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In need of additional leadership and veteran play, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced they’ve acquired midfielder Pablo Mastroeni from the Colorado Rapids.
Mastroeni immediately solidifies the midfield core of the Galaxy, which lacked experience since the departure of David Beckham last season. Mastroeni’s career began in 1998; he’s a veteran of the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, Mastroeni has appeared in more than 350 regular season and postseason games during his MLS career.
In addition to Mastroeni, who captained the Rapids to the MLS Cup championship in 2010, the Galaxy received the rights to midfielder Baggio Husidic in exchange for an international roster slot through the end of the 2014 MLS season and the club’s natural second round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, the team said in a prepared statement.
The 36-year-old has spent the last 12-plus seasons with the Rapids, leading the club to their first MLS Cup championship in 2010 and being named to the MLS All-Star Team six times. Colorado’s all-time leader in games played and minutes played, Mastroeni was selected as the club’s MVP in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
For his career, the Argentina-born Mastroeni has appeared in 325 regular season games, scoring seven goals and adding 26 assists. He is one of six players in league history to start more than 300 regular season games and his 325 games played are the 10th most in MLS history.
Husidic appeared in 50 regular season games during three seasons with the Chicago Fire from 2009-11, setting career-highs in 2010 when he played in 22 games and scored five goals to go along with three assists.
Mastroeni will be eligible to make his Galaxy debut on Wednesday night when the club hosts the Portland Timbers in their first-ever game at the newly-renamed StubHub Center.