The LA Galaxy signed 27 year-old defender Diego Polenta from Club Nacional de Football in Uruguay. Polenta was signed using Targeted Allocation Money and he will occupy an International roster spot, the club announced Thursday.
“Diego is a strong and gifted defender in his prime that we believe can become a top defender in Major League Soccer,” LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said in club statement. “He has experience playing at a very high level in Uruguay and he will contribute to an area of need in our defense. We are excited to add him to our roster and look forward to integrating him into our team as we prepare for the upcoming season.”
Polenta has spent time in Italy with Serie A side Genoa from 2009-11 and with Serie B side Bari from 2011-14. In 2014, Polenta joined Uruguayan side Nacional, and the team won the Uruguayan Primera División in 2016. He has also represented Uruguay’s youth national teams at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.