The LA Galaxy announced this week that they have signed two new players and re-signed a third, as they look to fill the roster as the 2021 season approaches.
The 27-year-old was a confirmed signing from English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, and it appears that he will be replacing goalkeeper David Bingham. Bond has spent his entire career in England, starting off at Watford in 2010, and following subsequent loan spells he moved to Reading in 2015.
While there, he was loaned out to Peterborough United where much of his playing time was seen, and has since spent the last three years at West Brom as a backup goalkeeper. He also has experience in the Welsh and English youth national teams.
This should be an interesting signing for the Galaxy as they look to see a new face in goal with European club experience. Additionally, Bond holds a US passport, so he was not be taking up an international roster spot.
Villafaña, a SoCal native, was traded from the Portland Timbers in exchange for a 2021 first-round draft pick and has shown to be a solid left-back during his time there, demonstrating his versatility and physicality.
He had 19 appearances last season and started in a total of 17 matches, contributing with 5 assists and one goal. It looks like Villafaña will be replacing left-back Emiliano Insua and will seek to provide strong defensive reinforcements to the Galaxy.
The Galaxy also announced that goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann was signed to a new contract. Born in Germany but residing in Southern California, the 23-year-old made his LA Galaxy debut last season making four appearances and showed great signs of promise, even though the final match results did not appear to yield positive statistics. Klinsmann will likely be a backup goalkeeper to Jonathan Bond and will continue to develop and gain further experience with the Galaxy.
With the signing of Greg Vanney, and now making changes in the defensive half of the field, the Galaxy seem to be on the right track by filling in the gaps, addressing the weak areas, and making the necessary changes in order to restructure the team that has been plaguing them for the past few seasons.
With over 10 roster spots open there is still more room for improvement and am sure we will be seeing more signings in the weeks to come.
Let’s see if the blue, white, and gold can build a cohesive roster and translate it to positive results on the field.
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