Jaime Penedo and L.A. Galaxy surprisingly decide to call it quits

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Major League Soccer may have shockingly seen the last of Jaime Penedo.

The Panamanian goalkeeper will not be returning to the Los Angeles Galaxy, as the MLS side agreed to terminate the 33-year-old’s contract.

Reports suggest that L.A. is ready to acquire Donovan Ricketts back from Orlando City. Ricketts won an MLS Cup with L.A. in 2011.

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Penedo has been placed on waivers, but probably won’t be staying in the United States’ top flight. And while that might be a relief to L.A., finding a replacement is necessary and tricky.

The Galaxy current has Brian Perk, Andrew Wolverton and Brian Rowe aboard, and Wolverton is an interesting prospect after dominating at Penn State.

From LA Galaxy Insider:

LA Galaxy Insider can confirm that the Galaxy and Penedo will part ways following a two-year stint by the Panamanian ‘keeper at StubHub Center. The 33-year-old was placed on waivers Wednesday. From what LA Galaxy Insider has learned, the move was initiated by Penedo who requested a change of scenery which the Galaxy obliged. It is unlikely that he’ll remain in Major League Soccer.

Maybe it’s not surprising to Galaxy fans, but it sure caught us off guard. Could this be on account of overseas interest, or is he just ready to go closer to home?