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Galaxy add Brazilian pair

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By | 9th February 2012

Less than a week after bringing American Edson Buddle back to Los Angeles, the team has bolstered the roster further by unveiling two Brazilians.

Earlier this week, the Galaxy officially announced that the club had reached an agreement with Brazilian club São Paulo FC, allowing midfielder Juninho to return on loan for the 2012 season.

Also leaving São Paulo FC and returning to LA on a free transfer is defender Leonardo, who played alongside Juninho with the Galaxy during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Juninho re-joins an already decorated midfield, featuring Beckham and Donovan, to form one of the most intimidating midfields in the league.

The 23-year-old appeared in 30 games for the Galaxy last season, scoring four goals and two assists.

Juninho was determined to be expendable by São Paulo FC due to the number of quality midfielders already on the roster.

“Juninho is not going to be utilized at São Paulo FC [this season] per the coach’s decision and the club is accepting the loan deal for Juninho’s return to Los Angeles to play for the Galaxy,” explained São Paulo FC spokesman Felipe Espindola in an interview with the official MLS website.

Leonardo will be expected to improve the Galaxy back line, but is still recovering from tearing both is ACL and LCL early in the 2011 season. He will be traveling to LA Tuesday night and will continue to work towards becoming match-fit.

The Galaxy have had an busy offseason, acquiring numerous designated players and consistently improving their club. Will this be the starting eleven we see take the field against the Revolution on February 22nd or are there more moves be made?

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