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Galaxy adds another piece to changing back line
by Ridge Mahoney, February 4th, 2009 7AM

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[MLS] Of the many needs being addressed by Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, left back has been one of the more problematic.

Mike Randolph played some of his 20 games there as a rookie in 2008, and veteran Ante Jazic, limited by injuries to 15 games, has been traded to Chivas USA. When the Galaxy signed U.S. international Eddie Lewis - who played his college soccer at UCLA -- last year, his name was added to list of possibilities to anchor the corner.

Arena has brought aboard another player with local connections to further address the position. Defender Todd Dunivant, who counts the Galaxy among the four MLS teams that have employed him, rejoined the team Tuesday for training after being traded to LA by Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money.

"I strongly believe that Todd will be an outstanding addition to our team and we're excited to have him returning to the LA Galaxy," said Arena in a press release announcing the deal. "I've known him for a number of years with both the national team and New York Red Bulls and am confident that he will be able to help our club this season."

Dunivant, 28, played his college ball at Stanford in midfield and was chosen in the first round as the No. 6 overall pick by San Jose in the 2003 SuperDraft. He'd trained with Colorado as a left back during the offseason and started all 30 regular-season games for the 2003 MLS Cup champion.

The Earthquakes traded him after two seasons to Los Angeles, and he played every minute in the regular season and playoffs as the Galaxy did the 2005 MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup double. Halfway through the 2006 season, new Coach Frank Yallop, who had drafted him in 2003, traded him to New York, where he played for Arena.

A year later, he moved again, this time to Toronto. He played all 18 games for which he was available in the 2007 season, but played only nine games last year because of an ankle injury and the permanent shift of captain Jim Brennan to the left-back slot.

In his eight seasons, Dunivant has played 134 regular season games, scored three goals and registered 10 assists. He's been cautioned only 10 times and has never been sent off. He has played nine playoff games with zero goals and assists.

Dunivant joins 2009 SuperDraft picks Omar Gonzales and A.J. DelaGarza and Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts as changes wrought by Arena as he revamps a defense that conceded a league-high 62 goals last year, 11 more than any other team and nearly twice as many as the league's best defense in Houston (32).



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