Eddie Lewis Leaves Derby County To Return To MLS

Joe GSenior Writer IAugust 21, 2008

US International Eddie Lewis is leaving Coca-Cola Championship club Derby County to finish his career in MLS with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Los Angeles has him signed through 2011.

The move was confirmed Wednesday, August 20th while Lewis was in Guatemala with the US National Team for their World Cup Qualifier.

Lewis has spent the last eight seasons in England at various levels in the league pyramid. Lewis moved to Fulham in 2000 when they were in the Football League First Division, becoming the first of their American contingent. He only saw limited action in two seasons, and would move on to Preston North End, Leeds, and most recently, Derby County.

The 34-year old can play either on the left wing or at left back, and figures to help the Galaxy's defense, which is the worst in MLS.

The move to Los Angeles reunites him with coach Bruce Arena, with whom he spent the last two World Cups. Lewis was expected to return to Los Angeles with new teammate Landon Donovan, where he will also likely receive treatment for a minor head injury picked up in the match against Guatemala.

So what does this move mean for Los Angeles?

New coach Bruce Arena has been successful in MLS before and understands what it takes to win championships. LA's problem has long been its back line, and under Arena the club will be committed to keeping a stout defense.

Lewis is similar to Columbus defender and fellow US International Frankie Hejduk. He's willing to get forward and put himself into the attack, but also has the fitness to run back and bolster the back line. Because of his wide range of abilities, he immediately becomes LA's best option in defense.

LA's newest signing will most likely make his debut on August 30th against the New England Revolution.