Van Anholt: Galaxy move a step up

Missed penalty brings down grandstand light

Dutch fullback Pele van Anholt has sealed a move to La Galaxy after leaving Willem II at the end of last season.

The 26-year-old former SC Heerenveen defender, who has spent his entire career in the Netherlands, has joined the Major League Soccer side on a permanent deal.

Galaxy General Manager Pete Vagenas told the club's official website: "Pele is a talented and versatile player who will immediately add quality and experience to our defense.

"Our staff did an excellent job at identifying this player and executing the signing to improve our roster and we look forward to him joining our squad.”

Head Coach Curt Onalfo added: "We are excited to welcome Pele to Los Angeles. He has earned a lot of experience in Netherlands’ top division and proven to be a productive player. We are confident that will suit him well in our league.”

And Van Anholt revealed that he is excited to be starting this new chapter in his career.

“I spoke with the director of the LA Galaxy, and he told me positive things about the club. I knew LA is a big city and I think that it’ll be a good step for me.

"I talked with a lot of my friends, and everyone was positive about LA and LA Galaxy. I know some players like Ashley Cole and [Giovani] dos Santos. I think I can learn a lot here and hopefully; we can win a lot of games.”

Van Anholt's first appearance for the club could be against Manchester United in a pre-season friendly at the StubHub Center on Saturday.

“I’m excited to be a part of this club. It’s a big club, and I can’t wait to start,” Van Anholt added. “I’m a team player, and I want to win every game. I’m fast, and I like to rush down the right side. I will show it.”