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French defender Michael Ciani signs with the Galaxy

The Galaxy officially announced the signing of French defender Michael Ciani, Saturday.

Ciani, 33, has spent time in France, Spain and Italy. He will occupy an international roster spot and will begin training with the club this week.

Ciani made more than 100 appearances in France with FC Lorient and FC Bordeaux. He played with Lazio in Serie A, RSC Charleroi in Belgium and Espanyol in Spain.

“We targeted and acquired Michael as a player who can immediately strengthen our backline,” Galaxy General Manager Pete Vagenas said. “He is a valuable signing that will be an important piece of our roster. We are happy to add him to our team and look forward to him joining the squad next week.”

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Dos Santos brothers called into Mexican national team

Both Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos will join the Mexican national team for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The brothers will join El Tri following Sunday’s Galaxy’s game against San Jose. They will miss the Sept. 2 game against Colorado.

Mexico hosts Panama, Sept. 1 and visit Costa Rica, Sept. 5.

Goalkeepers (3): Rodolfo Cota (Guadalajara), Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul)

Defenders (6): Diego Reyes (Porto), Edson Álvarez (Club América), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jair Pereira (Guadalajara), Héctor Moreno (AS Roma),

Midfielders (8): Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Héctor Herrera (Porto FC), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Orbelín Pineda (Guadalajara), Jesús Dueñas (Tigres), Andrés Guardado (Real Betis), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Erick Gutiérrez (Club Pachuca)

Forwards (8): Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jesús Corona (Porto FC), Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven), Javier Hernández (West Ham United), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica), Elías Hernández (Club León)

Head Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio 

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Galaxy complete transfer of Jelle Van Damme to Royal Antwerp FC

A move that had been rumored for a couple of weeks finally became official Friday as the Galaxy announced it had transferred defender and captain Jelle Van Damme to Belgium’s Royal Antwerp FC.

The Galaxy will receive $235,000.

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Galaxy ranked as MLS’ most valuable team according to Forbes

The play on the field hasn’t lived up the standards of the Galaxy, but that hasn’t stopped the value of team diminish.

According to Forbes Magazine, the Galaxy has surpassed the Seattle Sounders as MLS’ most valuable team. According to the report, the Galaxy has an operating income of $9 million and brought in an estimated $63 million in revenue.

The Galaxy franchise is valued at $315 million, up 19 percent.

The 20 teams have a total value of approximately $4.46 billion, with the average

 

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Robbie Keane isn’t done with the game quite yet

Robbie Keane ended a spectacular six-year run with the Galaxy. He said then he wasn’t done and this week, he was back in the news with word of his next adventure.

Keane has signed with Atletico de Kolkata of the Indian Super League. Keane had been a free agent since departing last November.

Kolkata is managed by Keane’s former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Teddy Sheringham.

“At this stage of my career, the offer to experience a new league and culture in Asia appealed to me,” Keane said. “To join the current Indian Super League champions is a great pleasure and through hard work, I hope to bring the ATK fans more success and enjoyment over the course of the 2017/2018 season.”

 

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