Yesterday, on Jan. 30, Los Angeles Galaxy officially announced that it had signed Stefan Ishizaki. Ishizaki is a Swedish international and will be added to its roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 Visa. This is just the player LA Galaxy has been looking for, hopefully. After Beckham left Galaxy it was in need of a good midfielder with proper ball control and Ishizaki says he's calm with the ball -- hopefully what Galaxy needs.
In 2012, Galaxy signed another Swedish right-winger: Christian Wilhelmsson, known as Chippen. Although, Bruce and the club had high hopes for him, he did not return to the club the following year. Galaxy did win the MLS Cup that year, but he has no real affect in that. Hopefully, Ishizaki will be a better fit. When asked about Chippen, Ishizaki said he knew him and had played with him for the international team but had not had a chance to talk to him prior to his move.
Ishizaki has been playing his last eight years in his home country Sweden with first division team Elfsborg. It won two championships while Ishizaki was with them. This is exactly who Galaxy needs: a player who wins championships. Hopefully 2014 will be a year for Ishizaki to win another.
Galaxy fans can watch Ishizaki and the rest of Galaxy's new acquisitions starting Mar. 8 when LA Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake at the StubHub Center in Carson, Ca.