LOS ANGELES — Canadian international defender Dejan Jakovic has signed with Los Angeles FC, a Major League Soccer expansion team.
The 32-year-old centre back played in the North American Soccer League for the New York Cosmos last season. He spent five seasons in MLS at DC United from 2009 to 2013, sandwiched between stints with Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade and Japan’s Shimizu S-Pulse.
“Dejan is an experienced player that knows this league extremely well,” LAFC general manager John Thorrington said in a statement. “He is technically sound and has all the physical tools to contribute to what we are building here at LAFC.”
Jakovic, born in Croatia but raised in Toronto, has earned 40 caps for Canada.
“Dejan is a proven MLS veteran who will bring valuable experience to our group,” said LAFC head coach Bob Bradley.
Jakovic joins Canadian assistant coach Marc Dos Santos at LAFC. The new L.A. club is also home to four players who have spent time with Canadian MLS clubs: Steven Beitashour (Toronto), Jordan Harvey (Vancouver) and Laurent Ciman and Calum Mallace (Montreal).
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