Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy continued to make moves and acquire new players, and today, they signed European pro and Canadian international striker Rob Friend. At the age of 32, Friend has spent seven years in Germany, one season in the Dutch Eredivisie and five years in Norway. As a member of the Canadian national team, Friend has 32 caps to his credit and five goals.
“The addition of Rob Friend to our roster brings a different dimension to our attack,” Arena said of the signing. “Rob is a veteran player with a scoring pedigree and we are excited to bolster our roster by bringing him to LA.”
Friend, a native of Saskatchewan, has his biggest year in 2008-09, when he scored seven goals in 24 appearances for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga. At Hertha Berlin, he helped that former 2.Bundesliga club gain promotion in 2011. He was initially drafted by the Chicago Fire in 2003 but turned down the offer to play for them.
But Rob Friend may not be the long-term solution the Galaxy needs. Here’s a breakdown of what Los Angeles is looking for, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle.
LA Galaxy SuperDraft Picks: #14 (1st Rd), #72 (4th Rd)
LA Galaxy Depth Chart (28 players):
Goalkeepers (4): Jaime Penedo, Carlo Cudicini, Brian Perk, Brian Rowe
Right Backs (2): A.J. DeLaGarza, Oscar Sorto
Left Backs (3): Todd Dunivant, Bryan Gaul, Greg Cochrane
Center Backs (4): Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, Tommy Meyer, Kofi Opare
Center Mids (4): Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Kenney Walker, Rafael Garcia
Left Wingers (2): Robbie Rogers, Gyasi Zardes
Right Wingers (1): Hector Jimenez
Attacking Mids (1): Baggio Husidic
Forwards (7): Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Samuel, Jack McBean, Charlie Rugg, Chandler Hoffman, Rob Friend
International slots (2 of 7 remaining): Carlo Cudicini, Leonardo, Jaime Penedo, Marcelo Sarvas, Rob Friend
LA Galaxy’s Primary Need: Backup for Juninho
Targets: Jared Watts (Wake Forest), J.J. Koval (Stanford), Joey Dillon (Georgetown), George Fochive (Connecticut), Fifi Baiden (UC Santa Barbara), Romena Bowie (VCU)
LA Galaxy’s Secondary Need: Playmaker
Targets: Steve Neumann (Georgetown), Mamadou Diouf (Connecticut), Victor Munoz (UCLA), Enrique Cardenas (UC Irvine), Andre Lewis (Jamaica U-20s)