Galaxy's trade necessary, not sexy

Don't read too much into the Galaxy's trade Thursday, in which they sent allocation money to D.C. United for an "international roster slot" used for foreign players.

L.A. isn't about to sign another foreign star. It has eight non-green card-holding foreigners on its roster -- English midfielders David Beckham and Chris Birchall, Colombian forward Juan Pablo Angel, Brazilian midfielder Juninho and defender Leonardo, Argentine midfielder Miguel Lopez, Uruguayan midfielder Paolo Cardozo and New Zealander midfielder Daniel Keat -- and needed an eighth "international roster slot" to keep all of them.

Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts has a green card.

Each team was granted eight "international" slots under Major League Soccer's new roster rules, but the Galaxy had traded one to Portland in November for allocation money.