LOS ANGELES (Friday, Jan. 15, 2021) – The LA Galaxy announced today that the club has signed goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann to a new contract. The 23-year-old goalkeeper joined the club in August from FC St. Gallen in the Swiss Super League and went on to make four MLS starts during the 2020 MLS Regular Season.
“Jonathan is a talented player who gained valuable experience with our team last season,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese. “We are pleased to further strengthen our goalkeeper position and we look forward to his continued growth as an LA Galaxy player.”
In addition to his time with FC St. Gallen, Klinsmann joined last fall with experience at Hertha BSC in Germany and various U.S. Men’s National Team youth sides throughout his career. He made his LA Galaxy debut on Oct. 14 against the San Jose Earthquakes, his first of four starts in MLS Regular Season play. Klinsmann made a total of 17 saves and earned a shutout in the club’s victory over Vancouver on Oct. 18.
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. In 2019, he also appeared for the U.S. U-23 side.
Transaction: The LA Galaxy sign goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann to new contract.
Name: Jonathan Klinsmann
Weight: 164 lbs.
Born: April 8, 1997
Last Club: FC St. Gallen
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Nationality: United States, Germany