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LA Galaxy sign former Atlanta, D.C. striker Gordon Wild

A University of Maryland product, Wild had 10 goals and three assists with Loudoun United in USL last year.

Gordon Wild participates in an Atlanta United training session at the Children's Health Care Training Ground in Marietta, Ga. (Courtesy of Atlanta United)
Gordon Wild participates in an Atlanta United training session at the Children's Health Care Training Ground in Marietta, Ga. (Courtesy of Atlanta United)

In his third season in Major League Soccer, Gordon Wild will belong to his third different team in the league.

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced Tuesday they had signed Wild to a deal for the 2020 season. The 24-year-old forward spent last season with D.C. United and the season before that with Atlanta United FC.

“Gordon is an attacking player who will add depth to our squad in multiple positions,” LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese said in a statement. “We believe he has his best years of soccer ahead of him and can grow as a player in MLS. We are pleased to add Gordon to our roster.”

A native of Germany, Wild split his college soccer career between USC Upstate and the University of Maryland. With the Terps, Wild bagged 22 goals across two seasons and was named Big Ten Player of the Year.

Ahead of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, Wild signed a Generation Adidas contract and was then picked 37th overall by Atlanta United. He spent the 2018 season on-loan with the Charleston Battery of the USL Championship, where he tallied eight goals and three assists in 34 appearances.

In 2019, Wild played in eight matches with Atlanta’s USL Championship affiliate, ATL UTD 2. In mid-season, he was waived by Atlanta and then signed by D.C. United. Wild then appeared in 16 games with D.C. United’s USL affiliate, Loudoun United, notching 10 goals and three assists in 16 matches.

Wild has been on trial with the Galaxy all preseason long. He has yet to appear in a regular season MLS match and will be looking to break through with LA.

Wild is the fourth striker the Galaxy have under-contract heading into the 2020 season. He joins Cristian Pavon, Ethan Zubak and Javier Hernandez.

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