LAFC signs defender Aaron Long to a two-year contract
Announced today, LAFC signs defender Aaron Long who finally gets an opportunity to come back to his Southern California home. Long has spent the past seven seasons in New York with the Red Bulls.
“Aaron is among the top central defenders in MLS and the U.S. National Team pool, and we are incredibly excited he has chosen to come to LAFC,” said LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington as LAFC signs defender Aaron Long. “We are confident that Aaron’s ability and experience will prove to be an important part of our continued success as a club. I would like to thank his representative, Shaun Higgins, for his help throughout the process. Our supporters and entire organization look forward to welcoming Aaron, his wife Elise, and their family to LA.”
The 30-year-old Long grew to become one of the best defenders in the league, as he was named the 2018 MLS Defender of the Year and as an MLS All-Star in both 2018 and 2022. Missing his sixth season due to a torn Achilles, Long made 139 appearances in his MLS career and has started a whopping 133 of them.
Long led the Red Bulls to the Supporters Shield in 2018 and also played across 29 matches for the U.S. National Team while scoring three goals and recording two assists. The California native also played in two 2022 World Cup Qualifiers before making the team’s final roster.
As LAFC signs defender Aaron Long, we should expect him to start off the bat and improve the overall center back corps for the Black and Gold.