Reports emerged during the second half of Mexico’s 4-4 draw with Trinidad and Tobago that Dos Santos had injured his right thigh, and Herrera told journalists after Wednesday’s match that the LA Galaxy recruit would be sent for tests.
In order to accommodate Dos Santos as a Designated Player on the Galaxy roster, Targeted Allocation Money was used to lower the budget charge of Omar Gonzalez, freeing a Designated Player slot.
‘He has experience and success competing at the highest level and we believe he will only continue to develop.
Dos Santos, 26, never really settled in while playing in Europe, failing to sustain form.
The Galaxy suspect that Dos Santos could have a U.S. Visa by August and be with the team after the resolution of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also spent time with Mexico’s U-20 side at the 2007 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup, leading his team to a quarterfinals appearance. He returned to Spain and La Liga in 2012 and played for Mallorca and Villareal before now making the move to MLS and LA Galaxy.
This signing follows up another big grab by the Galaxy in Steven Gerrard, whom they picked up back in January and who is expected to make his debut Friday night against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Over the past three years he has collected 18 goals and 18 assists. The newest big signing for the five-time MLS champions will join up with his new club after the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He helped lead Mexico to the 2011 Gold Cup championship, scoring a brilliant goal against the USMNT to seal a victory in the final.
“I think he is going to be a superstar in this league”, Keane said. “He’s going to have to be mature about it”. “The hard-core Mexican soccer fan has been reluctant to fully embrace the MLS and the Galaxy”, said Mario Flores, founder of Sportivo, a public relations/marketing firm specializing in the Latino community.