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The LA Galaxy have waived veteran defender Dan Gargan and second-year midfielder Ignacio Maganto, the club announced Monday.
Gargan signed with the team before the 2014 season. He had a breakout year in 2014 during which he had career highs in total appearances (29), starts (27) and assists (five). He earned a contract extension after the season, helping the Galaxy capture its fifth MLS Cup. The 33-year-old defender made 54 MLS appearances for the Galaxy and started 20 games last season. However, he only had one MLS start in the final three months of the season (a 5-2 loss to Portland at home on Oct. 18).
Maganto was drafted by the Galaxy with the 21st pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and played in 13 matches during his rookie season when the team struggled with injuries and international call ups during the summer. He scored one goal and tallied two assists while starting six games, but Sebastian Lletget’s emergence in the midfield sent Maganto back to the bench. Maganto made appearances for Galaxy II last year.
The Galaxy play the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday against Santos Laguna at 7 p.m. before starting the MLS season on March 6 at home against DC United. L.A. has 26 of its 28 roster spots filled, with 2016 SuperDraft pick Josh Turnley still unsigned.
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