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Galaxy still dealing, acquire Frankie Hejduk's rights

12/15/2010

Acquiring the rights to superstar striker Juan Pablo Angel was just the start for the Galaxy on Wednesday.

L.A., which traded a draft pick to move into position to take the Colombian forward in the second phase of Major League Soccer's re-entry draft, made two more trades, sending 19-year-old forward Tristan Bowen to Chivas USA and swapping the rights to midfielder Luke Sassano, acquired in the re-entry draft, to Kansas City for the rights to former UCLA star Frankie Hejduk.

The Galaxy must negotiate new contracts with Angel, who scored 61 MLS goals in four seasons with the New York Red Bulls, and Hejduk, an inelegant if massively energetic right back whom K.C. took from Columbus in the re-entry draft.

Bowen (Van Nuys), who made 17 apprearances (with 10 starts) and scored two goals last season for the Galaxy, was swapped for allocation money that can be used to reduce a player's salary-cap figure. It could be used to make Angel more affordable or to bring him in as something other than a Designated Player, keeping a DP spot open for the potential arrival of Brazilian star Ronaldinho.

Angel's contract with the Red Bulls was worth $1.62 million annually (with $1.918 million guaranteed compensation).

Hejduk, 36, played the last eight seasons with Columbus after stints in Germany (with Bayer Leverkusen) and Switzerland (with St. Gallen) following three seasons with the defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny. He played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.