The LA Galaxy continued their busy Wednesday by trading for former UCLA Bruins star Kyle Nakazawa, acquiring the midfielder along with a second round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for an international roster spot in 2012.
Wednesday was a day of soccer stars returning to Los Angeles, as the Galaxy also signed Edson Buddle earlier in the day. Nakazawa, who turns 24 in March, was drafted by Philadelphia in the third round in 2010 draft. In 2011, Nakazawa set career highs by appearing in 22 games, starting 14, and scoring one goal and tallying three assists.
While at UCLA, Nakazawa scored 20 goals and had 26 assists in 75 games over four years in Westwood.
By giving up one international spot to Philadelphia in the trade, the Galaxy will now be able to have seven international players on their roster in 2012, after which the club will return one international spot to D.C. United as part of a previous trade while receiving spots back from the Union and the Portland Timbers, who also acquired an international spot from the club in a prior trade.
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