160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Marcelo Saragosa is in, Jovan Kirovski is out and Herculez Gomez is about to get rewarded. Those were the developments on Tuesday, when Galaxy officials announced they were bringing back Saragosa, trading Kirovski to the Colorado Rapids for a 2007 first-round draft choice and planning to sign Gomez to a new contract. In Saragosa, the Galaxy reacquire a defensive midfielder who started 24 games last season but went back to his parent club Sao Paulo, which owned his rights, in the offseason after Galaxy officials balked at the transfer fee of reportedly about $1 million the Brazilian club had asked for. But team president and general manager Doug Hamilton said Saragosa, 23, is back with the club “with no strings attached’ and is expected to help shore up a midfield that has allowed teams to score a number of late goals this season. He takes the roster spot vacated by defender Paul Broome, who was traded to Real Salt Lake on June 29. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “We’re sorry to see him go,” coach Steve Sampson said. “Jovan goes to a club that will place a high importance on his play. Not that we haven’t or wouldn’t, but I could not commit to any consistent starting time for him given the level of competition on the team right now.” Kirovski’s spot in the starting lineup recently had been taken by Gomez, who made his first start on June 18 against Dallas and has teamed with Landon Donovan in a formidable scoring combination up front. Gomez, second on the team in goals with seven to Donovan’s 11, was signed as a developmental player in March and reportedly earns $16,000, but that figures to change considerably. “Without naming names,” Hamilton said, “this allows us to reward a player on the developmental squad who has proved his worth to this club. This sends a great message that you can come in, get the job done and we’ll find a way to reward you. “We’re thrilled to do that.” “He comes to us at a very important time, with the playoffs looming and the U.S. Open Cup semifinals and finals ahead of us,” Hamilton said. “I think everyone recognizes Marcelo’s value last year, and we’re eager to get him back into the team. He’s ours now.” The deal for Kirovski apparently has been in the works for two months, but Galaxy officials held off until “all the pieces were in place,” Hamilton said. Kirovski, 29, had four goals and four assists this season.
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