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LA Galaxy Acquire Chad Barrett from Toronto FC

BALTIMORE – The LA Galaxy today acquired forward Chad Barrett from Toronto FC in exchange for future considerations. A six-year MLS veteran who was raised in Southern California, Barrett has 34 career regular season goals in 147 games with the Chicago Fire and Toronto FC.

Barrett, who played his college soccer at UCLA, began his career with the Fire in 2005 after being selected by the club with the third pick in the first round of that year’s MLS SuperDraft. Originally coached by current Galaxy Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan when he joined the Fire, Barrett scored 18 goals in three-and-a-half years with the Fire including seven in 2007 when he finished as the club’s Golden Boot award winner.

The 25-year-old was traded to Toronto in July 2008 and had an immediate impact with the club, scoring four goals and adding three assists in 13 games with the club to finish the season with a career-high nine goals, including four game-winning goals. He went on to have 16 goals and eight assists in 65 regular season games with Toronto, including seven goals in 2010 when he finished as the club’s second leading scorer. Barrett also helped TFC qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in club history in 2010, leading them to the Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

A former U.S. Youth International, Barrett was a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team that reached the Round of 16 at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Holland. He scored 16 goals and had 18 assists in his two seasons at UCLA, helping the Bruins tally a 34-6-3 record and reach at least the third round of the NCAA Tournament each season.

Barrett and the Galaxy will open the 2011 MLS season on Tuesday, March 15 when they head to Seattle to take on the Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field in MLS First Kick 2011, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. That game, which will kick off at 6:30 p.m., will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, as well as online at The Galaxy will then host the New England Revolution in their home opener at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at The Home Depot Center. Tickets are available for that match through the Galaxy Kickoff Pack, which includes four tickets and two Galaxy blankets, starting at $96.  BUY NOW

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