LA Galaxy sign former Liverpool defender Insua

The Stuttgart full-back, who played under Rafael Benitez at Anfield, is embarking on a new chapter in the US
The Stuttgart full-back, who played under Rafael Benitez at Anfield, is embarking on a new chapter in the US

The LA Galaxy have announced the signing of Emiliano Insua from Stuttgart, with the left-back reportedly being allowed to leave the Bundesliga side on a free transfer.

The former Liverpool man, who turns 31 next week and had just six months left on his previous contract, won a Liga title and Copa del Rey during his time with Atletico Madrid, while also helping Stuttgart gain promotion back to the German top flight in 2016-17.

He joined Rafael Benitez at Anfield back in 2007 and made 62 appearances for the club, scoring once, before being offloaded to Galatasaray on loan for the 2010-11 season and then being sold permanently to Sporting.

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The veteran full-back will occupy an International roster spot with the Galaxy, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P1 Visa.

Th club's general manager, Dennis te Kloese said of the full-back who has been capped five times by Argentina: "Emiliano is an experienced defender who has played for decorated clubs throughout the world.

"We think he will boost our team on the defensive side and will add a veteran presence to our club. We are glad to add Emiliano to our team and are excited that he will represent the LA Galaxy."

Fans will likely see their latest addition as a shrewd piece of business as their club prepares to kick off the Western Conference at the end of February, with the likes of Jorgen Skjelvik, Dave Romney and Diedie Traore all having taken turns at the left side of defence throughout 2019.

The Galaxy have been busier with outgoings than incomings this off-season, with Insua joining only Cristian Pavon, Danilo Acosta, Sacha Kljestan and Aleksandar Katai as the club attempt to navigate the 2020 season without AC Milan-bound Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

A disappointing final day 5-2 'El Trafico' derby loss to Los Angeles FC tailed off a 2019 season entirely without silverware and head coach Guillermo Schelotto will hope that Insua is just the latest of many off-season additions that will bolster his side's chances of silverware.

LA Galaxy fans can see Insua – and their other new additions – in home action at the Dignity Health Sports Park on March 7, where they will face thee Vancouver Whitecaps.

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