a number of clubs in Australia.