LA Galaxy sign son of former USMNT boss, GK Klinsmann

Klinsmann to LA Galaxy
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Klinsmann to LA Galaxy: The LA Galaxy announced on Thursday they had signed goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, who is the son of former U.S. men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

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Klinsmann joins the Galaxy on a free transfer after spending the 2019-20 season with Swiss side St. Gallen, where he made just two appearances for the club, both in domestic cup competitions. Prior to that, he spent two seasons at Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, where he made one appearance in the Europa League in 2017.

The 23-year-old grew up in Southern California — Orange County, to be exact — and played two seasons of college soccer at the University of California. Klinsmann was born in Munich, Germany, but moved to California shortly after he was born, not long after his father retired as a player.

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“We think he can continue to progress as a member of the LA Galaxy,” head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. “We look forward to strengthening our goalkeeper position with another talented player.”

David Bingham is currently the Galaxy’s no. 1 goalkeeper, but the 30-year-old has struggled for consistency since joining from San Jose Earthquakes, via trade, in 2018.

The Galaxy return to regular-season action on Saturday, when they’ll face rivals Los Angeles FC at Banc of California Stadium. They currently sit bottom of the Western Conference with two points from their first five games. Only expansion side Inter Miami (0) have fewer points.