Galaxy sign four

CARSON, CALIFORNIA (TICKER) —The Los Angeles Galaxy continued to prepare for the upcoming season Thursday by signing four players to contracts.

Inked to undisclosed deals were goalkeeper Josh Saunders, midfielder Kyle Patterson and defenders A.J. DeLaGarza and Yohance Marshall.

Saunders appeared in three games for the Galaxy last season while on loan from Miami FC of the USL First Division, posting a 1-2-0 record and 2.00 goals-against average. He is a two-time winner of the MLS Cup, capturing the league title with San Jose in 2003 and Los Angeles two years later.

A native of Birmingham, England, Patterson was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. He recorded 29 goals and 15 assists in four seasons at St. Louis University, where he was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2007.

DeLaGarza, 21, was a second-round pick in this year’s draft. The native of Bryans Road, Maryland helped the University of Maryland to the NCAA championship in both 2005 and 2008.

Undrafted, Marshall joined the Galaxy during preseason training. The product of the University of South Florida was a member of the Bulls’ Big East championship team in 2008.

Updated Thursday, Mar 12, 2009