LAFC Re-Signs Beloved Defender Eddie Segura for 2024 MLS Season and Beyond
LAFC has exciting news for their fans, as they have decided to bring back a well-loved player. On Wednesday, the club officially announced the re-signing of veteran defender Eddie Segura, who will be joining the team for the 2024 MLS season with the option to extend through 2026.
Originally from Colombia and just 26 years old, Segura was initially acquired on a six-month loan from Atlético Huila. He became an integral part of the LAFC squad during his previous stint with the club, playing for four seasons from 2019 to 2022. Throughout his time with the Black & Gold, he made 85 regular-season appearances (76 of which were starts) and made impressive contributions of 3 goals and 3 assists.
One of the highlights of Segura's time with LAFC was his involvement in the team's successful 2022 MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield winning campaign. A reliable presence in the center back position (although he can also play as an outside back), Segura's progress was temporarily halted by a right ACL tear during the 2021 season. As a result, his appearances were limited in 2022, participating in only eight regular-season starts, accumulating just over 800 minutes on the field.
However, despite the injury setback, Segura showcased his resilience and dedication to the team by giving a full 90-minute performance in LAFC's exhilarating 3-2 victory over their rivals, LA Galaxy, during the Western Conference Semifinals. His commitment and talent have endeared him to the fans, making him a beloved figure at the club.
Co-president and general manager John Thorrington praised Segura's professionalism and loyalty since joining the team in 2018, acknowledging him as a top-class player and person. The contract renewal is a well-deserved recognition of Segura's contributions to LAFC, and the club is thrilled to have him continue his career in the Black & Gold jersey.
LAFC has been active during the Secondary Transfer Window, engaging in various player deals. They recently transferred Kwadwo "Mahala" Opoku to CF Montréal for a substantial $1.75 million in General Allocation Money (GAM). Additionally, the club signed Spanish forward Mario González from the Portuguese top-flight side Braga.
In addition to these signings, the club also welcomed Bulgarian international midfielder Filip Krastev, who joined on loan from Belgian second-division side Lommel SK.
As the current MLS champions, LAFC has shown impressive form in the league, currently holding the second spot in the Western Conference table with a record of 10 wins, 6 losses, and 7 draws, totaling 37 points. With their Group Stage bye secured as a result of being last year's double winners, they are now set to participate in the knockout rounds of the 2023 Leagues Cup. Exciting times lie ahead for LAFC and their passionate fan base.