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Monday, December 13, 2010
Galaxy wants to keep Jovan Kirovski

By Scott French

The Galaxy is negotiating a new deal with forward Jovan Kirovski, who has withdrawn from Wednesday's second stage of Major League's Soccer re-entry draft.

The veteran forward wasn't taken in last first stage of the draft -- only two players were selected -- after the Galaxy declined the option on his contract.

Galaxy midfielder Dema Kovalenko and Chivas USA midfielder Marcelo Saragosa and defender Alex Zotinca remain on the list for the second stage.

Kirovski, 34, scored four goals in 21 appearances (with 11 starts) last season and 30 in seven MLS campaigns. The former U.S. national-teamer from Escondido, who emerged from Manchester United's youth academy and played for Germany's Borussia Dortmund and Fortuna Cologne, Portugal's Sporting Lisbon, and England's Crystal Palace and Birmingham City, joined the Galaxy in 2004 and returned to the club last year following four seasons in Colorado.

Also among 32 players available: Colorado midfielder Peter Vagenas (Pasadena/St. Francis HS and UCLA), Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad (Temple City/Temple City HS and UCLA), Philadelphia goalkeeper Chris Seitz (San Luis Obipso/Thousand Oaks HS), and Columbus defender Frankie Hejduk (UCLA) and midfielder Duncan Oughton (Cal State Fullerton).