By ADAM SERRANO
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.