Jonathan dos Santos
HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Villarreal and signed as a Designated Player on July 27, 2017.
Dos Santos is a versatile midfielder and a regular with the Mexican national team. Able to fit into any number of positions, the Galaxy see a player who, with 12 games already under his belt from last season, has the potential to become one of the top midfielders in MLS.
INTERNATIONAL: Dos Santos has made 29 appearances across all competitions as a member of the Mexican National Team, including matches in FIFA World Cup Qualifying and the FIFA Confederations Cup. The midfielder made his debut for his country in 2009 at the age of 19.
OUTSIDE MLS: Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Dos Santos joined Barcelona’s famed academy system, La Masia, where he developed before making his eventual debut with the first team as a 19-year-old on Oct. 28, 2009, during a match in Spain’s Copa del Rey. He remained with Barcelona through 2014, making 29 appearances in all competitions, including matches played in the UEFA Champions’ League, La Liga SuperCopa and the Copa del Rey. In 2014, Dos Santos moved to Villarreal CF in La Liga, where he developed into one of Spain’s standout midfielders. During his time with the club, the Mexican international has made over 120 appearances in all competitions, while scoring seven times and adding eight assists.
NOTES: Brother of LA Galaxy forward Giovani.