The Galaxy will open its preseason camp with medical exams Saturday and hit the field for the first time Monday, and there will be two non-roster players in camp looking for jobs.
Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette, who played in 17 Major League Soccer games for Columbus half a decade ago, and second-year defender J.T. Murray have been invited to Home Depot Center for trials with the MLS Cup champions.
Sixteen returning players are slated to attend the opening sessions -- all but on-loan stars Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, injured defenders Omar Gonzalez and Sean Alvarado and three players on international duty: A.J. DeLaGarza, Michael Stephens and Brian Perk -- along with newcomers Marcelo Sarvas, Andrew Boyens, Pat Noonan, Nick Noble, Jose Villarreal and seven draft picks.
David Beckham, whose new two-year contract was announced Wednesday, will be involved from the start of camp for the first time since he joined the club in July 2007.
Gaudette, 30, has been one of the best lower-division goalkeepers in U.S.-based leagues since departing Columbus in 2007 following his third season with the club. He spent three years with the Puerto Rico Islanders -- playing to the second-tier team when it beat the Galaxy in the preliminary round of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League -- and last season played for the Montreal Impact, which is making the jump this year from the second-division North American Soccer League to MLS.
Murray, 23, was a second-round SuperDraft selection last year by Sporting Kansas City, but he didn't make the roster and played with Sevilla FC Puerto Rico until the club was booted from the third-division USL Pro. He starred at the University of Louisville, helping the Cardinals reach the NCAA title game in 2010.
Eight of the Galaxy's nine preseason games will be against MLS clubs, including a Feb. 16 SuperClasico against Chivas USA. The Galaxy has the game location undetermined, but the Goats have the game at HDC on its schedule.
L.A. also will play So Cal visitors Portland, Houston and Montreal and join New England, New York and opening-day foe Real Salt Lake for the Feb. 22-March 3 Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson Ariz., a tournament that was announced in early December.
The Galaxy season begins with a March 7 quarterfinal first leg at Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League, and the league opener is three days later against RSL at HDC.
The Galaxy's preseason match schedule:
Feb. 3 vs. L.A. Blues at site TBA
Feb. 7 vs. Portland at site TBA
Feb. 10 vs. Houston at site TBA
Feb. 14 vs. Montreal at site TBA
Feb. 16 vs. Chivas USA at Home Depot Center
Feb. 22 vs. New England at Tucson, Ariz.
Feb. 25 vs. Real Salt Lake at Tucson, Ariz.
Feb. 29 vs. New York at Tucson, Ariz.
March 3 Desert Diamond Cup final/third-place game at Tucson, Ariz.