Report: Wilhelmsson signs with Galaxy

03 September 4:47 pm

Report: Wilhelmsson signs with Galaxy

By Adam Serrano

According to Swedish reports, Forward/Midfielder Christian "Chippen" Wilhelmsson has signed with the LA Galaxy. 

In an interview with fotbollskanalen.se, Wilhelmsson states that he has signed a six month contract with the Galaxy with a team option for three years. A Galaxy spokesman said on Monday that the 32-year-old attacker is in San Jose with the Galaxy Reserve League squad and is expected to participate in that match. The Galaxy confirmed their interest in the Swede following Saturday's 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. 

During the interview, the Swedish International states that he believes playing with the Galaxy will help him re-gain a spot on the Swedish national team and that he turned down offers from clubs in Russia and the Middle East before deciding to join the Galaxy. Wilhelmsson joins the Galaxy after stops in the Middle East as well as a 14-year career in Europe and 78 appearances for his native Sweden, having tallied nine goals. 

Wilhelmsson, who is currently a free agent last played with Saudi club Al Hilal,  but his last competitive game came on August 15th when Sweden hosted Brazil on August 15th in Stockholm at Råsunda Fotbollstadion. The match was the last game for the site of the 1958 World Cup Final as the primary stadium for Sweden ahead of the opening of the new Friends Arena. 

As stated when it was revealed that the Wilhelmsson was training with the club, the Galaxy currently have seven international players, but one is occupied by Brazilian defender Leonardo, who is currently on the disabled list. Thus opening up a potential spot for Wilhelmsson.