The LA Galaxy have announced the signing of Canadian forward Rob Friend from Bundesliga 2 club TSV 1860 Munich. The 32 year old Friend has spent the entirety of his club career in Europe tallying more than 75 goals across nearly 260 league appearances. The forward is 6'5", a clear target on set pieces and corner kicks.
Thus far in Germany this year Friend has tallied one goal in seven appearances. His total time with TSV 1860 Munich has resulted in five goals over the past year and a half. Bruce Arena has said that target forwards were his goal this offseason, and he continues to find ones to bring in.
"The addition of Rob Friend to our roster brings a different dimension to our attack," said LA Galaxy general manager and head coach Bruce Arena. "Rob is a veteran player with a scoring pedigree and we are excited to bolster our roster by bringing him to LA."
Friend has spent time in some of Europe's top leagues, one season in the Eredivisie and handful of years in the Bundesliga. He has 32 caps with the Canadian national team, last scoring for his country in 2008. Friend played his youth soccer in the American college system and was drafted by MLS, but chose to start his career in Europe.
While Samuel looks like a real threat to start, Friend comes off more as a bench option. Nicknamed the Canadian Tower, he's got the height and jumping ability to be a real threat in the air. However, it's been some time since he's been a major asset.
Here's the tale of the tape for the LA Galaxy's newest signing:
Player: Rob Friend
Weight: 205 pounds
Date of Birth: January 23, 1981 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada
Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
How Acquired: Signed from TSV 1860 Munich on January 13, 2014