TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing
LAFC have signed Polish youth international midfielder Mateusz Bogusz from English Premier League side Leeds United, the club announced Friday.
Bogusz, 21, has joined the reigning MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield champions through the 2026 MLS season with an option for 2027.
“Mateusz is a talented young player with great ability who will provide another quality piece to our club,” LAFC co-president & general manager John Thorrington said in a release. “He is a dynamic and exciting attacker who has the ability to help our group in our ambitions to win more trophies. I am excited to welcome Mateusz to Los Angeles.”
Bogusz spent much of his Leeds United tenure on loan in the Spanish second tier, accumulating seven goals and eight assists across 65 appearances for UD Ibiza and UD Logroñés. After developing at Polish side Ruch Chorzów and moving abroad, he became a mainstay for Poland’s U-21s.
LAFC, already boasting one of the league’s top midfield trios in Ilie Sánchez, Kellyn Acosta and José Cifuentes, have strengthened it by adding Bogusz and Timothy Tillman during the ongoing Primary Transfer Window. Tillman, a 24-year-old German-American, has hit the ground running after arriving from 2. Bundesliga side Greuther Fürth.
LAFC, in their second year under manager Steve Cherundolo, could certainly utilize Bogusz on the wing. He's played there extensively at the professional level.
Bogusz’s arrival coincides with LAFC advancing to the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals, where they’ll meet Vancouver Whitecaps FC in early April. US Open Cup and Leagues Cup games await later this year, too, giving the Black & Gold a jam-packed 2023 slate.
Bogusz is the second Polish/Leeds midfielder to move to MLS this window after Mateusz Klich joined D.C. United as a Designated Player. Meanwhile, Polish national team forwards Karol Swiderski and Kamil Jozwiak play at Charlotte FC.
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