LA Galaxy acquire Pablo Mastroeni

June 17, 2013

The LA Galaxy acquired midfielder Pablo Mastroeni from the Colorado Rapids and 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.

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, which began in 1998.

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.  In addition, Mastroeni was named to the MLS All-Star Team six times, and is Colorado’s all-time leader in games played and minutes played. Mastroeni was selected as the club’s MVP in 2007, 2008, and 2010.

Last season, however, Mastroeni was limited to a career-low two games due to a concussion. This season, he has played in seven games, including five starts.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena already is familiar with Mastroeni's skills, having coached him during his time with the U.S. National Team at both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

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. Following the 2011 season, Husidic chose to sign in Sweden with Hammarby, who are coached by former Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter.

Mastroeni will be eligible to make his Galaxy debut on Wednesday night when the club hosts the Portland Timbers.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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