Los Angeles Football Club announced on Wednesday they have re-signed defender Jordan Harvey to a one-year deal.
Harvey, 34, was out of contract and an MLS Free Agent again this offseason after being one last year and signing with his hometown team, and brings stability and depth to the left back position.
He made 33 appearances in 2018, across all competitions, playing 2,630 minutes as LAFC made a deep run in the U.S. Open Cup and reached the MLS Cup Playoffs in the team’s first season.
“Jordan is a reliable, experienced player that played a key role in the Club’s first season in MLS,” said General Manager and EVP of Soccer Operations John Thorrington in a team statement. “One of our offseason priorities was to keep the core of our group intact, and we’re delighted that Jordan has re-signed for the 2019 season.”
Harvey, who has previously played in MLS for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids, seemed to be in a position to battle for minutes with No. 1 draft pick Joao Moutinho to open the 2018 season. But over the course of the campaign, Harvey, who has played at least 24 games in league play every MLS season since 2009, beat out the rookie and established himself as the starter.
Since Moutinho has been shipped to Orlando City in exchange for Mohamed El-Munir, it seems the competition will open again for that spot in 2019. El-Munir is much younger, at 26, but Harvey has been Mr. Reliable at his position for about a decade. This could be the year when he takes more of a depth role, or he could hold off Father Time for another season and remain a fixture for the black-and-gold in 2019.
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