Chris Albright to New England

The Los Angeles Galaxy continued to clear salary space, trading U.S. international defender Chris Albright to the New England Revolution in exchange for allocation money.

"We're thrilled to be able to add a proven defender like Chris to our roster," Revolution director of soccer Michael Burns said. "He's had success on the field at both the league and international levels, and he has experience winning championships with his past clubs."
The move, in line with the Galaxy's other recent transactions, should help Los Angeles clear room under the salary cap, a key step in bringing in other big-name players. It's unclear as to whether this deal went down to help the team offset some of the salary of recent acquisition Carlos Ruiz or if there is yet another deal brewing in the works (Zidane, anyone?).

Albright, 29, started his career as a forward with D.C. United before being moved to right-back with the Galaxy. He was and later blossomed into one of the league's best defenders, even gaining acclaim in the backline of the U.S. National Team (21 caps, 1 goal). His 2007 season was cut very short after his hamstring was ripped away from the bone during a derby match against rivals Chivas USA in May. For his career, Albright has notched a dozen goals to go with 23 assists in 186 games.

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