Wednesday, February 29, 2012
GALAXY: Gaudette is a keeper
By Scott French
The Galaxy made their decision on a third goalkeeper, signing veteran Bill Gaudette and waiving Nick Noble in advance of Wednesday's Desert Diamond Cup match against New York in Tucson, Ariz.
Gaudette, 30, joined L.A. on trial at the start of preseason after playing last year with the Montreal Impact in the second-tier North American Soccer League. He was with the Columbus Crew from 2005 through 2007, then starred for the Puerto Rico Islanders, helping the Caribbean power upset the Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League's preliminary round in 2010.
He's seen action in three preseason games, surrendering two goals in 128 minutes.
Noble, 27, a former Chicago Fire goalkeeper, signed with the Galaxy in December after two years in Sweden with second-tier Ljungskile SK. He played in four preseason games, for 187 minutes, conceding six goals.
Josh Saunders won the starting job last season from Jamaican star Donovan Ricketts, who was traded last November to Montreal. It is unclear whether Gaudette or returning No. 3 keeper Brian Perk, a UCLA alum from Rancho Santa Margarita who has been injured throughout preseason, will be Saunders' chief backup.
The Galaxy is 1-1-0 in the preseason Desert Diamond Cup after falling to New England in last Wednesday's opener and beating Real Salt Lake on Saturday. They'll play their first competitive match next Wednesday at Toronto FC in a Champions League quarterfinal first leg.
WORTH NOTING: Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa didn't travel with the Galaxy to Arizona so he could have his tonsils removed. … Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo told British tabloid The Sun that “the door is still open” for David Beckham to join the French powerhouse. He did not say PSG would try to lure him out of his contract with the Galaxy, which runs through 2013. ... Beckham returned home during his off day Sunday to accompany his wife, Victoria, to Vanity Fair's post-Oscars party. ... The Galaxy has ended its Miss L.A. Galaxy program after more than a decade. There is a petition online seeking a reprieve. ... English fourth-tier club Port Vale hasn't paid a tax fee and a transfer embargo has been assessed, which has prevented former Galaxy midfielder Chris Birchall from joining the club's first team.