GALAXY: Backline bolstered with trade

The Galaxy made a backline upgrade on Major League Soccer's roster-freeze date Thursday, acquiring Dasan Robinson from Toronto FC for Kyle Davies.

Robinson, 27, provides experienced depth in central defense, an area of need after Gregg Berhalter's foot injury. Two other center backs, Leonardo and Sean Alvarez, have been out for months after tearing anterior cruciate ligaments.

Davies, 22, also is a center back, but he is considered more of a project than Robinson and has far less pro experience.

Robinson, who is 5 feet 11, 160 pounds, has started 81 MLS games in six seasons, all with the Chicago Fire, which traded him to Toronto FC in July. He made five appearances with two starts this season for the Fire but did not make a league appearance for TFC, although he started three of four MLS Reserve League games after his arrival.

He was a regular starter for Chicago in 2006 and 2007, when Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan guided the Fire, but was slowed by injury in his third and fourth seasons. He made 17 league starts last year for the Fire after just 10 the two previous years.

Davies was acquired in May off waivers from FC Dallas. He did not appear in a league game but played in five reserve games and friendlies against Real Madrid and Manchester City.