LA Galaxy transfer Juninho to Club Tijuana

December 24, 2015

For the second time this week, the Los Angeles Galaxy have parted ways with another member of their core nucleus for the past few seasons, as the club announced that it transferred midfielder Juninho to Club Tijuana in Mexico’s Liga MX. Juninho, who joined the Galaxy in 2010, made 187 MLS Regular Season appearances during his six seasons with LA.

The Galaxy also transferred defender Omar Gonzalez earlier this week.

“We thank Juninho for his contributions on and off the field during his time here,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “We wish him the best of luck with Tijuana.”

Juninho, 26, originally joined the Galaxy on loan from Brazil’s Sao Paolo in 2010 and signed with the club permanently ahead of the 2013 season. The Brazilian scored 18 goals and added 23 assists during his six years with the club, while winning MLS Cup trophies in 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2015, Juninho earned his first selection as an MLS All-Star.

The move signals an effort by the Galaxy to shed salary, although not necessarily for fiscal reasons alone, as other outlets are reporting that the Galaxy are interested in signing international star Ashley Cole.

By Staff of and news services

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