LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Galaxy announced Monday it has traded forward Isaac Isaac to the Montreal Impact for forward Alex Caceres and an unspecified amount of salary.
The Galaxy’s latest move adds to a roster that already features a pair of young players who can provide depth for the veteran core.
Isaac joins a Galaxy roster that has scored 17 goals this season.
“Isaac has proven himself as a strong player for us this season and we feel he can provide us with another player in the middle of our lineup to provide a strong physical presence,” Galaxy general manager Dave Kasper said in a release.
Cacere, 22, played his first season in the league with the Impact, scoring three goals in 10 games.
He’s coming off a season in which he scored six goals in 31 games.
The Impact, which has not been a top-tier MLS club, finished fourth in the Eastern Conference last season and will likely finish sixth this season, according to MLS.
The New York Red Bulls are expected to offer a similar deal to the Galaxy, though it is unclear if the Galaxy will accept a deal in the area of salary in return.
“We feel we have a player that can contribute to our future plans and add some depth to our attack,” Kasper added.
“Alex is a quality player with proven leadership qualities, and we believe he is the type of player we need to add to our team in the near future.”
The Galaxy have a glut of forward talent after signing forwards Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Sebastian Giovinco and Gyasi Zardes to long-term deals this offseason.
The team also has young forwards David Horst and Kasey Keller, though Kasper declined to comment on the future of the latter two.
Isaac is the seventh player to be traded in MLS this offseason, and the fifth in the Galaxy’s roster this year.
Isaac was acquired by the Galaxy on Aug. 18 from the Chicago Fire, who had acquired him from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for forward Christian Ramirez.
Isaac had spent time with the Rapids after joining the Rapids in 2015.
Isaac’s departure leaves the Galaxy with 16 forwards and eight midfielders, with Kasper saying the club still has enough depth in the midfield.
“I am thrilled to have Alex and Alex Cacres join us on the team and we look forward to building on our success this season,” Kaspara said.
Isaac played for the Colorado Rockies, San Antonio Scorpions, Portland Timbers and New England Revolution last season.
He scored three goals with four assists and a minus-12 rating in 36 games with Colorado.
The 24-year-old scored his first MLS goal on Oct. 31 against Toronto FC.
The move comes at a critical time for the Galaxy after losing the captain, Robbie Keane.
“With the loss of Robbie Keane in the offseason, the Galaxy have had to take a big step forward and that has meant the addition of Alex Cascais, one of the best midfielders in the world,” Galaxy General Manager Pete Vagenas said in the release.
“The Galaxy will look to capitalize on his experience and his talent to be a force for the club in the future.”