The 2017 LA Galaxy season has been marred by injuries to their first team and has heavily relied on their younger crop of players. Los Angeles has lost notable players like Jermaine Jones, Sebastian Lletget and Baggio Husidic for an extended period of time.
In addition, the Galaxy has lost Robbie Rogers for the entire season, leaving head coach Curt Onalfo with the tough task of replacing him. He has utilized Rafael Garcia at the right corner spot briefly and has also promoted his Galaxy II players, Nathan Smith and Bradley Diallo.
With the opening of the MLS secondary transfer window, the Galaxy has remedied their defensive conundrum with the signing of an actual right-back from Europe according to Jeff Carlisle of ESPN:
The LA Galaxy have signed right-back Pele van Anholt, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC. The news could be made official as soon as Tuesday.
Van Anholt, 26, was out of contract, having seen his deal with Eredivisie side Willem II expire at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
Adam Serrano of LA Galaxy confirmed van Anholt arrived in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old will have his medical and train with his new teammates ahead of the exhibition match against Manchester United.
The Galaxy have lost four of the last five matches after their nine-game unbeaten run was snapped by Sporting Kansas City including a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Real Salt Lake. In the month of July, they have allowed 11 goals so far and a grand total of 32 goals against, which is third-most in the league.
van Anholt played in 24 matches for Dutch club Willem II, providing one assist in all competitions. Prior to a season-long stint with Willem, he made 149 appearances with SC Heerenveen scoring two goals in six seasons.