For French goalkeeper Clement Diop, hard work pays off. The former LA Galaxy II shot stopper was promoted to the first team and will occupy an International roster slot, following Los Dos’ run to the 2015 USL Championship game. Diop started in 24 matches for LA Galaxy II while recording eight shutouts with a 1.12 goals against average during the 2015 USL Regular Season. In postseason play, Diop recorded two shutouts and allowed just one goal in four games played.
“Clement is a young player who showed a tremendous upside last season with LA Galaxy II,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “He is another example of why LA Galaxy II is so important for providing players with opportunities for development. We are happy to add him to our roster as he continues to progress as a player.”
— LA Galaxy II (@LAGalaxyII) December 16, 2015
“He’s a young goalkeeper with a lot of athletic ability. He needs to improve his technique and his feet a little bit. I think that he’s a tremendous shot blocker, he’s courageous and unbelievably athletic,” Arena added. “He’s also very young as well. He’s got the potential to be a very good goalkeeper. He’s going to have the opportunity to be with us for the year as well as play with Galaxy II so he’ll benefit from that.”
Meanwhile, Drew Moor signs with Toronto FC as a free agent to help shore up the worst defense in Major League Soccer last season. This is Moor’s third team, having played for FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids prior to the move to TFC.
“They want to be a club of choice and the best organization in MLS,” Moor told MLSSoccer.com’s James Grossi. “I’m going to do everything I can to help with that mission and to win championships here. I appreciate this opportunity and can’t wait to get started.
“It’s great for the league because teams that want free agents have to make their clubs attractive. My wife and I have been thinking a lot about it the last couple weeks. At times, we were torn, because we love Colorado so much; it’s always difficult to leave. It was a roller coaster emotionally. Any time you spend so much time at a club, with people you respect and love so much, it makes it difficult.
“[Rapids general manager] Paul Bravo was clear at the end of the season that he wanted me to be a Colorado Rapids player for life, not just as a player, but after that as well. It wasn’t an easy decision, but we felt the Toronto FC opportunity was too good to pass up.”