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LAFC sign midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to three-year contract extension

Canadian international set to be a foundational piece for team.

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Los Angeles Football Club announced on Monday they have signed midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to a new three-year contract extension, with a club option for the 2022 season.

Kaye, 24, made 22 appearances across all competitions for LAFC in 2018. The versatile midfielder was a breakout performer from the club, after being acquired in the purportedly largest transfer from USL in history, after he helped lead Louisville City FC to the USL Cup in 2017.

The Canadian was a regular starter until his season was cut short with a severe ankle injury, picked up against the LA Galaxy in July.

“Mark is a really important player for us,” LAFC head coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. “From the start - he was open, he listened, and he applied our ideas. Before the injury, he was improving week by week. He has a bright future and I believe he will be back better than ever next year.”

“Mark-Anthony is a talented player who proved his importance to our team in our inaugural season that was only interrupted due to an unfortunate injury,” LAFC EVP of soccer operations and general manager John Thorrington said. “He possesses the commitment and ability to be a building block for our future, and we are confident the best is yet to come.”

We already knew Kaye was returning for the 2019 season after LAFC picked up his contract option, but this deal indicates the club’s belief in the player. Expect him to play a significant role for the team for the next few years, if all goes right.

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