- Title: Galaxy sign Dos Santos on transfer from Villarreal
- Date: 29th July 2017
- Summary: CARSON, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** VIEW OF LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER JONATHAN DOS SANTOS (LEFT) AND HIS BROTHER, LA GALAXY'S GIOVANI DOS SANTOS TALKING WITH TEAMMATE JELLE VAN DAMME ON TRAINING FIELD JONATHAN DOS SANTOS STANDING ON THE SIDELINES DURING TRAINING SESSION FOR LA GALAXY VARIOUS OF FORWARD GIOVANI DOS SANTOS DURING TRAINING SESSION JONATHAN DOS SANTOS SEATED FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER JONATHAN DOS SANTOS, SAYING: "I'm happy to be here with my family, with this great team, with my brother. It's a great opportunity for me being in this huge league which is always growing and players of a high level are coming like (David) Villa, my brother, (Sebastian) Giovinco, (Andrea) Pirlo, (Frank) Lampard, more and more great players are coming and I think it's a great opportunity and I'm going to try to make the most of it." WIDE OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER JONATHAN DOS SANTOS, SAYING: "Well the role that my brother played was also very important, he's my brother and I knew about the importance of being together again, like I said, in a great team like Galaxy and to play together again. And what he told me about the club that it's a great club, and I know that too, it has a great and important history, it has won many tournaments and that's why I'm here, because I know it's a club where I will continue to grow as a person and as a player and I want to make the most of it." VARIOUS OF JONATHAN DOS SANTOS HOLDING UP HIS SOCCER JERSEY AT THE NEWS CONFERENCE MORE OF TRAINING SESSION GIOVANI DOS SANTOS TALKING TO MEDIA ON SIDE OF FIELD (SOUNDBITE) (English) GIOVANI DOS SANTOS, SAYING: "We always dreamed about it, you know, to be together playing again. Obviously all the family is happy now that we're closer to the family. You know, he is really excited, I'm excited, he's going to be a huge player for the team and we're looking forward for this year and the next year in this club and this city." JONATHAN DOS SANTOS ON TRAINING FIELD TALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) GIOVANI DOS SANTOS, SAYING: "I know he's my brother but for me he's one of the best midfielders and he's going to help us a lot having a player with his quality, with his pace, he's going to be huge for us and his vision is good for the team also, it's good to have him for the league." LA GALAXY COACH SIGI SCHMID TALKING TO STAFF ON TRAINING FIELD (SOUNDBITE) (English) LA GALAXY COACH SIGI SCHMID, SAYING: "Yes I mean obviously he's a good player, I mean he should be happy because he does have a brother here so he doesn't have to look for housing right away so that's a good part. But you know he's a good player. What I always liked about him is that he's got a very good work ethic, you know technically he's very sound, he sacrifices everything for the team, all the places you've watched him play, whether he plays for the Mexican national team or Villa Real, you know when he steps on the field you know you're going to get every ounce of what he has to give in that particular game." SIGI SCHMID TALKING TO MEDIA
- Embargoed: 12th August 2017 01:07
- Keywords: L.A. Galaxy Jonathan dos Santos midfielder signing Mexican Giovani
- Location: CARSON, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: CARSON, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RMVTC3
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- Story Text: L.A. Galaxy have signed Mexico midfielder Jonathan dos Santos from Spain's Villarreal in a bid to turn around their season, the Major League Soccer club said on Thursday (July 27).
Dos Santos, who represented Mexico at the Confederations Cup, began training with the Galaxy on Friday (July 28) before being unveiled at a media conference.
The move reunites Dos Santos, 27, with his older brother Giovani dos Santos, who joined the Galaxy in July, 2015, also from Villarreal.
Jonathan dos Santos will not be available when the Galaxy host the Seattle Sounders on Saturday since he will only be officially added to the roster pending the receipt of his visa and international transfer certificate.
He was named in the Confederations Cup's 'Best XI' after starting in four games and helping his country reach the semi-finals.
The midfielder began his career with Barcelona in 2009 before joining Villarreal, where he has made nearly 90 league appearances and scored four goals since 2014.
Internationally, Dos Santos has made 29 appearances across all competitions for Mexico.
He joins his brother and Frenchman Romain Alessandrini as Galaxy's third designated player.
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