Galaxy sign Dutch defender Pele van Anholt

July 12, 2017

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced that they have acquired defender Pele van Anholt, a Dutch fullback who joins the team after most recently playing for Willem II in the Eredivisie, Netherlands’ first-division league.  Van Anholt, 26, arrived in Los Angeles this week and is scheduled to train with the team on Thursday, July 13.

“We are excited to welcome Pele to Los Angeles,” said Galaxy Head Coach Curt Onalfo. “He has earned a lot of experience in Netherlands’ top division and proven to be a productive player. We are confident that will suit him well in our league.”

The 5'8" Van Anholt made 24 appearances for Willem II in 2017, primarily at the right back position. Prior to his one-year stint with Willem II, he spent six seasons with SC Heerenveen, also of the Eredivisie. While there, he made over 100 appearances for the club, in addition to a one-year loan to Netherlands second-division side FC Emmen during the 2010-11 season.

“Pele is a talented and versatile player who will immediately add quality and experience to our defense,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Pete Vagenas. “Our staff did an excellent job at identifying this player and executing the signing to improve our roster and we look forward to him joining our squad.”

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