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Mathis happy with LA Galaxy move

Former USA international Clint Mathis admits he is happy after making a third move to Los Angeles.

The 33-year old attacker joined the Galaxy from 2009 MLS champions Real Salt Lake after being involved in the SuperDraft on January 14 and admits his family was at the forefront of his mind when the move to Los Angeles became apparent.

It's a situation where my child is still young enough to not be in school and my wife is pregnant again, so as far as the moving again it's not too much of a problem," Mathis told mlsnet.com. "But the older you get, the traveling and having to move, it gets more taxing. It was important to us to be close to [my wife's] family and L.A. is the spot for us.

"I think Salt Lake was thankful for my time here, but also realized that they were trying to take care of a seasoned veteran as well who has been playing a long time."

Mathis insisted that he is willing to fight for his spot with the Galaxy and believes he still has a role to play in MLS.

"I think [Galaxy coach Bruce Arena] understands that I'm willing to do whatever," added Mathis. "I'm going to go out there and work hard and try to play to the best of my ability, whether that's as a starter, coming off the bench or not playing at all.

"I've been around long enough to know that that's a role that everybody needs to accept. I think I've proved, even in the [MLS Cup] final against the Galaxy that I'm still able to play. And I kind of hope someone is doing better than me. To get in that situation that means the guys are going to be playing well because I'm going to be giving it 100 percent every day out there."

Andrew Slevison
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