Los Angeles Football Club announced two new signings on Friday, ahead of the team’s first-ever game on Sunday. As expected, the team has added goalkeeper Charlie Lyon and midfielder James Murphy. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Lyon is the first player to sign with LAFC from the team’s USL affiliate Orange County SC. Lyon was the starter for Orange County last year, notching seven clean sheets in 31 league appearances. Prior to joining OC, he played in the Seattle Sounders organization, dividing his time between the first team and the club’s USL team. He spent time with LAFC starter Tyler Miller at the Sounders.
The 25-year-old will likely be the No. 3 long-term this year, but with Luis Lopez hurt right now, Lyon will be the backup to Miller for Sunday’s opener (coincidentally, in Seattle against the Sounders) and probably a little while beyond that. Whether Lyon will return to Orange County on loan this season is as yet unclear.
Murphy returns stateside after beginning his professional career with English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. A member of the club’s U-23 squad, the 20-year-old signed his first pro deal with the Owls in July 2016, and has also been a U.S. youth international.
To be honest, even though Murphy is American he’s an unknown quantity in many ways. The New Jersey native is likely to be depth for Bob Bradley, but given how few midfielders LAFC have (only six officially on the roster, Aaron Kovar can’t play against the Sounders and Eduard Atuesta is reportedly unavailable due to paperwork issues) he may get a chance to play very soon.
With the moves, LAFC’s roster is now up to 22 players. Guess it’s ride or die with this squad heading into Sunday’s game.
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