The LA Galaxy have completed a deal with Italian club Bologna of Serie A to acquire defender Giancarlo Gonzalez, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

According to multiple reports, Gonzalez is expected to join the Galaxy on Thursday. Los Angeles hosts the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

The Galaxy currently sit third in the Western Conference at 4-1-0, good for 12 points. They have given up six goals so far this season, the most among the top four teams in the conference.

A veteran of 71 caps for the Costa Rican national team, the 31-year-old Gonzalez played 17 games with the Columbus Crew in 2014, his only previous tour in MLS. He started every game and scored one goal with Columbus that season.

He has been with Bologna since the summer of 2017, appearing in 31 matches in that time.

There are no reports as to what the Galaxy gave up to acquire Gonzalez, though Major League Soccer's website reported Tuesday that the Galaxy are 11th in the allocation ranking order and "almost certainly have to trade up in the allocation ranking to avoid having another team claim Gonzalez should he sign with MLS."

--Field Level Media

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