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LAFC sign Mark Segbers on loan from Memphis 901 FC

Newcomer returns to Southern California, this time in MLS.

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Los Angeles Football Club announced Tuesday they have signed Mark Segbers on loan from Memphis 901 FC for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The 24-year-old is in his first season at Memphis, a USL Championship club, and he’s bounced around in his short pro career to date. Drafted by the New England Revolution in 2018, Segbers was sent on loan to Orange County SC that year, where he spent most of the season with a fantastic OCSC squad. At Orange County, he was firmly a winger, albeit one who played a good two-way game, but LAFC have called him a defender, so he has presumably converted into the position since leaving Orange County, where he played 19 games total.

Last year, Segbers played for Sporting Kansas City II, before moving to Memphis this year.

“Mark had a strong season with Memphis 901 FC and his arrival will be beneficial as we head into the final stretch of the year” said LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington in a team statement. “We look forward to getting him acclimated to the group as quickly as possible.”

I imagine Segbers could see playing time ASAP, once he clears quarantines and his paperwork is totally complete. With absences in the midfield, Latif Blessing, who’s been playing right back, will likely be needed back in midfield, and Andy Najar’s injury and Tristan Blackmon’s injury means there are no true right backs on the roster. So if he is fit and there aren’t any other viable options, he could not only be starting, but starting in the first or second game he’s available for LAFC. At worst, he’ll be depth, which the team needs, too.

So there you have it. We’ll see when he’s on the squad, but again, I think he could find playing time in a hurry if he’s ready for it, and I liked his game when I watched him closely in Orange County, so hopefully he can hit the ground running.

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