LA Galaxy Release Mexico International Midfielder Giovani dos Santos

Giovani dos Santos. Photo by Michael Janosz/ISI/REX/Shutterstock Giovani dos Santos Los Angeles Galaxy v Portland Timbers, StubHub Center, Carson, USA - 04 Mar 2018 Carson, CA - Sunday March 04, 2018: The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Portland Timbers 2-1 during a Major League Soccer (MLS) regular season game at StubHub Center.

LA Galaxy decided to part ways with Mexico international midfielder Giovani dos Santos. The team announced on Friday that they have exercised the option to buy out dos Santos’ contract, making him a free agent.

The move was confirmed on Galaxy’s social media.

Galaxy was in danger of entering the 2019 MLS season with four Designated Players – Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – on their roster. As the MLS rules only allow three DPs, the team had to part ways with one in order to make their roster compliant for the upcoming match with Chicago Fire.

“We have been working with the player this preseason to reach an agreement that is best for both sides,” – said LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese in a statement. “We have come to this decision and believe that it is best for the club and for Giovani. We will work with the player and his representatives to find an on-field solution for the player’s next step. We appreciate what he has contributed to our club and wish him the best in his future.”

After his contract buyout was made official, dos Santos shared a letter on Twitter in which he thanked the Galaxy fans for the support and the franchise for the opportunity they gave him.

According to The Los Angeles Times’ Kevin Baxter, after the buyout dos Santos can make a move to another MLS team or be sold abroad by the league.  

Giovani dos Santos started his career with Barcelona, and played for several other European clubs, including Tottenham and Villarreal, before coming to MLS in 2015. During his time with Galaxy, he played 88 games in all competitions and scored 29 goals. dos Santos also earned two MLS All-Star appearances.