HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on free transfer from Hammarby on Nov. 14, 2013
The LA Galaxy signed midfielder Baggio Husidic on a free transfer from Swedish Superettan side Hammarby. The Galaxy acquired the MLS rights to Husidic as part of a trade with the Colorado Rapids.
Husidic began his professional career with the Chicago Fire in 2009 after he was selected by the club in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft. In three seasons with the Fire, Husidic appeared in 50 regular season games and two postseason games, scoring five goals and adding six assists. He set career-highs with 22 games played as well as five goals and three assists in 2010. Following the 2011 season, Husidic was selected by the Colorado Rapids in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Process, but he chose to sign in Sweden with Hammarby. He would spend two seasons with the club, appearing in 41 games in that time, scoring once while helping Hammarby finish fourth in the standings in 2012 and fifth in 2013.
Originally born in Velika Kladusa, Bosnia (when it was still a part of the former Yugoslavia), Husidic was raised Libertyville, Ill. He was a three-year star at the University of Illinois-Chicago, scoring 12 goals and adding seven assists for the Flames while helping them reach the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons with the team.
2014: After signing with the Galaxy ahead of the 2014 season, Husidic became a crucial player for the Galaxy in their MLS Cup-winning campaign. Husidic appeared in every MLS Regular Season match, contributing five goals and four assists. Played both centrally and out wide in the 4-4-2 formation. Also appeared in four of the Galaxy’s five MLS Cup Playoff matches, including the team’s 2-1 MLS Cup win over New England.
2011: As a member of the Fire, appeared in 18 matches while making nine starts. Husidic added two assists during Chicago’s MLS Regular Season campaign. Had his contract declined following the end of the season.
2010: Appeared in 22 matches, starting 18. His 5 goals left him as the third leading scorer on the team behind Marco Pappa and Brian McBride..Added 3 assists in the process…Scored his first two career goals in back-to-back matches. Tallied his first, the game-winner in a 2-0 victory vs. HOU on 4/24 before scoring in a 1-1 draw vs. CHV on 5/1 at TOYOTA PARK…Scored in a 2-1 win over PHI on 6/5…Scored a 32nd minute goal tying the match in the club’s 2-1 win over NE on 8/18…Scored the club’s final goal of the season in stoppage time of a 4-1 win at CHV on 10/23…INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES: Started all 3 international friendlies, playing 234 minutes..
2009:Played ten games, starting five for a total of 449 minutes in the league as a rookie…Notched game winning assist 7/4 @ COL…International Friendlies: Played the full 90 vs. Club America at TOYOTA Park on 4/29
Recorded 12 goals and 7 assists in three years with University of Illinois-Chicago...2008: Soccer America First Team MVP…NSCAA/Adidas First Team All-American…NSCAA/ Adidas First Team All-Great Lakes Region...TopDrawerSoccer First Team - Team of the Season, First Team All-Horizon League, Horizon League Player of the Year, Horizon League Offensive Player of the Year 2007: First Team All-Horizon League…3 goals and 1 assist in twenty-nine games played… 2006: Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.
High School Attended Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Illinois… Lettered in soccer and track and field.
Youth Played four years for Sockers FC Chicago - participated in Sockers' Top Talent program as a senior…Played for Illinois and Region II ODP teams.