Romain Alessandrini will not be returning to the LA Galaxy for his fourth season, he announced in a post on Instagram on Monday.
Alessandrini’s contract expired following the 2019 season and the Galaxy were in negotiations to extend his contract.
However, Alessandrini will now be free to move onto his next club.
“My journey in LA is officially over,” Alessandrini said in his post. “I gave you my heart during the past 3 years, a lot of ups and downs for sure but it has been the best 3 years of my life and I will keep in mind only the positive things I’ve learned and the beautiful moments I’ve lived in LA on and off the field. I couldn’t explain how I feel right now but I just know that I’m sad to leave this club and this city .. it was like a second home for my family and myself.”
Alessandrini spent three seasons with the Galaxy. The midfielder joined the club in 2017 after spending nearly 10 years playing for several clubs, including Marseille, in his native France.
In his first season in MLS in 2017, he played in 30 games, making 27 starts, and scored 13 goals and provided 12 assists.
He followed up his stellar debut campaign with 11 goals and nine assists in 26 games in 2018.
Injuries hampered Alessandrini last season. The midfielder played in just five games after undergoing surgery for a meniscus root injury. He sustained the injury on April 13th in a match against the Philadelphia Union. He left the match after the 16th minute and underwent his third knee surgery. He returned for the postseason, appearing in two games.
Alessandrini finished the 2019 regular season with no goals and one assist.
“I wanted to thank you LA for everything you’ve done for me and my family,” his post continued. “The fans, for your support since day 1, all the players I’ve played with, the medical staff who helped me along, people who works in the shadow for this club and a big THANK YOU to this Man Zack @zmursh my friend, you deserve a lot for everything you did for us, your commitment and your kindness! I wish you nothing but the best 🙏🏼 I’ll never forget you LA & no matter where I’ll be in the future, my wonderful American daughter will be there to remind me but it’s time to move on => first day of the rest of my life … see you soon 💙💛 7️⃣ GRATEFUL for all of those memories.”
The Galaxy open the 2020 MLS season against the Houston Dynamo on Feb. 29.