LOS ANGELES (Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020) – The LA Galaxy have signed goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann from FC St. Gallen in the Swiss Super League, the club announced today. Klinsmann, 23, joins the LA Galaxy with experience on Hertha BSC in Germany and various U.S. Men’s National Team youth sides throughout his career.
“Jonathan is a young goalkeeper with valuable experience playing in Germany and Switzerland while representing his country on various levels,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto. “We think he can continue to progress as a member of the LA Galaxy. We look forward to strengthening our goalkeeper position with another talented player.”
The U.S. and German dual citizen began his professional career in when he signed with Bundesliga side Hertha BSC in 2017, where he remained with the club through 2019. During his time with the club, he made 24 appearances for Hertha BSC II in two seasons while recording seven clean sheets. He made an appearance for the first team during a Europa League contest vs. Östersunds FK, where he helped his side secure a 1-1 draw with a saved penalty in the 87thminute.
Klinsmann was born in Munich, Germany but lived in Southern California throughout his childhood. As a youth player, he represented various youth sides in Southern California, including Pateadores FC and then at Irvine Strikers FC as part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he made 22 appearances for the Golden Bears over the course of two seasons.
Internationally, he has featured extensively for various youth U.S. Men’s National Team sides and also earned a call up to a senior camp in 2018. In 2017, he earned honors with the golden glove award as the tournament’s top goalkeeper at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and also started five matches in the U-20 FIFA World Cup that same year. Last year, he also appeared for the U.S. U-23 side.
The LA Galaxy continue their Major League Soccer season this week with a match on the road at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. PT live on FOX and FOX Deportes.
Transaction: The LA Galaxy sign goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann from FC St. Gallen in the Swiss Super League.
Name: Jonathan Klinsmann
Weight: 164 lbs.
Born: April 8, 1997
Last Club: FC St. Gallen
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Nationality: United States, Germany