The Bash Brothers era has come to an end in San Jose, with the LA Galaxy announcing Monday that they have acquired forward Alan Gordon from the Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money.
The move marks a homecoming for Gordon, a Long Beach, Calif., native who was originally drafted by the Galaxy in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.
“Alan is a proven MLS player who adds another scoring threat to our roster going forward,” said LA Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena in a statement. “We are pleased to welcome him back as a member of the Galaxy.”
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Gordon, 32, is a 6-foot-3 target forward who has scored 39 goals and added 26 assists over an 11-year MLS career. His best season in the league by far came in 2012, when he scored 13 goals and seven assists for the Earthquakes on their run to that year's Supporters' Shield title.
It was that season that he developed a close partnership with fellow big man Steven Lenhart, who Earthquakes fans affectionately referred to as the "Bash Brothers."
He has since suffered a drop-off in form, scoring four goals and adding three assists in 2013, and none so far in 2014.
"We would like to thank Alan for everything he has done for this club," said Earthquakes general manager John Doyle in a statement. "Alan has produced many great moments during his years with the Earthquakes. We wish him well going forward."
Prior to his time with the Earthquakes, Gordon spent a half-season apiece with Toronto FC and Chivas USA, the latter of whom acquired him from the Galaxy in mid-2010. In addition to the 2012 Supporters' Shield, Gordon also won the 2005 MLS Cup/US Open Cup double with the Galaxy.
Gordon has made one appearance for the US national team, coming on as a substitute to set up Eddie Johnson's winning goal in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Antigua & Barbuda on Oct. 12, 2012. He was also in the US squads for the team's historic friendly win at Estadio Azteca in August 2012 and the 2013 Gold Cup, but did not see playing time.