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Players Aug 19, 2020

SIMA alum Mohamed Traore signs with MLS club LAFC at age 18

Via Soccer Institute of Montverde Academy (SIMA)

Los Angeles FC has signed 18-year old defender Mohamed Traore, using the top spot in the MLS Waiver Order. The Montverde Academy student-athlete graduated this year from high school.

The native of Dakar, Senegal joined the Soccer Institute of Montverde Academy (SIMA) at 14-years old, and as a senior in 2019, was a leader of the program. A central defender, Traore also participated in Senegal’s U-17 National Team trainings during 2019.

“Mohamed is an exciting, young player with a lot of potential,” LAFC EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager John Thorrington said. “We believe getting him in our environment will help him continue to grow and develop and prepare him for success at this level.”

He graduated being part of the Montverde Academy honor roll and turned in standout performances at SIMA’s College Showcase and Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament (MAST), reflecting his daily work on the training field.

Read the original press release here.