Los Angeles Football Club announced on Friday they have loaned midfielder James Murphy to USL side Las Vegas Lights FC. Murphy is eligible to play for Las Vegas immediately, so he is theoretically available to feature on Saturday against Swope Park Rangers in Kansas City.
Murphy, 20, has yet to debut for LAFC this season in competitive action, his only appearance during the season coming in the midseason friendly against Borussia Dortmund on May 22. The American was signed in the preseason from Sheffield Wednesday’s system.
Many are probably wondering why Murphy was not sent to LAFC’s USL affiliate, Orange County SC, like his teammate Nico Czornomaz. Teams are not required to loan players to their affiliates, and Orange County’s midfield is a group of experienced professionals, including the likes of Aodhan Quinn, Christian Duke, Koji Hashimoto and Richard Chaplow. So most likely, Murphy may not have gotten a great deal of time at OC, and so LAFC sought to find a situation where he was more likely to get playing time.
Las Vegas Lights are led by former Chivas USA head coach Chelís and his son Isidro Sanchez. Chelís is in the middle of an 8-game suspension, his second lengthy ban of the season, and the expansion team is currently in 12th place in the USL Western Conference, four points from the final playoff position at present.
Best of luck to James on the loan, and we’ll keep track of his progress in Las Vegas.
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