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LAFC 2020 player postmortem: Mohamed Traore

Rookie makes first foray in pro game with black-and-gold.

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Mohamed Traore was one of a crop of teenage signings by LAFC in 2020. The defender, from Senegal who spent the past several years at Florida’s well-regarded Montverde Academy, was signed in August.

Traore had just turned 18, and the lanky defender was an unknown quantity, considering he had yet to play a professional game. In September, he got his feet wet in MLS with one appearance, starting in one of LAFC’s most rocky results of the season, the road loss at Real Salt Lake.

Here are Traore’s stats with LAFC in 2020:

Mohamed Traore 2020 Statistics

2020 Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots SOG Yellow Cards Red Cards
2020 Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots SOG Yellow Cards Red Cards
Regular Season 1 1 45 0 0 1 0 0 0
MiB Knockouts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CCL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 1 45 0 0 1 0 0 0

After making his debut, Traore suffered an injury or series of injuries and was unavailable much of the way down the stretch. Considering Bob Bradley doesn’t tend to rotate defenders unless he must, it’s safe to say Traore probably wouldn’t have seen a ton more playing time anyway, with Eddie Segura, Tristan Blackmon, Dejan Jakovic and after he was added, Jesús David Murrilo ahead of him on the depth chart at center back.

We’ll see what 2021 brings for Traore. It can be tough to give young center backs minutes, and if there is a schedule crunch again, then that can open the door for Traore with the need to rotate players. If the schedule is more normal, and loans become another normal option for players, then I think there’s a good chance he’ll be sent out to a local USL team to get minutes. And that would almost certainly help his development, getting a chance to play while out of the limelight.

With just 45 minutes’ playing time, it’s difficult to really make any sweeping proclamations about Traore’s pro prospects. He remains an unknown quantity overall, and he remains a project for the future. Time will tell how that future will unfold.

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