GALAXY: Gaudette is a keeper

The Galaxy made their decision on a third goalkeeper, signing veteran Bill Gaudette and waiving Nick Noble in advance of Wednesday's Desert Diamond Cup match against New York in Tucson, Ariz.

Gaudette, 30, joined L.A. on trial at the start of preseason after playing last year with the Montreal Impact in the second-tier North American Soccer League. He was with the Columbus Crew from 2005 through 2007, then starred for the Puerto Rico Islanders, helping the Caribbean power upset the Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League's preliminary round in 2010.

He's seen action in three preseason games, surrendering two goals in 128 minutes.

Noble, 27, a former Chicago Fire goalkeeper, signed with the Galaxy in December after two years in Sweden with second-tier Ljungskile SK. He played in four preseason games, for 187 minutes, conceding six goals.

Josh Saunders won the starting job last season from Jamaican star Donovan Ricketts, who was traded last November to Montreal. It is unclear whether Gaudette or returning No. 3 keeper Brian Perk, a UCLA alum from Rancho Santa Margarita who has been injured throughout preseason, will be Saunders' chief backup.

The Galaxy is 1-1-0 in the preseason Desert Diamond Cup after falling to New England in last Wednesday's opener and beating Real Salt Lake on Saturday. They'll play their first competitive match next Wednesday at Toronto FC in a Champions League quarterfinal first leg.

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