CARSON, Calif. – Sigi Schmid spent the offseason retooling the LA Galaxy’s struggling midfield from a year ago, desperate to bolster the squad’s depth.
As part of his offseason makeover, Schmid acquired Servando Carrasco as part of the second stage of the league’s Re-Entry draft process. The move reunites Carrasco with Schmid, who drafted the midfield out of the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.
After a seven-year career with four clubs, Carrasco described the move to the Galaxy as a “no-brainer.”
“I’m super excited. It’s a very big challenge given the way that the team did last year. We’ve got something to prove,” Carrasco said.
During his seven-year MLS career, the 29-year-old native of Southern California has made 126 appearances with 77 starts, scoring twice and notching five assists. Carrasco played his first minutes in a Galaxy uniform last week, playing a holding midfield role with the second group in the team’s preseason opener against Real Salt Lake.
Carrasco’s arrival gives Schmid plenty of midfielders to consider as he joins fellow newcomer Perry Kitchen and holdovers Baggio Husidic, Jonathan dos Santos, and Sebastian Lletget.
As he looks to settle into his new squad, Carrasco is ready to fight for minutes.
“It’s a new group, so I’m going to try to get settled as quickly as possible and do the everything that I can to help the team going forward," he said. "The main thing though for the group and me is to get the Galaxy back to where it should be."