Lawrence Olum isn’t ready to hang up his boots just yet.
Last Thursday, USL Championship side Miami FC announced it had signed the veteran defender to a deal for the 2020 season.
“Lawrence is a great addition to Miami FC,” the club’s head coach Nelson Vargas said in a statement. “He’s had a distinguished career in the MLS. He will add veteran leadership both in the locker room and on the field. On the field he will bring loads of experience that will solidify our backline.”
Olum, 35, spent last season with Minnesota United FC in Major League Soccer, making 10 appearances. Since 2011, he has appeared in more than 150 MLS matches, also spending time with the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City. Olum has notched seven goals and four assists in his MLS career.
A native of Kenya, he has four caps for his country’s national team.
Memphis signs five
Memphis 901 FC signed two players last week who have experience playing for the Nigerian national team. The second-year USL Championship side brought forward Mfon Udoh and defender Solomon Kwambe on board to its 2020 roster.
Udoh, 27, has three caps for the Nigerian national team and scored 20 goals last season in the NPFL. Kwambe, 26, played in the NPFL last season too and featured for Nigeria in qualifying games for the 2014 World Cup.
Memphis continued to add to its roster later in the week, signing former Nashville SC midfielder Michael Reed and 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder Rafael Mentzingen. Reed, 32, had two goals and six assists in 54 appearances for Nashville over the past two seasons. Mentzingen was an All-USL League One selection last year with Lansing Ignite, notching six goals and seven assists in 21 games.
On Friday, Memphis signed Keanu Marsh-Brown to its roster for 2020. Marsh-Brown came up in the academy of Fulham FC and has represented Guyana on the international stage, featuring in three matches for his country in the 2019 Gold Cup. The 27-year-old forward spent last season playing for Newport County in England’s fourth-tier, notching one goal and two assists in 21 matches.
Monarchs get transfer from Triumph
Real Monarchs SLC completed a transfer with USL League One side Greenville Triumph SC last week, acquiring midfielder Chris Bermudez. The 20-year-old had three goals and two assists in 24 appearances for the Triumph last season.
Specifics of the transfer agreement were not disclosed.
“Chris was a player that we identified as one to watch going into the 2019 campaign,” Real Monarchs assistant general manager Tim Weaver said in a statement. “We monitored him during the 2019 season with Greenville and identified him as one we thought could make an impact at the USL Championship level. He is a young, dynamic winger that loves to create chances.”
Bermudez came up in the New York Red Bulls academy and has also spent time with Liga MX club CF Pachuca.
Rowdies take on Norwich loan
The Tampa Bay Rowdies boosted their defense, taking on Louis Lomas as a loan from English Premier League side Norwich City FC.
Lomas, 19, will spend the entire 2020 campaign with the Rowdies. He is the second Norwich player the club has hosted. It also took on Caleb Richards for the 2019 season.
“I’m delighted to continue our partnership with Norwich City,” Rowdies head coach Neill Collins said in a statement. “Expectations were certainly raised last year with Caleb, but we believe Louis will come in and add to our squad. He’s young and hungry that wants the opportunity to get first team experience. He’s very versatile in that he can play multiple positions across the back. Most importantly, he’s a very good guy that’s excited to come here.”
Lomas typically plays center back, but has also featured as a defensive midfielder in his youth career with Norwich’s U-23 side. In 42 professional appearances, he has two goals and one assist.
Captain reunites with Lilley in Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced last week that it had signed Tony Walls to a contract for the 2020 season, with a team option for 2021. Walls, 30, was the captain of Bob Lilley’s 2015 Rochester Rhinos squad that won the USL title.
“Tony is a very versatile player who will bring quality experience and toughness to our roster,” Lilley, who now coaches the Hounds, said in a statement. “He’s a player that competes well and knows how to win.”
Walls spent last season in USL League One, tallying two goals and three assists in 24 matches with the Chattanooga Red Wolves. With the Rhinos and Saint Louis FC, he has 93 USL Championship appearances under his belt, along with eight goals and two assists in that stretch. He has played right back, center back and as a holding midfielder.