Kovalenko adds to culture shift at LA Galaxy

Dema Kovalenko is now an LA Galaxy player.

Dema Kovalenko is now an LA Galaxy player.

The veteran midfielder was traded by Real Salt Lake before the Super Draft for allocation money and a 2011 draft pick whose position depends on how much Kovalenko plays for the Galaxy.

Kovalenko had been integral in helping change the culture on the long-suffering team -- he started 19 games, and scored a crucial playoff goal -- but coaches by the end of last season "determined we weren't certain that Dema was going to be a starter for us," RSL boss Jason Kreis said. "At end of season, he made it pretty clear he wanted to go somewhere else."

Have your say