American defensive midfielder and former D.C. United player Perry Kitchen has returned to MLS after signing with the L.A. Galaxy.
Kitchen joins the Galaxy on a free transfer from Danish Superliga side Randers. L.A. sent D.C. $200,000 in Targeted and $100,000 in General Allocation Money in order to acquire Kitchen’s MLS rights.
Kitchen turns 26 at the end of February and joins a rebuilding L.A. side, coached by Zigi Schmidt, that finished last in MLS during the 2017 season.
Although Kitchen left MLS as a free agent, D.C. retained his rights because the team offered him a new contract (that he ultimately rejected).
Kitchen joined Scottish side Hearts of Midlothian during the winter of 2015. He quickly became captain of Hearts, but left the team after a managerial change resulted in him falling out of favor.
He joined Randers in summer 2017 and was a key player starting 17 of the team’s 19 games this season. Randers is currently last place in the Superliga and facing a fierce relegation battle.
Throughout his career Kitchen made numerous appearances for U.S. youth national teams. He has also earned 5 caps for the senior team. Kitchen has never appeared in a competitive match for the USMNT and last featured in an October 2016 friendly against New Zealand.