LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters in December that midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson was unlikely to return to the LA Galaxy in 2013 and now we know where the Swedish midfielder is headed.
According to a report by Swedish tabloid newspaper Expressen , "Chippen" was close to a deal with Baniyas SC of the U.A.E. Pro League. This report was later confirmed when Wilhelmsson's wife Oksana tweeted that Wilhelmsson had joined the Abu Dhabi club. The reports come following a series of interviews by Wilhelmsson's agent Fabio Alho stating that Wilhelmsson chose to return to his adopted home on the Arabian Pennisula.
Signed in September, Wilhelmsson finished his time in LA with nine appearances across all competitions while tallying one goal and one assist.
*On Friday, U.S. Under-17 head coach Richie Williams announced the 2013 Spring Residency Roster, which includes LA Galaxy Under-16 midfielder Rolando Muñoz. of Rancho Cucamonga.
*The MLS Combine is continuing in it's second day today with matches at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There is no streams of the games, but the website Soccer By Ives is providing a live commentry while I'll have highlights once the matches are completed. For more Combine coverage, MLSsocccer.com has the highlights from Day One as well as the results of the Combine's speed, agility, and power tests.