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Galaxy land World Cup veteran Gonzalez for back line

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BOLOGNA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 10: Giancarlo Gonzalez of Bologna FC heads the ball during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Genoa CFC at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on February 10, 2019 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

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Off to a flying start and boasting one of the best strikers in the history of the game, the LA Galaxy are reinforcing their back end in style.

LA has allowed five goals in six matches, although its schedule has been rather forgiving.

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Now Guillermo Barros Schelotto has added a force to his back line in the form of Costa Rican national team center back Giancarlo Gonzalez.

They almost worked together when Schelotto was hired by Palermo but could not get the appropriate paper work to land the gig full-time. From MLSSoccer.com:

“I was with [Schelotto and his staff, all now with LA] a couple of months, so that, of course, also had a play in my decision to come here,” Gonzalez said. “I know their work and I know they’re going to provide me a good environment to grow.”

Gonzalez left Columbus following an outstanding World Cup in 2014, and has spent time at Palermo and Bologna in Serie A. The 76-times capped Costa Rican has appeared in two World Cups in addition to making 12 league appearances this season.

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