One very curious omission on the expansion-draft lists Major League Soccer released late Monday afternoon: Galaxy midfielder Jovan Kirovski.
Is he retiring? The Galaxy isn't certain.
Kirovski, 35, a veteran with European pedigree and U.S. national team experience, was a role player for L.A. this season, playing in 13 league games (just two of them starts) for 244 minutes, not quite three full matches. He was a regular on Bruce Arena's 18-man game rosters -- his versatility provided options off the bench -- and was in the team for Sunday night's MLS Cup title-game win over Houston but did not play.
He was neither on the list of players the Galaxy protected in advance of Wednesday's expansion draft, nor on the list of players available to the Montreal Impact, which makes its MLS debut next season.
Home Grown Players (such as teen Galaxy forward Jack McBean) and those in the Generation adidas developmental program are exempt from the process. So are players who have retired, such as Galaxy center back Gregg Berhalter.
Kirovski could fit into only one of these designations. The Galaxy could neither confirm nor deny that he's done, but it looks suspicious.