MLS- LA Galaxy

Galaxy send Barrett on loan to Valarenga

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The LA Galaxy have known for months that they would have to find a way to get Chad Barrett off their payroll in order to fit all the salaries they had compiled on their roster for 2012, and on Monday it appears they have finally found a way to make that move happen.

The Galaxy have sent Barrett on loan to Valarenga for the remainder of the 2012 MLS season, Galaxy writer Adam Serrano confirmed on Monday night. By sending Barrett out on loan, they take the remaining portion of his $253,333 in guaranteed compensation off the team's salary budget, something sources told SBI the Galaxy had to do in order to make their salary budget compliant to league rules.

Barrett had become expendable with the shifting of Landon Donovan to forward and presence of Edson Buddle. He managed one goal and three assists in 18 league appearances this season.

  • Ian

    Was not expecting Valarenga to be a Norwegian team. Might wanna include that in this piece (aside from the link.)


  • Hopper

    This is a chance for Barrett to really show what he can do. He’s got a reputation as a forward who misses more than he scores, and cries like a baby when he’s subbed out.

    If he’s gonna get over that problem, he’s gotta do it with this loan. He’s gonna have to if he’s wants playing time at Valarenga.

    Good luck to him. I’d like to see him take his game to the next level.


  • Turgid Jacobian

    “Val” is Norse for “warrior” and “Arenga” is Norse for “Bruce Arena.” So it all makes sense.


  • Vic El Paso texas

    Bring ronaldinho next season or even ballack. The big European leagues are signing everybody, mls teams should start getting those left over for next season


  • Hopper

    Actually, I thought it was the Spanish team as well. Maybe Barrett can get by being Barrett in Norway.


  • nato

    This is exactly what we need to be doing. Norwegian/Swedish leagues are on the same level of MLS if not slightly lower. Players there make a bit more than ours, but they don’t have many multi millionaire players. we need to loan out our talent there and they should do the same for MLS.would do wonders for our image internationally, same with say Mexican league, Korean/Japanese leagues


  • Forza Lazio!

    don’t see that happening with J league or K league or even La Liga MX. Those leagues are far superior to MLS and at least with J or K league their schedules are aligned for the most part with Europe.

    Would go a little easy with saying the Swedish league is on par with MLS… maybe the “entire” league but if you look at the top 3-4 teams once again, as common with most leagues, they blow MLS teams out of the water.

    Luckily, Barrett is going to a mid-lower table team. Just wish MLS would actually sell some players rather than denying every offer for them. Anyone with hopes/aspirations to play in Europe better not sign a long term deal with MLS, better off heading to Mexico or South America than MLS


  • ThatGirl

    I hate every single facet of Chad Barret’s game……how he convinced MLS into a $250k + contact is beyond me…


  • Old School

    MLS supporters, “Valarenga? Who?”

    Norwegian supporters, “Chad Barrett? Who?”


  • Old School

    FYI, people complaining about NY stock piling talent and crying foul about adding DP slots and the prospect of more coming:

    Please add players of Chad Barrett’s limited/questionable quality receiving 250k to the list of absurdities.


  • Mike r

    I didn’t know there was a premium on strikers who can’t finish in Norway. We can send them Oduro too


  • chris

    This is a horribly dumb idea. Whats the point of exchanging the same caliber players and pay them more money? Why would i go to a game to watch Scandanavians? Developing our own talent would do wonders for the image of MLS not this trash idea


  • Tony in Quakeland

    Figure I’m worth about $180K if that’s what he’s getting. Of course, I’m twice his age.


  • ARGH

    how come Wondolowski doesn’t head to Scandinavia or Holland?

    I bet he would be on like Half a million at the top club in Sweden or Denmark and he could probably score 10-15goals


  • omegamor

    Swedish league gets weaker each season. Luckily they pay even crappy players good money

    I’d say J League/K League are only slightly above MLS. But they are improving well thanks to their national team


  • CrazyMike366

    How could the Galaxy ever be out of compliance with League rules? Isn’t that something the League should be checking on a regular basis and addressing as it comes up? I’m all for the salary cap, but it can get so complicated with allocations, injured/disabled lists, and youth players that its hard to follow sometimes with the league so reluctant to publish exact terms of most deals.


  • Helium-3

    He ain’t that bad. Look at Oduro and how long he bounced around before he became somewhat decent for Chicago.

    In European football, the forward just has to finish and is not expected to create chances for himself, so Barrett will score more than here. He has decent technique so I hope things go well for him in Norway.


  • Jen

    Does this mean that Galaxy has been NONcompliant for the first half of the MLS season? Is it a rolling thing for the whole 2012 season?


  • bml

    It would probably be hard to make trades if you had to be in compliance ever second. I’m sure there are dates when you have to have everything in order and apparently the LAG have been planning for it. Nothing unusual here for the conspiracy crowd to get all excited about.


  • Pop

    the J-League is miles ahead of the MLS. They already have promotion/relegation.


  • Pop

    not miles ahead in quality but miles ahead as far as the # of teams they have(they have a goal of 100 pro teams) and the structure of their football pyramid. I would put China way ahead of us in this regard also. China’s league started around the same time as MLS and they already have a 3 tiered pro/rel structure.


  • Hogatroge Abroad

    The J-League is superior to MLS, but we have to remember that MLS is having great success and playing high quality soccer with a HARD SALARY CAP.

    China’s league will crumble in the next decade as clubs throw ridiculous amounts of cash at aging European stars that MLS has to pass on.


  • Brain Guy

    It’s actually Valerenga, or (with the Norwegian character) Vålerenga. One of several teams based in or around Oslo. Named after a neighborohood in the city. They play in the national stadium, Ullevaal. In sixth place so far this year, but they could challenge for a UEFA League spot. They won the league in 2005 (breaking Rosenborg’s 13-year run as champions) and the Cup in 2008.


  • Pete

    Galaxy is still abnormally thin at striker. This does not bode well for CCL and the MLS Cup. They should have dumped Noonan while they were at it.


  • ben in el cajon

    Okay, let’s try math.

    Pretend the Galaxy have $50,000 of salary cap left for a season. And, one of their players earns $100,000. Now, at the start of the season, they are IN compliance. But, at the end of the season, they will be OUT of compliance. How can they avoid going over the cap?

    Please show your work.


  • Benny Dargle

    They play some guys at striker alongside Keane who are probably listed as midfielders (e.g., Donovan and Magee). They also still have Buddle (when he gets healthy), Noonan, McBean, and Villareal on the bench. It’s probably enough to deal with fixture congestion.


  • Pop

    well MLS shouldn’t have a salary cap. No other soccer league on the planet has one.

    China has been growing from the ground up, investing in the whole pyramid. There is little to no chance their leagues will crumble. Is this just wishful thinking?


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