LAFC sign veteran defender Jordan Harvey, first free agent in team history
The Los Angeles Football Club has signed its first free agent in club history.
Veteran defender Jordan Harvey will join LAFC, the team announced on Tuesday.
A native of Southern California, Harvey, 33, joins LAFC after 13 MLS seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids. Last season with Vancouver, Harvey saw action in 28 matches (all starts), notching one goal and one assist in 2,509 minutes.
The 2016 Whitecaps FC Player of the year, he leaves Vancouver as the team's all-time leader in MLS regular season starts, appearances and minutes played.
"Jordan is a solid, reliable defender with so much experience in our league," said LAFC Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations and General Manager John Thorrington in a statement. "I have seen first-hand the strong veteran presence he will bring to our Club as he returns to Southern California."
Born and raised in Orange County, Harvey starred at UCLA from 2002-2005 as a member of the first Bruins class in school history to win four-straight Pac-10 titles, in addition to winning the NCAA College Cup in 2002.
"Jordan has established himself in MLS, and his knowledge of the league is going to be invaluable to us as we build our club," LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley said. "I look forward to his leadership and the stability he provides both on and off the pitch."
The 5-foot-11 Harvey has appeared in 270 career MLS regular season games (256 starts), tallying 11 goals and 15 assists.