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Canadian striker Friend leaves Europe to sign with Galaxy

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The Canadian Press
1/13/2014 6:20:48 PM
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CARSON, Calif. -- Canadian international forward Rob Friend has signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

The six-foot-five, 205-pounder from Kelowna, B.C., arrived from Germany's TSV 1860 Munich.

The 32-year-old Friend has spent his entire club career in Europe, with stops in Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany.

"The addition of Rob Friend to our roster brings a different dimension to our attack," Galaxy GM and head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. "Rob is a veteran player with a scoring pedigree and we are excited to bolster our roster by bringing him to L.A."

Originally selected by the Chicago Fire in the fourth round of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, Friend went to Europe to play for Moss and then Molde in Norway.

In June 2006, Friend signed with Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie. He split the season with Heerenveen and Heracles Almelo.

Friend moved to Germany for the 2007-08 campaign, scoring 18 goals in 33 league games for Borussia Moenchengladbach while helping them win promotion to the German Bundesliga.

He was sold to Hertha Berlin before the 2010-11 season, joining Eintracht Frankfurt before switching to TSV 1860.

Friend also scored twice in 32 appearances for the Canadian national team.

Rob Friend (Photo: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images)

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(Photo: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images)
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