This Is the Los Angeles Galaxy: Adam Cristman

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This Is the Los Angeles Galaxy: Adam Cristman
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This is Part Three in a list of players that will be joining the Los Angeles Galaxy this season.


For a journeyman forward like Adam Cristman, the frequent flyer miles are accumulating en masse.

Cristman's work as a forward has seen him ply his trade with three different clubs in Major League Soccer, making an impact as a member of the New England Revolution and D.C. United.

Now, with Edson Buddle leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy for greener pastures across the pond, Cristman—who stands 6-foot-1—will look to fill a lost void and deliver the same offensive firepower as he joins his fourth club in five years.

Adam Cristman was born on Jan. 8, 1985 in Washington, DC. As a youth player, Cristman played for the Eagles of Mills Godwin High School in nearby Richmond, Virginia. In 2003, Cristman led the Eagles to a 22-0-0 record, a #1 national ranking and a Virginia AAA state championship.

Cristman continued his work at the University of virginia. He was named a two-time NSCAA All-South Atlantic Team and All-ACC Team honoree in 2005 and 2006 while leading the Cavaliers to the NCAA College Cup for the first time since 1997.

Cristman tallied 34 goals and 15 assists as a four-year starter at Virginia from 2003-2006 while spending one season with the Richmond Kickers Future side in 2004. As a member of the USA Under-18 men's national team, Cristman scored four goals in 31 appearances.

In 2007, Adam Cristman was selected as the 48th overall pick by the New England Revolution at the MLS SuperDraft.

The payoff was immense, as Cristman appeared in nearly every game of the season for the Revs. His work as a regular substitute gave way to a role as a game-time starter by midseason.

In all, Cristman scored 10 goals in 46 appearances for the New England Revolution and was a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year in 2007.

When the 2008 MLS season ended, Cristman was traded to the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) for allocation money and a third round 2009 MLS SuperDraft selection.

Injuries limited his playing time with Sporting, but he made his team debut on July 25, 2009 against the Galaxy. However, Cristman was limited to just five appearances, with no goals to his credit.

But Cristman was determined to get back on track, and on Feb. 3, 2010, he returned home as a member of D.C. United as part of a trade for one of its international player spots to Sporting until Dec. 31, 2011.

It was a tough year for D.C. in 2010. The most storied club in the league finished at the bottom of the table, and in just 17 appearances, Cristman managed just two goals.

Finally, Cristman got a chance to play with a couple of notable players in David Beckham and Landon Donovan. On Jan. 11, 2011, he was traded to the Galaxy in exchange for the team's first-round 2011 Supplemental Draft pick.

Now, as this journeyman forward looks to flourish under the bright lights of Victoria Street, Adam Cristman hopes that his road will end with an MLS Cup lifted on high.

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