Former Flame Baggio Husidic Excelling with LA Galaxy

Baggio Husidic
Baggio Husidic

June 3, 2014

CHICAGO – UIC soccer alum and LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic returned to the Windy City this past week to train alongside his Galaxy teammates at Flames Field in preparation for their match on Sunday (June 1) against Husidic’s former team, the Chicago Fire, who they tied 1-1.

Husidic has made a significant impact in his first season with the Galaxy, playing a total of 763 minutes while starting nine games and appearing in all 11 matches. Husidic recorded his first goal with LA on April 6 in a 3-0 shutout victory against Chivas USA to mark the sixth MLS goal of his career and added a helper to Stefan Ishizaki’s goal on April 19 against the Vancouver Whitecaps, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Husidic has moved through the professional circuit since his final season at UIC in 2008. He was drafted in the second round, 20th overall, by the Fire in 2009 and spent three seasons with the team before opting to play in Europe for the Swedish club Hammarby. Husidic then returned to Major League Soccer after signing with LA in November 2013.

Husidic played for the Flames from 2006-2008, competing in 65 games with 12 goals, seven assists and 31 points. He capped off his final season with UIC by being selected as the program's first NSCAA/adidas First Team All-American alongside Jovan Bubonja, in addition to receiving several accolades from Soccer America, and College Soccer News. A two-time All-League First Team honoree, Husidic additionally made his mark in the Horizon League after being named the Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 following a nine goal and six assist season.