Along with the re-signing of US international defender Walker Zimmerman, LAFC re-signed defenders Danilo Silva and Dejan Jakovic.
Both players contributed to a successful first season for the new Los Angeles club as they finished second in the western conference. While they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of Real Salt Lake, keeping the defensive core intact puts them in the best possible position to compete this season.
GM John Thorrington released a statement regarding the news:
“Re-signing Danilo and Dejan was always part of our offseason plan, and we’re excited that both players will be returning in 2019… Danilo and Dejan add veteran leadership and experience to the group, and we’re confident they will both contribute to the success of our club.”
Silva was signed during the summer transfer window when club captain Laurent Ciman left to ply his trade in French Ligue 1 side Dijon (Ciman has since returned to the MLS with Toronto FC). The Brazilian developed a successful partnership at the back with Zimmerman making 11 appearances last season. He’s been signed outright, no longer on-loan from parent club Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Jakovic, on the other hand, played the role of deputy as Ciman, Zimmerman, and Silva played the majority of minutes at center-back in 2018. The Canadian was thrusted into the limelight when Zimmerman went down with an injury at the beginning of the season and played well. He made a total of 17 appearances across all competitions last season.
Joining them also is Colombian defender Eddie Segura, on-loan from Atletico Huila in the Colombian first division. LAFC have the option to make his six month loan deal permanent.
Unless we hear of any new defensive signings between now and the start of the season, LAFC defensive group will look like this: Walker Zimmerman, Danilo Silva, Jordan Harvey, Dejan Jakovic, Eddie Segura, and Tristan Blackmon.
LAFC will look to repeat their success in the regular season and advance in the playoffs as the 2019 season looms around the corner.
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