The first sign something was wrong, A.J. DeLaGarza said, was the missed call on his cellphone.
The Galaxy defender, the last remaining link to Bruce Arena’s first MLS Cup championship club in Carson, had been assured he wouldn’t be traded in the off-season. Now he had an urgent message to call new General Manager Peter Vagenas.
“I called Pete back and we just had a very short [talk],” said DeLaGarza, who was told his contract had been sold to the Houston Dynamo. “The only words I got in was ‘all right, thanks.’ And that was kind of it.”
After more than 200 appearances and three MLS championships in eight seasons with the Galaxy, DeLaGarza, 29, a fan favorite, was...