Carson, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy announced Wednesday that they have re-signed three players whose contracts had expired at the end of 2007. Defender Chris Albright, goalkeeper Steve Cronin and forward Alan Gordon have all signed new deals with Major League Soccer that will see them remain with the Galaxy in 2008.
"We are very pleased to be able to re-sign three players who we feel will be very important to the success of the club both now and in the future," Galaxy Director of Soccer Paul Bravo said. "Alan, Chris and Steve are all model professionals on and off the field, and will play a significant role for the club under (new head coach) Ruud Gullit."
Albright, 28, will be entering his 10th season in MLS and his seventh with the Galaxy. He appeared in just five regular season games last season before suffering a torn right hamstring. A member of the U.S. national team at the '06 FIFA World Cup, Albright has made 172 career appearances in MLS and has earned 22 caps with the national team.
Cronin, 24, was originally drafted by San Jose in the first round of the '04 MLS draft and has been with the Galaxy since the start of the '05 campaign. A former member of the U.S. Under-20 national team, Cronin has appeared in six games for the Galaxy over the past three seasons, recording a 1.50 goals against average. He is currently training with the U.S. national team ahead of their friendly against Sweden after appearing in one league game and three U.S. Open Cup matches for L.A. last season.
Gordon, 26, will be entering his fifth season in MLS and with the Galaxy. After playing in just eight games over his first two seasons, Gordon scored seven goals in 31 regular season games in '06 and '07.