CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy have already begun to fine tune their roster with head coach and general manager Bruce Arena confirming the signing of midfielder Baggio Hušidić and the re-signing of veteran Todd Dunivant.
Hušidić has spent the last two seasons with Swedish club Hammarby, but had his MLS rights acquired by the Galaxy as part of the deal that sent Pablo Mastroeni to LA from the Colorado Rapids. Prior to departing for Europe, Hušidić spent three seasons with the Fire, making a total of 52 appearances in MLS competition while scoring five goals and six assists before his rights were acquired by Colorado in the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft.
“He’s an experienced young player that can play different positions in the midfield. He’ll offer value to our team for sure. He’s a little older and got good experience and saw different style of play,” said Arena said of Hušidić on Monday. “We know the player personally so we think that he’ll be a good fit for our team. He’s a good passer of the ball which is something that we think that we can be better at.
Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan is well familiar with Hušidić as he was a teammate of his son Ian Sarachan at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Hušidić and Ian Sarachan began as fierce competitors in High School before college teammates and have remained close through the years with midfielder even serving as Sarachan’s best man at his wedding last year. After keeping close tabs on Hušidić over the years, the Galaxy associate head coach believes that he could be a contributor in 2014.
“Even when he was a youth player at the club level and even in college, you could tell that he was destined to play professional soccer. He had the right mentality and work ethic,” Sarachan told reporters. “I think all of these experiences with the Chicago Fire and now with Hammarby have helped him grow in knowing what it takes mentally and physically [to be a professional]. He’s got a strong mental background and failing doesn't affect him, he’s got a component in him that he’s looking to compete. He’s got a lot of good qualities and these experiences will help him.”
Meanwhile, Dunivant confirmed to reporters on Monday that he had resigned a new deal that will keep him with LA for another two seasons.
“I felt as good this year as I have felt, so from that standpoint, I'm excited about it,” said the 32-year-old Dunivant.