Fantastic news, as LAFC announced Friday they have acquired defender Jesús David Murillo on a permanent transfer from Independiente Medellin.
Murillo made nine appearances in 2020 for LAFC following his loan from DIM, proving to be a fixture in the lineup and an immediate defensive boost as the team capped off the year with a run to the Concacaf Champions League final.
“Re-signing Jesús was of utmost priority for us and we are excited to know he will be with us from the start of the season,” said LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington in a team statement. “It was evident from the moment Jesús joined us that he fit in very well with our group and our system. He is a strong and reliable defender with a commanding presence on both ends of the field.”
The 26-year-old had previously spent his whole pro career in his native Colombia, playing for Deportivo Pasto, Patriotas Boyacá and Independiente. He was thrown into the deep end with LAFC when his loan was approved in October, with the team struggling mightily and the games piling up, but the center back offered an immediate aerial presence in the back and vocal leadership to help lift the defense. While the fanbase is still wondering exactly why LAFC traded away Walker Zimmerman, it appears Murillo can be a defensive anchor for the team to build around moving forward.
So needless to say, this is good news, and as Thorrington mentioned, this was the No. 1 transfer market priority for LAFC in the offseason. With Murillo’s return wrapped up, plus the signings of Kim Moon-hwan and Marco Farfan so far this offseason, there’s an expectation the defense will be better and more stable than it was in 2020. Time will tell, but Friday’s move is a good sign.
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