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The New York Red Bulls added goalkeeping depth Friday, acquiring Los Angeles Galaxy backup Bill Gaudette in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft.
With rookie Ryan Meara as the entrenched starter in New York, Gaudette will fight Jeremy Vuolo for backup duties while providing experienced insurance on the depth chart. Meara has been nursing a minor hip ailment this week, and while he is not expected to miss any time, Gaudette's presence accounts for the worst-case scenario.
Gaudette started three games — including a 1-0 loss to New York — for the Galaxy while Josh Saunders was on leave, but with Saunders returning to the field and Brian Perk ahead of Gaudette in the pecking order as well, the 30-year-old St. John's University product became expendable. The Galaxy were not left with two goalkeepers for long, signing former UCLA and league pool goalkeeper Brian Rowe Friday as well.
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