UPDATE: Jan. 22, 12:45 pm ET – LAFC announced Friday that they've signed center back Jesus David Murillo via a permanent transfer from Colombian side Deportivo Independiente Medellin.
He was an important addition for the Black & Gold during the latter half of the 2020 season, helping to shore up their defense. Originally with LAFC on loan, he'll turn 27 ahead of the 2021 MLS season.
“Re-signing Jesus was of utmost priority for us and we are excited to know he will be with us from the start of the season,” LAFC co-president & general manager John Thorrington said in a release. “It was evident from the moment Jesus joined us that he fit in very well with our group and our system. He is a strong and reliable defender with a commanding presence on both ends of the field.”
ORIGINAL: Jan. 21, 7:50 pm ET – LAFC have permanently acquired center back Jesus David Murillo from Deportivo Independiente Medellin, sources told MLSsoccer.com. Murillo was on loan with LAFC in 2020.
Murillo, 26, immediately broke into LAFC’s starting XI after arriving in mid-October. He started each of the club’s final five regular-season MLS matches as well as their playoff loss to the Seattle Sounders and run to the Concacaf Champions League final.
He made 108 total appearances with Independiente Medellin over three years. Prior to joining LAFC, Murillo had spent his entire pro career in his native Colombia, including spells with Deportivo Pasto and Patriotas Bocaya.
LAFC’s offseason is well underway, acquiring Corey Baird in a trade with Real Salt Lake and South Korean international right back Kim Hwan-Moon. They also added left back Marco Farfan from the Portland Timbers last month as well as drafting Daniel Trejo in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas.