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LAFC sign forward Cal Jennings

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Second-year player aims to make mark at MLS level.

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LAFC announced Tuesday they have signed forward Cal Jennings ahead of the 2021 season. The 23-year-old will be entering his second season as a professional, after playing in 2020 for Memphis 901 FC of the USL Championship. In order to acquire Jennings, they traded for his MLS rights from FC Dallas, in exchange for LAFC’s “natural third round selection in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft and additional incentives if Jennings meets certain performance thresholds.”

“We are excited to welcome Cal to our group as we begin our preparations for the upcoming season,” said LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington in a team statement. “He had a strong season in USL last year, his first as a professional, and we believe he has the attributes to continue to develop as a player in MLS.”

Jennings led Memphis in scoring last season, with a good return of nine goals in 14 games in league play. Prior to that, the Atlanta native played NCAA soccer at the University of Central Florida.

He actually had a pro contract for the season already, with Indy Eleven, but it appears there was a clause in that deal that he could leave for free if an MLS opportunity came about.

Jennings was a new face in LAFC camp on Monday, but the mystery is solved, the vague Antoine Griezmann doppelganger is in fact Cal Jennings.

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