Galaxy ink midfielder Pires
Carson, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Alvaro Pires. The 23-year old has trained with the Galaxy for most of the preseason and started all six of the club's preseason matches, playing 472 minutes in those games, collecting one assist and one caution.
"Alvaro is a player that has been on our radar for some time now and we're glad to finally have him as a member of the Galaxy," Galaxy Director of Soccer Paul Bravo said." "He has done well so far in our preseason and we feel that he will be a tremendous asset to our club."
Pires, will travel to Colorado with the club Friday and is available for selection on Saturday night against the Rapids in the team's first game of 2008.
A native of Jardinopolis, Brazil, Pires signed his first professional contract at the age of 16 with Brazilian side Internacional and broke into the first team at the age of 19. He spent three years there, appearing in a handful of games with the First Division team before trying his luck abroad. He signed with Spartak Nalchik a club in the Russian First Division.
03/28 14:00:19 ET