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Galaxy sign Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo

Posted on 06 August 2013 by iyeo

Looking to further solidify its goalkeeper position, the Los Angeles Galaxy took a step towards that direction when it signed Panamanian Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo on Monday.

“He’s a good goalkeeper,” Galaxy Head Coach/General Manager Bruce Arena said in a statement released. “I followed him for years for Panama. He’s got a lot of experience; he probably has between 85 and 90 international caps. We think that he’ll help strengthen the goal position for us.”

The 31-year-old Penedo will be looked upon to provide  cover at the goalkeeper position, which is currently held by Carlo Cudicini, who came over after spending most of his career across Europe, with stints at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Cudicini recorded a shutout on opening week against the Chicago Fire, but his play has been on and off throughout the season.

Penedo began his club career in his native Panama with Plaza Amador before joining Arabe Unido, who he helped lead to the Apertura and Clausura titles in 2004. After two years in Europe, playing in Italy for Cagliari and in Spain for Ossauna, Penedo returned to Central America, joining Guatemalan side Municipal in 2007. Penedo spent the last six years with the Guatemala City-based club, helping them win two Clausura titles (2008 and 2010) and two Apertura titles (2009 and 2011) while appearing in more than 150 games for the club. Municipal also qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League four times in the six years of the competition. Penedo has also been a fixture on the Panamian National Team with 91 caps and leading Panama to the CONCACAF Gold Cup finals in 2005 and 2013, losing both times to the United States.

 Penedo could make his debut on Wednesday when the Galaxy face AC Milan for third place of the Guinness International Champions Cup in Miami.

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