Galaxy Trade Goalie, Acquire Forward

The Associated Press
Friday, December 15, 2006; 5:40 PM

CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy made two moves Friday, trading longtime goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to the Kansas City Wizards, and acquiring forward Nate Jaqua from Toronto FC in exchange for a portion of an allocation.

The 32-year-old Hartman had spent his entire professional career with the Galaxy, who took him in the third round of the 1997 MLS draft. He had been the team's No. 1 goalkeeper since 1998, with the exception of the 2001 season.

The Galaxy receive second-round draft picks next year and in 2008 for Hartman, whose 1.18 career goals-against average is the best in MLS history. He was the league's Goalkeeper of the Year in 1999, and helped lead Los Angeles to MLS Cup championships in 2002 and 2005.

Hartman became expendable after the Galaxy acquired two-time Goalkeeper of the Year Joe Cannon from the Colorado Rapids two weeks ago.

"This trade reflects our respect for Kevin Hartman and for all that he has done for the Galaxy organization, on and off the field," Galaxy President-General Manager Alexi Lalas said. "I want to personally thank him for his decade of service, and wish him well as he continues his career in Kansas City."

The 25-year-old Jaqua was the fifth player chosen in the MLS expansion draft last month, but was considering signing with a European team because his contract had expired. He had 21 goals and 11 assists in 92 games over four seasons with the Chicago Fire.

"We've snatched an incredible talent from the jaws of the wolf that is European soccer," Lalas said. "Nate expressed an interest in the Galaxy and we pounced on the opportunity to add a proven MLS star and instantly upgrade our attacking arsenal."

Under MLS rules, teams are granted allocations allowing them to sign players from outside the league. Teams may trade all or a portion of the allocations.

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