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LAFC acquires Dutch goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer with TAM

Vermeer, 34, has featured for Dutch sides Ajax and Feyenoord over his career. He has five caps for the Netherlands national team.

Los Angeles FC may have found its next starting goalkeeper.

The club announced Wednesday that it had signed Dutch keeper Kenneth Vermeer using targeted allocation money. LAFC acquired the 34-year-old from Feyenoord of the Dutch Eredivisie. He will take up an international roster spot.

Vermeer is a highly decorated goalkeeper, having been apart of teams that have claimed five Dutch championships, three Dutch Cups, a Belgian championship and two Dutch Super Cups.

“Kenneth is an experienced goalkeeper with an impressive track record of competing at the highest levels throughout his career,” LAFC general manager John Thorrington said in a statement. “We are confident that he will immediately fortify our goalkeeping core, and we look forward to welcoming him to the City of Los Angeles.”

Vermeer came up in Ajax’s academy and appeared in 138 matches for the club’s senior side between 2005 and 2014. Vermeer posted 50 clean sheets while playing between the posts for Ajax.

In 2014, Vermeer made the move to Feyenoord and went onto post 40 clean sheets in 133 appearances across all contests. This past season for Feyenoord, Vermeer posted an 8-3-6 record, helping the team secure a spot in the Europa League qualifiers.

He has also played with Dutch club Willem II and Belgian side Club Brugge on loans.

Vermeer has also featured five times for the Netherlands national team. In qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, he posted clean sheets against Estonia and Romania.

In its second season of MLS play last year, LAFC won the Supporters’ Shield with a 21-4-9 record. Its goalkeeper was Tyler Miller, who posted nine clean sheets in 28 starts. But Miller was out of contract with LAFC at the end of the 2019 season and is not in camp this week. The 26-year-old earned just $77,565 last season, according to figures from the MLS Players Association.

The other goalkeepers LAFC has in camp is Pablo Sisniega, a 24-year-old from Mexico, and 2020 SuperDraft pick Paulo Pita.

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