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LA Galaxy officially sign defender Giancarlo Gonzalez

Aug 9, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew defender Giancarlo Gonzalez (5) goes up for a header against Toronto FC forward Gilberto (9) in the second half of the game at Crew Stadium. Toronto FC wins 3-2. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

LOS ANGELES — After several months of speculation, the LA Galaxy have signed 31-year-old Costa Rican defender Giancarlo Gonzalez using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). He will occupy an international roster spot and join the team pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.

Because of Gonzalez prior Major League Soccer stint with the Columbus Crew in 2014, his move back to MLS was subject to the league’s allocation ranking system. In order to move up in the allocation rankings, the Galaxy traded their No. 11 spot, $300,000 in 2019 TAM and $100,000 in 2020 TAM to Orlando City SC in exchange for the No. 2 place in the ranking. Then, the Galaxy traded that spot and a 2020 natural first-round SuperDraft Pick to Toronto FC in exchange for the top allocation ranking spot. 

Gonzalez has made over 100 appearances in Serie A since 2014 with Palermo and, most recently, Bologna. He also has made over 70 appearances for the Costa Rican national team, including several appearances in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“Giancarlo is a very experienced and talented central defender that we believe will strengthen our backline,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese in a team statement. “He is familiar with MLS and he has played at the highest levels across the world. We are excited to add him to our roster and look forward to integrating him into our team.”

 

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