Jonathan Dos Santos gives Galaxy huge boost

There will be dos players named Dos Santos wearing Galaxy colors very soon.

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 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.

6 comments about "Jonathan Dos Santos gives Galaxy huge boost".
  1. E Velazquez, July 28, 2017 at 8:11 a.m.

    MLS should bring more technical players than the ones whoare coming from mexico. Young Argentinian players are far better than another Dos santos. Let the Mexican players go to terminate their careers in their country. Also MLS should not bring old players no matter what clubs they come from. PLEASE don't ever bring chicharito who technically is below the players from argentina , he is over rated , all thanks to Fergusson , former Manchester U. manager. Isn't he?

  2. Paul Berry replied, July 28, 2017 at 6:47 p.m.

    There are 21 Argentinians currently playing in MLS. Jonathan Dos Santos will make 8 Mexicans (of which 3 or 4 lived in the US before signing pro).
    To your second point, I think the last current MLS "old" former world-class player to be signed was Pirlo in 2015 and he can't get a start.
    Chicharito is only 29 and scored 28 goals in 54 games in The Bundesliga and 48 goals in 96 games for Mexico, both amazing records.

  3. Ric Fonseca, July 28, 2017 at 2:48 p.m.

    WOW!!! Senor E Velazquez, by the tone of your comment, the reader can deduce that you're of Argentine descent! Your demonstrated complete dislike for Mexican players, and "old players," probably Brit/Euros is quite "palpable!!!" Saludos and A JUGAR EL JUEGO BONITO, sea Americano (including all of CONCACAF) and Sud Americano!!!

  4. Christopher Tallmadge, July 28, 2017 at 4:46 p.m.

    MLS is loaded with Argentinians. What, are you blind?

  5. Vince Leone, July 29, 2017 at 12:52 p.m.

    E Velazquez: As a long-time fan of Villarreal, I can assure you the Jonathan Dos Santos is a good player and will have an impact in MLS. I'm also an Earthquakes fan so I'm doubly unhappy that the Yellow Submarine is losing him and the EQ will play against him.

  6. Craig Cummings, August 1, 2017 at 11:27 p.m.

    Wow Mexico VS Argentine Americans. Go figure?

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