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SD Loyal Adds Trio of Players Before March 7 Inaugural Match

By SD Loyal , 03/06/20, 12:15PM PST


Atuahene, Kempin and Lara are last-minute additions leading into this Saturday’s big match against Las Vegas Lights FC

San Diego, CA (March 6, 2020) – San Diego Loyal Soccer Club (SD Loyal) announced today the addition of three players – Francis Atuahene, Jon Kempin and Edwin Lara, pending league and federation approval. The players will join the Club for its inaugural USL Championship season in 2020, which kicks off Saturday, March 7 at Torero Stadium against the Las Vegas Lights FC.

“One of our goals in the off-season was to build a deep squad that could compete in the USL Championship and Open Cup,” said Landon Donovan, EVP of Soccer Operations and First Team Manger. “The addition of Francis, Edwin and Jon bolsters our squad. They’ll help to make us even more competitive and give us the chance to be successful over a long season.”

Atuahene, a confident, fast-attacking player and native of Ghana, is on loan from FC Dallas. The Forward was selected fourth overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft and made MLS history when he scored his first goal just 42 seconds after coming off the substitute's bench during his debut against the San Jose Earthquakes in 2019. Kempin, an American MLS soccer player and loan from Columbus Crew SC, was originally a homegrown signing by Sporting Kansas City at the ripe age of 17 before playing for the LA Galaxy. The Goalkeeper spent time on loan with Orlando City, OKC Energy, San Antonio Scorpions, Swope Park Rangers, LA Galaxy II and Hartford Athletic. Californian Edwin Lara, who played for Mexico at the 2015 U-17 World Cup, is joining San Diego Loyal after stints at Club León and Club de Fútbol Pachuca. The Defender was famously included in the prestigious The Guardian’s "Next Generation 2016".

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