GALAXY: Surgery for Buddle, Keat
Galaxy forward Edson Buddle and midfielder/defender Dan Keat have undergone surgeries on the right meniscuses and are expected to miss three to six weeks.
That's the bad news for the struggling MLS Cup champions. The good news: An MRI disclosed no structural damage to defender Leonardo's right knee, which he reinjured during Saturday night's MLS Reserve League loss at Portland.
Buddle's surgery was performed Monday and Keat's on Thursday, the Galaxy reported. Team physician Bert Mandelbaum performed both in Santa Monica.
Buddle, who returned this season to the Galaxy after a year in Germany, has been slowed by his right knee all season. He has scored just twice in 14 appearances, 10 of them starts, and rarely looked like the striker who scored 19 goals and was an MLS MVP finalist in 2010.
Keat, a second-year holding midfielder the Galaxy is converting into a defender, hasn't played since going the full 90 minutes in central defense May 12 at Montreal. His knee injury was first disclosed a week later and forced him to miss New Zealand's first-stage matches at the OFC Nations Cup, the top competition in the Oceania Confederation.
Leonardo, who just returned from torn knee ligaments that sidelined him for 13 months, appeared to be more seriously injured after colliding with Timbers forward Sebastian Rincon eight minutes into the Galaxy's MLS Reserve League victory. He was in anguish as he lay on the Jeld-Wen Field turf, several teammates comforted him as trainer Armando Rivas tended to his knee, and he had to be stretchered off the field.
The Galaxy is listing the Brazilian center back as questionable with knee inflammation. There is no timetable for his return to training, but he is expected to sit out this week's sessions, which resume Thursday. The Galaxy's next Major League Soccer game isn't until June 17, against Portland at Home Depot Center.
Leonardo made a brief appearance in the April 24 game against the Blues, played a half in the May 8 Reserve League match with San Jose, was activated May 18 from the MLS Disabled List, was on the 18-man game day roster (but did not play) for the last three MLS matches, and went the full 90 in Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup loss at the Carolina RailHawks. He had scored the Galaxy's first goal in Portland, a terrific volley from a Kyle Nakazawa free kick, six minutes before he was hurt.
WORTH NOTING: Robbie Keane played an hour in Ireland's 0-0 draw Monday with Hungary. The Republic's FA announced an Aug. 15 friendly at Serbia, with a return match in Dublin next March 5. ... The Galaxy's next game is next Tuesday morning, a Reserve League clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps at the University of British Columbia.