The Galaxy welcomed back a familiar face today as the club acquired midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi (seen above in a Reserve Division game from 2006) from the MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew in exchange for a conditional pick in the Fourth Round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
Following an eight-year career in England with Portsmouth and Swindon Town, Miglioranzi first joined the Galaxy in September 2006. He appeared in three games for the club, all as a substitute, that season before being traded to Columbus in January 2007 in exchange for a Third Round pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. A central midfielder who is also capable of playing in defense, he appeared in 37 games for the Crew in his two seasons in Columbus, scoring three goals and adding three assists. He played in 14 games in 2008, making seven starts, while helping lead the Crew to the 2008 MLS Cup, a game in which he was an unused substitute.
A native of Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Miglioranzi moved to the United States at the age of 12 before attending Iona College, where he was the MAAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1995. He transferred to St. John’s for the 1996 season and helped lead the Red Storm to the National Championship that year.