Report: Galaxy’s Saunders in substance abuse treatment program




Josh Saunders' absence from the Los Angeles Galaxy lineup was sudden, and it appears that the club may be without their No. 1 goalkeeper for the foreseeable future. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Galaxy keeper has checked into a substance abuse treatment program and will be unavailable for the Galaxy until he completes the program.

A team spokesman declined comment on Tuesday afternoon.

Following the club's training session on Tuesday morning, head coach Bruce Arena reiterated that Saunders was still out for "personal reasons" and that the club was taking his absence "one day at a time." Back-up goalkeeper Bill Gaudette appeared to be the likely starter while Saunders is out.

Saunders, 31, is coming off a career season in which he wrestled the starting job from Donovan Ricketts en route to helping lead the Galaxy to the MLS Cup title. 

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73 Responses to Report: Galaxy’s Saunders in substance abuse treatment program

  1. Ian says:

    Good keeper, hope he comes back healthy soon.

  2. DCLee says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with Josh Saunders. Hope he can beat this and get back on the field for the Galaxy!

  3. chris says:

    Should never get hooked on pain killers, stick to the ganja. On another note what happened to brian perk

  4. Francois says:


  5. Jeremy says:

    Any word on how good Gaudette is? Never heard of the guy…

  6. AAA says:

    “Slosh Saunder” really?

  7. Chicago Jon says:

    Seattle invented substance abuse.

  8. wildchild says:

    Josh, you can pull through this. We are rooting for you!

  9. Metro says:


  10. solles says:

    but then you fail the drug tests and end up like Jeff Par… er nevermind.

  11. perk is still out injured. had sports hernia surgery i believe.

  12. Carlos says:


  13. solles says:

    Was PR Islanders keeper for a long time, and considered very good at that level, also he played for the Crew for a little while. Pretty experienced keeper, he should do fine.

  14. EARL says:

    Hey nice one man. Real original. I guess i’ll follow it up with a Chicago invented never beating Seattle in MLS play ever. Not once.

  15. Fox, the Reactionary Network says:

    No wonder the lines kept disappearing when Josh played.

  16. Silver says:

    Best of luck to him. Substance abuse is a serious issue to have to deal with and he should take his take.

  17. AL says:

    It rains a lot in your city. 😛

  18. WileyJ says:

    Work it out Josh , prayers with you.

  19. chris says:

    Ahh that sucks. I was hoping he would get a shot but if hes still hurt thats a no go

  20. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    Actually, no it doesn’t. Seattle ranked 44th of US cities in rainfall in 2011. You can’t find many places with nicer summers than Seattle

  21. Skeeter says:

    Seattle invented never losing to Chicago.

  22. Ed in Austin says:

    Good enough to beat L.A. 4-1 at the Home Depot Center in the CONCACAF Champions League when he was with the Puerto Rico Islanders.

  23. b says:

    Substance abuse is a serious issue, but LOL

  24. Kevin_Amold says:

    Wow, Saunders is 31??

  25. mike vann says:

    Shame on you people who are making jokes. What a classless, low life group. Substance abuse is no joking matter. It can be life or death in some situations. Getting help is the first step and it can and will be a long, winding road for Josh. He needs all the support he can get. I hope his rehab pay offs. Getting back on the field should be the last thing on his or the Galaxy’s mind. My thoughts go out to him. He will need them.

  26. nam says:

    Weed is a drug too brah.

  27. Poo says:

    that was my reaction also. I thought he was mid 20s at most.

    hope he is better soon.

  28. Sean says:

    Wish Him well. getting hooked on pain meds is more common than most people realize. Great guy. Fond memories of Josh in Portland.

  29. oh please says:

    I certainly hope that Saunders gets the help he needs.

    I also hope that you’ll let me shove a lump of coal up your butt; in two weeks, we’ll have a diamond we can sell and can retire rich.

  30. FulhamPete says:

    There are 50,000 cities in the US.

    That means you get a lot of rain.

  31. DudeRyan says:

    Gaudette was a beast for PR. Had some pretty stellar games in CCL.

  32. DadRyan says:

    Dude, I’ve lived in Hawaii and Seattle, and I’ll tell you what… Seattle has nice summers but they only last like 3 weeks…

  33. matt says:

    +1 thought he was mid-20’s.

    Get well soon.

  34. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    I think you just won the comment section.

  35. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    The ranking was of 100 major US metropolitan areas. So no, it means that Seattle doesn’t get alot of rain. You can live in ignorance if you want, but the facts are easy to find if you care to look

  36. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    And comparing summer anywhere with that in Hawaii is like comparing Johnny Bench to the catcher of your local beer league softball team.

  37. Fred says:

    Where is he? Saunders gobbled him up because he thought his name was Brian “Perkocet”.

  38. Hood Rich says:

    Are you serious man? You read this blog and don’t know who he is? Must be one of those fair weather fans sporting Man Utd, Barca, or Real Madrid jerseys…

  39. Dom says:

    I went to school with him at Cal…..dude had a mad meth addiction back then….sorry to see it come back and bite him.

  40. Tommy says:

    No wonder.

  41. Bolt says:

    What a tool. If you knew anything about meth, you would recognize he’s not addicted to it. Frickin’ idiot.

  42. solles says:

    Seattle does get alot of grey cold drizzle though. Blech.

  43. solles says:

    And never letting anyone else have the last word on the internets.

  44. Good Jeremy says:

    Best of luck to him. He’s from the town my entire family stems from so I’ve always had a soft spot for him. Hopefully he can recover quickly and avoid relapses.

  45. Justin O says:

    I thought he was older. I remember watching hi play for the Timbers 10 years ago.

  46. LA boi says:

    timmy two shoezzz is trying way too hard for rainy seatlle

  47. Climate Change says:

    Since when were there still summers anywhere?

  48. La Baca says:

    Donovan Ricketts, where are you???

  49. Sam says:

    Leave it to the crappy LA Times to only write up a Galaxy article on something negative.

  50. Brian says:

    Glad to see he’s getting help. Would hate for this to turn into a Robert Enke situation. To be clear, I’m not saying Enke took drugs, but perhaps Saunders is battling some kind of depression (like Enke was) and doing drugs is his way of coping.

    Gaudette is a decent goalkeeper, but goddamn, I never wanted to get rid of Ricketts and now it’s biting us in the a$$

  51. Billy says:

    I think a lot of GK’s are taking something

  52. troy says:

    i love how all that seattle has to brag about is winning against chicago in meaningless games lol…do something in the MLS, then talk sounders

  53. Mase NJRB says:


  54. Like for like says:

    What, other than your mom?

  55. pd says:

    The number of tools on this thread is breathtaking.

  56. Joe from Philly says:

    Substance abuse is ALWAYS a way of coping with something we don’t think we can handle otherwise. Some people can walk away from the substance and some people can’t. It’s a life long battle for those that can’t.

    Take it one day at a time Josh! I’ve never routed for you before, but I certainly am now.

  57. Joe from Philly says:

    that was “rooted” Oof!

  58. yankiboy says:

    Wishing Josh Saunders all the best.

    When he was playing for the Puerto Rico Islanders, he like Bill Gaudette was a very pleasant guy who appreciated all of the love that the fans had for him.

    “One day at a time” is right.

  59. elgringorico says:

    Yes, I’m sure he specifically needs YOUR thoughts… Get off the high horse buddy, we know it’s a serious issue but there’s nothing wrong with playful jokes.

  60. YO says:

    So with all that said –the Ricketts trade gamble wasn’t the best strategy after all.

  61. Cookie says:

    Snort Coke off one hooker’s boobs and they want to put you in rehab…..we live in a world of prudes.

  62. josh says:

    As a recovering addict I have to say it is uptight overly precious crap like this that makes me wanna get high.

  63. UMN says:

    Because only a “fair weather” soccer fan wouldnt know who the back up goalkeeper is for the LA Galaxy. Is if really so inconceivable that someone wouldnt know the former goalie of an NASL team?

  64. inkedAG says:

    Donovan Ricketts is busy letting balls fly past him in Montreal. 😛

  65. theraccoun says:


  66. Paddy Megroyn says:

    Wait, the Galaxy are taking this “one day at a time”?

    I see what they did there. +1.

  67. dickface says:


  68. MiamiAl says:

    Amen brother!

  69. bryan says:

    dude, get off it. we don’t even know why he is there. sharlie joseph had to go through this because he got caught smoking a J. the dude was fine and in control of his life, but because he’s a professional athlete and signed a CBA, he still has to do this program.

    quaranta is probably one person who actually NEEDED the treatment as he was a cocaine and opiates addict. i highly doubt saunders is anywhere near that level.

  70. detroitFIRE says:

    Seattle invented not denying that they claim to invent a lot of things but getting butthurt about rain levels

  71. detroitFIRE says:

    Speaking of Seattle, here’s some pure class from their fans from when Saunders got a DUI

    link to

  72. Rave Green says:

    “He drinks! He drives! He endangers people’s lives! Josh Saunders! Josh Saunders!”

    C’mon Seattle!