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LAFC defender Tristan Blackmon loaned to Phoenix Rising FC

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Rookie likely to get some playing time at USL level.

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Los Angeles Football Club announced on Wednesday they have loaned defender Tristan Blackmon to USL side Phoenix Rising FC. LAFC can recall Blackmon at any time, within the MLS roster guidelines (the MLS roster freeze this season is in about a month).

Blackmon, 22, was drafted with the No. 3 pick by LAFC, the team’s second 2018 MLS SuperDraft pick. The University of the Pacific product has played nine league games and one U.S. Open Cup game so far for LAFC, starting six. While there were hints he could play at center back, Blackmon has played his minutes at right back, but has been the backup to Steven Beitashour throughout the season.

The timing is somewhat interesting, considering LAFC are in the middle of a second straight double-game week, but Blackmon does not appear to be in the plans for the coming games, after starting on Saturday in LAFC’s 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.

Blackmon is the second LAFC player to be loaned out to a USL team that is not their official affiliate, Orange County SC, joining midfielder James Murphy, who was loaned out to Las Vegas Lights FC for about six weeks earlier this summer before rejoining the team earlier this month. Expect something similar to happen with the defender in Phoenix.

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