The LA Galaxy placed Robbie Rogers on the season-ending list two months ago. Before making the announcement, Los Angeles opened the 2017 MLS season with Rafael Garcia as the right wing back, followed by young players Nathan Smith and Bradley Diallo.
The Galaxy officially bolstered their defensive options by acquiring Pele van Anholt. The Dutch-born defender spoke to Adam Serrano of LA Galaxy on what he brings to the five-time MLS champions:
“I spoke with the director of the LA Galaxy, and he told me positive things about the club. I knew LA is a big city and I think that it’ll be a good step for me,” he told LA Galaxy.com. “I talked with a lot of my friends, and everyone was positive about LA and LA Galaxy. I know some players like Ashley Cole and [Giovani] dos Santos. I think I can learn a lot here and hopefully; we can win a lot of games.”
The Galaxy have allowed the third-most goals in MLS this season — a year from allowing the third-least league goals. Los Angeles will try to shake off a three-game losing streak against Manchester United.
Van Anholt completed his medical and will practice with the first team ahead of the exhibition where he may get a shot to debut. The young right-back is ecstatic to be representing the Galaxy:
“I’m excited to be part of this club. It’s a big club, and I can’t wait to start,” van Anholt said. “I’m a team player, and I want to win every game. I’m fast, and I like to rush down the right side. I will show it.”
Los Angeles has stuck to their guns this offseason by signing young players to the roster and building for the future. Joao Pedro (23) was a notable signing this season in addition to the promotions of numerous Galaxy II players to the first team.
Van Anholt could be the answer to alleviate the defensive errors on the right side as he is a natural right-back with plenty of European experience. Thus far, the Galaxy have found success with offseason signings Pedro and Romain Alessandrini.