- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

CARSON, Calif. (AP) - The LA Galaxy have traded defender A.J. DeLaGarza to the Houston Dynamo for $175,000 in allocation money.

DeLaGarza was the Galaxy’s longest-tenured player, joining the franchise in 2009.

DeLaGarza won three MLS Cups while making 204 regular-season appearances, fifth-most in Galaxy history.

He is the latest big name to leave the Galaxy since their disappointing playoff exit.

Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Mike Magee, Jeff Larentowicz and Leonardo all have departed, along with Bruce Arena and his coaching staff.

DeLaGarza played sparingly last season after losing his starting job to Daniel Steres. The Galaxy’s back line is among MLS’ best with Ashley Cole, Robbie Rogers and Jelle Van Damme.

The Galaxy are negotiating with veteran midfielder Jermaine Jones, and they are exploring several candidates to fill two open designated player slots.

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