While news that Edson Buddle is returning to LA has dominated headlines, another player was acquired by the Galaxy today.
Kyle Nakazawa, a former UCLA Bruin, was sent to the LA Galaxy from the Philadelphia Union today, along with a second round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft. The Union received one of LA's eight international roster slots for the 2012 season.
The 24-year-old California native was drafted by the Union in 2010, and actually made his MLS debut against the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center in May of 2010. The midfielder has one goal and three assists so far in his MLS career, and Nakazawa will enter his third MLS season with LA hoping to add to that tally.
With the loss of Juninho, Bruce Arena is certainly looking to beef up the depth of the roster in the midfield. The addition of Marcelo Sarvas, and now Nakazawa, will help fill that hole.
It probably won't take long for Nakazawa to feel at home with LA, as former UCLA teammates Brian Perk and Michael Stephens are also with the Galaxy for the 2012 season.
The Galaxy's season kicks off on March 7th as the team travels to Toronto for the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Toronto FC.
LA begins the defense of their 2011 MLS Championship at the Home Depot Center on March 10th against Real Salt Lake--a rematch of last year's MLS Cup semifinal.