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LAFC mutually part ways with goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer

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The goalkeeper competition is resolved, then.

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LAFC announced Friday that they have “mutually agreed to a contract termination” with goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.

The 35-year-old had one season with LAFC, where he split the starting duties with Pablo Sisniega. While the Dutch veteran had been expected to be the No. 1 and LAFC hoped he would be the final piece to help them win a trophy in 2020, his play was inconsistent. At times, he played his way out of the starter’s role and at others, including his run to the Concacaf Champions League final, he was immense.

But, whether he saw the writing on the wall and wanted to head back to the Netherlands or if LAFC wanted to make some more moves and were ready to move on from the player, they have decided, on the eve of the season, to part ways.

That means Sisniega will be LAFC’s undisputed No. 1 heading into the 2021 season, and rookie Tomas Romero moves up to be the backup. It will be interesting to see if the club sign a new goalkeeper in the coming weeks or if Phillip Ejimadu, signed to Las Vegas Lights, will be the de facto No. 3 again this season, albeit not on the roster.

Vermeer’s departure is a bit surprising, but his tenure were certainly checkered. Thanks to Kenneth for the memories and good luck moving forward.

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