The worst-kept secret in Major League Soccer is a secret no more: Kyle Davies has signed with the Galaxy.
The veteran U.S. youth international center back adds depth to a backline that has lost two central defenders to season-ending knee injuries and been without leader Gregg Berhalter, also sidelined because of a knee injury, most of preseason and through nearly two months of the regular season.
Davies was waived May 5 by FC Dallas, and the Galaxy claimed him the following day. MLS had added the Galaxy to Davies' stat page on the league website almost immediately, but L.A. officials say nothing was finalized until this week. He will be eligible for Saturday's game against Chivas USA at Home Depot Center.
The Northern California native's MLS contract was worth $62,500, according to the players' union. A Galaxy official said that contract was semi-guaranteed, and he signed a guaranteed deal with L.A., and it's uncertain if his compensation changed.
Davies, 22, began his professional career in 2007 with Southampton in England, returned to MLS in 2009, was allocated to Real Salt Lake and then traded to FC Dallas, where he made 14 appearances in two seasons and missed most of last year because of a broken arm and an ankle injury. He had not featured for the Hoops this year.
Davies captained the U.S. side at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, where his teammates included the Galaxy's No. 3 goalkeeper, Brian Perk, and midfielder Michael Stephens.
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