Los Angeles Galaxy sign Finnish midfielder Mika Vayrynen

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy have signed Finnish midfielder Mika Vayrynen.

The defending MLS Cup champions announced the move Friday on the morning of their season-opening game against the Chicago Fire.

The 33-year-old Vayrynen had a trial with the Galaxy during their European tour last month, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers in Dublin. Coach Bruce Arena says he was impressed by Vayrynen's experience and ability.

Vayrynen spent 11 years in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen and PSV Eindhoven before one season in England with Leeds. He spent the past three seasons with HJK Helsinki.

He has made 59 international appearances for Finland, scoring five goals.

Vayrynen will occupy an international roster spot with the Galaxy.