LA Galaxy sign midfielder Baggio Husidic
CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, November 14, 2013) – The LA Galaxy officially announced today that the club has signed midfielder Baggio Husidic on a free transfer from Swedish Superettan side Hammarby. The Galaxy, who acquired the MLS rights to Husidic in June as part of a trade with the Colorado Rapids, have signed the 26-year-old to a multi-year contract that will see him join the club for the start of the 2014 preseason. Per club and league policy, details of the contract were not disclosed.
Husidic began his professional career with the Chicago Fire in 2009 after he was selected by the club in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft. In three seasons with the Fire, Husidic appeared in 50 regular season games and two postseason games, scoring five goals and adding six assists. He set career-highs with 22 games played as well as five goals and three assists in 2010. Following the 2011 season, Husidic was selected by the Colorado Rapids in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Process, but he chose to sign in Sweden with Hammarby. He would spend two seasons with the club, appearing in 41 games in that time, scoring once while helping Hammarby finish fourth in the standings in 2012 and fifth in 2013.
Originally born in Velika Kladusa, Bosnia (when it was still a part of the former Yugoslavia), Husidic was raised Libertyville, Ill. He was a three-year star at the University of Illinois-Chicago, scoring 12 goals and adding seven assists for the Flames while helping them reach the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons with the team.
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