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LA Galaxy decline options on Donovan Ricketts, Edson Buddle

Donovan Ricketts will not return to LA after struggling in the playoffs.

The LA Galaxy have declined their contract options for 2016 on goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and seven additional players.

The Galaxy announced the decision Monday.

The team also declined options on forward Edson Buddle, defender Tommy Meyer, midfielder Mike Vayrynen, forward Charlie Rugg, midfielder Kenney Walker and goalkeepers Brian Perk and Andrew Wolverton.

The Galaxy reacquired the 38-year-old Ricketts from Orlando City in late July after MLS Cup-winning goalie Jaime Penedo left in a contract dispute.

Ricketts became their starting keeper down the stretch but occasionally struggled while yielding 21 goals in 12 games as the Galaxy failed to defend their MLS Cup title.

Ricketts also played for the Galaxy from 2009-11.

The Galaxy also said Alan Gordon is out of contract, though the club hopes to retain the goal-scoring forward.

"Bruce [Arena] has had many discussions with Alan," said Galaxy president Chris Klein. "He's a player who has been important to this club and he's scored a lot of big goals for us over the past few years.

"There are challenges with roster limitations in our league, so we just have to work on it step by step. Bruce is working through that right now, and we're confident that we're going to have a good group back next year."


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