Los Angeles Football Club goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu has been a regular for USL League One side FC Tucson this season, on loan at the Arizona club. After losing a game on Friday, he and Tucson bounced back and posted a win on Tuesday.
On Friday, it wasn’t as rosy, as Ejimadu was on the wrong side of a 2-0 loss at home to South Georgia Tormenta. The game was scoreless until Lucas Coutinho managed a breakthrough in the 63rd minute, while the insurance goal was scored deep in stoppage time, with Ejimadu playing in the opposite box trying to help Tucson score an equalizer on a corner kick.
Then, on Tuesday, they turned it around, as FC Tucson hosted Lansing Ignite and won 2-0. Devyn Jambga and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu had the goals for Tucson, but Ejimadu received the plaudits as Man of the Match, as his five saves clinched his first clean sheet stateside in the victory.
Ejimadu currently leads the league in saves, with 17, and he’s featured in every game for FC Tucson. They are back in action a week from Saturday, on the road at Richmond Kickers.
LAFC’s other on-loan contingent at Phoenix Rising FC — Lamar Batista, Tristan Blackmon, Shaft Brewer, Jr., Javi Perez and Josh Perez — all appear to have been recalled, either to play for LAFC, train with the club, or because they are injured. That said, they could go back, and with Phoenix playing Orange County SC on Saturday in Irvine, they could join back up locally. Stay tuned.
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