The LA Galaxy formally announced the signing of Dutch right back Pele Van Anholt, yesterday. Now, he’s not a striker the team desperately needs, or a midfielder to help depth.
What is he then? Glad you asked! He’s primarily a right back, which is another sore spot in our starting XI.
With Robbie Rogers hurt (who knows when he’s coming back), we’ve had to rely on Bradley Diallo and Nathan Smith for a majority of the matches this season. And, while they aren’t terrible options, it just seems as if the duo aren’t quite ready for this level of play yet.
That proved to be the case these last few matches. When the opposition attacked, it was often down that right hand side, where they could stretch the defense.
What does Van Anholt bring? Experience. Van Anholt has played in one of the highest levels the sport has to bring. Sure, he didn’t play in England, or Germany, or Spain, but the Netherlands is a fantastic place to develop your soccer.
“Pele is a talented and versatile player who will immediately add quality and experience to our defense. Our staff did an excellent job at identifying this player and executing the signing to improve our roster and we look forward to him joining our squad,” LA Galaxy General Manager Pete Vagenas told LAGalaxy.com.
Pele grew up in the SC Heerenveen youth academy, spending seven years in their system before being promoted to the first team in 2009. Once situated with the side, Van Anholt played another over 120 matches for the Dutch club.
The 26-year-old is a very solid, very reliable defender, with the ability to get up and down the flank. He will certainly bring the back line up to another level once he’s integrated into the squad.
He is supposed to begin training with the squad today. How long will it be before he gets fit enough to play in a match? Pele could not have joined the club at a better time, especially with the friendly against Manchester United Saturday night.
The Dutchman could get 30 minutes of action or so, and if Van Anholt does play, fans will get to see their first glimpse of him.
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