Los Angeles Soccer: Yohance Marshall

Galaxy dump defender, lose draft pick

January, 25, 2011

The Galaxy opened training camp Monday shy two players, and we found out why Tuesday. Trinidadian defender Yohance Marshall's contract option was declined by the club, and supplemental draft choice Zach Johnson has decided not to pursue a soccer career.

Marshall, who played in three games for the Galaxy last season, was released in late December. The club announced the move Tuesday. He was widely viewed as the No. 5 center back on the roster and spent most of the past two seasons on loan to the Austin Aztex of the second-tier USSF D2 Pro League.

Johnson, a star goalkeeper at West Virginia University, was taken in the third round, with the 52nd overall selection, of last week's supplemental draft. He informed Galaxy officials that he was pursuing other professional opportunities; he was an industrial engineering major at West Virginia.

No surprises in Galaxy's expansion-draft list

November, 23, 2010

What the Galaxy accomplished with its protected list for Wednesday's Major League Soccer expansion draft?

1. Protected their stars: Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Edson Buddle are, of course, on the list.

2. Protected their future: There's a lot of outstanding young talent on L.A.'s roster, and the best of it -- defenders Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin and A.J. DeLaGarza, and midfielders Juninho and Michael Stephens -- aren't being dangled for the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

3. Protected their veteran guard: goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, 33, and defender Todd Dunivant, who will turn 30 the day after Christmas, likely are gone if left exposed. Their other over-30 leader, defender Gregg Berhalter, isn't going to be taken, so no need to protect him.

4. Protected one of their holding midfielders: And keeping 26-year-old Englishman Chris Birchall rather than 33-year-old Ukrainian Dema Kovalenko is the right choice. It's all about that seven-year difference.

The Galaxy's list has not one surprise on it. Not one.

The Timbers and Whitecaps, who are steping into MLS next season from the second-tier USSF D2 Pro League, may each draft 10 players Wednesday. Each of the 16 existing clubs may protect 11 players, and another can be added to the protected list if one of their players is taken. No more than two players can be taken from any existing club.

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GALAXY: Who will finish Down Under?

November, 19, 2010

Retiring midfielders Eddie Lewis and Chris Klein will wrap up their careers in Australia; both are the 22-player travel roster for next week's season-ending friendly against the Newcastle Jets.

Will it also be the finale for Gregg Berhalter?

The 37-year-old defender, who played just twice during the season's final three months after contracting what was described as a mystery ailment, acknowledges he is considering retirement but promises he won't make a hasty decision.

“I'm gonna take some time and think about it …,” Berhalter said as the Galaxy prepared for Tuesday's trek to Australia, where they will face the Jets next Saturday 100 miles up the coast from Sydney. “I have to make a decision if I'm gonna play or not going to play, it's as simple as that. I'm gonna take some time to decide.”

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