Chad Barrett out for MLS Cup final
The Los Angeles Galaxy's attack just got weaker for the MLS Cup final against Houston on Nov. 20.
Forward Chad Barrett is out after dislocating his right ankle in the team's training session Thursday at Home Depot Center.
The seven-year MLS veteran out of UCLA, whom the Galaxy acquired in a trade from Toronto FC just before the MLS draft last January, was paired with Robbie Keane on L.A.'s front line in the club's first three playoff games, victories over New York (twice) and Real Salt Lake.
Coach Bruce Arena's primary options up front are veteran Adam Cristman, a big forward with a physical dimension to his game that's amplified by a terrific work ethic, and first-year forward Miguel Lopez, a smaller, shiftier attacker. Another option, far less likely, would be to use Landon Donovan up top.
Barrett started 23 MLS games for the Galaxy this year, including the postseason. Lopez started 14, and Cristman, who battled injuries during the season, was in the lineup for five.
Barrett was second on the Galaxy with seven goals in 27 games, plus five assists, and he totaled eight goals and six assists in all competitions.
Scott French covers soccer for ESPNLosAngeles.com.