After having re-signed the last two holdovers from their 2017 roster the LA Galaxy continued to round out their roster by bringing in more players from outside of the organization hoping to suit up in the first team.
The Galaxy started the week by reportedly signing goalkeeper David Bingham and midfielder Servando Carrasco. The LA Galaxy had acquired the rights of Bingham from the San Jose Earthquakes back in December. They were given an exclusive window to negotiate with Bingham to have him on the roster and were able to come to terms on Monday.
Bingham’s contract is for two years with a club option on a third year. Bingham has only ever played with the “Quakes” having been drafted in 2011 from the University of California-Berkeley. After playing primarily as a back up, Bingham secured the starting spot in 2015 and remained there until losing his spot last year to Andrew Tarbell.
At 28 Bingham is looking to have a bounce back year, the Galaxy are hoping Bingham can shore up the position after the revolving door of keepers proved ineffective. Combined Galaxy goalkeepers gave up 66 goals against, and the fact that Bingham’s rights cost $200,000 of allocation money means they expect a lot out of the former MLS All Star.
Carrasco is another addition to the midfield position that is starting to be a glut for the Galaxy. Carrasco was signed for one year and like Bingham is a former collegiate player who has spent his entire career in the MLS.
Carrasco played with Bingham at the University of California-Berkeley before being taken in the second round of the 2011 MLS Draft. In all Carrasco has played 127 games in his career with several teams most recently with Orlando City where he played 62 games over the last three seasons.
Carrasco’s other claim to fame may be his more famous spouse U.S. Women’s National team forward Alex Morgan, with Carrasco in the field there may be a contingent of fans looking into the stands for the 2015 World Cup champion Morgan.
How much playing time Carrasco can carve out will be difficult to tell as the Galaxy made a move on Tuesday to add more depth to the midfield position. The Galaxy made a trade for the rights of midfielder Perry Kitchen with DC United that included over $300,000 of allocation money.
Kitchen’s career with DC United started in 2011 when he was taken in the MLS Draft, in his time with the team Kitchen played 155 games and gained trophy glory winning the 2013 Lamar S. Hunt tophy as champions of the US. Open tournament.
The last two years Kitchen has spent his career overseas in Europe, first in Scotland with Heart of Midlothian where he made 45 appearances, in 2017 he joined Danish side Randers where he made nine appearances with the club.
A two-way defensive midfielde Kitchen will help the LA Galaxy with shoring up a defense that went from second best in the league in 2016 to one of the worst in 2017. Regarding his coming to the Galaxy Kitchen had this to say:
“I wasn’t planning on coming to MLS, but the opportunity presented itself, and after speaking to my wife, it was something that we wanted to pursue,” Kitchen told LA Galaxy Insider. “It’s coming back to familiar surroundings, winning football matches and just enjoying football.
With all the moves the LA Galaxy are making there seems to be a roster coming together as the MLS season fast approaches. It will be up to manager Sigi Schmid to put them together on the field to get the Galaxy back on their winning ways.