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Kitchen, 25, left D.C. following the 2015 season to join Scottish club Hearts. He appeared in 39 matches in his season-plus with the Edinburgh club before moving to Danish side Randers in July. He’s started 17 of the last-place club’s 19 matches this season.
According to Carlisle, Kitchen’s deal at Randers runs for another 18 months. It’s not known if the club would demand any sort of transfer fee in return for Kitchen.
Goff followed up Carlisle’s report on Friday, tweeting that LA and D.C. United have had trade talks regarding Kitchen’s MLS rights. D.C. still hold Kitchen’s rights since they offered him a contract after his initial deal expired following the 2015 season.
Galaxy and D.C. United have had trade conversations concerning Kitchen's MLS rights, I'm told. Under league rules, DCU retained league rights because it made an offer to re-sign him before he left for Hearts in March 2016. https://t.co/O8hMnEuiJy— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) December 22, 2017
Drafted by D.C. with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Kitchen was a key player in each of his five seasons with United. He made at least 30 starts in every season he was at the club, recording 10 goals and 10 assists in 158 regular-season appearances with United.
The Galaxy endured the worst season in club history in 2017, finishing tied for last in MLS with 32 points. The club already have central midfielders Jonathan dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget and Joao Pedro on the roster, but declined the contract option of defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones earlier this offseason.