MLS Trade Rumors: LA Galaxy's MLS Cup Honeymoon Over; Stars Are Back to Business

Eric BrowningContributor IJanuary 6, 2012

Landon Donovan made his second "debut" with Everton on Wednesday
Landon Donovan made his second "debut" with Everton on WednesdayAlex Livesey/Getty Images

Several members of the LA Galaxy are on the move, inking short-term contracts, and putting on new jerseys.

But none of them are superstar David Beckham, who recently rejected a contract with Paris Saint-Germain.   

Landon Donovan played his first game with Everton on Wednesday as part of a two-month offseason loan deal. Coach David Moyes gave the American a starting role during a matchup against Bolton.  Donovan's side lost 2-1 despite a 100-yard goal from teammate and fellow United States international, goalkeeper Tim Howard.    

"Apart from our goalkeeping and bits of Landon, it was hard to see any positives," Moyes told the Liverpool Daily Post

Robbie Keane, the Irish national and LA Galaxy striker, is currently training with Tottenham Hotspur, despite a rumoured loan to Aston Villa until MLS play resumes.  

"[A loan agreement] is not far away," Aston Villa coach Alex McLeish said.  "We're trying to get things cleared for him [for a fixture next week].    

Omar Gonzalez, the LA Galaxy center back and MLS defender of the year, left the United States men's national team unexpectedly on Wednesday.

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He signed a loan agreement with Bundesliga's FC Nuremburg, and began training with the team on Thursday.  

"Omar is an interesting candidate," Nuremberg spokesman Martin Bader said on the team's website.  "A young, talented player who could be a good fit for FC Nuremberg."

AJ DeLaGarza, Galaxy centerback, is one of 20 players to join Jurgen Klinsmann's national team roster.  The US will host Venezuela on January 21 in Arizona.

Donovan, Keane, Gonzalez, and DeLaGarza are all expected back in time for the beginning of the MLS season and the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Toronto FC.

Beckham is expected to extend his expired contract.