Player Details


Michael Ciani


6' 4"


190 lbs

Date of Birth

4.6.1984 (40)


Clichy-sous-Bois, France


Career Summary

Option declined following 2018 season.

An experienced center back, Ciani spent the bulk of his career in France's Ligue 1 before signing with LA late in the 2017 season. He has over 200 career appearances in France's first division, and boasts experience in Italy's Serie A, Spain's La Liga and Belgium's top flight.

INTERNATIONAL: Ciani featured for France youth sides before earning his first senior cap with the France national team in 2010, when he started in a match against Spain alongside Theirry Henry, Franck Ribéry, Patrice Evra, Bacary Sagna and Hugo Lloris at Stade de France.

OUTSIDE MLS: The defender’s professional career began in 2002 when he joined RC Paris in France. He then played for Charleroi SC and CS Sedan before signing with FC Lorient in France’s Ligue 1, where he played for three seasons, making over 132 appearances in all competitions. In 2009, he joined six-time Ligue 1 champions FC Bordeaux, amassing 116 appearances, 10 goals and two assists over three seasons, including appearances in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League His time at Bordeaux ended in 2012 when he transferred to Italy’s Serie A to play for SS Lazio, marshalling the backline during three seasons. After brief stints in Portugal with Sporting CP and Spain with RCD Espanyol, Ciani returned to France’s FC Lorient again, playing during the 2016-17 season before joining the Galaxy.