CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy midfield just got a little deeper as the Galaxy acquired 36-year-old midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and the rights to current Hammarby IF midfielder Baggio Hušidić from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for an international slot through the 2014 season and the club's natural second round selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
Mastroeni, who appeared in two World Cups in 2002 and 2006 with the United States under current LA head coach Bruce Arena, has appeared in 325 MLS regular season matches throughout his 16-year career in MLS while scoring seven goals and notching 26 assists. Over the last two seasons, however, injuries have limited Mastoreni to just nine appearances with the Rapids. Mastroeni battled back from a frustrating 2012 that saw him play just two league matches for Colorado after suffering a concussion, but has made just seven appearances this year due to a hamstring injury.
LA also acquired the rights to Husidic, who is currently with AEG-owned Hammarby IF. A former member of the Chicago Fire, Hušidić made 50 regular season appearances for the Fire from 2009 to 2011 before being selected by the Colorado Rapids in Stage 2 of the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Rather than join Colorado, Hušidić chose to sign with Hammarby, who are coached by former Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter. Since joining the Swedish Superettan side, Husidic has made 35 appearances while scoring once. The 26-year-old midfielder has made nine appearances to date during the club's 2013 season.
This deal could be very important for LA as the club has not only added another midfielder, but has acquired a veteran presence in the locker room. Whether or not Mastroeni can unseat the Brazilian duo of Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho remains to be seen, but expect the midfielder to become a vocal presence in the Galaxy much like veterans Pat Noonan, Jovan Kirovski, and Berhalter were during recent years. Also, Hušidić could be a valuable option for LA if he ever decides to return to MLS.
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