L.A. signs Brazilian midfielder Sarvas

The Los Angeles Galaxy signed Brazilian Marcelo Sarvas on a free transfer Tuesday, pending the completion of a physical and the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

Sarvas, 30, joins the Galaxy from LD Alajuelense in Costa Rica's top division. A midfielder, Sarvas can play a central role or on the wing.

A product of Corinthians' youth system in Brazil, Sarvas appeared in 15 games in all competitions last season for Alajuelense, playing in nine league games and all six of his club's CONCACAF Champions League matches, including a pair of games against the Galaxy. He has also played in Brazil, Sweden and Poland.

Per club and league policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Los Angeles, which won the MLS Cup in 2011, will open the 2012 season at The Home Depot Center on March 10.