LA Galaxy announced on January 14th that they would be trading their midfielder Hector Jimenez to Columbus Crew. Jimenez was rarely a starting in the lineup but was a good player non-the-less; so, it was still a bit upsetting to Galaxy fans. It looks like just another name LA Galaxy is clearing off their roster as they continue to make changes.
25-year-old Hector Jimenez had been with LA Galaxy for 3 years but is still considered an MLS rookie. He came to the MLS right out of college when Galaxy chose him in the second round during the 2011 SuperDraft. Having never played for any other teams in the MLS this may be a bit of a change for the midfielder, but his career is still young, and he still have a lot of play left in him. Hopefully, he will continue to do great things.
LA Galaxy has been making a lot of moves this offseason. They ignored picking up anyone in the supplementary draft, but they did have to let go of Sean Franklin, because they wanted to dodge salary cap issues. Also, in the past two weeks they've picked up two stikers, Samuel and Rob Friend, which is a great offensive move for LA Galaxy.
Jimenez and a first round SuperDraft pick was given to Columbus to gain more allocation money and a second round pick. It really seems like Columbus is getting the better side of the deal, but that's only because the amount of allocation money is never disclosed due to league policy. Why would the LA Galaxy want more allocation money? They may be setting up for a big move, but with their 3 DPs already in place, what other big name can they gain without DP funds? Bruce Arena obviously knows what he's doing, and fans will just have to wait and see.