LA have lost another invaluable member of the club.
On Christmas Eve, the Galaxy have announced that Brazilian midfielder Juninho has been sold to Club Tijuana of Mexico's Liga MX for an undisclosed fee.
A longtime fan favorite, Juninho joined the Galaxy in 2010 and grew into one of the top defensive midfielders in the league. Jun also had a knack for scoring clutch goals, most memorably vs. the Sounders during the 2014 Western Conference finals when his blast outside the box propelled LA to the MLS Cup final.
"We thank Juninho for his contributions on and off the field during his time here," said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. "We wish him the best of luck with Tijuana."
Juninho, 26, originally joined the Galaxy on loan from Brazil’s Sao Paolo in 2010 and signed with the club permanently ahead of the 2013 season. During his time in LA, the midfielder made 187 appearances and 180 starts, both which rank as the seventh-most in Galaxy history. The Brazilian also scored 18 goals and added 23 assists during his six years with the club while winning MLS Cup trophies in 2011, 2012 and 2014. In 2015, Juninho earned his first selection as an MLS All-Star.
This one hurts. Yours truly is going to miss his backflips.
Chris Klein makes the case that LA will be "aggressive" in adding new signings. What say you?