The Los Angeles Galaxy made a significant splash on Tuesday by announcing the acquisition of Brazilian forward Gabriel Pec. The 22-year-old player will come to MLS from Brasileiro Serie A side Vasco da Gama.
While the MLS side didn’t announce the financial terms of the deal, the transfer is reportedly worth $10 million. This makes Pec the club’s record signing, surpassing the $9.4 million spent on Chicharito Hernandez in 2020.
Pec signed a five-year contract with Galaxy. He will occupy the Designated Player spot that was left vacant by Chicharito, who left the club after the 2023 season.
Pec played 50 games with Vasco da Gama in 2023, scoring 14 goals and adding six assists. He has been monitored by several MLS clubs in recent months, including Portland Timbers, but Galaxy ended up being the quickest to get the deal done.
“Gabriel has been a key contributor for one of the biggest clubs in Brazil’s Serie A, and we are beyond excited that he is choosing to join the Galaxy as the next step in his burgeoning career,” Galaxy general manager Will Kuntz said in a statement.
Gabriel Pec made his senior debut with Vasco da Gama in 2019 and has since scored 26 goals and dished 14 assists in 178 matches. He is also a Brazil youth international, playing three games for the country’s U23 side.