The Los Angeles Galaxy were in the need of some attacking depth, and they have completed their objective while adding some experience to the forward lines in the process.
Canadian NT striker Rob Friend has agreed terms to join the L.A. side, and now the 32-year-old will bolster an impressive attacking group that already features the likes of Ireland international Robbie Keane, USMNT star Landon Donovan and Brazilian youngster Samuel, who joined the team on a loan deal from Fluminense.
While it’s unlikely to see Friend starting over any of the three forwards mentioned, he definitely adds some much needed depth as well as international experience to the attack. He has capped 32 times for Canada – scoring twice – and has spent his entire career outside of the North American continent. That’s something that could be great in the locker room as he has experience playing at the highest level of competition.
Friend’s last club abroad was German outfit 1860 München, but he also spent time in Norway and the Netherlands. He is a proven veteran and he marks a great insurance policy if any of the starting forwards get injured and are sidelined for an extended period of time.
It’s not a marquee move by any means, but sometimes these kinds of signings are the ones needed to put a team over the top. Head coach Bruce Arena is undoubtedly trying to put together a strong team for the upcoming campaign, and Friend’s addition only makes them even more dangerous for 2014.