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Perry Kitchen joins LA Galaxy

The former D.C. United midfielder returns to MLS.

Lyngby BK vs Randers FC - Danish Alka Superliga Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images

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.

Are you glad to see Kitchen back in MLS? Do you think he has a future with the National Team?