Jaime Penedo joins LA Galaxy

Ronald Martinez

Panamanian international goalkeeper Jaime Penedo has signed for the LA Galaxy, and it probably won't be long before he's their No. 1 goalkeeper.

The LA Galaxy were in need of some fresh blood at goalkeeper and appear to have strengthened that position significantly with the signing of Panamanian international Jaime Penedo. The club announced the signing in a statement on their website on Monday afternoon.

Penedo, who is 31 years old, has played for Municipal in Guatemala since 2007 following a less-than-successful stint in Europe with Cagliari and Osasuna. Since joining Municipal, Penedo has won four league titles and has performed well consistently for the club in the CONCACAF Champions League. He's also earned 91 caps for Panama and was named the top goalkeeper in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where Panama were runners-up.

LA's current starting goalkeeper is 39-year-old Italian Carlo Cudicini, who joined the team from Tottenham Hotspur at the beginning of the season. Cudicini has extensive Premier League experience and appeared to be a coup for the Galaxy when he was signed, but his age has shown as he's struggled throughout the year. Given the current form of the two keepers, it wouldn't be surprising if Penedo was in the starting XI within a couple of weeks.

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