Herzog Joins the GalaxyAndreas Herzog
is reknowned as a dangerous playmakerCARSON, CA (Tuesday, February 03, 2004) - The Los Angeles Galaxy have signed Austrian international midfielder Andreas Herzog as a 2004 Discovery Player, it was announced today by Galaxy Vice-President and General Manager Doug Hamilton.
A veteran of the German and Austrian Bundesligas, Herzog
is a playmaking midfielder known for his
dangerous left foot, who possesses a true scorer's finishing touch.No financial terms of the Major League Soccer
(MLS) contract were announced. Herzog
, who becomes the first Austrian in Galaxy
history, has performed at the highest levels for both club and country.In 1996, he
captured a UEFA Cup with Bayern Munich.A two-time FIFA World Cup finalist, he
represented Austria in 1990 and 1998.
"The acquisition of Andreas
provides the Galaxy
with a player who possesses great ability and a proven track record at the highest levels," said Hamilton.
...Herzog joins the Galaxy after spending a total of seven seasons in the Austrian Bundesliga and ten seasons in German Bundesliga, playing in 403 games and scoring 99 goals during that period.
Most recently, Herzog
returned to the Austrian First Division with Rapid Vienna, the club that gave him his
start, for the 2002-03 season before stepping away from the team.
"I'm very excited to be joining the L.A. Galaxy
will be a big plus for the Galaxy
knows how to manage the game for his
can create for others as well as finish the play himself," said L.A. Galaxy
Head Coach Sigi Schmid."He
has proven himself in the German Bundesliga and has always played for teams that have either been champions or contended for championship titles."Herzog
played for eight seasons in the German Bundesliga with SV Werder Bremen (1992-1995 and 1997-2002) and two with Bayern Munich (1995-1997), scoring 69 goals in 264 games in the top German league.
...A current member of the Austrian National Team, Herzog is one of an exclusive circle of players with a "Century of Caps" for his national team.
The Austrian native made his
international debut with Austria during a friendly on June 4, 1988, in a 2-2 draw against Greece in Athinai, Greece.He
has since appeared in 103 games with the national side scoring 26 goals over 17 years while helping the squad post a 37-43-23 (W-L-T) record.Throughout his
has played at every level including FIFA World Cups (6), World Cup Qualifiers (37), European Championship Qualifiers (20), and International Friendlies (40).
A member of Austria's 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cup squads, Herzog
appeared six times including facing Cameroon, Chile, Czechoslovakia, Italy (twice) and the United States.He
scored the lone goal against Italy converting a penalty kick in a 2-1 loss in Paris, France on June 23, 1998.