Bizarre MLS video admits delight at seeing back of Nigel De Jong

The Dutch midfielder clearly didn’t make a positive impression Stateside.

Nigel De Jong in action for LA Galaxy.
Nigel De Jong in action for LA Galaxy.
Image: Ted S. Warren

IT’S SAFE TO say that Nigel De Jong didn’t live up to the expectations at the LA Galaxy after MLS released a video expressing delight at the Dutch midfielder’s departure.

The former Manchester City and AC Milan star has swapped his life in Los Angeles for a stint in Instanbul after he agreed on a move to Turkish giants Galatastaray.

De Jong played just 18 times for the Galaxy since he joined the club on a free transfer from Milan in February.

MLS’ Twitter account didn’t hold back upon hearing the news and were clearly unimpressed by his contribution in the league, which they framed as: no goals, no assists, three yellow cards, one red card and a three-match suspension for a tackle on Darlington Ngabe of the Portland Timbers

MLS essentially said ‘good riddance’ to De Jong and that the “ugly tackle” on Ngabe which led to his “three-game suspension was probably his most dramatic accomplishment in MLS”.

The video shows a number of aggressive tackles De Jong,  some ugly ones but some which were perfectly timed.

“Obviously this move is good for the Galaxy on a couple of fronts,” the video continues.

“There is going to free up a lot of salary space and it lets the Galaxy figure out their defensive situation.

“The Galaxy will definitely be a better team.”

Some send-off eh?

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