Los Angeles Football Club made it official on Monday, announcing the signing of goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega from Real Sociedad, confirming the other half of La Real’s announcement over the weekend. No details were offered by LAFC on the signing, but based on Real Sociedad’s release, it was apparently a transfer with a buy-back clause for the La Liga club.
Sisniega, 23, won’t occupy an international roster slot, as he holds U.S. citizenship in addition to Mexican and German citizenships. Both of his parents were athletes in the Olympics, with his father a modern pentathlete in four Olympics and his mother a high jumper, both representing Mexico.
“Pablo is a young and exciting goalkeeper with a bright future ahead of him,” said General Manager and EVP of Soccer Operations John Thorrington in a statement. “He will bring valuable experience from his time in Spain and add depth and competition to the group.”
Sisniega hasn’t made his debut for La Real’s first team, as significant injuries to his shoulder and then surgery to remove his spleen halted his progress. The Mexico City native has also spent time in the Chivas and Philadelphia Union academies before joining the Basque outfit, where he turned pro.
He’ll likely serve as the backup to Tyler Miller, but don’t forget, Miller himself was largely unknown when he became the starter last season, after Luis Lopez arrived in Los Angeles injured. I wouldn’t expect Sisniega to move ahead and become the starter, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he gives Miller a run for the No. 1 slot if he stays healthy, either.
So, that gives LAFC two goalkeepers under contract for 2019. They’re going to sign one more, and with Philip Ejimadu and Wade Hamilton getting pretty far along in preseason, it is possible they could add both — they had four goalkeepers under contract most of 2018, after all, although two were hurt significant portions of the season.
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