The journeyman Canadian striker will play for a professional North American club for the first time ever after leaving the Bundesliga.
Although a long-serving Canadian international with 32 caps and two goals for the Canucks, Friend previously spent the entirety of his journeyman career in Europe, playing for clubs in Norway, the Netherlands and Germany. Although drafted by the Chicago Fire in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, his deal with LA marks his first professional club on his home continent.
“The addition of Rob Friend to our roster brings a different dimension to our attack,” said LA Galaxy general manager and head coach Bruce Arena in a statement on the team's website. “Rob is a veteran player with a scoring pedigree and we are excited to bolster our roster by bringing him to LA.”