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FIVE STAR

David Beckham
DAVID BECKHAM The superstar of the MLS. Has celebrity status and footballing credibility. But who knows how crucial Beckham is to not just the future of the Galaxy, LA Galaxy that is, but the MLS itself?

FOUR STAR

Chris Albright
CHRIS ALBRIGHT A member of the US 2006 World Cup squad, Albright started his career as a striker but has played at right-back in recent seasons. A Galaxy player since 2002, he is in his ninth MLS season but is out injured after tearing a hamstring.

Landon Donovan
LANDON DONOVAN Galaxy skipper and one of their big earners, Donovan spent several seasons in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen without ever totally convincing. A key player in the US team, the forward is closing in on 100 caps.

Cobi Jones
COBI JONES Once of Coventry City, he had a brief spell with Brazilian side Vasco de Gama before joining the Galaxy in 1996. Holds the Galaxy's records for games played, goals and assists. With 164 caps, the 37-year-old has more than any other US player.

Carlos Pavon
CARLOS PAVON A very big name in Honduran football, striker Pavon is another recent arrival as the Galaxy look to solve their scoring crisis. The 33-year-old has played in Mexico, Spain and Italy as well as Honduras.

Abel Xavier
ABEL XAVIER The 34-year-old defender boasts Everton, Liverpool and Middlesbrough among his former clubs. Banned for 18 months in 2005 after failing a drugs test. Joined the Galaxy in May. Mad hair.

THREE STAR

Edson Buddle
EDSON BUDDLE His father, a Jamaican footballer, named him after Edson Arantes do Nascimento - Pele, to you and me. A recent recruit from Toronto, the striker is at his fourth MLS club. Talented but injuries have hampered his progress.

Joe Cannon
JOE CANNON Twin brother Jon is a professional baseball player. Joe, who had a brief spell with RC Lens in France, has twice been MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and shortlisted for the award five times in the last six years.

Ante Jazic
ANTE JAZIC A well-travelled Canadian defender. The 31-year-old has played in Croatia, Austria and Russia. Jazic is in his first full season at the Galaxy, after signing from Kuban Krasnodar, and is a regular at left-back.

Chris Klein
CHRIS KLEIN Not the star of American Pie but a veteran and versatile MLS player. Brought in from Real Salt Lake by coach Frank Yallop, Klein has been playing in the right of midfield. Could drop to right-back with Beckham now at the club.

Kyle Martino
KYLE MARTINO MLS Rookie of the Year in 2002, Martino is a skilful midfielder who has made more than 100 MLS appearances. He has flirted with European football having had trials with NEC Nijmegen and Leeds United. Middle-name Hunter.

Peter Vagenas
PETER VAGENAS A solid defensive midfielder who has been with the LA Galaxy since the second round of the 2000 Super Draft. Won the MLS Cup with the Galaxy in 2002 and 2005. Was skipper before the arrival of Donovan.

TWO STAR

Steve Cronin
STEVE CRONIN Despite the departure of Kevin Hartman, Cronin remains the understudy goalkeeper, following the arrival of Cannon. Made four starts last season but was on the winning side in just one of those matches.

Gavin Glinton
GAVIN GLINTON Pacy forward, back in the MLS after three seasons away. Retired in 2004 to coach at Bradley University but returned last year to score 13 goals in 25 games for the Charleston Battery in the USL First Division.

Alan Gordon
ALAN GORDON Made a late impact for the Galaxy last season when he scored four goals in the last six weeks of their campaign. Strong, athletic and predatory, Gordon will want to continue where he left off.

Kelly Gray
KELLY GRAY Versatile player, who joined from Houston and made his debut for the Galaxy on Independence Day this year. Off the field, Kelly owns a clothing company and is on a mission to make business attire less "boring and mundane".

Troy Roberts
TROY ROBERTS Although aged just 23, Roberts is considered one of the more experienced defenders in the MLS. Has yet to fully establish himself in the first-team, but is physical and can play both in the centre of defence or at right-back.

Kyle Veris
KYLE VERIS Looking to regain his starting spot after a knee injury interrupted a strong debut season for the Galaxy. A powerful defender with the ability to get forward and cause problems, particularly from set-pieces as a target man.

Quavas Kirk
QUAVAS KIRK Tall, lanky and primarily a midfielder, Kirk suffered serious injury and missed the whole of the 2005 season - his second with the Galaxy - but came back strongly last term to show flashes of his potential.

ONE STAR

Lance Friesz
LANCE FRIESZ The goalkeeper joined the Galaxy at the start of the 2007 season from the University of San Diego after impressing on a pre-season trial. Yet to make his debut for the club.

Ty Harden
TY HARDEN A star player for the University of Washington Huskies before joining the Galaxy as part of the 2007 MLS Super Draft. Plays in the centre of defence and has featured on a regular basis during the 2007 season.

Kevin Harmse
KEVIN HARMSE A 23-year-old midfielder who joined the Galaxy in April 2007. Born in Johannesburg but raised in British Colombia, he featured extensively for Canada at various junior levels before winning his first senior cap against Bermuda in March. Has played in Norway and Slovakia.

Mike Randolph
MIKE RANDOLPH Very quick and capable of playing on either flank, Randolph is usually deployed as a defender. He secured a move to the Galaxy in September 2006 after impressing at USL First Division side Portland Timbers.

Josh Tudela
JOSH TUDELA Yet to make his debut after arriving with a big reputation from college football. He was a 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year while at Indiana University Hoosiers and won NCAA Championships in 2003 and 2004.



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