Ex-Ajax and Feyenoord goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer joins LAFC
LAFC has signed Dutch veteran goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer, the MLS club announced on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Vermeer has spent his entire club career with in the Dutch Eredivisie, aside from a short loan in 2018 to Belgian side Club Brugge.
The former Netherlands international had been at Feyenoord from 2014, having previously played at Ajax for nine seasons.
Vermeer has won numerous accolades, including five Dutch league titles and the Belgian championship while at Brugge.
“Kenneth is an experienced goalkeeper with an impressive track record of competing at the highest levels throughout his career,” said LAFC EVP & General Manager John Thorrington in a team 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.”
He featured for the Netherlands during their qualifying run to the 2014 World Cup but was not selected by Louis Van Gaal for the trip to Brazil.
LAFC reported to training camp for the third season in franchise history Monday without a clear starting goalkeeper after Tyler Miller‘s contract ran out late last year. Miller won 34 games with 19 shutouts in LAFC’s first two seasons, but he apparently hasn’t been invited back.
Winner of the 2019 Supporters Shield for thier record-breaking regular season record, LAFC has a busy 2020 campaign that also will include participation in the CONCACAF Champions League as well as the U.S. Open Cup.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.