LA Galaxy finally gets its man -- Giancarlo Gonzalez

It took two deals with other MLS clubs, but the LA Galaxy finally climbed to the top spot of the MLS Allocation Ranking, allowing it to complete the transfer of Costa Rican central defender Giancarlo Gonzalez from Bologna in Italy’s Serie A.

The 31-year-old Gonzalez played in Italy since joining Palermo in 2014 after a short stint in MLS with Columbus. His transfer for more than $500,000 put him in the MLS allocation system for American players abroad and returning players.

To jump to first in the line, the Galaxy made two deals:

1. It traded the No. 11 2019 Allocation Ranking, $300,000 in 2019 TAM and $100,000 in 2020 TAM to Orlando City SC for the No. 2 2019 Allocation Ranking.

2. It traded the No. 2 2019 Allocation Ranking and a 2020 natural first-round SuperDraft Pick to Toronto FC for the No. 1 2019 Allocation Ranking.

Gonzalez is reunited with Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who was briefly at Palermo in 2016.

“Giancarlo is a very experienced and talented central defender that we believe will strengthen our backline,” said LA Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese. “He is familiar with MLS and he has played at the highest levels across the world. We are excited to add him to our roster and look forward to integrating him into our team.”

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