Major League Soccer

LAFC signs 3rd Uruguayan player, inking 20-year-old Ginella

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Uruguay’s Francisco Ginella, front, jumps with Norway’s Erling Haland, right, to head the ball during the Group C U20 World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and Norway in Lodz, Poland, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles FC has signed 20-year-old midfielder Francisco Ginella, bolstering its depth with another blue-chip Uruguayan prospect.

LAFC announced the move made with targeted allocation money on Monday.

Ginella joins fellow Uruguayans Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez, who hold two of LAFC’s three designated player spots.

Ginella already has spent three seasons in Uruguay’s first division with Montevideo Wanderers, making his pro debut in April 2018.

He played alongside Rodriguez at the U20 World Cup in Poland last summer.

LAFC’s midfield already includes solid MLS contributors Mark-Anthony Kaye, Latif Blessing and Eduard Atuesta, but the club lost veteran Lee Nguyen to Inter Miami in the expansion draft.

LAFC is preparing for its third MLS season after winning the Supporters’ Shield earlier this year as the league’s regular season champions in just its second season of existence. LAFC then lost to Seattle in the Western Conference playoff final.

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