LAFC signs goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović to a one-year deal
Adding some extra depth on the GK slot, LAFC signs goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović from Premier League side Everton. The 38-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract throughout the 2023 MLS season along with a club option for 2024.
“It became apparent from our first conversation that Eldin will be a great asset to what is already a strong group of goalkeepers at LAFC.” said Co-president and GM John Thorrington as LAFC signs goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović. “He is a goalkeeper with vast experience and tremendous leadership qualities, and we are excited to have him, his wife, and family as part of the club. I would also like to thank his representative Haydn Dodge for his help throughout.”
Jakupović also played for Leicester City (2017–2022) throughout his ten years in England, participating in 19 appearances across all competitions and taking home the FA Cup in 2021. On July 9, 2012, Jakupović made his maiden trip to England with Hull City, making five appearances in the English Championship during his rookie year. Eldin played 13 times for English League One team Leyton Orient during the 2013–14 season. Between 2012 and 2017, Jakupović has made a total of 54 appearances for Hull City, including 26 English Premier League starts.
Almost all of Jakupović’s tenure in England has been spent as a backup, with his last season with Hull City in 2016–17 when he was a regular. He won the Russian Cup in 2007 while playing on loan with Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League, where he made 28 appearances.
As LAFC signs goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović, his addition follows the unfortunate injury to Maxime Crépeau, who suffered a broken leg during the MLS Cup against the Philadelphia Union. The well-seasoned Yugoslavian is expected to play the backup role to John McCarthy, who will be filling in for Crépeau.