Los Angeles Football Club announced on Wednesday they have signed goalkeeper Quillan Roberts. The 23-year-old joins after trialing with the team in the preseason.
Roberts was an academy product of Toronto FC, with the Toronto native signing with the first team in 2012. He served as the third-string goalkeeper for TFC throughout his tenure there, ending following the 2016 season. Last year, he played in the amateur League1 Ontario, where he played for Woodbridge Strikers, winning league goalkeeper of the year honors and winning the title there.
He also has experience in USL, as he’s played about 40 times between the Wilmington Hammerheads and Toronto FC II. Roberts never played for TFC’s first team.
“Quillan has been with us since the start of camp and has shown a great deal of improvement over the past few months,” said LAFC EVP of soccer operations and general manager John Thorrington in a team statement. “We’re confident that he will be able to complement and strengthen our goalkeeping core for the remainder of the season.”
The signing means the last player who was unveiled to be on the MLS Players’ Union salary info for LAFC without being announced as a signing by the club is now accounted for. Roberts has been with LAFC all season — he’s been featured in training footage since preseason, so it makes sense to actually add him to the roster.
But Roberts’ addition means LAFC have four goalkeepers on the roster, which makes the move rather puzzling. Does this mean Luis Lopez may not be available at all this season, and may have to go on the disabled list (where a roster slot would be freed up)? Did something happen to Tyler Miller or his backup so far this season, Charlie Lyon? It’s not altogether unheard of that an MLS team would have four goalkeepers, but it’s not common, either. And since only one goalkeeper can play at a time, what does this mean for the four guys in the mix? Will there be anyone who takes Miller’s place?
We shall see. For now, Roberts is part of LAFC.
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