Interesting news from the Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday, that they have signed former Chelsea and Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini on a free transfer. Cudicini will not occupy a Designated Player spot on the Galaxy’s roster.
“We are delighted to be able to add Carlo Cudicini to our roster,” Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena said in a statement. “Carlo is an experienced and accomplished goalkeeper who we believe will be a great addition to our team and our defensive unit.”
Cudicini’s arrival likely spells the end of Josh Saunders’ time with the Galaxy. Saunders has helped the Galaxy win back to back MLS Cup’s, but he struggled last season to replicate his outstanding form from 2011.
The Galaxy currently have Brian Rowe and Cudicini under contract, and have reportedly agreed to terms with Brian Perk. They also selected former Columbus Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer in the Re-Entry Draft earlier this month.
I find this a surprising move by the Galaxy. While Saunders was disappointing at times last season, the 39-year-old Cudicini has played only 19 games in the last four years.
In fact you have to go back to a decade to the 2002-2003 when Cudicini last played on a regular basis.
What has Cudicini done over the past decade to show the LA Galaxy that he could be a good goalkeeper in MLS? How does he make the defending champions better?