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LA Galaxy sign Chase Gasper in trade with Minnesota United

Chris Smith
Gasper enjoyed success with Minnesota United.
Gasper enjoyed success with Minnesota United. / Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Galaxy have signed defender Chase Gasper from Minnesota United, the clubs announced Wednesday.

Minnesota have received $450,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) for 2023 in exchange for the left-back and will be due another $300,000 if Gasper meets certain performance metrics. The Galaxy retain $220,000 of Gasper's 2022 budget charge, with the Loons paying the rest.

“We’re excited to welcome Chase to the LA Galaxy,” LA head coach Greg Vanney said in a club press release. “Chase is an experienced and highly regarded left back in our league. He adds character, quality and a competitive spirit to our group.”

Gasper made 77 appearances across all competitions during his three-and-a-half-year stay with Minnesota United after being picked up by the club in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. During that time, he helped the Loons reach the 2019 US Open Cup final and make the Playoffs on three consecutive occasions.

Minnesota United had received multiple calls regarding Gasper, who was the key figure behind the decision - made as he looks to re-establish himself after successfully completing Major League Soccer's substance abuse program earlier this year.

“I’m so grateful for the three and a half years I’ve spent here,” the defender said. “To all of my teammates, coaches, staff, everyone involved in the club and especially the fans: from the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you enough for an incredible time in Minnesota and all the love and support you’ve given me. While this club, it’s fans and this city will hold a special place in my heart, I am really looking forward to a new beginning and grateful for the club’s support in that.”

Head coach Adrian Heath added: “We all feel a little bit of sadness really, because Chase Gasper is an established member of our club and a really popular guy and he’s been an incredible professional since he’s been here.

"Chase sees this as a new beginning and a great opportunity. While these decisions are never easy, we all want to first and foremost, support Chase the person – not just Chase the soccer player. I hope he’s really, really successful and I wish him well and thank him for everything he’s done for us.”

Gasper - a one-time United States international - had fallen behind Kemar Lawrence in Minnesota United's left-back pecking order and will provide competition for Raheem Edwards with the Galaxy.