Step across the hall, monsieur Courtois. The LA Galaxy granted Laurent Courtois his wish, officially signing the former Chivas USA midfielder on Friday.
The 34-year-old had been training with the Galaxy and played a half in a Reserve League match last weekend in Portland following his release from Chivas USA on June 30. He told MLSsoccer.com earlier this week that remaining in Los Angeles and sticking with the Galaxy was his "priority No. 1."
Courtois (above, right) spent two seasons with Chivas USA and appeared in 33 regular-season games after signing with the club midway through the 2011 season. His minutes dwindled this season, as he appeared in only five regular-season games, making three starts and scoring once — in his final game for the Goats on June 28.
In addition to playing for Chivas USA, the left-sided player spent time in his native France playing for AC Ajaccio, Toulouse, Istres and Grenoble after beginning his career with his hometown club, Lyon. He also spent time in England with West Ham United and in Spain with Levante.
Courtois is eligible to make his Galaxy debut on Saturday night when the LA host Vancouver at the StubHub Center (10:30 pm ET, watch LIVE online).