GALAXY: Sarvas signing is official

The Galaxy made it official Tuesday that Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas has signed with the club on a free transfer from Costa Rican champion Alajuelense.

Sarvas last week told a Costa Rican website that he had agreed to a two-year deal with the Galaxy, choosing it over a three-year offer from Alajuela, and L.A. boss Bruce Arena acknowledged his signing during a media teleconference Monday.

“We've signed that player, and we will in the next day or two get out a release on him,” Arena said. “He's a good, experienced, two-way midfielder I think is going to help our team. ...

“He's played against us twice this year [in the CONCACAF Champions League]. Good player. Good passer, experienced, a two-way midfielder. I think he's going to be a good addition.”

The agreement is pending a physical exam and receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. No terms were announced.

Sarvas, 30, began his pro career with Corinthians in Sao Paulo and played for clubs in Sweden and Poland before signing last January with Alajuelense, with which he's made 27 appearances in 36 league and CONCACAF Champions League games this year.

He has one more game to go in Costa Rica: Sunday's second leg of the Invierno final at Herediano. The clubs drew, 1-1, in the first leg last weekend in Alajuela.

YOUTH IS SERVED: The academy players the Galaxy are looking to sign to Home Grown Player contracts, a source with knowledge of the situation said, are midfielder Jose Villareal (Inglewood/Leuzinger HS), a U.S. under-23 national team pool player, and defender Javan Torre (Santa Monica/Crossroads HS), who has made a verbal commitment to UCLA. The Galaxy have been pursuing for several months a signature from Villareal, who had a September trial in Belgium with KVC Westerlo. He also has options in Europe.