The LA Galaxy have transferred two key starters this winter to Mexican clubs, and it appears Bruce Arena will tap into his love for MLS veterans to help fill those voids.
The Galaxy are set to sign veteran midfielder/defender Jeff Larentowicz, sources have confirmed to Goal USA.
Larentowicz, 32, is coming off a season that saw him score six goals for a Chicago Fire team that struggled through its second straight awful season. Larentowicz endured mixed results in his transition from defensive midfield to central defense, though that transition was also hampered by playing in one of the worst defenses in MLS for the past two seasons.
A member of the first MLS free-agent class, Larentowicz will be joining a Galaxy team where he can offer support as a backup center back as well as backup defensive midfielder. An 11-year MLS veteran and the MLS leader in minutes played since 2010, Larenowicz brings a wealth of experience, having captained the Colorado Rapids to an MLS Cup title in 2010.
He also previously played for the New England Revolution, where he was a long-time teammate of current Galaxy goalkeeper coach Matt Reis.
Larentowicz is the latest MLS reclamation project for Arena, who has shown a penchant for adding long-time MLS veterans to the Galaxy roster, with the appeal of living in Los Angeles and perennially competing for the MLS Cup title a strong draw for players looking to close out their careers with a championship.
The Galaxy will be banking on Larentowicz helping fill the void left by the transfers of Omar Gonzalez and Juninho, though sources tell Goal USA the Galaxy are targeting European options to help provide starting options at both center back an defensive midfield.
The Galaxy are also closing in on the signing of English defender Ashley Cole.