Los Angeles Football Club announced on Monday that defender Niko Hamalainen has returned to Queens Park Rangers following his loan stint at the MLS club.
“We would like to thank Niko for his contributions to our club during the first half of the season, and wish him great success moving forward,” said EVP & general manager John Thorrington in a team statement.
The 22-year-old left back made three competitive appearances (one start), 95 minutes total, all in league play for the black-and-gold. He set up the game-winning goal in his debut, on March 23 against Real Salt Lake.
Truthfully, we didn’t see a lot of the youngster, but it seems that was mainly due to the depth chart. LAFC brought in both him and Mohamed El-Munir in the offseason, but also retained starting left back Jordan Harvey, who himself is having a terrific season. Harvey has taken the lion’s share of the minutes, while El-Munir is starting to get a run, and that left Hamalainen on the outside looking in. With the original deal being a 6-month loan, he had a nice run, and now he can go back to QPR to try to break through to the first team there.
Best wishes to Niko moving forward in his career.
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