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LAFC Loan Watch: Phillip Ejimadu starts in FC Tucson’s USL League One debut

Goalkeeper earns a win in first try.

Courtesy of USL League One (via FC Tucson).

The first Los Angeles Football Club player to go on loan to the new third-tier pro league USL League One is goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu, who got the start for FC Tucson in their debut game, a 3-1 win over Orlando City B in Montverde, Fla. on Saturday evening.

The teenager, signed by LAFC after a preseason trial, was sent on loan to Tucson ahead of the season opener, and the youngster slotted right into the starting XI.

Midway through the first half, he was involved in a collision in Tucson’s box and it appeared he suffered an injury, possibly a dead leg or quad injury. After being attended to by the team medical staff for several minutes and getting up gingerly, he ended up carrying on, and even remained on the park after the halftime break.

FC Tucson were up 3-0 and up a man by the time he conceded, as Christopher Osei-Wusu scored OCB’s first goal in League One. Tucson got their goals from Guilllermo Delgado (2) and Zach Wright.

So, the youngster got some playing time and a win to boot. We’ll keep you posted on Ejimadu’s progress moving forward.

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