Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Galaxy Gets Juninho's Rights From Sao Paulo For Good;

The defending Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy announced Wednesday they have permanently acquired the rights to Brazilian midfielder Juninho from Sao Paulo, who had loaned him to them for the last three seasons through a multi-year deal, and that they re-signed Irish forward Robbie Keane to a similar deal.

In 87 regular season games during that stretch, Juninho has scored 13 goals and eight assists, and appeared in a career-high 32 games in 2012, scoring seven goals and four assists in the regular season, and assisting on two goals over six games in the 2012 MLS Cup playoffs.

He is also the team's all-time leading scorer in CONCACAF Champions League play with four goals in ten games.

Keane joined the Galaxy in August 2011 and has appeared in 32 regular season games, scoring 18 goals and ten assists, and scored seven goals and two assists in ten playoff games.

In 2012, he scored 16 goals and was named to the league's Best XI team, scored a goal or an assist in 15 of 19 games for them, had six multi-goal games, and scored their last four goals in postseason play, including a stoppage time penalty kick that earned the Galaxy a 3-1 victory over the two-time defending Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo at the 2012 MLS Cup championship final.

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