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Xavier makes Galaxy switch
15 May 2007 - 08:59:11
Former Middlesbrough defender Abel Xavier will join up with David Beckham after agreeing to sign for Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.
Xavier, 34, opted to leave the Riverside last week after failing to agree terms on a new contract and will join Galaxy on June 15 when the MLS transfer window re-opens.
The former Portugal international made 20 appearances for Boro this season after returning from a 12-month drugs ban.
Former England captain Beckham will join Galaxy when his contract at Real Madrid expires at the end of the Spanish season.
"I'd like to thank (general manager) Alexi Lalas, (manager) Frank Yallop and MLS for this opportunity," said Xavier.
"Soccer is my life and I'm excited to continue my career in LA. Soccer in the United States continues to grow and I'm proud to be a part of it.
"I'm coming to win. With the great team and wonderful fans at the LA Galaxy everything is possible.
"I bring heart, hunger, desire and passion. This is me today, tomorrow, and always."