Transfers DONE DEAL: LA Galaxy acquire Ghanaian star Joseph Paintsil from KRC Genk

The LA Galaxy have acquired the services of Joseph Paintsil from Belgian Pro League side KRC Genk as a Designated Player and signed the forward to a four-year contract through the end of the 2027 MLS season.

Paintsil, who will occupy an international roster slot, will be added to the Galaxy roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

Explaining the decision to sign the Black Star, La Galaxy General Manager Will Kuntz said: “Joseph has been a key member of one of the best clubs in Belgium’s top flight and one of Africa’s most prominent national teams over the past few years and we are thrilled to announce that he is joining the LA Galaxy,” adding: “We are looking forward to adding such a dynamic attacker in the prime of his career to our group and for him to be a key figure in our pursuit of our next trophies.”

Paintsil, 26, joins the Galaxy after recording 61 goals and 35 assists across 228 matches played in Europe with Genk (2019-23), MKE Ankaragucu (2020-21) and Ferencvarosi TC (2017-18). Notably, Paintsil totaled 32 goal contributions (18 goals, 14 assists) in 39 matches played across all competitions for Genk during the 2022-23 campaign.

During the 2022-23 Belgian Pro League season, Paintsil notched 28 goal contributions (14 goals, 14 assists) in 30 league appearances (28 starts), helping Genk qualify for the 2023-24 Europa Conference League.

At the international level, Paintsil has notched two assists in 14 appearances (nine starts) for Ghana, most recently tallying an assist in three appearances (two starts) at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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