New England Revolution sign 3-time MLS Cup champion A.J. DeLaGarza

Dave Green
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Revs bolster defense, add 3-time MLS Cup champ originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

After falling one step short of playing for the MLS Cup last season, the New England Revolution continue to be aggressive in their offseason roster rebuild.

Their latest addition is defender A.J. DeLaGarza, a 12-year MLS vet who played last season for Inter Miami CF after beginning his career with the L.A. Galaxy -- where he won three MLS Cups under Bruce Arena -- and the Houston Dynamo.

“It is a pleasure to welcome A.J. DeLaGarza to the New England Revolution. I’ve known A.J. for a number of years and know he will be a great addition to our team,” said Arena in the Revs' press release announcing the move. “A.J. is an experienced defender who can play all positions across the backline. He is a great professional, an excellent communicator, and a tactically sound player. We look forward to working with him in New England.” 

DeLaGarza is also looking forward to reuniting with Arena and joining the Revolution, posting the following message via the Revs' Twitter account Thursday morning.

The 33-year-old has started 258 of his 266 regular season appearances plus 14 of 17 playoff games over his MLS career, ranking among the top 20 active MLS players in games played, starts, and minutes played. However, he's coming off a season in which he appeared in just five games for Inter Miami.

DeLaGarza also brings international experience to New England, making two international caps with the United States before registering 14 caps for Guam before retiring from international competition early last year.