Villarreal signs Senegalese defender Fall on loan from LAFC

August 25, 2022 GMT
Los Angeles FC defender Mamadou Fall, left, tackles Club America forward Federico Vinas during the first half of a Leagues Cup soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. Fall received a yellow card on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles FC defender Mamadou Fall, left, tackles Club America forward Federico Vinas during the first half of a Leagues Cup soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. Fall received a yellow card on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles FC defender Mamadou Fall, left, tackles Club America forward Federico Vinas during the first half of a Leagues Cup soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. Fall received a yellow card on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles FC defender Mamadou Fall, left, tackles Club America forward Federico Vinas during the first half of a Leagues Cup soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. Fall received a yellow card on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles FC defender Mamadou Fall, left, tackles Club America forward Federico Vinas during the first half of a Leagues Cup soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. Fall received a yellow card on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MADRID (AP) — Spanish club Villarreal signed Senegalese defender Mamadou Fall on loan from Los Angeles FC on Thursday.

The loan runs through June of next year, with LAFC keeping the right to recall the player.

Fall joined LAFC as an 18-year-old in 2021. He has made 35 regular-season appearances for the Major League Soccer club, scoring five goals. He made 16 appearances this season, with 13 starts.

The 19-year-old Fall played with Senegal’s Under-17 squad in 2019.

Villarreal, which made a surprise run to the semifinals of the Champions League last season, has won its first two matches in the Spanish league.

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