Los Angeles Galaxy sign Sega Coulibaly from French second division

Aug 26, 2020; Carson, California, USA; A general view of LA Galaxy logo at the locked gates at Dignity Health Sports Park after the MLS game against the Seattle Sounders was postponed have been postponed in the wake of protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Galaxy moved to shore up their play in front of goal, signing defender Sega Coulibaly from AS Nancy in France’s second division, Ligue 2.

The Galaxy paid an undisclosed transfer fee to secure Coulibaly’s availability immediately instead of waiting until his contract with the team expired this summer. The 24-year-old has started in 19 of AS Nancy’s 30 games this season.

The Galaxy are 2-0-0 to open the season, but they have given up four goals in the process, second most in the Western Conference two weeks into the season. They gave up the second-most goals in MLS last season, allowing 46.

“Sega is a talented, versatile defender with good experience, and we believe he can continue to grow as a player with our club,” Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese said in a club statement. “We are confident in his ability to contribute to our defense as we add another player who will compete along our backline.”

The Galaxy opened the 2021 season with consecutive 3-2 victories, first on the road at Inter Miami CF and then at home Sunday against the New York Red Bulls. Striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has scored five of those goals to lead the league.

The Galaxy are scheduled to face the Seattle Sounders on the road Sunday.

–Field Level Media