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LA Galaxy officially sign Jonathan dos Santos

Mexican midfielder becomes LA’s 3rd Designated Player

FC Barcelona v Villarreal CF - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

What was all but official has now been declared a fact: Villarreal and Mexican National Team regular Jonathan dos Santos has joined the LA Galaxy. The younger brother of Giovani dos Santos, the La Liga box to box midfielder was one of El Tri’s brightest performers during the Confederations Cup, and will instantly bolster LA’s attack as well as provide defensive cover.

“Jonathan is a quality player that we think instantly becomes a top midfielder in Major League Soccer,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Pete Vagenas. “His signing will significantly improve our team as we continue to push for the playoffs and, ultimately, a sixth MLS Cup. We believe Jonathan will be a leader during the second half of this season and for years to come. We look forward to him joining our squad.”

Dos Santos joins the Galaxy after most recently representing Mexico in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he was named to the tournament’s Best XI after starting in four games and helping his country reach the semifinals. The midfielder began his career with F.C. Barcelona in 2009 before joining Villarreal, where he has made nearly 90 league appearances and scored four goals since 2014.

“Jonathan is an excellent midfielder with a wide range of technical abilities,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Sigi Schmid. “He can fit into our lineup at a number of different positions and improve our team in multiple ways. He still has his best years of playing in front of him and we are excited to add him to our team.”

Jona is fit, but will not participate in this Saturday’s match vs. the Sounders.

What do you think of the move? JDS is undoubtedly a quality midfielder, but the Galaxy now have all three DP slots locked up, so no Ibra. (For now)