Galaxy acquires Mastroeni from Rapids

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Updated: 6/17/2013 12:37 pm

Commerce City, CO (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy acquired midfielder Pablo Mastroeni from the Colorado Rapids on Monday as well as the rights to midfielder Baggio Husidic in exchange for an international roster slot through the end of the 2014 MLS season and the club's natural second round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

Mastroeni is a veteran of more than 350 MLS games and is in his 16th professional season after beginning his MLS career in 1998 with the Miami Fusion.

The 36-year-old has spent the past 12-plus seasons in Colorado after being selected by the club with the first pick in the 2002 MLS Allocation Draft.

Mastroeni served as captain of the Colorado team that captured the 2010 MLS Cup, but he was limited to just two appearances last season while recovering from a concussion.

This season, Mastroeni has appeared in seven league games for the Rapids, including five starts, and he represented the United States in both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

Husidic spent time with the Chicago Fire in MLS from 2009-11, playing in 50 games for the club and netting six goals.

The 26-year-old moved to Swedish side Hammarby in 2012 despite being selected by the Rapids in the MLS Re-Entry Draft, and he went on to score one goal in 35 league matches for the Swedish outfit.

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