Hours after announcing its decision to fire head coach Curt Onalfo and replace him with Sigi Schmid, the Galaxy confirmed it had completed the transfer of midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos, the younger brother of Galaxy attacker Giovani Dos Santos, from Spanish club Villarreal.
He has been signed as a Designated Player. MLS did not disclose his salary or transfer price, reported by Goal.com journalist Ives Galarcep to be $5 million. As he would be the fourth DP on the Galaxy roster and the league limit is three, the team is expected to announce in the next few days that it has lowered the salary of defender Jelle Van Damme below the DP threshold ($480,625) using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). It won't need much TAM as Van Damme's guaranteed compensation is $662,500.
The Dos Santos brothers were born in Monterrey, Mexico, and joined the Barcelona youth academy after club scouts spotted them playing in a tournament in France. Jonathan Dos Santos, 27, played a combined 91 games for the Barca first team and its "B" squad before joining Villarreal in 2014. He scored seven goals and registered eight assists in 126 games during three seasons in Villarreal, which sold Giovanni to the Galaxy two years ago. Jonathan has played 24 times for Mexico.
At the Confederations Cup in Russia last month, he started four games and was named to the Confederations Cup Best XI as Mexico reached the semifinals. Giovanni was not selected for the tournament by Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio
"His signing will significantly improve our team as we continue to push for the playoffs and, ultimately, a sixth MLS Cup," said Schmid in a statement. "We believe Jonathan will be a leader during the second half of this season and for years to come. We look forward to him joining our squad."
Jon has joined the Galaxy squad for training but is not eligible to play Saturday against Seattle in what will be Schmid's first game since being hired to replace Curt Onalfo.