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LA Galaxy hoping Angel can become third DP

LA Galaxy selected Juan Pablo Angel in Wednesday's Re-Entry Draft and now hope a potential deal as a third Designated Player can work. The Galaxy acquired the Colombian's rights with the fourth overall pick in the draft and now Bruce Arena hopes the club and player can agree terms.

"The reason we took him in the Re-Entry Draft is we think we can make it work," Arena said.

"I think Juan wants to make it work and we just have to get into some discussions this week and see if we can reach an agreement."

But Arena was well aware that the 35-year old former New York Red Bulls star is not a long-term fix.

"We're not going to be acquiring Juan to play five years for the LA Galaxy," Arena said. "We know that. I think Juan has two or three years left in him. Juan played in every game last year for New York. We think he's a fit player and his fitness has been a big reason for his success over the years. He's a very good professional and takes very good care of himself."

Arena added: "I would think there's a chance he's certainly going to be a Designated Player. We haven't gotten into those discussions. There are other mechanisms in the league that allow for a player not to be a Designated Player. My guess is if we sign him, he'll likely have that designation.

"He's very interested in coming to LA," Arena added further. "He's a great professional and if we can reach agreement on a contract, I know he'll come here with a lot of enthusiasm and commitment."

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