LA Galaxy acquire forward Alan Gordon
CARSON, Calif. (Monday, Aug. 11, 2014) – The LA Galaxy have acquired forward Alan Gordon from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money, the club announced today. Gordon, originally drafted by the Galaxy in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, has logged 180 appearances while scoring 39 goals and adding 26 assists during his 11 years in Major League Soccer. Per MLS and club policy, specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Alan is a proven MLS player who adds another scoring threat to our roster going forward,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “We are pleased to welcome him back as a member of the Galaxy.”
A Southern California native, Gordon has been a member of the San Jose Earthquakes since 2011. During his time with the club, Gordon scored 23 times in MLS, including a career-high 13 goals and seven assists in 2012 that helped lead the Earthquakes to winning the Supporters’ Shield. Prior to his time in San Jose, Gordon had stints with Chivas USA and Toronto FC.
Drafted fourth overall by the Galaxy in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, Gordon spent a majority of the year with the A-League Portland Timbers, where he earned 2004 A-League Rookie of the Year honors after helping his team capture an A-League title while leading the league with 17 goals. As a member of the Galaxy (2005-2010), Gordon scored 16 goals and added 12 assists in over 80 appearances. He was a part of the squads that captured an MLS Cup (2005), Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (2005) and two Western Conference championships (2005, 2009).
On the international level, Gordon has represented the U.S. Men’s National team, earning his first call up when he was named to head coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s roster for a 2012 friendly against Mexico at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico. He made his first appearance for the national team later that year, providing Eddie Johnson with the game-winning assist in stoppage time to earn a 2-1 victory on the road in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Antigua and Barbuda. Gordon was also a member of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster.