The Montreal Impact might have liked a chance at Josh Saunders, who supplanted Donovan Ricketts as the Galaxy's top goalkeeper, or Mike Magee, whose late scoring tear prodded L.A. toward the MLS Cup title.
No question, they'd like Todd Dunivant, an MLS Best XI selection at left back following the finest year of his career.
Too late. All three were on the Galaxy's protected list released Monday for Wednesday's expansion draft.
A year ago, Magee was available to the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps. Dunivant could have been had by the Philadelphia Union after the 2009 season. Saunders was available both years, and to the Seattle Sounders in 2008, too.
Midfielder Chris Birchall was protected the last two years. Montreal can have him if they like.
The Impact can't have Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who had a sensational, club-MVP kind of season. He's on the protected list after being dangled in the past three drafts. But midfielder/defender Michael Lahoud is available after the Goats protected him in 2009 and 2010.
Here are the Galaxy's and Chivas USA's expansion lists from the previous three seasons:
Protected: David Beckham, Chris Birchall, Edson Buddle, A.J. DeLaGarza, Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Juninho, Donovan Ricketts, Michael Stephens.
Unprotected: Gregg Berhalter, Alex Cazumba, Bryan Jordan, Jovan Kirovski, Dema Kovalenko, Leonardo, Mike Magee, Yohance Marshall, Brian Perk, Josh Saunders.
Exempt: Tristan Bowen.
Protected: David Beckham, Gregg Berhalter, Chris Birchall, Edson Buddle, A.J. DeLaGarza, Landon Donovan, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Dema Kovalenko, Mike Magee, Donovan Ricketts.
Unprotected: Todd Dunivant, Alecko Eskandarian, Alan Gordon, Leonard Griffin, Bryan Jordan, Jovan Kirovski, Chris Klein, Eddie Lewis, Yohance Marshall, Stefani Miglioranzi, Kyle Patterson, Tony Sanneh, Josh Saunders, Julian Valentin.
Exempt: Tristan Bowen, Israel Sesay.
Selected: Miglioranzi (by Philadelphia).
Protected: David Beckham, Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan, Sean Franklin, Alan Gordon, Ante Jazic, Bryan Jordan, Eddie Lewis, Brandon McDonald, Alvaro Pires, Troy Roberts.
Unprotected: Vardan Adzemian, Charles Alamo, Ely Allen, Jeremy Barlow, Steve Cronin, Eduardo Dominguez, Joe Franchino, Michael Gavin, Jovan Kirovski, Chris Klein, Mike Munoz, Mike Randolph, Josh Saunders, Josh Tudela, Peter Vagenas, Julian Valentin, Josh Wicks.
Exempt: Tristan Bowen, Israel Sesay.
Selected: Vagenas (by Seattle)
Protected: Justin Braun, Yamith Cuesta, Dario Delgado, Jorge Flores, Ante Jazic, Michael Lahoud, Paulo Nagamura, Zach Thornton, Michael Umaña, Ben Zemanski, Sal Zizzo.
Unprotected: Carlos Borja, Jonathan Bornstein, Chukwudi Chijindu, Rodolfo Espinoza, Maykel Galindo, Alan Gordon, Dan Kennedy, Eduardo Lillingston, Giancarlo Maldonado, Gerson Mayen, Jesus Padilla, Osael Romero, Marcelo Saragosa, Mariano Trujillo, Alex Zotinca.
Exempt: Bryan de la Fuente, Blair Gavin, Cesar Zamora.
Selected: Gordon (by Vancouver) and Bornstein (by Portland).
Protected: Jonathan Bornstein, Justin Braun, Yamith Cuesta, Jorge Flores, Maykel Galindo, Sacha Kljestan, Michael Lahoud, Paulo Nagamura, Jesus Padilla, Maicon Santos, Zach Thornton.
Unprotected: Chukwudi Chijindu, Jon Conway, Jim Curtin, Kevin Harmse, Ante Jazic, Dan Kennedy, Eduardo Lillingston, Jesse Marsch, Gerson Mayen, Lance Parker, Ante Razov, Marcelo Saragosa, Bojan Stepanovic, Claudio Suarez, Carey Talley, Shavar Thomas, Mariano Trujillo, Sasha Victorine.
Exempt: Cesar Zamora.
Selected: Thomas (by Philadelphia).
Protected: Jonathan Bornstein, Justin Braun, Bobby Burling, Maykel Galindo, Atiba Harris, Sacha Kljestan, Jesse Marsch, Francisco Mendoza, Paulo Nagamura, Shavar Thomas.
Unprotected: Kraig Chiles, Jim Curtin, Dejair, Eric Erbert, Jorge Flores, Anthony Hamilton, Dan Kennedy, Gerson Mayen, Roberto Nurse, Daniel Paladini, Lance Parker, Ante Razov, Keith Savage, Claudio Suarez, Carey Talley, Zach Thornton, Lawson Vaughn, Sasha Victorine, Raphael Wicky, Alex Zotinca.