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LA Galaxy sign Mexican star Giovani dos Santos to a designated player contract

Giovani dos Santos during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Giovani dos Santos during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (2014 Getty Images)

The LA Galaxy have signed Mexican midfielder Giovani dos Santos to a designated player contract, adding another international star to their lineup.

The Galaxy announced the deal Wednesday.

Dos Santos spent the last two seasons with Spain's Villareal, scoring 12 goals in 58 La Liga appearances. The versatile 26-year-old from Monterrey began his pro career with Barcelona before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.

Dos Santos also has played for Mexico in two World Cups during nearly a decade with El Tri. He is the highest-profile Mexican star ever signed by the Galaxy, who hope to win new fans among Southern California's Latinos and in Mexico.

Dos Santos will join the Galaxy in August after the Gold Cup.

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The Galaxy added English midfielder Steven Gerrard to their lineup last week.

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