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OFFICIAL: Victor Vazquez signs with LA Galaxy

The Spaniard joins Greg Vanney in Los Angeles.

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC
Toronto FC head coach Grag Vanney congratulates midfielder Victor Vazquez (7) as he comes out of the game for a substitute against Philadelphia Union at BMO Field.
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TORONTO, Canada—As reported earlier this month, Victor Vazquez to Los Angeles Galaxy is now official.

“Victor is a talented, experienced and accomplished player who is familiar with Greg and playing in Major League Soccer,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese in a press release. “He was a top, creative player in our league while with Toronto and he will bring a great deal of leadership to our club both on and off the field. We are thrilled to add Victor to our roster and look forward to him representing the LA Galaxy.”

Vazquez, 34, joins former coach Greg Vanney’s Galaxy on a one-year deal with an option.

Vazquez spent two seasons with Toronto FC under Vanney, highlighted by playing a crucial role for the Reds during their treble-winning 2017 season and push to the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Final. In 65 matches for the club across all competitions, the now-33-year-old scored 18 times and added 17 assists en route to earning a spot in the 2017 MLS Best XI.

Speaking to former TFC coach Vanney last season, Waking the Red learned that Vanney still holds the former Barcelona academy product in extremely high-regard and is confident that he will be a coach one day. Perhaps this is the first step in what will be a long relationship.

Since Vazquez was sold to Qatar side Al-Arabi by Toronto FC at the beginning of 2019 for a price greater than $500,000, he had to go through the Allocation Process in order to re-enter the league. It doesn’t appear that the Galaxy, who held No. 8 in the Allocation Process, traded up to secure the rights to Vazquez.

Regardless of which team he now represents, having a talent like Vazquez back in MLS is great for the league.

However, if the past couple of years are any indication, Vazquez’s best years could be behind him. Since departing Toronto at the beginning of 2019, VV has spent time with three different clubs, most recently in Belgium with KAS Eupen. He has failed to integrate himself into the side in each of his post-MLS stints, so perhaps a move back to the league he once used to dominate will be best the former TFC No. 7.