Jesus David Murillo in stands

Report: LAFC set to sign Colombian center back Jesus David Murillo

UPDATE (Oct. 11): Jesus David Murillo was seen in the stands of Banc of California Stadium on Sunday, taking in LAFC's game against the Seattle Sounders amid reports he will soon complete a move to the 2019 Supporters' Shield winners.

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LAFC look set to bolster their defense, with Colombian club Deportivo Independiente Medellin announcing Thursday that their defender Jesus David Murillo has been signed by the 2019 Supporters' Shield winners, pending the completion of a medical. 

The deal for the center back is said to be an initial loan with the option of making the move permanent. The transfer was first reported by Colombian journalist Juan Felipe Cadavid

Murillo, 26, made 15 appearances across all competitions for Independiente Medellin in 2020, scoring one goal. He has spent his pro career in his native Colombia with Independiente Medellin, Deportivo Pasto and Patriotas Boyaca.

The move could be a boost to an LAFC defense that has been erratic at times this season, giving up 30 goals in league play. The club traded US international Walker Zimmerman to Nashville SC in the offseason and have since mainly relied on a center-back partnership of Eddie Segura and Dejan Jakovic. Their attack has remained lethal, however, as Bob Bradley's group has bagged a league-high 35 goals and currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference.

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