HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Feyenoord and signed using Targeted Allocation Money on January 15, 2020.
Vermeer is an experienced goalkeeper with an impressive track record of competing at the highest levels throughout his career. He joins LAFC expecting to compete for the starting job.
INTERNATIONAL: Vermeer has five caps for the Netherlands senior side, making his debut in a 0-0 draw against Germany on November 14, 2012. The following year, he shut out Estonia and Romania during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
OUTSIDE MLS: This past season, Vermeer played in 16 of Feyenoord’s 18 league matches, posting a 8-3-6 record and helping the team secure a spot in the Europa League qualifiers. He appeared in all four qualifying matches, earning three shutouts, before seeing action in four of the six Europa League Group G contests. In all, the 34-year-old played in 25 out of a possible 29 matches in 2019, logging 2,250 minutes in net. During six seasons with Feyenoord, Vermeer posted 40 shutouts in 133 matches, including appearances in the Europa League and Champions League. He led the team to the Eredivisie title in 2016-17, the KNVB Cup in 2015-16 and a pair of Johan Cruyff Shields (2017-18). He also spent a brief loan stint during the 2017-18 campaign with Belgium’s Club Brugge, posting a 3-1-3 record in league and postseason matches, while helping the side secure its 15th Jupiler Pro League title. Vermeer made his professional debut during the 2006-07 UEFA Cup for Dutch side Ajax, playing 45 minutes of the 4-0 victory over IK Start. He spent the following season at Willem II Tilburg, playing in 16 of the team’s 34 league matches, before returning to Ajax ahead of the 2008-09 campaign. While at Ajax, Vermeer played in 103 league matches, nine UEFA Cup games, four Europa League games, and 13 Champions League contests, registering 50 shutouts in just under 12,300 minutes. He won four consecutive Eredivisie titles from 2010-14, the KNVB Cup in 2009-10, and the Johan Cruyff Shield in 2013.